Ahmed Azzam is a Palestinian-Syrian writer, research and journalist. Azzam graduated from the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Damascus. He worked in the field of social research and has published his research in several journals. In 2011, the Syrian civil war propelled him to become an independent journalist.
During his time as a social researcher, Azzam travelled around Syria and became acutely aware of the inequalities that affected large parts of the populations. But it was the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011 that pushed him to be an outspoken voice, publishing in his personal account and for online outlets. Due to the risks this posed to him and his family, Azzam fled to Turkey in 2015.
During his time as a refugee in Turkey, Azzam continued his journalism work and wrote scripts for cartoons and TV shows aired in channels that were critical to the Syrian regime. He published an essay “The Biography that Never Begins” regarding his childhood in Damascus as a member of the Palestinean diaspora. He also produced several artistic shorts, including the film “Yellow” inspired by a friend’s experiences in a Syrian jail and co-produced with this friend.
Azzam was welcomed as Gothenburg’s newest ICORN writer in residence in October 2020. Since the beginning of his residency, Azzam completed his first novel which should be published by the end of 2021 and has been working on a movie titled “Question Mark.”
To read one of Azzam’s recent research publications: https://bit.ly/3eSVKQ8.