Publication supervised by the Orient-Institut Beirut, in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Lebanon Office
Assignment: Conduct field research and draft an original analysis of the Lebanese Intifada of October 2019
Starting Date: March 2020
Duration: Nine months
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Since 17 October 2019, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese women and men have poured onto the streets across the country, blaming the political elite for corruption, failing public services and driving the economy to the brink. The protests were sparked by anger at the government’s announcement of further tax plans.
Despite clashes involving the security forces and some political factions, the protests have remained non-violent to a large extent. Contrary to previous uprisings that were managed by political parties (2005) or spearheaded by civil society groups (2015), the current protests are grassroots and decentralised in character.
Five months into the mass mobilisations, protesters have developed spaces for and a practice of direct political dialogue on many squares, streets or previously public but now privatised properties. Lebanese are not only protesting; they are discussing with each other in large numbers. Furthermore, while the protests and debates are not directed by seasoned activists or politicians, people exercise effective leadership at smaller, local levels in organising discussions, marches and roadblocks. Women, students and young people, who are often at the political and economic margins of society, have played a conspicuous role in the organisation.
The aim of the publication is to analyse and document the 2019 uprisings in Lebanon and the unfolding political, economic and financial crises. We invite contributions that help us consider better ways of conceptualising these developments and their repercussions on the political system, civic engagement and socio-economic relations.
Against this backdrop, the contributions can address one or more of the following themes:
Tasks of the Contributors:
Under the guidance of the research supervisors, the contributors will draft a paper according to the following guidelines:
The authors will receive a lump sum payment of EUR 2,000 or equivalent in LBP at official rates upon fulfilment of all deliverables.
Priority will be given to submissions that adopt critical approaches to related concepts and categories, engage with a solid theoretical framework and are based on empirical research.
We encourage contributions from early career researchers, PhD candidates, practitioners, journalists, activists and civil society experts.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in this Call, please send your application in English, consisting of
Please mention “CfP Intifada 2019 – Lebanon” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this call. Only complete applications will be considered.
Closing date for applications is 20 March 2020 at 12:00 pm, local time (Beirut).
We reserve the right to close this advert earlier as we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in-person at the Orient-Institut Beirut.
Organisations responsible for this call:
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Tel: +961 (1) 359 173
The Orient-Institut (OIB) is an independent academic research institution for the Humanities and Social Sciences, conducting research on the Middle East in interdisciplinary and comparative ways. It was founded in 1961 and is today a member of the Max Weber Foundation, comprising currently 10 German Humanities and Social Sciences Institutes Abroad.
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