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Karma Nabulsi

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  • Country of residence: United Kingdom
  • Gender: Female
  • Born in: 1957
  • Age: 59
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Karma Nabulsi was elected to a Tutorial Fellowship in Politics with effect from September 2005. She read the MPhil in International Relations and then the DPhil in Politics at Balliol, publishing a book based on her doctoral thesis, Traditions of War: Occupation, Resistance, and the Law, Oxford University Press, 1999 (paperback edition, 2005), a study of the ideological and historical foundations of the laws of war.

Karma Nabulsi is Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall and lectures at the University of Oxford. She is Director of the MPhil in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations. Her research includes 18th century political thought, 19th century republicanism and the construction of democratic republics, the laws of war, and the politics of Palestinian refugees, representation, and democracy. She is author of various works on these subjects in books and journals including: AnnalesEtudes Philosophiques, the Journal of Political IdeologiesGovernment and Opposition, the European Journal of Political Theory, and was editor of a register of civic needs for Palestinian refugees and exiles: Palestinians Register: Laying Foundations and Setting Directions (2006).

Karma was formerly Open Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Jean Monnet Fellow in the History and Civilisation Dept of the European University Institute, and Senior Research Associate of the Center for International Studies at Oxford.

Karma is currently directing a British Academy sponsored research project ‘Teaching Contemporary Palestinian Political History: Setting a Collaborative Research Agenda and Building Capacity’ which was initiated under the BA’s UK-Middle East Capacity Sharing Partnership scheme. The programme pioneers extensive collaboration between Oxford and universities in the Arab world, including scholars from the occupied Palestinian territories and Lebanon, working at An-Najah (Nablus), Al-Azhar (Gaza) and the Lebanese University and other institutions (Beirut). The project aims to build teaching and research capacities in the field of political history in general and in contemporary Palestinian politics in particular.

This follows on from a four-year British Academy-sponsored international network of academics working on 19th century European revolutionary and democratic movements entitled:Republicans without Republics: National and International Networks. This network brought together a number of political historians and philosophers from different European countries working on republican and democratic groups and movements in 19th century Europe.

Karma is also Chair of Trustees and co-founder of HOPING Foundation, a charity which raises awareness of Palestinian refugee youth and sponsors art, music, scholarships and education for young Palestinians in refugee camps across the Middle East.


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