I am an Innsbruck-based peace and conflict researcher and conflict transformation facilitator. Between 2009 and 2014, I was living in Egypt, where I experienced the January 25th revolution and the political transformation process that followed In my work I have accompanied several initiatives related to gender questions and women rights. As a Muslim convert woman from Germany I have been raising gender questions in Islam and in Muslim communities, both in my applied conflict transformation work and research, a field in which I completed my Masters degree in 2016. After I had the chance to learn from within the field of policy advice as part of the Middle East and Africa Research group at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Politik), I started my PhD in Sociology at the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Sociology. In March 2017 I joined the Doctoral Program ‘Inequaility and Difference in the Age of Globalization”, an excellency program of the University of Innsbruck. My dissertation is supervised by Prof. Sieglinde Rosenberger.
I started this website as a blog in 2012, intending to share my thoughts and experiences in Egypt, as a Muslim convert who finds her path among the many interpretations of Islam, and as a person who in general is interested in cosmopolitan and socio-critical questions, in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, in integration, peace studies and conflict transformation.
I am Lena
Lena is my name
In Arabic Lena is a little palm tree in paradise, in German: ‘Kleine Palme’
I am woman
My passport tells me I am German
– Whatever that means…
My intuition tells me I am human
My mind sometimes tries to make me believe that I am other things
– There are times I believe it…
My heart sometimes tries to convince me to be something else
– There are times I follow it…
Most of the times