The historical placement of research questions is key for the people whose lives and livelihoods are at stake and requires a critical response from researchers. In a context like Lebanon, research and researchers must continuously re-position their inquiries and convictions to respond to a continually changing geography. Lebanon is experiencing several intersecting crises: infrastructural incapacity, economic instability, a global health pandemic, a suspended refugee problem, and severe government corruption culminating in an explosion on 4th August at the Beirut port, from which the city still struggles to recover. Simultaneously, a series of social uprisings since October 2019 have sought to imagine possibilities of a different Lebanon. This virtual conference aims to provide a forum for critical reflection on RELIEF’s work, engagement with partners, lessons learnt and how to move forward.
Speakers include Professor Henrietta L Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity), Professor Howayda Al-Harithy (Beirut Urban Lab, AUB), Dr Maha Shuayb (Centre for Lebanese Studies), Professor Diana Laurillard (UCL Institute of Education), Dr Nadim Farajallah (IFI AUB), Dr Camillo Boano (UCL Development Planning Unit), Dr Fadi Alhalabi (Multi Aid Programs - MAPs), Joana Dabaj (CatalyticAction), Suha Tutunji (Jusoor Syria) and many many more.
The conference will consist of CONVERSATIONS around the main RELIEF subject areas, and DELIBERATIONS where certain issues, concepts, field difficulties, are deliberated amongst a smaller group of RELIEF members and experts.