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Le Liban et la recherche internationale après les révoltes de 2011: une «zone de confort»?

Carpi, E; Di Peri, R; (2020) Le Liban et la recherche internationale après les révoltes de 2011: une «zone de confort»? Afriche e Orienti , XXI (2/2019) pp. 107-124. 10.23810/1345.DIPERI-CARPI. Green open access

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Abstract

Since the 2011 uprising, the Arab world turned into a theatre of political and social transformations. While some have been visible, others, less visible, have however been able to affect the intellectual, social and political infrastructure of international research. Being an important scenario for regional policy developments (Eg. the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran), Lebanon offers an interesting case in point. While this article does not address the October 2019 revolution and the most recent COVID-19 pandemic, we endeavor to unravel the ways in which research themes, methods, and security have changed in the Lebanese context. Despite domestic instability, Lebanon not only is one of the few countries where conducting research is still possible in a crisis-affected region, but it also emerges as a “comfort zone” for international researchers: a place where to observe regional conflicts while enjoying a consumeristic lifestyle and a privileged position within Lebanese society. We provide a critical inquiry of how, first, the confessional narrative has been abused and reproduced in international research. Second, we focus on how scholars have changed the way of thinking Lebanon’s statehood and political order. Finally, we discuss how the forced migration scholarship has built on the widespread securitization and ethnicization of migration. Keywords: Lebanon “comfort zone”; international research; statehood; confessional narrative; forced migration

Type: Article
Title: Le Liban et la recherche internationale après les révoltes de 2011: une «zone de confort»?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.23810/1345.DIPERI-CARPI
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.23810/1345.DIPERI-CARPI
Language: French
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10100448
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