Details

Name
Ms. Abir A. Chaaban
Address 1
Position
Researcher
Country
Canada
Email
abir.a.chaaban@gmail.com
EURAMES Member
No
AFMA Member
No
MESA Member
No
BASIS Member
No
Discipline 1
Cultural Studies
Geographical Area 1
Syria
Geographical Area 2
Israel
Geographical Area 3
Lebanon
Middle Eastern Area
Fertile Crescent
Languages Mastered
English
Proficiency
Fluent
Languages Mastered
Hebrew
Proficiency
Elementary
Languages Mastered
French
Proficiency
Operational
Languages Mastered
Levantine
Proficiency
Fluent
Qualifications
York University
Early Career Researcher
Yes
Biography
Abir is an independent researcher. Her research works with the interaction between political communication public diplomacy and conflict. She applies Foucault's post structural discourse analysis of militarization to conflict within Israel, Lebanon, and Syria. She is an ethnographer working with discourse as it is being produced within actual fields of conflict. She holds a B.S. in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York which is affiliated with the Lebanese American University. She served as a faculty member at the Lebanese American University teaching public relations and cultural studies. Her specialization is in the area of communication and cultural studies and politics and law. Her MA is in Interdisciplinary Studies combines the disciplines of international relations, international law and history - York University- Canada-2008. Part of her work is associated with peace education. She organized public events and publically spoke advocating peace with Israel
Research description
The academic fields my research works with are public diplomacy and political communication. Working with the topic of confessional regulation of identity by the establishment and anti-establishment mass mobilization in opposition to confessionalism in Lebanon, it employs a post-structural framework of analysis to study enunciation as a function of statements in discourse of regulation and resistance to regulation of sectarian identities in Lebanon. To do so it observes the process of mobilization into mass action by identifying the object or the target of statements in discourse proliferating around specific events and has the capacity to enunciate a modality mobilizing mass into action. The hypothesis my research works with is that this division relates to what has been identified by scholars in Middle Eastern Studies as the Shiʿa “identity crisis.” Literature on the Shiʿa “identity crisis” fails to pin at the point of tension igniting the division of the crisis or in identifying the conflicting identities. Analysis of the Shiʿa identity crisis imagine the existence of a crises in the coherence of historical continuity between the confessional regularization of the identity Shiʿa endowed on them by the government after the creation of the State of Lebanon in the early twentieth century, and the their historical regulated identity Metwali endowed on them by the government of the Arab Conquest. The objective of my research is to reconstruct relations around the processes constructing the identity crisis in the literature to reveal the conflict of identity associated with this crisis, and then analyze current events of mass mobilization by bringing these two conflicting identities into analysis. Working with the binary opposition between anti-confessionalism and confessionalism this study introduces a framework to analyze “enunciation,” defined as the articulation of various elements into a modality as a function of discourse, where discourse is defined as the fiel
Recent publications
“Incoherence in the Process of Transformation of the Metwali into Jaʿfari Shiʿa and the Consequent Militant Mobilization of Twelver Shiʿa. Journal of Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies. Vol.1, pp. 127-155, https://doi.org/10.26351/2017.6 Chaaban, A. A. (2016). Sovereignty State Legitimacy and the Nation State: the Case of Lebanon. MA Thesis. Saarbrucken: LAP Lambert.https://yorku.academia.edu/AbirChaaban
Additional Info 1
Cultural Studies
Additional Info 2
Middle Eastern Studies
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0
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