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بيروت.. أول مرّة

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كل شارع في بيروت يمكنك أن تصعد أو تنزل به. يتعلق ذلك بالجهة التي تأتي منها إليه. الشوارع المركزيّة، مثل الحمراء والجمّيزة، تكون مستوية. ومنها تتفرّع المنحدرات صعودًا ونزولاً. أغلبية شوارع بيروت الساحقة، هي طلعات ونزلات في الوقت نفسه. بيروت كلها، سفح شرس وعنيف صعوده منهك ومتعب. وفي الوقت ذاته بيروت كلها منحدر سهل نتدحرج عليه بفرح نحو كورنيش البحر. بيروت هي كل شيء وعكسه في اللحظة ذاتها، لذا لا يمكنك الحديث عن مدينة واحدة، فذلك يرتبط أساسا بالزاوية التي ترى منها. يمكنك مثلاً أن تراها كفلسطيني من الداخل، كانت وما زالت بيروت مدينة الأحلام الممنوعة بالنسبة لك، وها أنت تدخل إليها وتراها لأول مرة وتنبهر بكلّ شيء من حولك. ولكنك في الوقت ذاته، وخاصةً لأنك تراها كفلسطيني، لا يمكنك ...

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Reconfiguring Relief Mechanisms: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

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The Issam Faris Institute (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) has released a report, authored by Rabih Shibli, the associate director for Development and Community Projects at AUB’s Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service. The report investigates the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, and advocates the reform of current relief mechanisms along more decentralized mechanisms.  The report suggests establishing a new governance system at the level of the eight Lebanese mohafazat (governorates). It supports the establishment of a “Council of Mohafaza” which task would be to coordinate relief mechanisms comprehensively and ...

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Hello, Zimo

[Zimo collaborated with a range of artists on the design of

Hello, Zimo November 2013 Beirut, Lebanon   Samer Saem Eldahr (aka Zimo) is a musician and visual artist from Aleppo, Syria. Five years ago, he began working on a project that has now become a hit in the Arab underground music scene: Hello Psychaleppo. The two albums that he released so far mix classical Arabic songs with electronic beats, and showcase the collaborative work of artists and designers from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Spain. In this video interview, Zimo discusses how the group worked together and the upcoming exhibition of the album's artwork. He also talks about his background as a musician and visual artist.  

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Bourj Hammoud: Seeing the City’s Urban Textures and Layered Pasts

[Graffiti about Armenian territorial claims. Underneath it: The logo of the Armenian Tashnak political party. Image by Joanne Randa Nucho.]

Bourj Hammoud, a municipality just east of the Beirut River, is a densely populated residential and commercial district known as much for its sizeable Armenian population as its jewelry markets, small-scale clothing, and shoe manufacturing workshops. Until refugees of the Armenian genocide in Ottoman lands urbanized it in the 1930s, it had mainly consisted of agricultural fields. Armenian refugees, who had been living in various camps in and around Beirut, organized themselves into village and town associations based on their places of origin. Coming from Adana, Sis, and Marash, as well as other cities and towns, they attempted to reconstitute familial and neighborly ...

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Ghaniyeh bil miyah (Riche en eau): Un film sur la réforme de l’eau au Liban

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Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Health, Access, and Contributions

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The AUB Noise and Silence Research Group: صوت وصمت

[AUB Noise & Silence Research Group Logo.]

Car horns, screeching tires, motorists’ blaring music, motorcycle accelerations, sirens—official and unofficial, construction jack hammers, grinding electricity generators: all these create a deafening din of background noise in Beirut. Noise is an important issue affecting the quality of life. Research in other parts of the world has demonstrated the link between noise and damage to hearing, and problems with concentration, memory, stress, sleep, cardiovascular health, and immunity to disease (Stansfeld and Matheson 2003; Ising and Kruppa 2004, Babisch 2011). Despite the growing international literature from the medical, environmental health and psychology disciplines, ...

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Dawawine: A Space for the Arts of Stage, Sound, and Image

[Sara Sehnaoui set up Dawawine to encourage people to do reasearch across theater, filmmaking, music, and sound art. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Dawawine November 2013 Beirut, Lebanon   Dawawine is a reading and events space that theater specialist and publisher Sara Sehnaoui set up with musician Abed Kobeissi and filmmaker and artist Rami El Sabbagh in the summer of 2013. Their goal has been to make available specialized books in contemporary theater, dance, music, sound art, film, and video art to students, artists, researchers, and the general public. The bookstore attempts to introduce publications that are often unavailable in Lebanon and to encourage research across disciplines. Dawawine also functions as a public library with its entire collection available as reference material on site despite ...

