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Global Affairs

"Unpacking Sectarianism in Contemporary Lebanon: A Crticial Ethnographic Study"

Lecture by Dr. Yasemin Ipek

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:00 PM Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), 1202

Dr. Yasemin Ipek of George Mason University (Global Affairs) will discuss how different communities in Lebanon talk about and problematize sectarianism, based on ethnographic research she conducted between 2012 and 2015. She will unpack competing local discourses on sectarianism and nationalism by examining how rival political communities and individuals blame each other for the sectarianism of the “Lebanese.” Attending to how discourses on sectarianism and nationalism are deployed in order to make competing ethical claims to citizenship, identity, belonging, and social change, Ipek will show how public debates around sectarianism could inform us on broader negotiations of social difference structured around class, urbanity, religiosity, gender, and generation.

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