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Lilia Labidi




An anthropologist and psychologist by profession, Labidi holds a doctorate in psychology and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Paris. Labidi was a professor of clinical psychology at the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Tunis, where from 1997-2001 she directed a program on The Construction of Public Morality in the Arab World and Africa (Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt). She has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton(1995-1996), fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC(2001-2002), visiting professor of psychology at the American University in Cairo(2004-2005) and Yale University(2008-2009), and co-founder and active member of the Association of Tunisian Women for Research and Development and the Tunisian Association for Health Psychology. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on the Arab world, on subjects such as the history of the feminist movement, psychology and sexuality, the construction of identity, attitudes towards death, among others, and has also organized many national and international conferences and exhibitions in Tunisia. Lilia Labidi was Minister of Woman Affairs in the new Tunisian government of National Unity (January-December 2011), following the overthrow of the old regime. She is currently a Visiting Research Professor at the Middle East Institute (MEI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS).