5 - Academic and applied research carried out in African
Studies and written in French:
5.1. Books to be published in spring 2007
" Le Monde Africain. Une intelligibilité à restituer.
Divided into five volumes, this 1900-page study includes drawings, maps,
and illustrations in addition to a very large bibliography. It employs
interdisciplinary methodology (as recommended by the Department of African
Studies at Howard University in Washington D.C.) and offers specialized
knowledge of the history, geography, anthropology, comparative sociology,
oral and written literature, culture, and other aspects of life on the
5.2 . Books in search of a publisher
Songes et mensonges sur la Race Noire. Dynamiques de Résistance
et Désirs de Reconnaissance. In this book of about 750 pages, I
have chosen to focus on racism as it was imposed on and lived by black-skinned
people between 1900 and 2000 in South Africa and in the United States
of America. There is a chapter entirely devoted to Jazz music in order
to clarify the role of this art, along with other political, social and
cultural means and ways of resistance and request for recognition, harmony,
and balance, in the emancipation process of those who later became known
" Le roman négro-africain et antillais entre 1919 et 1960.
" Le socialisme africain dans les romans du désenchantement
entre 1960 et 1980.
" Le théâtre entre Aimé Césaire et Wole
" Dictionnaire de l'intelligentsia noire
5.2. Participation in various colloquiums:
5.2.1.Title: Écriture et Culture.
Organizers: Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences (Lebanese
Lecture: La métaphore dans En attendant le vote des bêtes
Date & Place: April, 16, 17, 18, 2002, Beirut - Lebanon.
5.2.2. Title: Francophonie: Vecteur de dialogue interculturel
Afrique Noire - Monde Arabe
Organizers: Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences (LU).
Lecture: L'identité du continent africain au carrefour de l'arabité,
de l'humansime de
L'Islam et de l'universalité.
Date & Place: November 4, 5, 6, 2002, Tripoli - Lebanon
5.2.3. Titre: Voyage et Francophonie.
Organizers: Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences (LU)
Lecture: Le Voyage d'initiation dans le roman négro - africain
Date & Place: November 6, 7, 2001, Beirut - Lebanon
5.2.4. Title: Colloque International France, Afrique
et Moyen Orient : Un Triangle pour la
Organizers: Association des Universitaires Libanais Diplômés
Lecture: De l'alchimie poétique noire d'expression française
et de son idéal de lutte et de
Date & Place: October, 3, 4, 5, 2001, Unesco Palace, Beirut - Lebanon
5.3. Translated books:
5.3.1. ELDEM (Edhem), GOFFMAN (Daniel) and MASTERS (Bruce),
The Ottoman City between East and West: Aleppo, Izmir, Istanbul (United
Press syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 1999),
5.3.2. .Translated into French: Lettre ouverte à
l'Occident, Ryad, Ghainaa Publications, 2004.
6- Activities and Positions in local and international
6.1. Member since 1990 in the following non-governmental organizations:
6.1.1. On a national level, I have been working
as a professional and a volunteer with the Village Welfare Society (VWS),
an NGO founded by Ms Anissa Najjar, in 1953 with the goal of enacting
positive change in rural areas. Under the guidance of Ms Najjar's philosophy
Literacy of the Mind, which aims at the eradication of illiteracy and
ignorance through enlightening the mind and making use of rural women's
potential in order to avoid socio-economic crisis and prevent rural exodus
to the cities, we initiated programs highlighting awareness of human rights
in general and women's rights in particular. Along with other members,
I have worked on the empowerment and the capacity building of rural women,
aiming at the enhancement of sustainable development in agriculture, health
and nutrition, household food security and income, conflict resolution
and the promotion of the positive traditions and prominent women's history
in the rural culture of Lebanon and the Middle East, which teach women
to be ambitious and respect their abilities.
Current mailing address: AUB district, Hosroum Building, Beirut - Lebanon,
Phone: 00961- 1- 786365.
