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Name
Mr Alex Mahoudeau
Address 1
Position
PhD Candidate
Country
United Kingdom
Email
mahoudeau.alex@gmail.com
Blog
https://tcatf.hypotheses.org/
EURAMES Member
Yes
Member of
BRISMES
AFMA Member
No
MESA Member
No
BASIS Member
No
Institution Name
Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Institution Address 1
King's College London
Institution Address 2
22 Kingsway
Institution City
London
Institution County
London
Institution Postcode
WC2B 6LE
Institution Country
UK
Discipline 1
Sociology
Discipline 2
Geography
Discipline 3
Diaspora Studies
Discipline 4
Internal (state-internal) politics
Geographical Area 1
Lebanon
Middle Eastern Area
Fertile Crescent
Languages Mastered
French
Proficiency
Fluent
Languages Mastered
English
Proficiency
Fluent
Languages Mastered
German
Proficiency
Elementary
Languages Mastered
Levantine
Proficiency
Operational
Qualifications
Science Po, Aix-en-Provence, France
Early Career Researcher
Yes
Biography
After a MA in Compared Politics at Science Po Aix-en-Provence in France, I started a PhD in Politics at Durham University's School of Governement and International Affairs in 2013, and transferred to King's College London's Department of Middle Eastern Studies in 2015. I spent several years in Western Africa, where I grew up, and in the Middle East, during my studies and my research on the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon. My chief interests concern political science and political sociology and their interaction with geography, which were my research interests in my Masters and MA theses. I developed another research focus on the study of social movements and popular political participation, as well as the case of the Palestinian refugees of Lebanon. A last focus of my work concerns sociological investigation and research, especially in qualitative methods, with a particular focus for the elements left off by traditional approaches. I also worked a lot with NGOs and support groups.
Research description
My PhD research focuses on the relation between space and mobilisations in the Palestinian refugee camps of Beirut after the Lebanese Civil War. This project’s starting point was to go further in apprehending how ordinary people face their everyday life in exceptional spaces such as the refugee camps of Beirut, and how they engage in politics through this entry. I have particularly worked with grassroots organisations and NGOs which tried to remobilise their communities on issues such as the right to clean water, safe electricity, sewage and infrastructure, and more broadly the right to the city in the camps. My primary findings show that far from being governed from top-down, Palestinian refugees have considerably more leverage on the way politics are made, but this activity takes place “under the radar” of traditional politics because these politics are extremely criticised in the camps. Rather than organising following traditional grammars such as mass movements and political parties, the refugees I worked with chose to engage in a much more discreet “grammar” of mobilisation, which values community organising and apparently concrete and “common sense” actions. When we look at these actions from a close, day-to-day, ethnographic perspective, we can see how NGOs participate massively to politics in the camps and reconfigure ideologies and stakes while apparently restricting themselves on social actions. All of this was made while trying to import the tools and questions of geography in a more traditional sociological agenda.
Recent publications
"Local engagements in the Palestinian refugee camps of Beirut: a case of depoliticisation?", Les Carnets de l’Ifpo, 21 September 2015 http://ifpo.hypotheses.org/7005 "Review: ACHILLI Luigi Palestinian refugees and identity: nationalism, politics and the everyday", Cambridge Review of International Affairs Vol. 29 , Iss. 1, 2016 (with Yves Mirman), “From the ethical to the practical, cases of working with interpreters in Middle Eastern Studies”, in. CHARLES Lorraine and RONCHI Monica (eds.), Researching the Middle East: Fieldwork, Archives, Issues and Ethics, Edinburgh:University of Edinburgh Press (forthcoming) "Review: COMBES Hélène, GARIBAY David, GOIRAND Camille (eds.), Les lieux de la colère, Occuper l’espace pour contester, de Madrid à Sanaa", Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice (forthcoming)
Additional Info 1
Lebanon
Additional Info 2
Lebanon
External Funders
0
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