The former section Articles & Documents is now titled Writings. it contains four columns: Articles, Essays & Research, Books excerpts and Poems.
The Last MigrationBook Excerpts
A collection of excerpts from Jad El-Hage's latest novel, relative to the effects of the Civil War in Lebanon; highlighting the identity and cultural issues relative to the Lebanese diaspora in England and Australia as well as excerpts detailing the effects of the war inside Lebanon.
A panel will conduct a discussion around 'The Last Migration' on May 14th, 2003 at 6 p.m. in Masrah Al-Madina.
The panel is open to the public.
Dr. Nadim Neaïmeh, Dr. Latif Abu Al-Husn, Mrs. Hayat Abu fadel,
Mrs. Nidal Al Ashkar, Mr. Ramsay Short will be chairing the discussion
Mr. Jad El-Hage and Mrs. Lydia Smith will be answering questions from the public.
Un monde meilleurpoem
'Laver le sang bu par l'éponge
Rincer les dents incisives dans la chair
Disséquer les rames qui s'infiltrent dans les plaies
Ordonner les fils empêtrés de nos blessures'
Mixed Media artist
7am blink60 pages of poems & illustrations
An art book made in collaboration with painter Rafik Majzoub, features a collection of poems, reflecting fractions of the sharp-cutting reality of everyday life in Beirut.
Collective memory of the civil war in Lebanonthesis
Thesis for the Master of Studies; St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, June 2002.
For a long after the end of the Lebanese civil war, the memory of the war was tabooed and repressed in the public sphere in Lebanon. This thesis examines the nature of the emergent collective memory of the war. The first part theorizes collective memory in general and the dynamics of social memory in post-war Lebanon in particular. The latter part of the thesis examines two examples of public memory of the war, namely two films on the war and the public apologies of former LF militiaman Ass'aad Shaftari.
De l'Histoire comme moteur des idéologies du suicideessay
The author develops the subject relative to the role and the practice of History in underdeveloped countries first, then in Lebanon -within the country's acknowledged geographical frontiers-: insisting on the fact that, since the beginning of the Lebanese war, thousands of analysis were conducted in order to diagnose the causes for the misfortune of the Lebanese people and to solve the crisis by proposing social, military, political, constitutional and even geographical solutions. But that none of these advocated solutions were efficient.
Pour un renouvellement de l'enseignement de l'Histoire au Libanessay
The author describes History in Lebanon, as well as in underdeveloped countries, as a subject that isn't well controlled by its specialists and is very often and easily hawked because of its irresistible emotional connotation. It is often used to make a number of 'cuts' and to hide certain aspects of facts, accordingly to the environing ideology, not to teach and reconstitute the past. He concludes by proposing that school History manuals in Lebanon should be 'unified'.
Notre mémoire collective: quelle pédagogie?essay
History is a branch of 'Human Sciences', it is then relative to the character-structure and the cultural and ideological environment of the Historian and of his audience. Considering this, any new discovery might be 'taken' and integrated in the on-going ideology system, then scientific objectiveness would only be a camouflaged form of submission to this system.
Contemporary arts journal chronicles Beirut's creativityarticle
An article on the intellectual creativity in Lebanon that has been witnessing a resurgence since the civil war's end, thanks to the healthy artistic environment that is bringing together diverse forms of writing, images, urban spaces, subjectivity, daily life, ideas of change, friendship and exchange.