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Dipl.-Pol. Sina Birkholz

Political Sciences and Psychology

Contact Information

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  • Phone: +49 521 106 67287
  • Office: S5-108

Current Position

  • Researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University

Academic Career

  • 2012 Diplom in Political Science (honours degree), Augsburg University, Germany
  • 2011-2012 Annual course ALEVE (Arabic for non-beginners), Le Centre Français de Culture et de Coopération en Egypte, Cairo
  • 2010-2011 Research Tutor for the MA Course "Social Science Conflict Studies" at the Department of Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Augsburg
  • 2010 Research Assistant at the Department of Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Augsburg
  • 2008-2009 Visiting Student at the Department of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • 2008 Intern at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Austrian Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

Areas of Expertise

  • Youth and women in the MENA region, Political Islam and Public Piety, Egypt
  • Qualitative methodology in Social Sciences, Social Constructivism, identity and narration

Current research topics

  • Violence and violence research in the MENA region
  • Youth and transformation in Egypt
  • Patriarchal orders

Publications and Presentations

Birkholz, Sina (2013): Confronting Gerontocracy – The Youthful Character of the Egyptian Revolution, Working Paper Series by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, FU Berlin, No.9, (PDF, external link)

Birkholz, Sina (2012): Female Participation in the Egyptian Revolution – Dismantling the Patriarchal Bargain?, Conference Presentation at the Workshop Women, Culture, and the 25th January 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Manchester University, 15.November 2012.

Birkholz, Sina (2012): The Egyptian Revolution – A youthful fight against patriarchy?, Conference Paper at the DAVO Congress, Erlangen, 4.October 2012.

Birkholz, Sina (2012): A lost generation rising up – Analysing the Egyptian Revolution from a “youth” perspective. Conference Paper at the AFK Annual Colloquium, 24.March 2012 (PDF, external link).

Birkholz, Sina/ Jacobs, Andreas (2010) „Theoretische Herangehensweisen der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. IV. Workshop des AK Theorie der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung“, in: Wissenschaft und Frieden, No. 4, pp.73-75

Birkholz, Sina (2011) Identities at Crossroads: Young Muslim Women in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. How female students from Cairo's upper middle class experience and navigate the contradictions in an increasingly globalised and divided society. Diploma Thesis submitted at Augsburg University, (PDF, external link)