News & Events


  • April 5, 2019: Dr. Sylvain Perdigon "Steps to an ecology of refuge (along with a manifesto for the Environmental Humanities at AUB)" in Building 37's conference room, at  12pm.

  • April 3, 2019: Dr. Theodoros Rakopoulos "'Buying Passports': Becoming a European Citizen in Cyprus" in Building 37 (behind the old Lee Observatory), at 5.30.

  • March 20, 2019: Dr. Paulo Pinto: "Mystical Bodies: Sufi Ritual and Embodiment in Pre-War Aleppo​" in Nicely Hall, Room 204, at 12.30pm (part of Brown Bag series).​

  • 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.

  • Feb 1, 2019: Dr. Lamia Moghnieh presents "Psychiatry's cultural authority: Diagnosing and debating the women patients of Asfouriyeh hospital" in Building 37 (behind the old Lee Observatory), at 5pm.​

  • Jan 31, 2019: Dr. Fuad Musallam presents "Feeling like an activist: an ethnography of 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).
  • November 7, 2018: "W. E. B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter" by Aldon Morris (Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University). The event will start at ​5:00 p.m at Auditorium B, West Hall, AUB.
  • October 10, 2018: "Post-2011 female citizenship under varieties of authoritarian rule in MENA" by Dr. Rania Maktabi (Associate professor at Østfold University College in Norway).

  • June 8, 2018: Professor Sari Hanafi first Arab to be elected President of the International Sociological Association (ISA).
  • May 17, 2018: Resilience and Informality: the Case of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon. Panel discussion with Sophie Richter-Devroe, Veronica Buffon, Georgios Karyotis and Elisabeth Saleh. Organized by Nada Ghandour-Demiri. Co- sponsored by Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar Foundation, University of Glasgow, Global Challenges Research Fund and the Doha International Family Institute, 
  • April 29th, 2018​: Towards a Reconstruction of Islamic Studies. Workshop co-organized by Sari Hanafi, Bilal Orfali and Radwan El-Sayyed. Co-sponsored by the Cheikh Zayid Chair in Islamic and Arabic Studies, the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies CAMES.
  • April 5th, 2018: Mooning Texas. Lecture by Michael Taussig, Columbia University, organized by Nikolas Kosmapotoulos, co-sponsored by the Fine Arts and Art History Department.
  • March 29th, 2018​: Sociology Café: Fault Lines of the Workers Movement. Panel discussion with Lea Abu-Khater and Mohammad Zbeeb. Organized by Rima Majed. Co-sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, and Lebanon Support.
  • March 26th, 2018​: Political Emotions and Engagement Feelings of Injustice and Moral Shocks, Lecture by Penelope Larziliere, Institute for Research on Development, Paris. Organized by Sari Hanafi.
  • March 20th, 2018: Corporate Conspiring: Techniques for Calibrating our Futures. Lecture by Joseph Dumit, University of California at Davis, organized by Livia Wick, co-sponsored by the Center for American Studies and Research CASAR.​
  • March 19th, 2018​: Screening of Documentary entitled Hunna: Mothers of the Revolution followed by a discussion with film-makers, Tory Brykalski, Mohammad Al-Junde and Mustafa Kharnoub. Organized by Livia Wick, co-sponsored by the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • March 19th, 2018​:  Fracking Systems, Earth Dispossessed: Social Research and Pedagogy through Game Invention. A workshop for MA students in Anthropology, Sociology and Media Studies by Joseph Dumit, University of California at Davis. Organized by Livia Wick, co-sponsored by the Center for American Studies and Research CASAR.
  • March 9th, 2018​: Women's Sexual Health in Lebanon. Panel discussion with Sara Abu- Zaki and Hala Aaraj. Organized by Rima Majed, co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies.
  • January 26-27 2018​: “Mobilizations in the Age of the Arab Uprisings: Perspectives from Lebanon and Iraq" A regional conference co-organized by Rima Majed and Nada Ghandour-Demiri, co-sponsored by Lebanon Support, the Lebanese Sociological Association, Jadaliyya and the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship.


  • ​November 29, 2017: "Affective Geographies of a Revolution: The Aftermath of Trauma and the Politics of Emotions in Post 2011 Egypt", a lecture by Dr. Dina Makram-Ebeid.
  • November 1, 2017:  A workshop on "Governing Diversity: Kurds in the Middle East after the Arab Spring". Check it here for the video.
  • October 12, 2017: "From Political Violence to Exiting Violence in a Global Perspective", a lecture by Michel Wieviorka. Check it here for the Audio and Video.
  • September 29, 2017: "Ethnography as Knowledge in the Arab Region", a discussion organized for the launch of the issue of Contemporary Levant​ (II, 1) with the same title. ​Watch it on youtube. ​​
  • September 11, 2017: "The Politics of Asylum ​Flows and Syrian Refugees in Turkey: A Question of Inclusion and Exclusion", by Sebnem Koser Akcapar .


