CBRL AGM Lecture 2022: A Cognitive Arab Uprising? Paradigm Shifts in Arab Social Sciences

14 December 2022

Drawing on previous work on knowledge production in the Arab world in the last decade, Professor Hanafi’s talk will contribute to the debate about how scholarship in the Arab region has struggled with some dichotomies before being able to partially transgress them. Professor Hanafi will present different research trends that have evolved from mainstream critical “glocal” (global/local) trends to the more polarized ones of postcolonial and Islamic perspectives. When analysing the latter, he will also highlight differences between the trends that existed or evolved previous to and immediately following the 2011 Arab uprisings—cognitively inspired movements that were induced by paradigm shifts in the Arab social sciences.

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About the speaker:

Professor Hanafi

Sari Hanafi is currently Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies and Chair of the Islamic Studies program at the American University of Beirut.  He is the President of the International Sociological Association was Vice President of the board of the Arab Council of Social Science (2015-2016) and recently created the Portal for Social impact of scientific research in/on the Arab World (Athar). In 2022 he was elected a Lifetime (Corresponding) Fellow of the British Academy in 2022.

Sari Hanafi is the editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology (in Arabic) and the author of Knowledge Production in the Arab World: Impossible Promise, with Rigas Arvanitis (2016), and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East (2019), and many other publications in English, Arabic and French. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales-Paris (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) (1994).

About the host:   

Dr Toufic Haddad, Director of CBRL’s Kenyon Institute will chair the event.




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