FAMA Launches Two Summer Institutes, 2016
The Arab Studies Institute and FAMA are launching their Summer Institutes initiative this year, with two events related to existing projects. More information about the institutes is available on the links below.
Political Economy Summer Institute
The Political Economy Project is launching its Summer Institute in Summer 2016. We are designing the institute to function as a sort of bootcamp for graduate students and independent researchers that may not have had extensive formal training in critical political economy. Our first meeting will take place at the Arab Studies Institute / George Mason University on 9-13 June 2016. The first three days will consist of three 2-hour long seminars on various themes within critical political economy, each led by a different faculty member. Each session is a mixture of reviewing key texts and concepts with a brief exploration of current research agendas. The fourth and final day will consist of short (public) presentations by the student participants, who will each outline their research projects to an audience that will include the faculty session leaders as well as attendees from the university community and beyond. Our first year will include 9-10 students and equal number of faculty instructors, in addition to the members of PEP’s Pedagogy Committee.
Lebanon Dissertation Summer Institute
This doctoral dissertation summer workshop aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing critical doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon. By bringing together PhD students of various disciplinary training and topical foci, this workshop creates a space to interrogate modify, and develop critical approaches to the study of Lebanon. Central to this process will be increasing students’ familiarity with the contours of knowledge production as well as of field research in Lebanon. A group of 10 doctoral students working on Lebanon spanning a range of institutions and disciplines make up the first inaugural group. The workshop is co-convened by Ziad Abu-Rish and Nadya Sbaiti.