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Annabelle Boettcher

Vice-Rector, Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), Dean of the Faculty of Social Work and Professor in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen in the Black Forest, Germany

Annabelle Böttcher is vice-rector of the Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), dean of the Faculty of Social Work and professor in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen in the Black Forest (https://www.dhbw-vs.de/hochschule/mitarbeitende.html). She is also affiliated with the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. After obtaining a PhD in Political Science from Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, she completed a Habilitation in Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU-Berlin). From 2005 to 2015 Annabelle Böttcher worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as an advisor and delegate in war and conflict zones, such as Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Niger, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. Her fields of expertise are contemporary Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey) and Islamic movements (Sunni-Sufi, Sunni-Salafi, Shiite), and Muslim body- and space management. From 2016 to 2017 she was visiting professor and from 2017-2019 professor financed by the Welfare Innovation Fund to work on the interface of Islamic culture and healthcare in Denmark and biomedical systems in general. In addition, she is also interested in the weaponization of healthcare (e.g. Syria) and the integration of Syrian medical professionals in the German labour market.

 

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