Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Ángela Suárez-Collado

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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Dr Ángela Suárez Collado joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 2 “Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation” from April 2014 to March 2015.

Research Project at the Centre

The Amazigh Diaspora in Europe: Mapping its Role in Promoting Cultural Distinctiveness and Transnational Cooperation

After decades of cultural and political activism and even clandestine actions, Amazigh activism has consolidated as one of the most important social movements in North Africa, together with different Islamist currents. Being and standing up for being Amazigh today in North Africa constitutes an ideological conversion and adherence to a social project, demanding linguistic, cultural, social, economic and political rights from the states that call into question the ideological pillars on which North African countries are built. These divergences concerns certain aspects such as the dominant historiography on North Africa, which presents Arabs as its only and original people, the Arab and Islamic nationalist character of modern national states and their policies, their territorial systems of power distribution and the non-negotiable and eternal essence of their national identities. Since the 2011 popular uprisings, ethnic identities – which are not related to the political configurations created by the nation-state -, cultural and linguistic diversity and regional particularisms have been defended and negotiated by new and old governmental institutions and political stakeholders, giving raise to the emergence of new and real challenges to North African states.

From a global approach, the evolution of Amazigh activism in North African countries is interconnected with the evolution of Amazigh immigrant activism in Europe for the recognition of the ethno-cultural particularities of the Imazighen within the Maghribi immigrant community. In this respect, the Amazigh communities abroad have been key “in-betweenness” actors, not only in connecting Amazigh activism in Maghrib countries with European socio-political organisations and institutions and promoting transnational cooperation between both sides, but also in the generation of new patterns of producing and consuming ethno-cultural subjectivities as well as in spreading new ideas about strategies for claiming cultural diversity in their regions of origin. Additionally, they have tried to demand their distinctiveness through protest actions and to question, from abroad, the official discourse of their homelands in which the Arab-Islamic paradigm is used to disregard their cultural and linguistic identity.

The research project aims to conduct a study in three different European states (Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium), in order to produce a comparative analysis of four fields of research: the modes in which Amazigh culture is interpreted and expressed in each migration context in the European countries mentioned above; the influence of these interpretations and expressions of Amazigh culture on today’s multiethnic Europe, both at societal and institutional level; their reflections on identity discourses of Amazigh activism in the home country; and the patterns of participation and relationship in Amazigh communities in Europe with other sociopolitical actors in the political spheres of their host countries, as well as their capacity for developing cultural competence in each one.

Research Interests

  • Ethno-cultural Identity, Nationalism and Construction of the Nation-state
  • Migration Studies
  • Activism of Immigrant Communities
  • North African Politics
  • Amazigh peoples in North Africa
  • Social Movements under Authoritarian Regimes
  • Social Movements and Information and Communication Technologies

Current Projects

  • The creation of a "Documentary and Audiovisual Archive of Amazigh diaspora in Europe"
  • The study of models and experiences of archival activism
  • Territorial stress in Morocco: from democratic to autonomist demands in popular protest in the Rif (article)
  • The project of advanced regionalisation in Morocco: change in continuity? (article with Raquel Ojeda)


Since 5/2007 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Taller de Estudios Internacionales Mediterráneos
05/2007-05/2011 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Arab and Islamic Studies Department
Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant
09/2010-12/2010 Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Visiting Scholar
09/2009-12/2009 Centre Jacques Berque pour les études en sciences humaines et sociales au Maroc
Visiting Research Fellow
09/2008-12/2008 Oxford University
Middle East Centre, St. Antony’s College
Visiting Research Fellow

Selected Publications

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2013). The Amazigh Movement in Morocco: new generations, new references of mobilization and new forms of opposition, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 6: 55-70

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2013). À la Recherche d’un place dans le «Printemps Arab»: les TIC et la contestation amazighe pendant les émeutes en Afrique du Nord, in Sihem Najar (ed.), Mouvements sociaux en ligne face aux mutations sociopolitiques et au processus de transition démocratique, Paris: Khartala, 379–97

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2013). Mouvements sociaux dans la Toile: les effets des TIC sur le militantisme Amazighe au Maroc, in Sihem Najar (ed.), Le cyberactivisme au Maghreb et dans le monde arabe, Paris: Khartala, 41–54

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2013). La regionalización avanzada en Marruecos: alcance del modelo propuesto e implicaciones para el Sahara Occidental, Revista de Investigaciones Políticas y Sociológicas 12 (2): 89–108 (with OJEDA, Raquel)

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2013). Entre contestación y cooptación: El movimiento amazigh durante el reinado de Mohamed VI, Revista de Estudios de Internacionales Mediterráneos 13: 25–40

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2012). Cyberactivisme et liens transnationaux au Rif.  In Sihem Najar (ed.), Les nouvelles sociabilités du Net en Méditerranée, Paris: Khartala, 101–15

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2011). El regreso de la monarquía al norte de Marruecos. Una década de desarrollo económico en una reconciliación política inacabada, in Thierry Desrues and Miguel Hernando de Larramendi (eds.), Mohamed VI. Política y cambio social en Marruecos, Córdoba: Almuzara, 115–38

