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How to make sense of Lebanon’s protest movement and its aftermath

How to make sense of Lebanon’s protest movement and its aftermath

Date(s) - 03/31/2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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Institute of Middle Eastern Studies/ School of Politics and Economics


About this Event

This webinar looks at Lebanon’s so-called 2019 thawra and embeds it in the ‘temporalities’ and ‘spatialities’ of Lebanon’s politics of sectarianism. It analyses how the uprising has emerged in the context of deep-seated power disparities.

It also looks at some variables that have shaped its expansion and subsequent contraction in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut blasts. The conclusion highlights some dilemmas and opportunities that will most likely shape Lebanon’s future episodes of contention.


Dr Tamirace Fakhoury is an associate professor of political science and global refugee and migration studies at the University of Aalborg in Copenhagen. She is also the scientific advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris (2020-2022) where she is carrying out a project on Arab states as norm creators and contesters in the international system.

Prior to joining the University of Aalborg in 2021, Tamirace was an associate professor at the Lebanese American University and the director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR). From 2012 until 2016, she was a visiting assistant professor in the summer sessions at the University of California in Berkeley. Her core research and publication areas are: power-sharing and ethno-sectarian conflicts, migration and refugee governance in conflict areas, international responses to forced migration, norm contestation in the international system, the European Union’s external migration policy.

Together with Professor John Nagle, she has an upcoming book on Resisting Sextarianism: Queer Activism in Post-War Lebanon, Zed books.

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