Foroogh Farhang

Visiting Doctoral Fellow

Visiting Doctoral Fellow, September 2018 - February 2019

Foroogh Farhang is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Northwestern University. She received her MA in Gender Studies from Central European University Budapest in 2014. Her Master’s thesis focused on the visual representations of Shi’a saintly martyrs and the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war in mural paintings in Tehran in post-revolutionary Iran. In her current dissertation project, she explores the political, economic and ethical dimensions of the quest of Syrians for a proper burial in Lebanon in the years following the 2011 mass migration of Syrians to that country. She looks at the ways in which the scarcity of burial spaces in Lebanon, in conjunction with increasing restrictions on crossing the Lebanon-Syria border, has mobilised legal and illegal networks of Syrians’ travelling dead within the borders of Lebanon and en route from Lebanon to Syria.