February 13, 2020, 5:00pm
Lebanon in Crisis: A Panel Discussion
Presenter: Hicham Safieddine, Maya Mikdashi, Marwan Kraidy, and moderator Lama Mourad
Location: Perry World House, Global Policy Lab

Since 2019, Lebanon has been rocked by a series of protests and political upheavals, culminating with the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in October. Join our panel of specialists for a discussion and analysis of the events currently unfolding, including Maya Mikdashi, Marwan Kraidy, and Hicham Safieddine by Skype. The panel will be moderated by Lama Mourad.

Participants

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Maya Mikdashi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and a lecturer in the program in Middle East Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  Maya is an anthropologist (PhD Columbia University, 2014) who is deeply engaged in ethnographic, legal, and archival theory and methodology. She currently is completing a book manuscript that examines the war on terror, sexual difference, secularism, and state power in the contemporary Middle East from the vantage point of Lebanon. 

Maya has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014-2016 at Rutgers University, and a Faculty Fellow/Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University (2012-2014). She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, in addition to online platforms. She is a co-founding editor of the e-zine Jadaliyya.com

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Marwan M. Kraidy is Professor of Communication, the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where he is also affiliated with the Middle East Center. A scholar of global communication and an authority on Arab media, politics and culture, he studies the relationship between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries. Kraidy is currently an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

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Hicham Safieddine holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Political Science from York University, Canada, and an MA in Economics from The University of Rochester, New York.

Hicham’s current research project explores the formative role of Arab financial regimes, including central banks, in the making of modern Arab societies and states with a focus on the Arab Mashriq. He is also researching the history of Arab economic thought in the post-WWII period and its relationship to contemporaneous notions of modernization and development.

In addition to his academic research and teaching, Hicham is the co-founder of e-zines Al-Akhbar English and The Legal Agenda’s English Edition. 

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Lama Mourad is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Perry World House. She previously worked as a Predoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, working on its Middle East Initiative. She won the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Postdoctoral Award. She has written papers for publications including Forced Migration Review, Journal of Refugee Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, and Newsletter of the MENA Politics Section of APSA. Mourad received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Toronto, and her B.Soc.Sc from the University of Ottawa.

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