You are cordially invited to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies first lunchtime lecture in our Brown Bag Lecture Series for the semester:
Land, Tourism, and Pageantry in Lebanon
by Nadya Sbaiti*
Wednesday, 22 February @ 12pm-1pm in Nicely 204
This presentation explores the relationship between constructions of national historical narratives and the nascent tourist industry in Lebanon from approximately the late 1910s through 1950. It aims to show how hoteliers, guidebook writers, journalists, as well as "laymen" identified different “tourist publics” as Lebanese, Arab, or ‘western’, and will explore the gendered frameworks that underwrote how those groups were defined as consumers and to what purpose.
*Nadya Sbaiti is assistant professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. She is the author of a number of book chapters, journal articles, and a book manuscript entitled Education and the Politics of Community in Lebanon. She is co-editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and served as co-editor of the peer-reviewed Arab Studies Journal.