Note on Timing
The Lebanon Dissertation Summer Institute is currently accepting applications for its 2017 installment, which will be held 12-23 June 2017 in Beirut. Please read the entire call for participants carefully as applicants must meet all elegibility requirements and submit complete applications by 5 March 2017 to be considered. Applicants will be notified by no later than 5 April 2017 of the decision concerning their application.
The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are pleased to announce the second installment of the Lebanon-focused Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute, to be held in Beirut 12-23 June 2017. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon.
Scholarly literature on Lebanon is seldom fully integrated into the graduate coursework of PhD students focusing on the Middle East and North Africa region. Furthermore, such students rarely find themselves at institutions with access to a scholar of Lebanon to fulfill the role of course professor, academic advisor, field examiner, or dissertation committee member. These dynamics are particularly important given the frequent and problematic ways that historical and contemporary political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics in Lebanon are exceptionalized vis-à-vis the comparative study of societies in general and the Middle East in particular.
By bringing together PhD students of various disciplinary training and topical foci, this program creates a space to interrogate, modify, and develop critical approaches to the study of Lebanon. Central to this process is increasing students’ familiarity with the contours of knowledge production as well as field research in Lebanon.
The goals of the doctoral dissertation summer workshop are as follows:
- Deepen participants’ theoretical and empirical foundations for the study;
- Introduce applicants to the main questions and methods of various disciplines;
- Facilitate logistical preparation for archival and other forms of research fieldwork;
- Contribute to the development of a doctoral dissertation research and writing community;
- Expand critical knowledge production on Lebanon.
A cohort of PhD students, representing an array of disciplines, research agendas, and institutional affiliations, will be chosen from an open pool of applicants through a competitive selection process.
All applicants must submit the following materials via email to Lebanon.Dissertaton@gmail.com by no later than 5 March 2017 :
- Cover Letter (must include reasons for applying to the workshop; summary of research agenda; description of academic preparation; and mention of prior experience in the region and/or Lebanon).
- Current Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- Letter of Recommendation from Primary Advisor and/or Dissertation Chair.
- Copy of Research Prospectus Approved by Home University (15-page limit).
- Completed Academic and Language Training Form (click here to download).
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