In accordance with its mission to promote the production and spread of knowledge about the Americas and transnational connections between the Americas and the Middle East, CASAR is accepting grant applications from AUB faculty members who would like to do research in the framework of our working groups. The working group model was inaugurated in 2018 with the formation of the Anthony Shadid Working Group, and in light of the local and global crises, CASAR will be expanding the model in 2020-2021. In lieu of the conference and summer research travel grants that CASAR has previously offered, and until further notice, faculty interested in research related to American Studies and CASAR's yearly themes can now apply to work with or create a working group.
Like the temporarily suspended travel grants, working group grants are intended to support research related to American studies, but they are also meant to go further to help AUB and Lebanon address the crises and meet the pressing needs that our communities are currently faced with. AUB faculty is invited to apply by submitting the application form for working group grants, along with an attached description of your proposed project.
Faculty can apply either to work with one of our existing working groups or to establish a new working group. The latter requires that the faculty member proposes a theme for the new group's research direction, brings together a group of AUB faculty that would work in that group together, and summarizes their potential research projects. Existing working groups include:
- Environment and Quality of Life, led by Najat Saliba, Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry, Director of the Nature Conservancy Center
- Anthony Shadid and his Archives, led by Rami Khouri, Professor of Journalism and Journalist-in-Residence at AUB
- Performance and Digital Production, led by Sahar Assaf, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts & Art History and Co-Director of the Theater Initiative
- Race and Media, led by Suzanne Enzerink, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies