Our inaugural summer institute came to an end on 24 June 2016. If interested in participating in the institute, please visit out Call for Participants. In the mean time, be sure to browse the website for information about the institute, the inaugural group of participants, and what the agenda, program, and reader of 2016 instiute were comprised of.
To contact the institute co-directors, please email lebanon.dissertation.weebly.com.
Program in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA)
Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)
American University of Beirut
Cordially invite you to a talk
"The US and Palestine, 1948"
Professor Emerita, Department of Political Science
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
IFI Building (facing Green Oval) – 4th Floor Conference Room
Irene L. Gendzier presents incontrovertible evidence that oil politics played a significant role in the founding of Israel, the policy then adopted by the United States toward Palestinians, and subsequent U.S. involvement in the region. Consulting declassified U.S. government sources, as well as papers in the H.S. Truman Library, she uncovers little-known features of US involvement in the region, including significant exchanges in the winter and spring of 1948 between the director of the Oil and Gas Division of the Interior Department and the representative of the Jewish Agency in the United States, months before Israel's independence and recognition by President Truman. Gendzier reveals how the politics of oil helped move the US from an initial position – one that considered the consequences of partition to be deleterious and supported repatriation of Palestinians – to one that saw Israel as a strategic ally and put the US squarely on its course to the position it holds today.
Irene L. Gendzier is Professor Emerita in the Department of Political Science at Boston University. She is also the author of Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East, 1945–1958 and Frantz Fanon: A Critical Study, and she is a coeditor, with Richard Falk and Robert Lifton, of Crimes of War: Iraq.
The Arab Center for Architecture is organizing a guided tour in Mar Mikhael neighborhood for Sunday 19 June 2016.
Guided by Liliane Barakat, geographer and professor at Saint Joseph University
Meeting point : Electricité du Liban's main gate at 10:00AM
Duration : 2:30 hours
Language : French
Participation fees: 30 000LBP
As the number of participants is limited, kindly book your place by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Anthropology Society in Lebanon (ASIL) is delighted to invite you to engage with Prof. Ghassan Hage who will speak to on June 14, 2016, at 6 pm on the subject of lenticularity.
Abstract: "On Lenticularity": The ‘ontological turn’ in Anthropology has involved a conception of social life as a space of multiple realities. This idea presupposes that there isn’t a single mode of relating to the world and that there are as many worlds as there are modes of relationality. In this paper based on ethnographic material on diasporic culture and the culture of colonialism I want to argue about the analytical significance of thinking with multiple as opposed to mono-reality. Against an unreflexively assumed mono-realism that social and cultural analysis takes as a default position, I want to argue that social subjects are always faced with a multi-ontological world, with what Lucien Levy-Bruhl calls 'l'enchevêtrement des réalités’, the entanglement of realities. Most importantly, however, I want to argue that these realities are lenticular: the significance of this is to make ambivalence, hesitation, oscillation which are seen as belonging to the domain of subjectivity, properties of reality itself.
ASIL Logistics: The meeting will be held in T-Marbouta's library (on the second floor), Tuesday, June 14, from 6-7:30 pm. In return for providing a pleasant meeting space, T-Marbouta asks that each guest purchase at least one beverage. Please buy your beverage directly from the bar upon arrival. It would help if you arrive a bit before 6 so all of that can be taken care of before our meeting begins.
ASIL’s Project: ASIL is a working group devoted to informal, practical discussion of anthropology as relevant to practitioners and students. All are welcome to invite people to any meeting, but please keep in mind that they should be comfortable contributing to the atmosphere of an experimental group project. Please contact Kirstin Scheid (email@example.com) if you have any suggestions for future meetings.