Emily Sarsam

Emily Sarsam is a cultural worker currently based in Tunis.

Through her personal creative work she attempts to make sense of the city’s complex social fabric through sound, movement and food.

Through her professional work as a cultural programmer for Goethe-Institut Tunesien she works towards a sustainable, inclusive and creative cultural program which promotes environmental and urban activism.

From 2013 until the present day, Emily Sarsam has been studying and working between Vienna and Tunis, juggling her BA in Middle Easters Studies with her community work in the Medina of Tunis.

In 2015, she co-founded the participatory newspaper Journal de Medina.
Starting out as a platform to shed light on neglected and overlooked parts of the Medina (old town) of Tunis and to weave together its community, it is currently focused on bringing together Tunis’ urban citizens to open a critical dialogue about the city.

Between 2018-2019, Emily spent a year in London to pursue a Masters at SOAS in Music in Development, a practice-based program focussing on “Applied Ethnomusicology”. Living in London and her research lead her to develop an interest in examining acoustic ecology and soundscape studies as lenses to examine social disparities in the urban environment.

She is the initiator and coordinator of TASAWAR Curatorial Studies, which she developed together with Bettina Pelz and Frederike Meyer.




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