2021 Call for Participants
The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are pleased to announce the fifth installment of the Lebanon-focused Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute, to be held in Beirut 7–18 June 2021. In the event that international travel, local logistics, or the need for continued social distancing persists, we we will hold the institute in a modified online format. In all cases, the program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon.
Scholarly literature on Lebanon is seldom fully integrated into the graduate coursework of PhD students focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region. Furthermore, such students rarely find themselves at institutions with access to a scholar of Lebanon to fulfill the role of course professor, academic advisor, field examiner, or dissertation committee member. These dynamics are particularly important given the frequent and problematic ways that historical and contemporary political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics in Lebanon are exceptionalized vis-à-vis the comparative study of societies in general and the Middle East in particular.
By bringing together PhD students of various disciplinary training and topical foci, this program creates a space to interrogate, modify, and develop critical approaches to the study of Lebanon. Central to this process is increasing students’ familiarity with the contours of knowledge production as well as field research in Lebanon.
The goals of the doctoral dissertation summer institute are as follows:
A cohort of PhD students, representing an array of disciplines, research agendas, and institutional affiliations, will be chosen from an open pool of applicants through a competitive selection process.
Cost of Attendance
There is no participation cost other than international travel and local accommodation. The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are covering the costs associated with the implementation of all summer institute activities, including most related local meals and all local transportation, as well as a one-year research affiliation with CAMES. Please note each accepted participant will be responsible for funding and securing their international airfare, entry visa, and local accommodation. If necessary, the co-directors of the summer institute will provide participants with access to reserved accommodations made available at a special group rate.
In order to apply and be considered for admission into the doctoral dissertation summer institute, individuals must fulfill the following criteria:
All applicants must submit the following materials via email to Lebanon.Dissertation@gmail.com: