Ass. Prof.

Communication Arts

Lebanese American University

P.O. Box 13-5053 Chouran


0000 Beirut


Forschung und Projekte

Derzeitige Position(en)

Assistant Professor of Media and Social Communication
Post Doc Fellow at the Orient Institute, Beirut Lebanon

Aktuelle(s) Projekt(e)

Dying in the Technosphere. The colonial entanglement of Earth Observation, racialisation and techno-natures in the Mediterranean Sea.

Frühere Position(en)

Doctoral Researcher
Universities of Exeter, Cambridge and Queens, UK
I have completed my doctoral research as member of the interdisciplinary ESRC funded program Conflict in Cities. The project brought together senior and junior researchers in Architecture, Sociology, Media and Political Studies to investigate technologies of resistance, survival and reconciliation in post conflict urban environments. My research focused on the role of data and geo-spatial information in the reconstruction of a Palestinian refugee camp.

Documentary Filmmaker and Broadcast Journalist, Public Radio and Television in Austria and Germany (ORF;OE1, SWR/ARD; ARTE; Premiere, VOX)


Monographien (und Dissertation)

Halkort (2013) 'Taming the insurgent City. On the role of information technology in the reconstruction of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon', PHD Thesis submitted to the School of Sociology, Queens University, Belfast, UK


Monika Halkort (2019) ‘Dying in the Technosphere. The violence of non-identification of dead and missing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea’, Chapter for a forthcoming book publication by the Human Rights Consortium, University of London

Monika Halkort (2019) ‘Decolonizing data relations. On the moral economy of data-sharing in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon. Canadian Journal of Communication, 44 (3), Special Issue on Data Power, Sept 2019 DOI:

Monika Halkort (2016) ‘The Geopolitics of the Cloud’ in Scores, 10/16, Tanzquartier Wien. URL:

Monika Halkort (2016) ‘Liquefying Social Capital. The Bio-politics of Digital Circulation in a Palestinian Refugee Camp’, in Tecnoscienza, Nr. 13, 7(2). URL:

Book Review of Diana Allen (2015),Refugees of the Revolution, Experiences of Palestinians in Exile, Stanford University Press
in Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 44 No. 3, Spring 2015, pp. 60-62. DOI: 10.1525/jps.2015.44.3.60

Monika Halkort (2015) “Expressive Sovereignty” in Zyman, D. (2015) Amar Kanwar. The Sovereign Forest, Sternberg Press, Berlin, Germany

Monika Halkort (2013) ‘Rebuilding Nahr el Bared’ in Conflict in Cities, Open Democracy, London. URL:

Monika Halkort (2012) 'Die verhinderte Stadt. Wiederaufbau im nordlibanesischen Flüchtlingslager Nahr el Bared‘ in IZ3W Dossier: Urbanisierung und Stadt für alle, IZ3W Issue 332, October 2012, pp. 22-23. URL:

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Forschungsinteressen und Arbeitsgebiete

My research focuses on the intersectional dynamics of digital materiality, racialization and enclosure inhered in communication infrastructures focusing on the specific context of (post) colonial struggle in the Mediterranean Souths. My most recent work examines the material agency of data in negotiating conflicting horizons of death and finitude and how that diffracts lived and embodied commitments across socio-technical registers and spatio-temporal domains. The main geographic focus of my work is the Arab world.