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Seteney Shami


Announcing the Arab Council for the Social Sciences

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A new arrival on the Arab research landscape is the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), which was recently legally established (in March 2011) as a regional, independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. The Council is dedicated to strengthening social science research and research capacity in the Arab world. It aims to promote a strong and vibrant social science community by facilitating and supporting networking and the collaborative ...

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Seteney Shami


Seteney Shami is an anthropologist from Jordan with degrees from the American University in Beirut and U.C. Berkeley. After teaching at Yarmouk University in Jordan and setting up a graduate department of anthropology, she moved in 1996 to the regional office of the Population Council in Cairo as director of the Middle East Awards in Population and the Social Sciences (MEAwards). She has also been a visiting Professor at U.C. Berkeley, Georgetown University, University of Chicago, Stockholm University and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (Uppsala).

In July 1999, she joined the Social Science Research Council in New York and is program director for the program on the Middle East and North Africa and also was the program director for Eurasia from 1999-2010. She is also the Founding Director of the newly established Arab Council for the Social Sciences, a regional organization headquartered in Beirut.

She has conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Turkey and in the North Caucasus. Her research interests center on issues of ethnicity and nationalism in the context of globalization, urban politics and state-building strategies, and population displacement and trans-national movements.