تأسست منظمة مساحات في النرويج عام 2015 (رقم 915354297) وهي منظمة مستقلة غير ربحية، تعمل على إنتاج ثقافة وفنون من الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا، مع التركيز بشكل خاص على العالم العربي. تأخذ مساحات من تاريخ وحياة وفنون وإبداع عُمومِ الناس أساساً لمقاربة مجتمعاتِ الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا في النرويج.


ترتكز مساحات في عملها على موجة الأمل والإبداع التي ولّدها الربيع العربي لتخلق مساحاتٍ تشاركيّة وغير هرمية لتبادل المعرفة والآراء والخبرات. تتنوع نشاطات مساحات لتقدّم أصواتاً فنية وثقافية ومعرفية من العالم العربي عادة ما تكون مهمشة في المشهد النرويجي، من خلال مساحات مثل معارض فنية، جلسات حوار، عرض أفلام، حفلات موسيقى، حلقات قراءة وغيرها من النشاطات.


من خلال العمل ضمن اختصاصات ثقافية وفنية مختلفة وبالشراكة مع جهات ثقافية في النرويج، تتوجه مساحات إلى جمهور واسع، يتألف من النرويجيين والأقليات متعددة اللغات من الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا وبذلك تتدخّل مساحات في الفضاء العام النرويجي وتساهم بخلق مشهد ثقافي وفني أكثر تنوعاً.


منذ عام 2015 ، نظمت مساحات أكثر من 60 فعاليةً فنيّةً وثقافيةً ومعرفية وتعاونت مع أكثر من 30 جهة ثقافية وفنية وبحثية فاعلة في النرويج. تم تغطية نشاطات مساحات على شكل واسع في مختلف وسائل الإعلام النرويجية.

masahat is a non-profit organization established in 2015 in Norway (organization nr. 915354297) with the purpose of curating and presenting high-quality knowledge, history, art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on the Arab world.


masahat brings forward the activism and hope that was sparked by the Arab Spring to create unique spaces in Norway facilitating non-hierarchical exchange of expertise, ideas, art and inspiration. We periodically change the focus of our activities to feature high-quality, underrepresented expert and artistic voices from the Middle East in events such as art exhibitions, panel debates, film screenings, reading circles, expert seminars, concerts and conferences.


By working cross-thematically and partnering with a wide range of Norwegian actors, masahat caters to a broad audience comprising both Norwegians and multi-lingiual minorities from the Arabic world. Masahat contributes to a more diverse Norwegian public debate and more inclusive artistic and cultural scene.


Since 2015, masahat arranged more than 60 artistic, cultural and thematic events featuring underrepresented voices from the Middle East, and partnered with more than 30 Norwegian institute, cultural actors and festivals. masahat is widely featured in the Norwegian media.

Staff

Yasmin Mouafak
Project Manager

Yasmin Mouafak is a Project Manager at Masahat. She is Palestinian-Syrian and came to Norway in 2015. She studies Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oslo; before that, she studied Sociology in Lebanon. She worked with several international and local organizations in Lebanon, primarily with psychosocial projects targeting women and youth. She is the founder of Arabiske kulturdager in collaboration with Melahuset. She is also a board member in Melahuset.

Board

Chiara Ayad

Board Member

Chiara Ayad is a Project Coordinator at NOREF- Norwegian Center for Conflict Resolution. She is Palestinian Norwegian and grew up in the West Bank and Jerusalem. She holds a Masters degree in International Security with a focus on Diplomacy and Gender from Sciences Po Paris. She has experience working with research on youth political participation, governance and social justice in the MENA, and is a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) consultant. She has a background in arts and culture and is interested in cultural tools for social and political mobilization.

Murhaf Fares

Board Member

 

Murhaf is Data Scientist. He holds a PhD in computational linguistics from the University of Oslo. He has contributed to the Norwegian debate on Syria by writing in newspapers and participating in panel discussions. He also writes and translates articles in English. Murhaf has been part of coordinating advocacy campaigns together with other Syrian activists around the world. Murhaf was born and raised in Syria and came to Norway in 2011. 

