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IMES Visiting Scholar: Hanna Berg

Visiting scholar Hanna Berg is a fifth year PhD candidate from Hanna Bergthe department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Her academic background is in Semitic languages and Middle East studies and Anthropology.Her research works across theoretical conversations on humanitarian interventions, practice and governance in the Middle East region, and anthropology of documents and bureaucracy. Currently she is also engaged in the MENA-track of the Institute’s Executive Master Program, Development Policies and Practices, where she supervises humanitarian professionals in their thesis writing on various topical areas throughout the MENA region.

Outside academic work, Berg has a deep passion for languages, including Arabic, and speaks the Levantine dialect fluently. Since 2022, she has been building a large educational TikTok channel where she teaches Swedish to Arabic speaking migrants living in Sweden. She also has a long background in language education.

Berg holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Stockholm University and a Bachelor’s degree in Semitic Languages, majoring in Arabic from Uppsala University. As part of an exchange semester, she studied Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect at the University of Amman, Jordan.