Planning Beirut: For the War Yet to Come


Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


CMES, Room 102, Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 01238

The CMES Director's Series is pleased to present

Planning BeirutHiba Bou Akar
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Middle Eastern Studies, Hampshire College

Professor Bou Akar is a fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Bou Akar received her PhD in City and Regional Planning with a designated emphasis in Golbal Metropolitan Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Master in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has published on the geographies of planning and way, the question of urban security and violence, and on the role of religious political organizations in the making of the city. She is the co-editor of "Narrating Beirut from its Borderlines" (2011) and the special issue, "Security in/of the City" in the journal City & Society (2012). At present, she is working on a book manuscript entitled "Planning Beirut: For the War Yet to Come," focusing on the spatial politics of Beirut's post-war frontiers. Bou Akar is the co-editor of an electronic journal on urban issues in the Middle East, Jadaliyya Cities. She has worked as an architect and planner, and as a research consultant with NGOs and UN organizations in the Middle East.

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