Recent Commons Activity

  • posted an update:

    Risse, Marielle. “’Words Mean Nothing’: Fluency in Language and Fluency in Culture in Anthropology Fieldwork in Southern Oman.” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Wales, July 14-15, 2016.

  • posted an update:

    Risse, Marielle. “‘A Man Was Always Catching Fish’: Fairy Tale Elements in the Ali al-Mahri/ Johnstone/ Rubin Gibali Texts from Southern Oman,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference’ Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. March 18, 2016.

  • posted an update:

    Risse, Marielle. “Why Would I Hurt a Woman?”: Respectful/ Respecting Women in the Southern Oman,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference, Denver; November 24, 2015.

Commons Sites


Teaching subjects: English literature, Arabic literature in translation, World literature in translation, Creative writing, Cultural Studies, Education. Research subjects: Gibali (Jebbali/ Sheri) culture, Dhofari and Omani history and culture, Intercultural Communication, English Literature, Travel Writing, Pedagogy, Anthropology

Other Publications

“Understanding Communication in Southern Oman,” North Dakota Quarterly (Special Issue on Transnationalism) 84.1 (2017): 174-184. “Generosity, Gift-giving and Gift-avoiding in Southern Oman,” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies (Oxford: Archeopress) 45 (2015): 289-296. Available on-line at{EE6A77A7-C282-4872-A17D-070CAEF2FDDF} “Selecting the Right Literary Texts for Middle Eastern Students: Challenges and Reactions,” in Focusing on EFL Reading: Theory and Practice. Rahma Al-Mahrooqi, ed. Sultan Qaboos University Press, 2014: 165-188. “Frosty Cliffs, Frosty Aunt and Sandy Beaches: Teaching Aurora Leigh in Oman,” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 43.4 (2013): 123-145. “Who Are You Calling ‘Coddled’?:  ‘Cloistered Virtue’ and Choosing Literary Texts in a Middle Eastern University,” Pedagogy, 14 (2013): 415-427. “Using Local Voices in Literature Classrooms,” Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives 9.1 (2012). “Understanding the Impact of Culture on the TESOL Classroom: An Outsider’s Perspective,” TESOL Arabia’s Perspective 18.2 (2011): 15-19. “Cultural Refraction: Using Travel Writing, Anthropology and Fiction to Understand the Culture of Southern Arabia,” Interdisciplinary Humanities 26:1 (2009): 63-78.   CONFERENCES “Female, Femininity, Male and Masculinity in the Gibali-speaking Tribes of Southern Oman” at the Gulf Research Conference, Cambridge University, August 1-4, 2017. “Antigone, Alcestis, Deanira and Philoketes visit the Empty Quarter: The Reception of Greek Drama on the Arabian Peninsula.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference; University of Utrecht. July 7-8, 2017.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Accounts from the Journeys of the Brig ‘Palinurus’ Along the Dhofar Coast in the mid-1800s.” Maritime Exploration and Memory Conference, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. Sept. 12-15, 2018.    


  • Royal Geographical Society
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
  • British Foundation for the Study of Arabia
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Hakulyt Society
  • International Lawrence Durrell Society

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