Cathrine Moe Thorleifsson

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Academic interests

Nationalism, migration, identity, the anthropology of borders, Israel, Middle East, Europe

Background

Dr. Cathrine Thorleifsson holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012). Her chief theoretical interests lie in anthropological approaches to the study of nationalism, migration, borders and xenophobia.

Cathrine's doctoral research was based on two-years fieldwork in the Israeli border town of Kiryat Shemona (2007-2009) amongst Mizrahim (Jews decending from Arab and Muslim lands). She used the dynamics at play along the border to develop wider conclusions about the shifting nature of nationalism and identity categories, and the ways in which they are used and understood in practice.

Cathrine has studied Arabic at the University of Damascus (2005) and at Sana'a University of Science and Technology in Yemen as well as Hebrew at the University of Haifa (2007/2008).

Her postdoctoral project "Nationalist responses to the crisis in Europe: old and new hatreds" examines the rise and character of neo-nationalism in contemporary Europe. Through multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in Norway, England and Hungary amongst the supporters of populist radical right parties, the project explores how various material conditions, socio-cultural contexts and historical events inform xenophobia and intolerance. Her research also explored the multiple and interconnected ways in which anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are reconfigured.

As a postdoctoral fellow, Cathrine is affiliated with the ERC-funded research project “Overheating: The Three Crises of Globalisation” led by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and the NFR-funded project “European Strains” led by Karl Ove Moene and Halvor Mehlum at ESOP (the Centre for the study of equality, social organization and performance).

In addition to her academic pursuits, Cathrine has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Syria (2005) and carried out consultancy work for the World Bank, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission on the impact of Syrian forced displacement on political mobilisation in the Middle East and Europe.

Cathrine was born in Washington D.C, USA and has lived in Norway, England, Syria and Israel.

 

 

Tags: Nationalism, the anthropology of borders, migration, Israel, Middle East, European integration

Publications

Books

Thorleifsson, Cathrine. Nationalist responses to the crisis in Europe: old and new hatreds. London: Routledge. Forthcoming.  

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2015) Nationalism and the Politics of Fear in Israel: Race and Identity on the border with Lebanon. London/ New York:  I.B. Tauris, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9781780767505.

Scientific articles

Thorleifsson, Cathrine. In Pursuit of Purity: Populism and the racialization of Muslim migrants. In Whiteness and Contemporary Nationalisms: Re-stating a racial order of things. Edited by Nasar Meer, in Identities- Global Studies in Culture and Power. Forthcoming.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) Disposable Strangers: far right securitisation of migration in Hungary. Social Anthropology. Volume 25 (3): 318-334. London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISSN: 0964-0282.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) Peripheral Nationhood: Negotiating Israeliness from the margins of the state. In Inhabiting The Margins: Middle Eastern Minorities Revisited. Edited by Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç & Jonathan Glasser, in Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 90, No. 1, p. 83–106. Washington, DC: George Washington University. ISSN 0003-5491.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) From Coal to UKIP: The struggle over identity in post-industrial Doncaster. History and Anthropology. 27:(5):555-568. London: Routledge. ISSN 1477-2612.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) The Migrant Crisis: Responses from the radical right. Internasjonal Politikk, Volume 74 (2):1-9. ISSN 1891-5580.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) The Limits of Hospitality: Coping strategies among displaced Syrians in Lebanon. Third World Quarterly  37:(2): 1071-1081. ISSN 1360-2241.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2014) Displaced Syrians in Lebanon. Babylon, Nordic Journal for Middle East Studies, 12 (1): 46-56

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2014) Coping strategies among self-settled Syrians in Lebanon. Forced Migration Review, Special issue. The Syria crisis, displacement and protection. Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford. ISSN 1460-9819

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2013) Nationalism and Belonging in an Israeli Border town. Babylon, Nordic Journal for Middle East Studies, 11 (2): 46-57

Thorelifsson, Cathrine  Moe (2013)  Keep Calm and Carry On: Reflections on doing fieldwork under fear and fire. Anthropology News, Volume 54, Issue 4-5

Furberg Moe, Cathrine (2007) The Arab Jews. Babylon, Nordic Journal for Middle East Studies, Issue 1

Book Chapters

Thorleifsson, Cathrine & Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. Human waste in the land of abundance: Two kinds of Gypsy indeterminacy in Norway.  In Indeterminacy: Essays on Waste, Value and the Imagination. Edited by Catherine Alexander and Andrew Sanchez. London: Berghahn. Forthcoming.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) Guarding the Frontier: On Nationalism and Nostalgia in an Israeli Border town. In Identity Destabilised: Living in an overheated world. Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Elisabeth Schober. London: Pluto Press. ISBN-13: 978-0745399126.

