Ingvild Tomren

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Mobile phone +47 91863021
Room 405
Visiting address P.A. Munchs hus Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

Popular culture and music in the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt. My research interests also include sociolinguistics and the Arabic speech community.

My PhD project will examine Egyptian popular music in the early twentieth century. I want to look at how ordinary people were marked and reflected in the music, and in what ways it represents a counterculture in this transformative period.


I completed my Master of Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at IKOS in the spring of 2015. My Master's topic was on a new genre within Egyptian youth music and I conducted fieldwork in Cairo. The thesis focused on how the music served as a means of expression and outlet for young marginalized Egyptians in an authoritative state. I also have a Bachelor of Middle Eastern Studies from IKOS, in addition to two semesters of language exchange at the International Language Institute in Cairo. In the first year of my Bachelor I studied Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

In addition to my studies I have gained working experience from a variety of jobs including counseling, freelance translation, teaching and providing information to asylum seekers in Arabic. I also participated in the IKOS based project "In 2016" where I contribute with an article on pop music and underground music in Egypt after the Arab spring.



Tags: Arabic, Middle East, Egypt, Popular Culture, Popular Music


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