Book Talk: Negotiating Conflict in Lebanon: Bordering Practices in A Divided Beirut

This book panel is the first of the Beirut Urban Lab's Book Talks Series discussing recently published works addressing contemporary urban issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives. This event was organized by the Beirut Urban Lab on Thursday June 24, 2021 online. 

This animated book panel of Mohammad Hafeda last book, Negotiating Conflict in Lebanon: Bordering Practices in A Divided Beirut  begins with the Author introducing the book, followed by three discussants: Tania El Khoury (Director of the Center for Human Rights and The Arts at Bard College, New York), Sara Fregonese (Lecturer in Political Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK), and Ghenwa Hayek (Associate Professor of Modern Arabic Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago).

About the Book

The book, Negotiating Conflict in Lebanon: Bordering Practices in A Divided Beirut, presents an innovative research into sectarian-political struggle in Beirut. Mohamad Hafeda is an artist, writer, and lecturer at the Leeds Beckett University in the UK. His work employs art and architecture practices as research methods to negotiate the politics of urban space, focusing on the issues of borders, refuge, displacement, representation, and spatial rights. Through this project, Hafeda engages with communities to produce counter representations and spatial alternatives that span urban interventions, media representations, art installations and writings.

Watch the video recording of the virtual book discussion here.