Other publications

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) Sliding towards autocracy. Berfrois. London: Pendant Publishing. ISSN 2051-3046.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) The rise of UKIP: Rebordering the nation in an age of migration. British Politics Review, 11 (4):5-7.

Garcia, Carola; Gonzalez, Carmen; Juhász, Attila, Krekó, Péter; Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) Impact of the refugee crisis on the risk of radicalisation; consequences for prevention policy. RAN- Radicalisation Awareness Network- European Commission. Internal report.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe Christophersen, Mona, and Åge A. Tiltnes (2013) Ambivalent Hospitality. Coping Strategies and Local Responses to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon. Fafo-report 2013:48.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine; Christophersen, Mona; Liu, Jing; Tiltnes, Åge (2013) Lebanese attitudes towards Syrian refugees and the Syrian Crisis. Results from a national opinion poll implemented 15-21 May 2013. Fafo-paper 2013:13.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2013) A Fragile Cold Peace: the impact of the Syrian Conflict on Israel-Syrian relations.NOREF Expert Analysis. Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF).

Thorleifsson, Cathrine; Christophersen, Mona (2013) Lebanese Contradictory Responses to Syrian Refugees Include Stress, Hospitality, Resentment. Policy Brief published by Fafo and The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), June.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2013) Israel’s Internal Frontier: the enduring power of ethno-nationalism. NOREF Policy Brief. Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2012) It Happened One Night. Essay for Oslo Cinematheque marking the 70th anniversary of the deportations of Norwegian Jews

Furberg-Moe, Cathrine (2006) The West and the Rest. The Script -A Journal of the London School of  Economics and Political Science

Popular articles

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) Populism in the age of transition. Dagens Næringsliv, 3. oktober. 

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) On the road to autocracy. NRK Ytring, 4. mai.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) Sliding towards autocracy. Open Democracy, 6 April.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) Populism across the AtlanticDagens Næringsliv, 14 March.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2017) Bannon's method. NRK Ytring, 14 February.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) Trump's toxic masculinity. [Trumps farlige maskulinitet], NRK Ytring, 4 November.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2016) Vigilante groups and Sons of Odin, NRK Ytring, 6 March.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2015) Orbán's dangerous waltz with extremism. [Orbáns farlige vals med høyreekstremismen], Aftenposten, 2 November.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2015) "Do you agree?" Orbán's dangerous waltz with the radical right. Open Democracy, 26 October.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2015) From Coal to Ukip: the struggle over identity in postindustrial Doncaster, 9 June.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2015) Europe's thriving xenophobia. Open Democracy. 2 February.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2014) Coping with displacment- Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Open Democracy, 24 December.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2014) A Fragile Cold Peace. Open Democracy, 14 January.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2013) Ut av kald fred [Out of cold peace]. Aftenposten, 29 November.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2013) Lebanon at breaking point. Open Democracy, 12 September.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2013)  Lebanon close to the edge of civil war [Libanon på randen av borgerkrig], Aftenposten, 14 August.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2013) Chavez and antisemtism, Aftenposten,  13 March.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2013) The limits of hospitality [Gjesfrihetens grense], Klassekampen, 5 August.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2013)  Increased tensions in Jordan [Økte spenninger i Jordan], NRK Ytring, 4 March.

Book reviews

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2018) Review of Lions of the North: sounds of the new Nordic radical nationalism, by Jonathan Teitelbaum, Nations and Nationalism. Volume 24, Issue 2. Forthcoming.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2015) Review of Dilemmas of Attachment- Identity and Belonging among Palestinian Christians, by Bård Kårtveit, Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift , Volume 26.(3-4): 310-311.

Thorleifsson, Cathrine (2012) Review of Not The Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands, by Rachel Shabi, The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Routledge, Volume 27, Issue 1.

