Munira Khayyat

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

American U. in Cairo

Grant number

Gr. 9788

Approve Date

April 28, 2019

Project Title

Khayyat, Munira (American University in Cairo) "The Life of War: Ecologies of Survival in South Lebanon"

MUNIRA KHAYYAT, then a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and assistant professor at the American University in Cairo, was awarded a Post-PhD Research Grant in April 2019 to aid research on “The Life of War: Ecologies of Survival in South Lebanon.” The project, building on dissertation research conducted in 2007-2008 which was funded by a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, examined “resistant ecologies” of living amidst the violence of war, capitalist extraction, the nation-state, and the ruined worlds these have created and within which many must continue to live. In South Lebanon, an enduring warzone, multispecies alliances such as tobacco farming, goat-herding or tending to the spirits of nature, underwrite resistant life. The funding enabled follow-up field research in the “frontline villages” along the Lebanese-Israeli border where dissertation research was conducted a decade earlier. The fresh data was incorporated in the book manuscript “A Landscape of War: Ecologies of Resistance and Survival in South Lebanon,” which was published by the University of California Press in 2022.