Announcements: Dr. Rami Zurayk appointed as Interim Director of the Palestine Land Studies Center
Dr. Rami Zurayk will assume the responsibilities of Dr. Howayda Al-Harithy as Interim Director of The Palestine Land Studies Center (PLSC) at AUB effective as of September 1, 2022.
Dr. Howayda Al-Harithy, Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture and Design, and Research Director at the Beirut Urban Lab, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, assumed responsibilities as founding director of the PLSC in September 2019. Dr. Al-Harithy is a widely published scholar who has served on numerous committees and championed many projects at AUB. Her current research conceptualizes urban recovery in relation to processes of historical editing, urban trauma, and protracted displacement. During the foundational three years of the PLSC, Dr. Al-Harithy led the development of a strategic plan, the formation of steering and advisory committees, and initiated a graduate assistantship for the center. Under her leadership, the identity of the center was designed, space in West Hall was acquired and renovated, the website was launched, and a substantial portion of the Salman Abu Sitta archive was received and housed within PLSC and the Jafet Library archives. In addition, a lecture series was initiated and scholars hosted, COVID-19 notwithstanding. Dr. Al-Harithy also spearheaded institutional collaborations with Palestinian, regional and international institutions. On January 25, 2021, the PLSC was formally inaugurated with a ceremony and a digitized display of maps and archival evidence that form part of this valuable collection.
Dr. Rami Zurayk is Professor in (and former chairperson of) the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. He currently serves as Director of the Food Security Program as well as Coordinator of the Ecosystem Management Track in the Interfaculty Graduate Environmental Sciences Program. Dr. Zurayk’s research interests center on landscape and agrarian transformation, as well as on political ecology of the Arab world. He has published on food security in Gaza, on ‘Farming Palestine for Freedom” as well as extensively on issues pertaining to land use, food security and sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, and water and food systems during conflict. For two years, he was the lead researcher on a UN-HABITAT program on Land and Conflict in the Arab Region. He is a founding member of the Arab Food Sovereignty Network, which focuses on issues of food sovereignty in the Arab World, and is a contributor to Al Shabaka, the Palestine Policy Network. A long-term activist on Palestinian issues and former advisor of the AUB Palestinian Cultural Club, he has been serving as the co-chair of the PLSC Steering Committee and highly engaged in the center’s activities since its inception.
Announcements: PLSC Research Coordinator Position
The American University of Beirut (AUB) invites applications and nominations for the position of research coordinator for the Palestinian Land Studies Center.
Minimum Masters Degree in land and/or population studies in Palestine or a related field required, experience in coordination or management. Experience in archives is preferred.
Scope of work:
Reporting to the PLSC’s director, the research coordinator will have a large role coordinating the center’s activity. The coordinator assists in directing the research output of the PLSC. Additionally, they will organize events, update, manage and catalogue the archives, and coordinate collaborations. They will oversee the website, and PLSC communications including the email account, and will also oversee graduate research assistants. The coordinator may also conduct their own independent research.
Applications, nomination, and requests for additional information may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include a statement of interest, CV, and a sample of their work. Review of applications will start August 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
The Palestine Land Studies Center (PLSC) at the American University of Beirut was established as part of AUB’s ongoing commitment to the preservation, reclamation and dissemination of Palestinian history. The PLSC is the permanent home for the extensive archives of Dr. Salman Abu Sitta and the Palestine Land Society in London, and activates the archives through research and academic practice, making them available for public interaction from within AUB’s campus.
The center’s primary aims include the documentation and preservation of Palestinian history, memory and socio-spatial practices; the production of research and publications; the organization of innovative teaching curriculums; and the creation of far-reaching networks of scholars, academics and professionals dedicated to the Palestinian cause.
The PLSC is a catalyst for interdisciplinary research and a global hub for grassroots investigation and dialogues around the question of land and population studies in Palestine. The PLSC upholds and advances the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, particularly the right of return, in accordance with International Law and UN resolutions guiding the inalienable rights of the Palestinian peoples to their land.
The PLSC aims to document various aspects and questions related to land and population in Palestine; build on and expand the Dr. Salman Abu Sitta Archive of related documents; produce research, maps, statistics, papers, reports, and teaching material around the existing collection, and integrate both the collection as well as the scholarly output of the Center into the academic and public discourses at AUB and beyond.