The Department of SOAM is a vibrant community of research and learning organized around three scholarly commitments: critical social theory, rigorous methodologies of field inquiry and communication on a range of social and political issues. Reflecting the expertise and intellectual interests of the department’s faculty, its two programs combine various disciplinary approaches in order to cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: the dynamic interplays between local and global transformations; manifestations of gender, ethnic, communal and class inequalities; issues of identity and citizenship caught between primordial forms of belonging and late modern information technologies; emergent social movements and the variously mediated public spheres to address exclusion, human rights, social justice and collective mobilization. In exploring these and other issues, the department gives prominence to contemporary societies of the Mashrek and the larger Middle East in their historical dimension. The degrees SOAM delivers are designed around two inseparable aims: equipping students with cutting-edge, effective skills for an array of professional and academic pursuits, but also with a disposition towards critical thinking, civic participation and self-transformation through intellectual craftsmanship in dialogue with the world they live in. Please enter the sites of our two programs, Sociology-Anthropology and Media Studies, to learn more about our degrees, course offerings and current events.
The mission of the SOAN degrees offered by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies is to make students aware of the different contributions of anthropology and sociology to an understanding of the worlds we live in. The aim is to train students in the conceptual, research, and applied tools of these two components. Through independent, critical, and advocacy fieldwork, attention is given to the historical and cross-cultural heritage of Arab society and its relation to the rest of the world.
News & Events
February 6, 2019: Dr. Andrew Bush: "Relating to Islam in Iraqi Kurdistan: Beyond the Piety of Sufis and Islamists" in Nicely Hall, Room 103 at 6pm.
February 5, 2019: Dr. Elizabeth Saleh: "Of Vineyards and Scrapyards: Markets as Social Experiments" in Building 37 (behind the old Lee Observatory), at 5pm.
February 1, 2019: Dr. Lamia Moghnieh: "Psychiatry's cultural authority: Diagnosing and debating the women patients of Asfouriyeh hospital" in Building 37 (behind the old Lee Observatory), at 5pm.
January 31, 2019: Dr. Fuad Musallam: "Feeling like an activist: an ethnography of political experience in Beirut" in Building 37 (behind the old Lee Observatory), at 6pm.
November 28, 2018: Bernard Stiegler presents "Beyond the Anthropocene" in Building 37, at 5:00pm.
November 13, 2018: The AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Dawlaty, Women Now for Development and The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at AUB cordially invite you to "Shadows of the Syrian Disappeared: Testimonies of Female Relatives Left with Loss and Ambiguity ." The event will be from 9.30am-5pm at the Issam Fares Institute's Auditorium (Level B).
Al-Hardan, Anaheed. “The Sociological Canon Reconfigured: Empire, Colonial Critique and Contemporary Sociology." International Sociology 33 (5): 545-557 (2018).