Centre Maurice Halbwachs

Group:Chercheurs et Enseignants chercheurs, Chercheurs Permanents

Yasmine Berriane

Permanent Researcher at the CNRS
Discipline: Political Sociology

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General presentation: I am a Permanent Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Paris), trained in Political Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies. My research examines political and social transformations in North Africa and the Middle East, with an empirical focus on Morocco. My publications deal with women’s political participation, the making of spaces of participation, the sociopolitical impacts of newly emerging land right claims and methodological approaches to societies in transformation. Research: In my PhD thesis (SciencesPo, Paris), I studied transformations of the associational sphere in Morocco. Through case studies in working class neighbourhoods of Casablanca, I focused on reconfigurations of power relations following the introduction of norms and practices of “participation” and “gender equality” in the associational sphere. In the first postdoctoral research project that followed (ZMO, Berlin), I studied the transformation of indirect forms of rule through the socio-history of a youth center; an “intermediary space of participation” defined as both a state institution, and a space used by civil society actors. In my second postdoctoral project (University of Zurich) I focused on the close connection between the commodification of land and its political reconfigurations, studying the making of a movement against women's exclusion from landrights in Morocco. My current project further develops this reflection by broadening it to the relation between changing land rights and the emergence of new forms of protest and negotiation, of political subjectivities and inequalities, and of processes of differentiation in North Africa. At the same time, I have been actively involved for the past years in a collective reflection on the methodological challenges faced by researchers studying societies in transformation. Training and previous positions: Before joining the CNRS in 2018, I was senior lecturer and researcher (Oberassistentin) at the University of Zurich within the framework of the URPP Asia and Europe (2013-2017), researcher at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin (2011-2013), and lecturer at the Free University of Berlin (2011-2012). I am an associate researcher at the Centre Marocain de Sciences Sociales (CM2S, Hassan II University, Casablanca), an active membre of the Centre de recherche et d'études sur les sociétés contemporaines (CRESC, Rabat), and a founding member of the international research Consortium PROGED (University of Zurich). I studied at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nürnberg and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and received my PhD from Sciences Po Paris in 2011. Publication List (complete)

Directed thematic works or issues

Allying beyond Social Divides

Coalitions and Contentious Politics

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