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Fanny Christou

Fanny Christou

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fanny Christou

Physical and virtual spaces among the Palestinian diaspora in Malmö


  • Fanny Christou
  • Spyros Sofos


  • Jessica Retis
  • Roza Tsagarousianou

Summary, in English

Through the construction of a Palestinian diasporic topography of Malmö, this chapter focuses on the interrelationship of multiple spaces of action and interaction of Palestinians, locally and transnationally. In addition, given the different identifications and migration trajectories of Malmö Palestinians (originating in the West Bank, Gaza but also Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and beyond, as well as belonging to different generational groups) it seeks to address a number of questions such as: i. What is the nature of the transnational networks that Palestinians create in Sweden? ii. What importance does the Swedish local and national political context have on the emergence of a sense of Palestinianess? iii. How do transnational (especially virtual) connections impact on local imaginations of Palestinianness? iv. What kind of identities and interactions are (re)produced through new media? v. To what extent are these virtual spaces conducive to creating Palestinian diasporic divisions in a Swedish public space, such as Malmö?.


  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World
  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies
  • Arabic Studies

Publishing year







Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research

Document type

Book chapter




  • Political Science
  • Media and Communications
  • Sociology


  • Diasporic activism
  • Identity
  • Palestinian diaspora
  • Physical space
  • Transnational networks
  • Virtual space




  • ISBN: 9781119236702
  • ISBN: 9781119236771