Adham Hamed, MA

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seit 12/2017 | Co-Coordinator APPEAR-Projekt „HU-UIBK Partnership for Strengthening Institutional Capacity in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation“, Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies, Universität Innsbruck (PSICPCT)

seit 03/2017 | Kollegiat des Doktoratskollegs „Dynamiken von Ungleichheit und Differenz im Zeitalter der Globalisierung“ am Forschungsschwerpunkt „Kulturelle Begegnungen – Kulturelle Konflikte“, Universität Innsbruck; Betreuer-Team: Wolfgang Dietrich, Nikita Dhawan und Andreas Oberprantacher

seit April 2016 | Universitätsassistent bei Prof. Nikita Dhawan am Lehrstuhl für Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte

06/2015–03/2016 | Doktoratsstipendant (Politikwissenschaft) aus der Nachwuchsförderung der Universität Innsbruck

20112014 | Studium der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung an der Universität Innsbruck und der United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica)

20092011 | Studium der Internationalen Entwicklung und Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Wien

Forschungsaufenthalte in Ägypten, Tunesien, Israel und Palästina


Immoral Imagination in the Tahrir Movement

‘Third Sides’ is a transdisciplinary research project that examines forms of moral imagination within the Gezi Park and Tahrir Movements. The concept of the moral imagination as defined by John Paul Lederach consists of four crucial faculties: First, the capacity to imagine oneself in a web of relationships that includes one’s enemies. Second, the ability to embrace complexity without getting caught up in dualistic polarities. Third, a commitment to creativity. And fourth, an acceptance of the risk that necessarily goes along with attempts to transcend violence. The aim of this project is to understand the potential of moral imagination, as articulated by third sides, people from the community supporting a process of dialog and nonviolence to transform conflicts. This project is particularly interested in third sides from within both movements that articulate alternative courses of action regarding the transformation of gender-based violence and conflicts rooted in polarizing narratives about identity and belonging. On a theoretical level, the concept of moral imagination will be developed further by adding immoral imagination as a crucial new dimension. This approach will introduce potentials of dystopian interventions into conflict theory. The research combines a historical and an empirical component: In a first step, moral and immoral imagination will be analyzed in the works of first-, second- and third-wave feminists, taking some of the most representative actors in Egypt and Turkey as cases for a critical historical analysis. In a second step, two gender initiatives of the Gezi Park and Tahrir Movements will be analyzed empirically by applying semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions as methods of data collection that will be analyzed through a narratological approach.


  • arabische Revolutionen
  • Nahost-Konflikt
  • elicitive Konflikttransformation
  • Peacebuilding


  • Adham Hamed (2016): Speaking the Unspeakable: Sounds of the Middle East Conflict, Wiesbaden: Springer VS
  • Adham Hamed (Hg.) (2014): Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising, Bremen: Wiener Verlag für Sozialforschung
  • Adham Hamed (2014): Introduction, in: Adham Hamed (Hg.): Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising, Bremen: Wiener Verlag für Sozialforschung, 13–20
  • Adham Hamed (2014): Conclusion, in: Adham Hamed (Hg.): Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising, Bremen: Wiener Verlag für Sozialforschung, 381–383
  • Adham Hamed, Julia Huber, Hannes Naderer, Elena Zepharovich (2012): Vom arabischen Erwachen zur dauerhaften Demokratie!? Postkonsensuale Bruchstellen der ägyptischen Revolution, in: Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung: Zeitenwende im arabischen Raum: Welche Antworten findet Europa?, Wien: LIT-Verlag, 24–36


  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft
  • Austrian Association for the Experimental Studies of Peaces and Elicitive Conflict Transformation (AA RESPECT)
  • Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (AFK), Arbeitsbereich Curriculum und Didaktik


  • Sommersemester 2018 | SE Politische Theorie, Vertiefung: „The Political Ideas of Peace and Development“ (Englisch)
  • Sommersemester 2017 | SE Revolutionary Processes: An Exploration of Tahrir Square and Beyond (Englisch)
  • Sommersemester 2017 | Excursion to Cairo (Englisch)

Weitere Informationen


Doktoratskolleg „Dynamiken von Ungleichheit und Differenz im Zeitalter der Globalisierung“
Forschungsschwerpunkt „Kulturelle Begegnungen – Kulturelle Konflikte“

Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universitätsstraße 15, Raum w2.27
Telefon: +43 512 507-70135
Mail: adham.hamed[at]