  • April 18, 2016: "Memory, Tourism, and Defensive Design: The 9/11 Memorial/Museum and the Rebuilding of Ground Zero in New York", lecture by Marita Sturken.
  • April 4-8, 2016:  "DECOLONALITY, in conversation with Arab and West Asian thinkers", a seminar with Walter Mignolo. For more info click here.
  • Winter 2016: "The Main Gate Magazine feature the research contribution of Sari Hanafi".
  • ​March 16, 2016: "Rversing Social Exclusion? Education and the Role of NGOs in Lebanon" , lecture by Melek El Nimer, Nicole Eid Abuhaydar, Rima Musallam and chaired by Karma Bibi. 
  • March 9, 2016: "Knowledge Production in the Arab World: The Impossible Promise", a talk by Dr. Sari Hanafi.
  • January 05, 2016:"Sociology as a Vocation", lecture by Michael Burawoy.
  • January 04-22, 2016: SOAN 290/ PPIA 310R , Seminar in Relief, Reconstruction, and Recovery for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. Read more


  • ​November 18, 2015: "Arab spring through Yemeni lenses", lecture by Francois Burgat.
  • November 17, 2015: The Series of Talks about the Movement: State repression and police violence (in Arabic).
  •  October 7, 2015: "State Analysis from Below:Looking at the politics of informality in Egypt”, brownbag by Cilja Harders.
  • April 25-26, 2015: Fourth International Conference on Social Thought and Theory in the MENA Region  Comparative Methods in Studying Religion and Society ​المؤتمر الدولي الرابع حول الفكر الاجتماعي والنظريات الاجتماعية في الشرق الاوسط وشمال أفريقيا 
  • April 15: Managing a “Spoiled Identity”: Born with cleft, lecture br Dr. Elias Zgheib and chaired by Karma Bibi.
  • April 02, 2015: "Rethinking Social Classes in the Arab World", lecture by Prof. Fawwaz Trabulsi and Dr. Khalid Abu Ismail.
  • March 16, 2015: "Does The Nation-State Have a Hymen? The State of Sexual, National, and Gendered Regulation in Lebanon", lecture by Dr. Maya Mikdashi.
  • Feb. 10, 2015: "Global Modernity and Social Contestation”, by Breno Bringel.
  • Feb. 04 - Apr. 01, 2015: A seminar on decolonial theory. For more click here.


  • ​November 25, 2014: “Tareek Al Muhajireen” The Story of the Alawites in Lebanon,a film by Bissane El Cheikh and Firas Zbib.
  • November 3, 2014: "The concept of a diasporic field.The case of the Lebanese Diaspora". Lecture by Dr. Paul Tabar.
  • October 21, 2014: "Inclusion through Segregation?The Paradox of Gender-Segregation in Iran" . Lecture by Nazanin Shahrokni.
  • September 22, 2014: "Can the social science be used in the religious reform?", Interview with Dr. Hanafi in Al-Nahar.
  • May 28, 2014: A tribute to Dr. Samir Khalaf.
  • May 21, 2014: "Defense and Illustration of Ethnography", lecture by Didier Fassin.
  • May 2, 2014: "Remembering the Nakba in Syria", talk by Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan.
  • March 28, 2014: "The Future of Media: Does crowd-sourcing = exploitation? An anthropological view from Japan and the US." Lecture by Dr. Ian Condry.
  • March 18, 2014: Sociolog​y Cafe, with Elisabeth Longuenesse and Paul Tabar on "Foreign workers in Lebanon: Political and Social Implications". (Photos)
  • March 4, 2014: "New Knowledge for New Times? Infrastructures of Social Science Production in the Arab Region” lecture by Dr. Seteney Shami.
  • Feb 25-26, 2014: The International Symposium “Sociology in Iraq: The centennial celebration of Ali Al-Wardi”.
  • Feb 6, 2014: Sociology Cafe, with Hassan Abbas and Mohamed Attar on "Civil society in Syria before and during the uprising".
  • Feb 2014: Dr. Sari Hanafi reviews the book of the assistant prof. at AUB Coralie Pison Hindawi, Vingt ans dans l’ombre du chapitre VII, Éclairage sur deux décennies de coercition à l'encontre de l'Iraq, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2013, 470 p., Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée [En ligne], Lectures inédites, URL :
  • Jan 2014: Dr. Sari Hanafi published an article titled "Complex entanglements: Moving from policy to public sociology in the Arab world".
  • Jan 2014: Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan published an article titled “Decolonizing Research on Palestinians: Towards Critical Epistemologies and Research Practices”, Qualitative Inquiry 20 (1): 61-71 (2014).
  • Jan 6-15, 2014: Talks by Dr. Sari Hanafi in "École des hautes études en sciences sociales" (Paris).


  • Dec 16, 2013: "On the ‘Disconnected’ Syrian or the 'Muselmannisation' of the Syrian Reflections on the Biopolitics of the Siege of Damascus" lecture by Dr. Abdul-Hay Sayed.
  • Dec 3, 2013: "Où sont les universitaires arabes dans la vie publique libanaise? Une absence analysée a partir des éditoriaux la presse", lecture by Dr. Sari Hanafi.
  • Oct 31, 2013: Article in Al-Akhbar about the latest Sociology Cafe.
  • Oct 29, 2013: Sociology Cafe, with Hanna Gharib and Ghassan Slaibi on "The trade-unions in Lebanon: a national and social movement?" (Update: Notes from the talk).
  • Oct 28, 2013: Coverage of the SOAM lecture:"Two Ethnographic accounts of the Syrian Revolt in ​Aleppo" on Al-Arabiya.
  • Oct 25, 2013: "From Ivory to Battlefield: Two Ethnographic accounts of the Syrian Revolt in the city of Aleppo", lecture by Omar Hallaj and Fouad Fouad.
  • Oct 8, 2013: Dr. Lubna Tarabay published a book titled "Family Law in Lebanon: Marriage and Divorce Among the Druze".​