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Le Liban et la recherche internationale après les révoltes de 2011 : une « zone de confort » ?
Rosita Di Peri, Estella Carpi
Since the 2011 uprising, the Arab world turned into a theatre of political and social
transformations. While some have been visible, others, less visible, have however been
able to affect the intellectual, social and political infrastructure of international research.
Being an important scenario for regional policy developments (Eg. the rivalry between
Saudi Arabia and Iran), Lebanon offers an interesting case in point. While this article
does not address the October 2019 revolution and the most recent COVID-19 pandemic,
we endeavor to unravel the ways in which research themes, methods, and security have
changed in the Lebanese context.
Despite domestic instability, Lebanon not only is one of the few countries where
conducting research is still possible in a crisis-affected region, but it also emerges as a
“comfort zone” for international researchers: a place where to observe regional conflicts
while enjoying a consumeristic lifestyle and a privileged position within Lebanese
society. We provide a critical inquiry of how, first, the confessional narrative has been
abused and reproduced in international research. Second, we focus on how scholars have
changed the way of thinking Lebanon’s statehood and political order. Finally, we discuss
how the forced migration scholarship has built on the widespread securitization and
ethnicization of migration.
Keywords: Lebanon “comfort zone”; international research; statehood; confessional
narrative; forced migration