6.1.2. On an international level, I have been
in charge of the African Affairs commission in the Lebanese Committee
for Peace and Freedom (LCPF), which was established by Ms. Najjar as the
Lebanese section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
(WILPF), with which I am very proud to have been associated as an International
Executive Committee's member for two consecutive mandates of four years
each (2001-2004 and 2004-2005). During the later, I am chairing the Global
Justice Committee, which is a part of the Middle East Committee, and co-chairing
the Constitution Committee, both in WILPF. This organization has involved
generations of women in many countries around the world, has worked tirelessly
for peace through two world wars and countless others and has sought a
better life for generations to come.
Founded in 1915 by a unique group of intelligent and sensitive women who
first came together in the Hague during a unique period of unprecedented
violence in history (World War I), both from neutral countries and from
countries whose men were slaughtering each other on the battlefield, the
Women's International League For Peace And Freedom dared to envision a
world free from the ultimate violence of war and oppression and to strive
to bring about a world where permanent peace could be built only on the
basis of equal rights, including equal rights between women and men, of
justice within and between nations, of national independence and of freedom,
for the surmounting of artificial barriers in the spirit of reconciliation
is and will remain the most essential message and the most needed attribute
for our times and those to come. Because they anticipated by sixty years
the world community's recognition of the importance of women's work in
achieving "equality, development and peace", theme of the International
Women's Decade, 1975-86, they were the first - and remained the only for
many years - international women's organization accredited as an NGO to
the United Nations with peace as its top priority. WILPF has also a consultative
status with ECOSOC, UNICEF, UNCTAD and UNESCO, has an International Office
in Geneva and another one linked to the UN in New York and has established
more than forty national sections in the five continents.
6.2. Leadership Experience:
6.2.1. WILPF International Program Consultant:
July 2002: I had the privilege of being nominated for a training period
of two months, International Program Consultant of the Women' International
League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in its Geneva office. This program,
which was decided by the WILPF International Executive Committee meeting,
held in Geneva in July-August 2001, comprises the following global shared
priorities promoted by all the forty sections:
1- Peace and Culture of Peace
2- Disarmament of all weapons'
3- Economic and Social Justice and Democratization of Society
4- Sustainable environment and Human Security.
5- Racial Justice
6- Freedom and Human Right
7- Democratization of the United Nations
Even though their elements are interlinked, all seven priorities are seen
as a whole from a woman's view, and with the perspective of gender, race,
and class. My assignment was to work on highlighting the connections,
and on networking the sections' activities that are in accordance with
the seven WILPF program's chapters. (Recommendation letter from WILPF
International President Professor Krishna Ahooja Patel).
6.2.2.: Project Manager:
1- Between 2002 - 2005, I have been in charge of the planning and the
implementation of a four year development project designated in English
as: Economic and Political Capacity Building and Empowerment for Women
in Lebanon through institutional cooperation between WILPF Norway and
WILPF Lebanon. The purposes of the project are:
A) Economic capacity building and empowerment, in collaboration with
the members of VWS, WILPF and students from the Lebanese University -
aimed at practical and material changes in the living conditions situation
for rural women in selected villages.
B) Political capacity building and empowerment in collaboration with
WILPF and other women, aimed at strategic changes in the position for
women in Lebanese society in general, e.g. through increased political
and civil society influence.
C) Increased competence and understanding in Norway of the situation
of women in Arab and Muslim countries.
2- Between 2006 and 2009, I am in charge of the management and the implementation
of a project financed by NORAD/FOKUS in Norway, and focused on Political
capacity building for women for a Culture of Peace in Lebanon.
6.3. Participation in International Conferences and
1- Name: International Executive Committee Meeting
Organizers: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Date & Place: September 6 - 13 2006, Greenwitch University - London
Presentation's Title: Total war on Lebanon
2- Name: World Peace Forum
Date & Place: June 23 - 28 2006, Vancouver - Canada
Presentations' Titles: - Women empowerment in the Arab World
- Water use and international conflict: the river Jordan case
3- Name: Femme Globale (organized by Henrich Boëll Foundation)
Date & Place: September 8 - 12 2005, Humbold University, Berlin -
Presentation's Title: Women, Water and War in the Jordan River Bassin.
4- Name: Medio Oriente, Quale Futuro
Date & Place: November, 12, 2004, Lecce - Italy
Presentation's Title: Le Proche-Orient. Quels obstacles à la paix?