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Lebanon’s New Government (15 February 2014)

After nearly eleven months (329 days to be exact), Lebanon has a new government. Some thoughts are forthcoming about why the process took so long, what happened to facilitate it, and what this suggests about a shifting regional picture on the situation in Syria, but in the meantime, here are some quick observations: There are twenty-three men in the cabinet and one woman. [Update: Alice Shabtini is a judge who previously headed the Military Appeals Tribunal, and was reportedly President Michel Sleiman’s preferred candidate to head the Judicial Supreme Council. As the head of the Military Affairs Tribunal, she played a role in knocking down the sentence of ...

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Conference--The Lebanese Civil Wars: History, Politics, Memory (6-7 February, Michigan State University)

[Lebanese army deployment in downtown Beirut on 4 December 1990. Image by Ali Mohammed via Associated Press]

The Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University presents a conference on the Lebanese Civil Wars of 1975-1990. Twenty-five years after the wars’ end, we bring together scholars of national and international stature to revisit the experiences of this period. How and why did the wars begin? What local, regional, and global dynamics sustained them over time? How have processes of memory and memorialization contributed to the production of the past and possible futures for Lebanon and the region? Thursday, February 6, 2014 B-122 Wells Hall 8:00pm: Film Screening. Incendies (Villeneuve, 2010), based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad Discussion with Dr. Salah ...

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98Weeks Research/Project Space

[Through 98Weeks Lebanese artist Marwa Arsanios seeks to encourage research in the arts. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

98Weeks Research/Project Space Beirut, Lebanon  November 2013   On a side street overlooking the central area of Mar Mikhael in Beirut, Lebanese artist Marwa Arsanios and curator Mirene Arsanios founded 98Weeks in 2009. The initiative, which started as an artistic research project that focuses on a different topic every 98 weeks, has developed into a full-fledged space with a regular program of exhibitions, performances, and thematic discussions running in parallel to the ongoing research. This video presents a portrait of 98Weeks, with Marwa highlighting its development over the years and the main programs it has offered the public, including ...

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ما هو أكثر شيء تشتاق إليه؟ أجوبة اللاجئين السوريين

ما هو أكثر شيء تشتاق إليه؟ أجوبة اللاجئين السوريين [تمثل الأقوال التالية جزءاً من بحث مستمر يتناول مواضيع اللاجئين السوريين. وتقوم بهذا البحث الأستاذة روشيل ديفيس مع فريق من الباحثين في جامعة جورجتاون.  انقر هنا لقراءة المقالة التي نشرتها روشيل ديفيس وآبي تايلور في صيف 2013 والتي تتناول خلفية وسياق أزمة اللاجئين السوريين في لبنان والأردن. النص: روشيل ديفيس وآبي تايلور. الصور: أندرو فارند وآبي تايلور. ساعد في التحرير والترجمة: لؤي الهاشمي، حسام الجولاني، غريس بنتون، إيما مورفي، نيكولاس غريفين. تحية تقدير لفريق بحث اللاجئين في الأردن ولبنان وللاجئين الذين تعاونوا وعملوا ...

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في أعقاب زيارته لبيروت: اعتقال الصحافي مجد كيال واقتحام منزل عائلته

اعتقلت الشرطة الإسرائيلية مساء السبت الصحافي والناشط السياسي مجد كيال (حيفا) عند معبر "جسر الشيخ حسين" قرب بيسان، وهو في طريق عودته من بيروت إلى البلاد عبر الأردن. ووصل كيّال الحدود الأردنية - الإسرائيلية مساء السبت برفقة والدته، سهير، التي التقته في الأردن، بعد زيارته للعاصمة اللبنانية دامت نحو أسبوعين للمشاركة في إحتفالات صحيفة "السفير" باتمامها عقدها الرابع. وقال والد مجد، مبدا كيًال، في حديث لـ"عرب ٤٨" إن الشرطة الحدودية اعتقلت ابنه فور وصوله وأبلغت العائلة نيتها ...

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Book Launch Event: Leisurely Islam (10 April, Harvard University)

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program at Harvard University is pleased to present an author talk by Lara Deeb - Associate Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College and Mona Harb - Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut Moderated by Susan Kah, Associate Director and Director of the AM Program, CMES; Lecturer on Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University About the Event: A limited number of free copies of Leisurely ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (21 March)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post ...

