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

“Teaching Literature on the Arabian Peninsula.” Anthropology News website, October 7, 2019. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2019/10/07/teaching-literature-on-the-arabian-peninsula/
“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. 15, 2018.
“‘I Came to You for Good’: An Ethnographic Discussion of Folk Tales from Southern Oman.” Third Joint Seminar of The Folklore Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute.  Royal Anthropological Institute, London. October 26, 2017.
“Recent Views on Oman,” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, July 5-6, 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.
“Female, Femininity, Male and Masculinity in the Gibali-speaking Tribes of Southern Oman,” The Gulf Research Conference, Cambridge University, August 1-4, 2017.
“‘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.


My current research focus on food practices in the Dhofar region in southern Oman, specifically in relation to the concepts of how food is used to show personal generosity and how eating together defines and enhances social relationships. This is part of my work over the last ten years to understand and explain the cultures of a group of tribes who speak Gibali (Jebbali/ SHahri) a non-written Modern South Arabian language.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Risse, Marielle and Keye Tersmette. “Ghurba at Home – Views from Oman.” The Arab World as Ghurba: Citizenship, Identity and Belonging in Literature and Popular Culture. University of Warwick. June 21, 2019.
Risse, Marielle. “Foodways and Society in Southern Oman.” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds, June 24-26, 2019.




  • Royal Geographical Society


  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

  • American Anthropology Association

  • Middle East Studies Association

  • Modern Language Association

  • Hakulyt Society

  • International Lawrence Durrell Society

Marielle R. Risse

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