Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian is the Director of International Studies and Global Politics at the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education. She lectures on the modern Middle East at the Cambridge Faculty of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), and is a founder of the department’s Centre for the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA).
During her summer stay Dr. Farmanfarmaian is making progress on ‘Soft Violence: Patterns of State Rhetorical Warfare’ (working title), it deals with states’ use of offensive rhetorical mechanisms to achieve a range of outcomes from soft power to soft war. Located within the field of strategic communications, unarmed warfare and foreign relations, it analyses power politics expressed in state rhetorical posturing as an alternative to the use of conventional force or diplomacy.
When asked about her return to NIAS Roxane said “Being back is absolutely great; it feels like coming home. The facilities are so conducive to getting real thinking and reading done, and other academics on site are, as in my past experience, fascinating, solid scholars offering the unexpected and the original. The summer stay is a wonderful addition to the NIAS repertoire. I only rue the fact it passes so quickly, but it means, I hope, that I shall be back again!”
NIAS Fellows Association
Joining the NIAS Fellows Association (NFA) is a great way to continue your journey as part of the wider NIAS Community.
The NFA is an alumni network of over 1300 former fellows from 50 years of NIAS history as an Institute for Advanced Study. It provides a forum to maintain and deepen the connection within each year group and also provides a mechanism to allow fellows from across year groups to get in contact with each other.
The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their research or projects, to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to share their knowledge with society.
Every year it offers a diverse year-group of about 50 NIAS Fellows the opportunity to devote themselves to an independent research project. NIAS is the oldest Institute for Advanced Study in Europe whose founding mission is to foster curiosity-driven research. It is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is located in Amsterdam.