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Call for Applicants: AUB Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Public Policy and International Affairs in the Arab World

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Announcement The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) American University of Beirut Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Public Policy and International Affairs in the Arab World IFI announces the availability of two post-doctoral fellowships in public policy and international affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) for the a full academic year 2014-15, starting September 1, 2014 and ending May 30, 2014. IFI is specifically interested in ...

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Conference--AUB City Debates 2014: Of Property in Planning (Beirut, 7-8 March)

City Debates is a yearly conference organized by the Masters in Urban Planning & Policy and Masters in Urban Design Programs at the American University of Beirut. Started in 2002, City Debates brings together professionals, academics, and students from Beirut and beyond to explore issues of contemporary relevance to the urbanization of the region. The series aims to document, analyze, and compare emerging practices that are transforming the cities and regions of the Middle-East. It also aims to ...

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Stop the Highway, Build the Fouad Boutros Park

In Lebanon, highway projects cutting through urban neighborhoods and displacing people, in the name of urban modernity, economic development and improving traffic are not new. They are often implementing old designs elaborated in the 1960s by planners who conceived the city prioritizing vehicular movement. More than half a decade later, Lebanese planning agencies do not reconsider those grand plans, despite contemporary urban planning policy trends that advocate addressing  transportation problems ...

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How to Do Things with Hair

How to Do Things with Hair Curated by Barrak Alzaid  thejamjar, Dubai, UAE 26 October—2 December, 2013   Curator Barrak Alzaid has been critically grappling with hair—men’s body hair, to be more precise—for years now. “I find men’s body hair compelling, and as I did studio visits over the last four years, I began to log the variety of ways in which men’s body hair, or accessories of men’s body hair, were deployed.” Alzaid recently translated this ongoing professional and personal ...

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Moral Panics, Sex Panics and the Production of A Lebanese Nation

In the past few months sex panics and moral panics, centered on gendered bodies and abuses, have rocked Lebanon.  In this article I want to revisit three of these panics: photos of a semi-nude Lebanese Olympic Skier’s body and reactions to it; the impunity of wife murderers and wife abusers; and the razing of a Syrian makeshift refugee camp after (ultimately false) accusations of sex abuse by a camp resident of a mentally disabled Lebanese man. I bring these three cases together in order to think ...

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A Gentle and Generous Mentor: Janet Abu-Lughod

I first met Janet Abu-Lughod at a meeting of the Arab American University Graduates (AAUG). AAUG was co-founded in 1967 (disbanded in 2007), by Janet’s husband, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, a leading political scientist of the Arab world. A graduate student at Columbia University at the time, I was rather in awe of scholars who worked in the Arab World, especially if they were of Arab origin. Columbia, then, had relatively few Arab scholars (Edward Said had joined the faculty in 1963; the professors and lecturers ...

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مدينة طرابلس: من يقوى على الحلم؟

"جحيم الكائنات الحية ليس شيئاً سيأتي. هناك جحيم موجود أصلاً وهو الذي نسكن فيه كل يوم. وثمة وسيلتان لتجنب ألمه. الأولى تنجح بسهولة وتناسب الأغلبية من الناس: قبول الجحيم، وأن تصبح جزءاً منه إلى درجة أنك لا تعود تراه. أما الثانية ففيها مخاطرة وتتطلب انتباهاً وتعلماً دائمين: البحث والتعرف على منْ وماذا، وسط الجحيم، ليس جحيماً، والعمل للإبقاء عليه ولمنحه مكاناً(1). لطالما حلمت أن أجد معادلاً لمدينتي طرابلس (اللبنانية) داخل نماذج إيتالو كالفينو الخمس وخمسين. قرأت "المدن غير المرئية" في كل ...

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Matter Matters

Ralf Brand and Sara Fregonese, The Radicals' City: Urban Environment, Polarization, Cohesion. Surrey: Ashgate, 2013. The Radicals’ City is a rich and illuminating book on the intricate relations between the urban environment as a material setting and socio-spatial conflict-related phenomena, such as radicalization, polarization, and social cohesion. Brand and Fregonese’s message is simple but raises at the same time profound philosophical and existential questions regarding the human and built ...

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From the 'Arab Cold War' to the Arab Revolts: Panel Discussion in Memory of Malcolm Kerr

On Sunday 19 January 2014, the American University of Beirut convened a panel to honor the life and work of scholar and former university president Malcolm Kerr. The occasion was the thirtieth anniversary of his assassination. The panel featured Professors Samir Seikaly, Michael Hudson, Eugene Rogan, and Elizabeth Thompson. Kerr received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1958. His publications include Lebanon in the Last Years of Feudalism 1840-1868: A Contemporary Account by Antunn ...

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