Noora Al Balushi
BSc Applied Geosciences '12 (GUtech)
After spending my childhood in the UK, my family and I returned to Oman to a multicultural environment that combined the native Arab culture, the deep East African influence, and the ancient presence of the Baluch and the Lawatis in my hometown of Muscat. My undergrad in Applied Geosciences at the German University of Technology in Oman paved the way to many interesting conversations and projects in the field of scientific research, but most importantly the topics of anthropogeography. My research focused on the effect of natural hazards on communities, especially floods and tsunamis, and their affect of people's definition of space. In 2014 my work in the documentation of oral history with regards to past tsunamis affecting the coast of Oman were then published in the booklet "Remembering the 1945 Makran Tsunami" issued by the UNESCO. As for the university's connection to Germany, this created a platform for intercultural dialogue and through that I spent a significant amount of time in Germany exploring topics of politics and cross-cultural understandings which resulted in interning at the President’s office at the German Parliament in Fall 2015. My journey in understanding the connection between people, space, heritage and the question of cultural representation in diverse environments lead to the decision of starting an MA in Museum Studies at UIC at a time that coincides with the ‘Museum Boom’ currently witnessed in the Gulf Region.