Lebanon Unsettled

in collaboration with the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

LSE PI: Dr Deen Sharp 
Co-PI: Dr May Farhat  
Duration: September 2020 – September 2022


Protests in Beirut, 2019. Photo: Nabiha Hajaig, Flickr.

In 2019, large-scale non-sectarian protests across Lebanon unsettled the political system and challenged the very understanding of Lebanese history, space and identity. This protest movement has provided the opportunity for a new generation in Lebanon to rewrite, and potentially heal, the bitterly disputed histories of the country. This project builds on the openings and momentum that this movement has created.

Lebanon Unsettled will establish, through student workshops and collaborative research, a publicly accessible archive of the recent urban protests in Lebanon. It will place the 2019 uprisings in their larger historical and geographical context. Through utilizing several new and enlarged archival collections, at USEK and beyond, this project will reread Lebanese history through urban revolt from the Ottoman era to the present day. By engaging scholars at LSE and across the scholarly community, this project puts urban protest in Lebanon into dialogue with protests in the Arab region but also across the globe from Asia to Latin America.

This project forms part of the Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme, funded by the Emirates Foundation.


Project Outputs

Research Team


Dr Deen Sharp | Principal Investigator 

Deen is an LSE Fellow in Human Geography at the Department of Geography and Environment.


Dr May Farhat | Co-Principal Investigator

May is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.


Maria Bassil | Research Assistant

Maria is a PhD Candidate in Architecture and City at the CRH – LAVUE ENSA Paris Val-de-Seine and the Paris Nanterre University.


Diala Makki | Research Assistant

Diala is Research Assistant at the Middle East Centre. Her research interests are primarily around basic services and refugee studies.


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