Laura Stocker

I received my BA in Islamic Studies and Modern History at the University of Basel in 2013, and then attended the University of Bern, where I completed an MA thesis on modern colonial history of Middle East and North Africa in 2018. In Bern, I also worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Throughout those years, I have spent several months in the Middle East, mainly in Iran and Lebanon where I studied (Colloquial) Arabic and Farsi.

Since September 2018, I am a PhD student in the research project “Towards a Decentred History of the Middle East: Transborder Space, Circulations, Frontier Effects and State Formation, 1920-1946“ (BORDER), funded by the European Research Council, under the supervision of Professor Jordi Tejel at the History Department of the University of Neuchâtel.

Since June 2019 I am also an associated doctoral student at the 'Institut français du Proche-Orient' (ifpo). www.ifporient.org/laura-stocker/

Within this framework the focus of my research is on the borderland between Iraq and Syria in the interwar period as well as during the Second World War. Looking at cross-border mobility of livestock and Bedouin tribes, I want to explore the entanglements between the environment, new-state borders and imperial policing of the human and non-human inhabitants of the Desert borderlands as well as their spaces of agency.

Doctorante ERC BORDER

Espace Tilo Frey 1
CH-2000 Neuchâtel


Research Areas

  • Contemporary History of the Middle East
  • State formation and Borders
  • Tribes, Gender, Iraq


M.A. Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Bern