Jacob Høigilt

Research Professor

Jacob Høigilt
Jacob Høigilt left PRIO in 2018. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

  • Media, politics and society in the Middle East
  • Islamism
  • Language, ideology and culture
  • Youth in the Arab world


See also my profile at ResearchGate and Google Scholar​ for information on and fulltexts of my publications.


Current activities
Two major projects currently take up most of my time. From 2016-2019 I work on the project "Journalism in Struggles for Democracy: Media and Polarization in the Middle East, together with CMI colleague and project leader Kjetil Selvik. By systematically comparing the political function of media across three media channels (TV, electronic news, print) in Tunisia and Egypt, the project investigates how differences between journalistic interpretive communities affect struggles for democracy. 

Second, I take part in the project Aid in Crisis?, led by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik​ at PRIO, which investigates how rights-based approaches (RBA) affect the impact of humanitarian action. My task in this project is to study the Norwegian aid given to Palestine.​

Background

​​​​​​Positions
Research Professor, PRIO (2018)
Senior researcher, PRIO (2013-2018)
Adjunct associate professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo (2015-)
Senior researcher, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (2009-2013)
PhD fellow, University of Oslo (2004-2008)

Education
PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2008)
Cand. Philol. in Arabic, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2003)

Events

PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.

Publications

The following publications are specific to the PRIO Middle East Centre. A more complete list is available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Høigilt, Jacob (2019) The futility of rights‐based humanitarian aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Disasters. DOI: 10.1111/disa.12334.
Høigilt, Jacob (2017) Å balansere på en knivsegg: Mot sosialt sammenbrudd blant unge palestinere i Øst-Jerusalem [Balancing on a knife edge: Towards social breakdown among young Palestinians in East Jerusalem], Babylon - nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier 15(1): 50–59.
Høigilt, Jacob (2017) Egyptian Comics and the Challenge to Patriarchal Authoritarianism, International Journal of Middle East Studies 49(1): 111–131.
Kverme, Kai & Jacob Høigilt (2012) Elsker, elsker ikke… Libanon, Palestina og Syria [Loves me, loves me not... Lebanon, Palestine and Syria], Internasjonal politikk 70(4): 520–528.

Monograph

Høigilt, Jacob (2019) Comics in Contemporary Arab Culture: Politics, Language and Resistance. London and New York: I.B Tauris.