American University of Beirut

Research Overview

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CASAR is proud to play an active role in the production of knowledge and new research in the field of American studies with a transnational emphasis. Between the Edward Said Chair in American Studies, our international conferences, and two types of grant opportunities​ that are available to AUB's faculty (the conference travel grant and the summer research grant), we have contributed over the years to a wealth of provocative and intriguing research in the field. The research that the Edward Said Chair and our summer research grants have helped to facilitate ranges from aesthetic-political analyses of the artists of the Arab Spring, to interlocking cultural genealogies of African-American, Arab, and European political and intellectual movements, to investigations related to American studies ​​based on queer theory.​ In addition, an average of ten research and conference travel grants per year have made it possible for members of the AUB faculty to travel in order to do research, give workshops, and participate in conferences pertaining to American studies all over the world. The research initiatives, conferences, and visiting and permanent faculty that we support, as well as the classes that we teach, all ensure that American studies in the Arab World at CASAR is pushing disciplinary boundaries and helping to redefine the field​​ by creating space for novel critical connections.​​​​​​​ For a list of exciting publications that CASAR has been proud to play a part in making possible, click here.

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