Citizenship and Exclusion in Lebanon 2016

The aim of the project was to examine how conceptions of citizenship change in contexts of significant political upheaval in Lebanon. This was led by the current CLS Fellow at St Anthony’s College, Oxford. The project’s two main objectives are understanding: i) the conditions and processes of change, and ii) the ‘actors’: who and how such discourses are produced and interact.

Conceptions of ‘citizenship’ are of great relevance across a wide range of policy domains, including education, immigration, naturalization, refugees and social integration.  This project is particularly relevant today, at a time when citizen revolts across the Arab world reflect urgent calls for a new ‘social contract’ between citizens and the state, challenging the scales of exclusion and sub-levels of citizenship that pervasively affect people’s lives. This research has the potential to contribute to the intellectual history of citizenship beyond Lebanon, challenging traditional conceptions of citizenship, democracy, civil society, equality and justice.

For further information contact: Dina Kiwan. Email address:

Healing the Wounds of History Training Program: Module III, Year 3

Module III, Year 3: Facilitated by Matthew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily

Date: 18, 19, 20 November 2016

Location: Silk Musuem, Bsous

The success of  module III of year Three of the Healing the Wounds of History workshops conducted by Alexandra Asseily, Mathew Pruen, and assisted by Mirvat Bakkour, is a sign that we have a firm foothold in the future of this exciting and transformative program. We welcomed a great diversity of participants from different countries and backgrounds: self development, teaching, NGOs, and healing.

The module included once again a diversity of tools to work on relationships with ourselves and “The Other”, “What is my responsibility for peace in the world?”, “The power of language” and many other challenging procedures to bring peace and understanding.

 In continuing this transformative journey, we bring to reality new possibilities for the future.

 As the HWH community continues to grow, it takes HWH further out into the public arena through families, schools, work and communities. 

How Do We Make our Students Young Historians?

The project is part of a series of programs and activities organized by CLS  to ‎transform the teaching of history in Lebanon from a single narrative approach to a ‎disciplinary one. ‎Learning history as a discipline can foster dialogue, collaboration, informed decision-making ‎and other necessary competencies for social cohesion, democracy and active citizenship. ‎ ‎

The project runs for two years and has four main objectives: ‎

  1. ‎Support a group of 40 teachers to advance a pedagogical and curricular shift in history ‎education from memorizing a single narrative to learning history as a discipline.  ‎
  2. ‎Produce a comprehensive teacher education curriculum for learning history as a ‎discipline that can be facilitated and presented to MEHE as a ‎comprehensive professional development program. ‎
  3. ‎Support teachers in publishing their work into learning resources available to all history ‎teachers in Lebanon through the LAH website that offers an interactive platform for ‎history teachers to share materials.
  4. The project is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and is organized in partnership with the Lebanese Association for History.

The project comes as part of CLS’s commitment to develop history education in Lebanon and support teachers to introduce a new history pedagogy. 

The workshops take place from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
at the LAU, Beirut Campus as per the following schedule:





For registration, click here