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Lana Salman

A Lyrical Cruise in Tunis

[Tourbet El Bey, Medina of Tunis, March 2017 by Lana Salman]

Urban scholars spend at least a decade thinking about the cities they research from the time they identify a research problem to the time they publish their manuscript. But we rarely find published those initial thoughts that are as much about misunderstanding as about comprehending the cities we turn into research projects. This essay is based on field notes from my first summer of pre-dissertation fieldwork in Tunisia, May to July 2014. I use pseudonyms to protect the ...

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Lana Salman is a PhD candidate in City and Regional at the University of California, Berkley. She has been living in Tunisia since August 2016 completing her dissertation fieldwork. Her research is an ethnography of new experiences of the state emerging out of everyday claims-making around land between citizens and municipal officials and bureaucrats. Her interests span urban studies, development studies and political theory.