Nadim Khoury

Board Member

 

Nadim Khoury is a Palestinian scholar that grew up in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. He holds a PhD in Political theory from the University of Virginia and an MA in philosophy from the University of Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, in France. He is currently an Associate Professor in International Studies at Lillehammer University College and Associate Professor 2 in Peace and Conflict at Bjørknes University College, Oslo. Before coming to Norway, Nadim taught at Al-Quds University in occupied Jerusalem. His research interests include the history of political theory, nationalism, the politics of memory, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Zeina Bali
Director

Zeina’s experience spans research, analysis and project management with a focus on education and youth empowerment. She worked with several Norwegian and International NGOs in Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, among others, and participated in several international events engaging with the Syrian diasporic civil society. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Management from Lund University, Sweden. Zeina was born and raised in Syria and came to Norway in 2015.

Line Khateeb
Chair of the Board

Line is the Chair of the Palestinian Committee in Norway. Earlier, she worked as Middle East advisor at Norwegian People’s Aid and advisor for Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), and has served as board member of NORWAC and Utviklingsfondet. Line holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oslo. 

Rana Issa
Board Member

Rana is Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut and Research Fellow at University of Oslo. Rana is a literary historian focusing on Levantine and translated literatures. In addition to her many scholarly publications, she has also published on the Syrian revolution, art practices in the Arab world as well as collaborated with leading young filmmakers and artists from Palestine, Syria and Lebanon on concept design and filmatic/visual development. 

Murhaf Fares
Board Member

Murhaf is Data Scientist. He holds a PhD in computational linguistics from the University of Oslo. He has contributed to the Norwegian debate on Syria by writing in newspapers and participating in panel discussions. He also writes and translates articles in English. Murhaf has been part of coordinating advocacy campaigns together with other Syrian activists around the world. Murhaf was born and raised in Syria and came to Norway in 2011. 

Nadim Khoury
Board Member

Nadim Khoury is a Palestinian scholar that grew up in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. He holds a PhD in Political theory from the University of Virginia and an MA in philosophy from the University of Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, in France. He is currently an Associate Professor in International Studies at Lillehammer University College and Associate Professor 2 in Peace and Conflict at Bjørknes University College, Oslo. Before coming to Norway, Nadim taught at Al-Quds University in occupied Jerusalem. His research interests include the history of political theory, nationalism, the politics of memory, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Chiara Ayad
Board Member

Chiara Ayad is a Project Coordinator at NOREF- Norwegian Center for Conflict Resolution. She is Palestinian Norwegian and grew up in the West Bank and Jerusalem. She holds a Masters degree in International Security with a focus on Diplomacy and Gender from Sciences Po Paris. She has experience working with research on youth political participation, governance and social justice in the MENA, and is a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) consultant. She has a background in arts and culture and is interested in cultural tools for social and political mobilization.

Advisory Board

Andreas Delsett​

Advisory Board Member​

Andreas is the Artistic Director at the House of Literature (Litteraturhuset) in Oslo, Norway, where he has since 2009 curated the annual International Saladin Days. Andreas is the author of one non-fiction book about food and labour (Kjøkkenveien. En bok om mat og arbeid, Forlaget Press 2019). He is currently on leave from his position at Litteraturhuset to serve as political advisor in the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) for the Red party.

Helle Siljeholm​

Advisory Board Member​

Helle Siljeholm has a master in visual arts (KHIO, Oslo, 2016) and a bachelor in contemporary dance (London Contemporary Dance School, 2003). Her artistic practice includes choreography, performance, video, sculpture and installation. She has been working, performing and exhibiting nationally and internationally since 2003, with art and cultural projects in the Middle East since 2008. In 2015, she received, together with choreographer Sara Christophersen Hans Christian Osterø’s memory award for long term collaborative work for, and with dance in Palestine in partnership with Sareeyyet Ramallah- First Ramallah Group (PS). www.hellesiljeholm.com.

