Josepha Ivanka Wessels is a Visual Anthropologist/Human Geographer, currently working as Post Doc Fellow at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (TORS) at the University of Copenhagen for the Peace and Conflict Studies for the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC). Her research focuses on audiovisual media and the role of YouTube videos in the collective memory of the Syrian uprisings, also she coordinates a Nordic Research Council funded exploratory workshop series called Virtual Zones of Peace and Conflict in cooperation with Lund University, Sweden and the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO). Previously she has worked and lived in Aleppo and northern rural Syria from 1997 to 2002 conducting anthropological fieldwork on collective action at community level for the rehabilitation of ancient water system called Qanats. She has visited Syria every year since until 2010 and returned briefly to Aleppo province in 2014 whilst doing fieldwork from Gaziantep, Turkey. Among others, she has published in international media for the EMAJ Magazine, Your Middle East, Open Democracy and the Middle East Institute,she wrote  bookchapters for various books published by UNESCO, Harvard University Press, Berkshire Publishing and Routledge and peer reviewed articles in the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Middle East Critique, Peacebuilding,  International Journal of Environmental Sciences and the Hydrological Sciences Journal. Her PhD thesis, “To Cooperate or not to Cooperate?” was published as a book by Amsterdam University Press in 2008 and includes three films based on her extensive anthropological fieldwork in Syria. She has an MA in Visual Anthropology/Ethnographic Film from the University of Leiden (1997) and has become an established documentary filmmaker with work on the Arab World, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Uganda, Sudan, and Kenya that has been broadcast on BBC world and Al Jazeera English.

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