Walid el Houri is a researcher, journalist, and media specialist based in Berlin. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam and is a former postdoctoral fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien (EUME) and the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin.
He has taught Middle East studies, media studies and political communication at Bard College Berlin, the American University of Beirut and the University of Balamand.
He has worked in journalism since 2008 as writer, editor, managing editor and project manager.
He was Lead Editor of openDemocracy's North Africa, West Asia (NAWA) section and Academic Partnerships Editor. His media work has focused on human rights, freedom of expression, migration, social movements, and far right politics among others topics.
His academic work and publications deal with dissent, most notably in the Middle East and North Africa, the politics of failure, crisis, and the geographies of war and violence. He is currently an associated EUME Fellow.
El Houri, W. ' Whose knowledge is it anyway? Seizing the modes of knowledge production', Knowledge Production In, On, and From West Asia and North Africa (Forthcoming)
El Houri, W. ‘What the US Election Means for the Middle-East and North Africa’, Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, Vol. 32, Spring, pp. 139-146. 2021
El Houri, W. “Beyond failure and success: Revolutions and the politics of endurance,” Radical Philosophy, 2.02, June 2018
El Houri, W. “Whose Space Is It Anyway? Practices of Protest and Strategies of Authority in Egypt” In Peeren, Esther (et al.) Global Cultures of Contestation: Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
El Houri W., Saber D. “Prier pour la Révolution: le Rôle Politique de la Prière dans le Récit de la Révolution de Janvier 2011 en Égypte” In Lambert Frédéric (dir.), Prières et Propagandes. Études sur la prière dans les arènes publiques. Paris, Éditions Hermann, coll. "Cultures numériques", 2013
El Houri W., Saber D. “Dire la Guerre en Chansons : Nasser et la Nation sur les Ondes de la Voix des Arabes”Temps de la guerre versus temps de la paix : l'expression musicale comme agent du lien social. CTHS Paris, 2013
El Houri, W. The Meaning of Resistance: Hezbollah’s Media Strategies and the Articulation of a People. Amsterdam: Rozenberg Publishers, 2012
El Houri, W. “Hezbollah: From Nasser to Nasrallah, a Historical Context,” Rozenberg Quarterly, 2012
El Houri W., Saber D. “Filming Resistance: A Hezbollah Strategy,” Radical History Review, 106: 70-85, 2010