In the summer of 2018, the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) launched the third cycle of the New Paradigms Factory (NPF) writing fellowship on the theme of “Gendered Resistance.”
One of the earliest programs established at ACSS, this writing fellowship aims especially at supporting writings by Arab junior scholars and activists to turn their research into publications for a larger audience.
The program accepted nine fellows from Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon. They are Mai Abouldahab (Egypt), Mariam Mecky (Egypt), Salma Abou Hussein (Egypt), Nada Wahbe (Egypt), Imane Errami (Morocco), Salma Hantouli (Palestine), Pascale Ghazaly (Lebanon), and Rasha Younes (Lebanon).
The group of mentors who will be working with the fellows in this cycle is made up of Dr. Hoda El Sadda (English and Comparative Literature), Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim (Public Health) Dr. Deema Kaedbey (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Dr. Maroua Marmouch (Social Anthropology and Ethnology), all of whom have worked on the topic of gendered resistance from within their different fields of experience.
The first workshop of the fellowship was held on November 5-8, 2018 in Beirut. The workshop included sessions on research ethics, research and law practices, activism and research, and a discussion of key theoretical concepts and frameworks relevant to the field of gender studies and the theme of gendered resistance. During the 4-day gathering, fellows also presented their projects and benefited from individual consultations with their mentors.
In addition to the opportunity to explore different styles of writing, what distinguishes this cycle from the previous NPF cycles is that the ACSS is working with the fellows towards a publication of selected projects that is set to come out in 2019.