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Beirut Event -- Lebanon in the 1940s and 1950s: A Panel Discussion (28 July 2015)

[Beirut Town Hall circa late 1940s. Image from [Beirut Town Hall circa late 1940s. Image from "Lebanon in Pictures"]

Join us in Beirut for a panel of presentations dealing with state formation, public institutions, and social mobilizations in the first fifteen years since the formal end of the French of mandate in 1943. This event is the public component of a two-day research workshop on the early independence period of Lebanon. Co-convened by Ziad Abu-Rish and Mona Harb, the workshop brings together fourteen scholars of diverse disciplinary training and topical foci whose research directly addresses the institutional dynmaics of state formation and social mobilizations in Lebanon during the 1943-1958 period. In order to highlight some of the research questions and analytic findings of this scholarly gathering, the organizers are pleased to present a public panel featuring a small selection of the workshop participants and presentations:

Banking Regulation in Post-WWII Lebanon: Derailing Development, Self-Organization, & Legal Cooptation
Hicham Safieddine, Department of History, Rice University

The Legacy of Old Laws and the Fight for the Commons
Abir Saksouk-Sasso, Studio for Public Works and Dictaphone Group

Workers’ Mobilization for State Building in Lebanon 1943-1958
Lea Bou Khater, School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London

Dislocating the Nation: Imagining Lebanon in Tourism Promotions
Zeina Maasri, Department of Architecture and Design, AUB

Event Logistics:

  • Date: Tuesday 28 July 2015
  • Time: 5:30-7:30pm
  • Location: Auditorium A, West Hall, American University of Beirut


This event and the workshop more generally are organized by the Arab Studies Institute and George Mason University’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, in partnership with the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at AUB and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). For more information, please contact abuz@ohio.edu.

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