5- Name: La Nuova Triade Mediterranea (Acqua, Olio d'Olivia, Vino)
Date & Place: November 9 - 11, 2004, Universita' Di Lecce, Lecce -
Presentation's Title: Water's Diplomacy in Middle Eastern Countries.
6- Name: WILPF International Congress.
Date & Place: August 2-8, 2004, Kungälu, Gothenburg - Sweden.
Seminar's Subject: Water as a source of national and international conflicts
Presentation's Title: Water conflict in the Middle East. The Lebanese-
7- Name: People's diplomacy, non-violence and global civil society after
Date & Place: September 29 - October 20,2002. International University
Institutions for Peace (IUPIP), Rovereto - Italy
Subject: This course offered a great opportunity to become familiar with
new concepts and
ideas, to dialogue with peace and human rights activists from all the
world such as Pat Patfoort, Annuradha Vittachi, Jan Oberg, Chaiwat-Satha-Anand,
Susan George and Richard Falk, with 23 participants who are active in
organizations of the civil society or social movements involved in human
rights promotion, non-violent conflict transformation and peace education,
and so in a warm and friendly atmosphere appropriate to the skills improvement,
under the supervision of Professor Guiliano Pontara, IUPIP Scientific
director, (Certificate and Recommendation letter).
8- Name: Congrès Mondial de la Paix et de la Solidarité.
Date & Place: July 2002, Algiers - Algeria
Presentation's Title: Les femmes militairement incorrectes de la Ligue
Femmes pour la Paix et la Liberté.
9- Name: WILPF's International Seminar.
Date & Place: March 6-8, 2002, Palais des Nations, Geneva - Switzerland
Subject: Terrorism, the Global Order, Arms and missile Defense
Presentation's Title: The permanent conflict between Palestine and Israel
and its effects on
10- Name: WILPF's International Executive Committee Meeting.
Date & Place: July 29 - august 3, 2001, Geneva - Switzerland
Presentation's title: Peace in the Middle East and Peace Education.
11- Name: WILPF's International Congress
Date & Place: 1995, Helsinki - Finland
Subject: Preparation for the Fourth World Conference of Women, Beijing,
In alphabetical order
Name: Professor Evelyne Accad
Position: Writer and Professor of French and Comparative Literature
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Addresses: (1) 2090 Foreign Languages Building
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801 - USA
Tel: 217 333-4887 / 217 333-2020
(2) Lebanese American University - Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: 00961-1 786464
(3) Ain-Saadeh, Lebanon
Tel: 00961-4- 872020
Name: Professor Samira Aghassi
Position: Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Lebanese American University
- LAU - Beirut,
Tel: 00961-1-742019 / 00961-3-228633
Name: Doctor Alexander Arguelles
Position: Associate Professor and Chairperson of: Department of Humanities
and Social Sciences
and Department of Foreign Languages at the American University College
and Technology (AUST)
Address: Alfred Naccash Avenue, P.O.Box: 16 - 6452 Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: 00961 - 1- 339102 - 339302 (Ext.310)
00961 - 3- 716613
Name: Professor Souad Chikhani
Position: Professor at Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences - Lebanese
Chairperson of Department of French Language - Islamic University of Lebanon
Address: Verdun, Beirut-Lebanon
Tel : 00961-1-809032
Name: Mrs. Samira Khoury
Position: Professor at the American University of Beirut
International Vice-president of Women's International League for Peace
Address: Hamra, Beirut - Lebanon
Tel: 00961-3-237507 / 00961-1-802193
Name: Professor Joseph Labaki
Position: Former Dean of Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences - Lebanese
Address: Baabdat - Lebanon
Tel: 00961-3-746727 / 00961-4-820 682 - 977625
Name: Mrs. Anissa Rawda Najjar
Position: Founder and president of Village Welfare Society (VWS) and Lebanese
Committee for Peace and Freedom (LCPF)
Address: Verdun, Verdun Tower, 10th Floor, Beirut - Lebanon
Name: Professor Radwan Sayyed
Position: Professor emeritus at Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences,
Address: Cornich Al-Mazra'a, Al-Mama Street, Beirut- Lebanon