Visiting Doctoral Fellow
Doctoral Fellow, January - December 2017
Marie Karner is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany). Within her dissertation, she studies the cohesion and internal dynamics of diasporic communities. These communities distinguish themselves through communicative, emotional, economic and symbolic ties among their globally dispersed members. They have gained strength under the influence of new media, the rapid development of transportation technology and the pressure of neoliberal transition. Maronite Lebanese communities who identify with villages in the Wādī Qādīšā serve as case studies for the project. Within the concept of a multi-sited-methodological approach, descendants from Hadath el Jobbeh, Diman, Bcharre, Hadchit, Blouza, Kfarsghab, Ehden, Aitou and Miziara were qualitatively interviewed in Lebanon, Sydney (Australia), Halifax (Canada), Easton (USA) and Dubai (UAE). Based on praxeological concepts she examines the stabilizing elements of diasporic communities like daily routines, maintained traditions, organizations and their shared knowledge. Marie holds a diploma in Geography accomplished with a thesis on the “Transformation of the historic center of Byblos/Jbeil (Lebanon)”.