The Syrian Peace Action Center (SPACE) is a non-profit, independent association established in May 2015 in Norway (organization number 915354297).
SPACE works to provide room for Syrians and Syria with the aim of combating the violent fragmentation the people of Syria are undergoing. The underlying assumption that frames the work of SPACE is that the role of the people in political questions remains at bottom the main problem facing Syria today. SPACE emphasizes that the question of Syria can only be answered democratically, and that any narrative that excludes the people is ultimately an endorsement of undemocratic and inhumane processes. In 2011, for the first time since decades the Syrian people have reclaimed the public space and started constructing their narratives, gains we believe are irrevocable and are building blocks for a democratic and just Syrian society.
SPACE organizes recurring events about the Syrian cause in collaboration with key stakeholders in Norway. Through periodic change in the focus of the events, SPACE helps create alternative spaces for Syrian and Norwegian activists, researchers, intellectuals, cultural producers and artistic voices to engage and interact. As an exilic collective that hopes to accomplish gains for the Syrian people, SPACE is especially sensitive to the dynamics of the Norwegian public sphere, who functions as the main audience for its message.
Zeina’s experience spans research, analysis and project management with a focus on education and youth empowerment. She worked with several Norwegian and International NGOs in Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, among others, and participated in several international events engaging with the Syrian diasporic civil society. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Management from Lund University, Sweden.
Line has worked as advisor for Middle East at Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and advisor for Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) Was Chair of the Palestinian Committee in Norway from 2008-2012 and has served as board member of NORWAC and Utviklingsfondet . Line holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oslo.
Rana is Assistant Professor at the American University in Beirut. Issa is a literary historian focusing on Levantine and translated literatures. In addition to her many scholarly publications, she has also published on the Syrian revolution, art practices in the Arab world as well as collaborated with leading young filmmakers and artists from Palestine, Syria and Lebanon on concept design and filmatic/visual development.
Murhaf is Data Scientist. He holds a PhD in computational linguistics from the University of Oslo. He has contributed to the Norwegian debate on Syria by writing in newspapers and participating in panel discussions. He also writes and translates articles in English. Murhaf has been part of coordinating advocacy campaigns together with other Syrian activists around the world.
Our project donors are Fritt Ord, Bergesenstiftelsen and Oslo Kommune Kulturetaten and EMI.