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2010). La sociedad civil frente al proceso de regionalización: el caso del Rif, Revista de Estudios de Internacionales Mediterráneos 9: 142–51

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2009). El grupo de amistad hispano-marroquí: un instrumento de la diplomacia parlamentaria en proceso de maduración, in Miguel Hernando de Larramendi and Aurelia Mañé (eds.), Política exterior de España hacia el Magreb: actores e intereses, Barcelona: Ariel, 149–68

Suárez Collado, Ángela (2007). ¿Está cerrado el mapa de Oriente Medio? Objetivos y dificultades del Kurdistán iraquí y su relación con Turquía, Revista de Estudios Internacionales mediterráneos 1: 7–22

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 2011: Teaching Assistant, Centre: Arab and Islamic Studies Department, Autonomous University of Madrid, Course: “Contemporary Arab World” (spring term)
  • 2010: Teaching Assistant, Centre: Arab and Islamic Studies Department, Autonomous University of Madrid, Course: “Social Movements in Arab-Islamic World” (spring term)

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • 05/2009 - 06/2009: Electoral monitoring in Morocco, Organization: OPEMAM Observatory on Politics and Elections in the Arab and Muslim World
  • 08/2007- 09/2007: Electoral monitoring in Morocco, Organization: OPEMAM Observatory on Politics and Elections in the Arab and Muslim World

Seminars and Conferences

  • "La etnicidad frente al Islam: el discurso de identidad de las comunidades amazighes en España", International Seminar "Vivir el Islam en el Sur de Europa. La construcción de la transnacionalidad desde una perspectiva religiosa", Grup de Recerca sobre Exclusió i Control Socials GRECS, University of Barcelona, 28-29 November 2013
  • "El movimiento amazigh en el Rif: identidad, cultura y política en las provincias de Nador y Alhucemas", International Conference Anthropology in Morocco Discourses, Encounters and Networks, University of Basque Country, Vitoria, 21-22 November 2013
  • “The Project of Advanced Regionalization in Morocco: Actors, Strategies of Change and Old Balances”, with Raquel Ojeda, BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) Annual Conference, Dublin, 24-26 June 2013
  • “Les réponses données au dossier du Sahara occidental dans le project de régionalisation avancée”, with Raquel Ojeda, V International Congress of the Network of French-Speaking Associations of Political Science, Luxembourg, 24-26 April 2013
  • “The Moroccan regionalization process: actors, strategies of mobilization and influence of Arab revolts”, with Raquel Ojeda, IPSA XXII World Congress of Political Science, Madrid, 8-12 July 2012
  • “À la Recherche d’un place dans le «Printemps Arab»: les TIC et la contestation amazighe pendant les émeutes en Afrique du Nord”, International Seminar Mouvements sociaux en ligne face aux mutations sociopolitiques et au processus de transition démocratique, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain, Tunis, 12-14 April 2012
  • “Repenser les modes de contestation et de protestation dans les contextes autoritaires: le Mouvement Amazigh au Maroc et les NTIC”, International Seminar Mouvements en ligne, cyberactivisme et nouvelles formes d’expression en Méditerranéen, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain, Tunis, 24- 25 June 2011
  • “Between cooptation and contestation: Amazigh movement in ten years of Mohammed VI reign”, Annual Conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), San Diego, 18-21 November 2010
  • “The Rif in the face of Moroccan regionalisation process: actors, proposals and limits”, International Seminar Regionalism and Authoritarianism in Contemporary Arab World, Institute for the Transregional Study of Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (Princeton University), Princeton, 15-16 November 2010
  • “La diffusion de la question amazighe en Europe par des réseaux et des practiques transnationaux”, WOCMES International Congress, Barcelone, 19-24 July 2010
  • “The Amazigh Movement, electoral processes and the party system in Morocco”, International Research Seminar Modern Morocco, St. Antony’s College (Oxford University), Oxford, 12 March 2010
  • “El boicot electoral en Marruecos: islamistas, extrema izquierda y movimiento amazigh cuestionando el sistema”, III International Congress of Electoral Studies, Salamanca, 28-30 October 2009


  • Taller de Estudios Internacionales Mediterráneos - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Foro de Investigadores del Mundo Arabo-Musulmán
  • Asociación Española de Ciencias Políticas
  • Asociación de estudios sobre discurso y sociedad
  • International Political Science Association (2012)
  • Middle East Studies Association (2010)


  • 04/2012: Conference Grant to support the attendance of the 2013 5ème congrès of the Réseau des Associations Francophones de Science Politique, Réseau des Associations Francophones de Science Politique, Host Institution: University of Luxembourg
  • 05/2007-05/2011: PhD Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education, Host Institution: Arab and Islamic Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • 04/2007: Research Fellowship, Fundación Giménez Abad, Host Institution: Senate of Spain
  • 09/2004-06/2005: Mobility Fellowship “Sicue-Séneca”, Spanish Ministry of Education, Host Institution: Faculty of Political Science (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

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