The team

The Gilgamesh project is a collaboration of two universities (Uppsala University and University of Cambridge) and the Museum of World Culture (Världskulturmuseerna) in Sweden where the project is hosted and administered.

Världskulturmuseerna is a governmental agency under the Swedish Ministry of Culture, responsible for documenting and illustrating different cultural manifestations and conditions as well as cultural encounters and variations from a historical, contemporary, national and international perspective. Agency activities are carried out at Etnografiskamuseet, Medelhavsmuseet and Östasiatiskamuseet in Stockholm as well as Världskulturmuseet in Gothenburg. (www.

The long term maintenance of the thematic work and further dissemination of the project outputs will be carried by Stichting Inanna Foundation, which is cultural organisation based in the Netherlands.

The Gilgamesh project is run by three researchers based at Uppsala University and University of Cambridge.

Naures Atto

Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. She has a background in social anthropology and has conducted extensive research on reasons for emigration from the Middle East, and settlement in Western Europe. Currently, she is the PI of Horizon 2020 RESPOND project.

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Andreas Önver Cetrez

Associate Professor and lecturer in Psychology of Religion and Cultural Psychology at Uppsala University, is the Principal Investigator of the Uppsala team and the coordinator of Horizon 2020 RESPOND project. Dr. Cetrez has profound expertise in studies of migration, refugees, health and acculturation.

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Soner Ö. Barthoma

Independent researcher with a background in political science. Co-Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 RESPOND project at Uppsala University. He is also a research fellow, project coordinator of the Erasmus+ Surayt-Aramaic Online Project (2014-2017) at Free University Berlin.

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The research project “Gilgamesh: Untold Experiences of Vulnerable Groups” is co-financed by the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.