Ingeborg Moa​

Advisory Board Member​

Ingeborg Moa has 20 years of experience working with social movements and non-governmental organizations, particularly in the areas of human rights, social justice, women’s rights and peace processes. Her work has mainly focused on the Middle East and South-East Asia, with a particular emphasis on Palestine and Myanmar. Ingeborg’s educational background is in Development Studies and Middle East Studies. Currently, she is Head of Activism and Organisational Development at Amnesty International Norway.

Christian Ruge

Advisory Board Member​

Christian Holmboe Ruge is Special Advisor at NOREF – Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution . He is an arms and human security specialist with a background in civil society, research and diplomacy, having worked for Norwegian People’s Aid and the Fafo Institute, and as a consultant to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds an LLM in Public International Law and a BA in Social Science, and has extensive experience of international public diplomacy, particularly the protection of civilians in armed conflicts.

Mark Taylor

Advisory Board Member​

Mark Taylor (D.Phil) is a researcher at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo, with a long-standing engagement with movements for social justice, including in the Middle East. His research focuses on the regulation of global value chains, with a particular focus on business and human rights and situations of violent conflict. Mark has advised trade unions, NGOs, governments, businesses and multilateral organizations on legal measures to protect people and the planet. Early in his work like, Mark worked as a human rights activist in Palestine and has since conducted several research projects elsewhere in the region. Mark has published a number of articles and is the author of War Economies and International Law (Cambridge University Press 2020).

Andreas Delsett
Advisory Board Member

Andreas is the Artistic Director at the House of Literature (Litteraturhuset) in Oslo, Norway, where he has since 2009 curated the annual International Saladin Days. Andreas is the author of one non-fiction book about food and labour (Kjøkkenveien. En bok om mat og arbeid, Forlaget Press 2019). He is currently on leave from his position at Litteraturhuset to serve as political advisor in the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) for the Red party.

Ingeborg Moa
Ingeborg Moa
Advisory Board Member

Ingeborg Moa has 20 years of experience working with social movements and non-governmental organizations, particularly in the areas of human rights, social justice, women’s rights and peace processes. Her work has mainly focused on the Middle East and South-East Asia, with a particular emphasis on Palestine and Myanmar. Ingeborg’s educational background is in Development Studies and Middle East Studies. Currently, she is Head of Activism and Organisational Development at Amnesty International Norway.

Christian Ruge
Advisory Board Member

Christian Holmboe Ruge is Special Advisor at NOREF – Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution . He is an arms and human security specialist with a background in civil society, research and diplomacy, having worked for Norwegian People’s Aid and the Fafo Institute, and as a consultant to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He holds an LLM in Public International Law and a BA in Social Science, and has extensive experience of international public diplomacy, particularly the protection of civilians in armed conflicts.

Helle Siljeholm
Advisory Board Member

Helle Siljeholm has a master in visual arts (KHIO, Oslo, 2016) and a bachelor in contemporary dance (London Contemporary Dance School, 2003). Her artistic practice includes choreography, performance, video, sculpture and installation. She has been working, performing and exhibiting nationally and internationally since 2003, with art and cultural projects in the Middle East since 2008. In 2015, she received, togethere with choreographer Sara Christophersen Hans Christian Osterø’s memory award for long term collaborative work for, and with dance in Palestine in partnership with Sareeyyet Ramallah- First Ramallah Group (PS). www.hellesiljeholm.com.

Mark Taylor
Advisory Board Member

Mark Taylor (D.Phil) is a researcher at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo, with a long-standing engagement with movements for social justice, including in the Middle East. His research focuses on the regulation of global value chains, with a particular focus on business and human rights and situations of violent conflict. Mark has advised trade unions, NGOs, governments, businesses and multilateral organizations on legal measures to protect people and the planet. Early in his work like, Mark worked as a human rights activist in Palestine and has since conducted several research projects elsewhere in the region. Mark has published a number of articles and is the author of War Economies and International Law (Cambridge University Press 2020).

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