Kristin Vanessa Monroe

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Kentucky, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9953

Approve Date

October 24, 2019

Project Title


Two problems have dominated discourse about the Syrian war: how the violence is organized and how Syrians have coped with the destructive capacities of the violence. This project is an ethnographic investigation of the lives of Syrian men across the warscape that aims to broaden these understandings of the long war in Syria. How, I ask, has wartime shaped experiences of manhood and induced new forms of geographic mobility? By examining the Syrian warscape as a space through which to theorize how war incites sociospatial change, I call into question the totalizing and presumptive frameworks of the war as a chaotic imbroglio that defines Syrians singularly in relation to violence. Through my research in Lebanon about the Syria-Lebanon taxi trade during summer 2020, I am to provide insights into the dynamics of displacement and emplacement that the war has produced even for those Syrians who have not been forcibly physically dislocated from the place they call ‘home’ in the ways we have come to commonly associate with war.