Fiona McCallum, Lecturer

Biography

Dr Fiona McCallum was appointed lecturer in September 2012 having previously held the position of RCUK Academic Fellow in Religion and Politics in the School from 2007 to 2012. She holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh (MA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History) and the University of St Andrews (MLitt in International Security Studies and PhD in International Studies). 

From September 2013 to November 2015, Dr McCallum led an interdisciplinary project entitled 'Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe’ (DIMECCE). With partners from Denmark, Poland and Belgium, the project was awarded a grant of 785,851 Euros from the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA).

Using the case studies of the Coptic Orthodox, Assyrians/Syriacs and Iraqi Christians in the UK, Denmark and Sweden, the project explored the identity internal dynamics of these communities, engagement with wider society and transnational interactions especially with Middle Eastern countries. For more information, see the project website.

Research areas

Dr McCallum’s research specialization is the political role of Christians in the Middle East. Her regional expertise is the Middle East and she is also interested in the role of religion in international politics. Her research focuses primarily on the political role of Christian communities in the contemporary Middle East. This covers issues relating to:

  • identity
  • minority rights
  • church-state-societal relations
  • Christian-Muslim conflict
  • interfaith dialogue
  • migration
  • the role of the diaspora.

Publications

Books

  • Christian Religious Leadership in the Middle East: The Political Role of the Patriarch (Lewiston, Edwin Mellen Press, 2010)

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

  • ‘Middle Eastern Christian spaces in Europe: multi-sited and super-diverse’ (with L. Galal, A. Hunter, S. Sparre & M. Wozniak), Journal of Religion in Europe 9(1) (2016) pp.1-25
  • ‘Religious Institutions and Authoritarian States: Church-State Relations in the Middle East’, Third World Quarterly 33(1) (2012) pp.109-124
  • ‘Christian Political Participation in the Arab World’, Islam and Christian Muslim Relations 23(1) (2012) pp.3-18
  • ‘The Political Role of the Patriarch in the Contemporary Middle East’, Middle Eastern Studies 43(6) (2007) pp.923-940
  • ‘The Role of the  Maronite Patriarch in Lebanese History: the Patriarch of Lebanon?’, Chronos 15 (2007) pp.65-88
  • ‘Desert Roots and Global Branches: The Journey of the Coptic Orthodox Church’,  Bulletin of the Royal Institute of Interfaith Studies 7(2) (2005) pp.69-97

Chapters in edited books

  • ‘The Coptic Orthodox Church’, in L. Leustean (ed), Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, (London, Routledge, 2014) pp.521-541
  • ‘Middle Eastern Christian Immigrant Communities as Diasporas’, in A. Eamer (ed.) Border Terrains: World Diasporas in the twenty-first century, (Oxford Inter-Disciplinary Press) ebook 2012
  • ‘Walking the Tightrope: Patriarchal Politics in Lebanon’ in S. Mervin and F. Mermier (eds), Leaders et partisans au Liban (Paris, Karthala/IFPO Press, 2012) pp.315-337
  • ‘The Maronite Patriarch in the Contemporary Era – Tradition and Challenges’ in A. O’Mahony and E. Loosley (eds) Eastern Christianity: Studies in Modern History, Religion and Politics (London, Routledge, 2010) pp.25-40
  • ‘Religious Diaspora and Information Communications Technology: the Impact of Globalization on Communal Relations in Egypt’ in M. Zweiri and E. Murphy (eds), The New Arab Media: Technology, Image and Perception Media Change in the Arab World (London, Ithaca Press, 2010) pp.81-102
  • ‘Muslim-Christian Relations in Egypt: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century’ in A. O’Mahony and E. Loosley (eds), Christian Responses to Islam: Muslim-Christian relations in the modern world (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2008) pp.66-104
  • ‘The Maronite Patriarchate: Tradition and Challenge in the Modern Era’ in A. O’Mahony (ed), Christianity in the Middle East: Studies in Modern History, Theology and Politics (London, Melisende, 2008) pp. 39-67

Teaching

Modules

  • Conflict in the Middle East (IR3300)
  • Warmongers and Peacemakers: Religious Actors and Conflict (IR4536)
  • Teaching and Communication in the Arts (ID4002)
  • Teaching and Communications in International Relations (IR4401)
  • Conflict in the Middle East (IR5518).

Research students

First supervisor

  • Daria Vorobyeva 
  • Josephine Jackson

PhD supervision topics

Topics:

  • Middle East politics including minorities, political Islam and conflict.  
  • Religion and international politics especially peacemaking and conflict.
  • Migration, diaspora and transnational communities.

Further information

Dr McCallum is the joint founder of the Christians in the Middle East Research Network which provides a forum for scholars to discuss issues relating to the general subject of Christians in the Middle East.