 

  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Disposable Strangers: far-right securitization of forced migration in Hungary. Social Anthropology.  ISSN 0964-0282.  25(3), s 318- 334 . doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12420
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Nacionalidade periferica: Negociando israelidade a partir das margens do estado. Anthropological Quarterly.  ISSN 0003-5491.  90(1), s 83- 106 . doi: 10.1353/anq.2017.0003
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Peripheral Nationhood: Negotiating Israeliness from the margins of the state. Anthropological Quarterly.  ISSN 0003-5491.  90(1), s 83- 106

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  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2018). Lions of the North: sounds of the new Nordic radical nationalism. Nations and Nationalism.  ISSN 1354-5078.  24(2)
  • Hiram Jensen, Helge & Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). (Section Chairs) Section S16 Constitutional Complexity - State Theory after the New Political Anthropology. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Jødiske ekstremister har fått større handlingsrom. Vårt land.  ISSN 0805-5424.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 27. august). Alt-Right bevegelsen. [TV].  NRK Nyhetsmorgen.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). An ethnography of nationalism in Israel.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Antropologisk forskning på ekstremisme- etiske dilemma.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Aulaforedraget 2017.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Bannons metode. NRK Ytring.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 05. september). Bernt Aardal: – Meiningsmålarane veit ikkje kva metode som treffer best. [Internett].  Uniforum.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 06. desember). Brennpunkt dokumentar om Den Nordiske Motstandsbevegelsen. [TV].  NRK Nyheter.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Brexit og autoritær nasjonalisme i Ungarn- utfordringer for EU..
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Brexit og nativistisk populisme: utfordringer for EU.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Det hvite raseriet. VG Helg.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 19. april). Det nye høyre.  VG.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Disse tre kontroversielle redaktørene er enige om en ting: Norge er ute å kjøre. A-magasinet : uketillegg til Aftenposten.  ISSN 0807-5654.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). EU- i en eksistensiell krise?.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). EU- i en eksistensiell krise? Kurs på Sjøkrigsskolen.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). EU- i en eksistensiell krise? Kurs på Universitet i Agder.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 25. mars). Ekstremist-jentene.  VG.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 22. september). En stor verden å dykke i. [Internett].  Nord.no.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Er populismebølgen ferdig?.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Former og overganger mellom populisme og antidemokratiske bevegelser. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 28. august). Forventer flere nazi-demonstrasjoner i Norge. [Internett].  TV2.no.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Frykt og fiendebilder i et overopphetet Europa.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 01. mars). Geert Wilders og den patriotiske våren. [Radio].  NRKP2 Nyhetsmorgen.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Globalisert nynasjonalisme i Europa: utviklingstrekk.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 18. september). Har lufta gått ut av den høyrepopulistiske ballongen i Europa?. [Radio].  NRK Ekko. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 23. august). Her truer Ku Klux Klan lederen med å brenne journalist. [Internett].  NRK.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 27. april). Homofil støtte for høyrepopulistiske partier. [TV].  Dagsnytt 18.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 24. juni). Homonasjonalist, ja visst!.  Klassekampen.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Human waste in the land of abundance: the borders of Norwegian (in) hospitality. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 25. august). Hva består Alt-Right bevegelsen av?. [Internett].  NRK Ekko.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Hva er radikalisering?.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Hva er radikalisering og hvorfor skjer det?.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 19. juni). Hva kaller vi terror?. [TV].  Dagsnytt 18.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 05. februar). Hvem er Steve Bannon?. [Radio].  NRK P2 Ytring.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Hvem vinner valget og hvorfor.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 12. september). Hvordan ser utlandet på det norske valget?. [Radio].  NRK P1 +.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 06. februar). Høyrebølge i Europa. [TV].  NRK Dagsnytt 18.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Høyrepopulisme i Europa.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 16. november). Høyrepopulistene er sterkere enn på lenge.  Dagbladet.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 24. oktober). I Tyskland er høyrepopulistene med i Forbundsdagen for første gang siden krigen.. [TV].  Urix.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). In Pursuit of Purity: the appeal of populism in precarious England. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Insta-posøren. VG : Verdens gang.  ISSN 0805-5203.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Kampen om identitet i akselerasjonens tid.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Konspirasjoner- med Guds hjelp?.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 12. august). Korrupsjonsetterforskningen mot Israels statsminister Benjamin Netanyahu begynner å komme ubehaglig nær. Netanyahu svarer med bredside på folkemøte. [Radio].  