Accompanied by Associate Professor Morten Valbjørn, 22 students from Aarhus University visited Aalborg University on 7 December 2021, in order to attend a lecture on Lebanese politics by Associate Professor Tamirace Fakhoury.
The students were part of the Department of Politics at Aarhus University and were visiting various places in Copenhagen such as Aalborg University and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in the framework of a course on the Middle East from the MA program in International Studies.
In this context, Tamirace Fakhoury gave a one-hour lecture to the visiting students at Aalborg University. The title of the lecture was “How to make sense of Lebanon’s Protest movement and its aftermath?” and focused on Lebanon’s sectarian-based model of politics, the trajectory of the October uprising, Lebanon’s interlocking crises and the Beirut blast and its implications.
The lecture ended with some concluding thoughts and a Q&A session. During the lecture, students could learn about Lebanon’s politics of sectarianism, the drivers leading up to the 2019 October uprising, the creation of political imaginaries through graffiti protests, the strategies of protesters reclaiming the city and the concurrent crises including the Beirut Blasts and the economic recession that have derailed the protests.
Tamirace Fakhoury concluded her lecture by conveying broader insights on the importance of Lebanon’s protest movement and the necessity to account for a transnationalized prism factoring in interlocking protests in different states (e.g. Iraq, Algeria, Chile etc.).
In the framework of this visit, Associate Professor Morten Valbjørn offered the possibility for students from Aalborg University to visit Aarhus University in the near future.