School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Niveen Kassem

Visiting Researcher


As the Postdoctoral  Research Associate on ‘Beyond Destruction’, a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Centre for Hidden Histories of the First World War (PI Dr Mark Jackson), I carried out a research to examine the impact of WWI on Middle Eastern communities/minorities today. 

My wide-ranging research interests embrace comparative literature (including contemporary Arabic and US multi-ethnic literature); Middle Eastern Studies (including cultural heritage; ethno-religious communities); memory and identity; and representations of gender identity.

Selected research-based contributions to workshops and academic conferences:

  • ‘Mobilising Memory: the case of Iraqi Christian diaspora in England’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Newcastle University, October 2019.
  • ‘The Impact of WWI on Group Identity: The Case of Modern Assyrian’, The First World War: Past, Present, Future, Edinburgh Napier University, June 2019.
  • ‘The Gertrude Bell Archive: documenting the lives and cultures of communities in Syria and Iraq in the early 20th century’, in Rare Book and Special Collections Conference, Cambridge University, UK, 2018. Invited Speaker
  • ‘Group Self-Reconstruction as a Reaction to Historical Incidents: the case of Assyrians’, Displaced Practices: People of the Mediterranean Milieu at the End of the Ottoman Empire, Newcastle University, UK, 2018. Invited Speaker
  • ‘Beyond Destruction: Middle Eastern Communities and Collective Memory’, Poster, AHRC and ECR Heritage Conference, British Academy, UK , 2017
  • ‘Reclaiming Identity, Memories and Voices in the Shadow of the Past’, First World War Engagement  Centres-Showcase Event, Newcastle University, UK, 2017