Urix på lørdag.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 06. april). Kristen-nasjonalisten.  VG.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Ku Klux Klan-leder til nyhetsanker: – Vi skal brenne deg. NRK.no.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 22. februar). Lothepus, høyrepopulister, Brexit og EØS. [Internett].  Podcast Du Verden!. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 15. september). Mens AP straffes som andre sosialdemokrater, er Listhaug Norges Marine Le Pen.  Dagsavisen.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 20. mai). Mørketid: Viktor Orban. [Radio].  NRKP2.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 30. september). Nazidemonstrasjon i Gøteborg. [TV].  NRK Nyheter.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 07. desember). Nazistorganisasjon forbudt i Finland. [TV].  NRK Dagsrevyen. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Negotiating Jewish Norwegian identity.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 04. mars). Nordiske og europeiske høyreekstreme. [Radio].  NRK Ekko.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 05. september). Norsk valgkamp følger internasjonal trend. [Radio].  Her og Nå hovedsending NRK P1.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Ordet "terror" kan bli utvannet. NRK.no.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 20. juli). Ordet "terror" kan bli utvannet av norsk media. [Fagblad].  NRK.no.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 30. mars). Parlamentarikeren.  VG.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 25. september). Parti fra ytre høyre inn i den tyske forbundsdagen. [TV].  TV2 Nyhetene.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Populisme i Europa- et antropologisk blikk.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Populisme i omstillingens tid. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.  s 24
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Populisme og Brexit som utfordringer til EU..
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Populisme og EU etter Brexit.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Populisme på tvers av Atlanteren. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.  s 3
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 08. mai). Populismen i Europa etter Maceron seier. [TV].  Dagsnytt 18.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 02. februar). President Trump. [TV].  NRK Debatten.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Professor Ole O. Moen om Trump: – En livsfarlig mann. VG : Verdens gang.  ISSN 0805-5203.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). På vei mot autokratiet. NRK Ytring.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Rebordering Europe: ethnogaphies of neo-nationalism in an age of acceleration.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Religion, Identity and Populism.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Researchers' Night Talkshow ved UiO.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 14. august). Sebastian Gorka og nasjonalistene rundt Trump. [Radio].  NRK P2 Studio 2. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Sinte hvite kvinner og menn: kjønn, frykt og nynasjonalisme blant høyrepopulister i Europa.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 23. mars). Situasjonen i Europa er ubehagelig.  VG.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Sliding Towards Autogracy. Befrois.  ISSN 2051-3046.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Sliding towards autocracy. openDemocracy.net.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 25. september). Slik ble høyrepopulistene tredje størst i løpet av fire år. [Internett].  TV2.no.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Still a Nordic Welfare State? Religion, Migration, Values.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 26. mars). Søviknes spredte budskap fra høyreradikale på Facebook.  VG.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 20. juni). Terror og språk. [Radio].  Kulturnytt.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). The Crimmigrant Dystopia: Populist securitization of Muslim migration in Europe. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). The appeal of populism in precarious England.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). The crimmigrant dystopia: far right securitisation of migration in precarious Europe.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). The impact of the refugee crisis on the risk of radicalization.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 25. oktober). Tok imot 28 av 11.069 flyktninger.  Dagsavisen.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 30. september). Tror på hvit "makt" og fornekter Holocaust. [Internett].  NRK.no.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 29. november). Trump delte Britain First video på twitter. [Internett].  Filter Nyheter.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Trump og demokratiet.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Trump, Breitbart og Brexit: Populisme på tvers av Atlanteren.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 17. august). USA-eksperter tror Trump kan bli sittende ut perioden. [Internett].  ABC Nyheter.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017). Understanding the appeal and dynamics of far right nationalism in Europe.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 29. mai). Ungarn har vært vertskap for en konservativ amerikansk kristen organisasjon som anklages for hat og hets mot homofile. [Radio].  NRK P2 Studio 2. Show summary
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 12. mars). Valg i Nederland. [Radio].  NRK P2 Ytring.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 16. mars). Valget i Nederland. [TV].  TV 2 Nyhetene.
  • Thorleifsson, Cathrine Moe (2017, 05. september). Valgforsker om Ap-svikt: – Det som skjer, er på mange måter det verste som kan skje. [Internett].  ABC Nyheter.

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