Annual Thesis Award

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB is pleased to announce its “Annual Thesis Award”.

The award will be given to an AUB Student Thesis addressing the issues related to:

  • Civil society and civic space
  • Citizenship
  • Social justice
  • Social movements
  • Gender equality
  • Intersectional feminism

The Asfari Institute will select up to two students’ thesis per term. We will be sending you shortly more details about the selection process.

Please submit your thesis through your advisor to this

Applications are on a rolling basis.

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The Representations and Perceptions of Lebanese Women in Lebanese Media: Exploring Gender Roles through the Show Take Me Out

Dana Houssam Houalla

The thesis will be dissecting and analyzing the Arabic version of the dating show Take Me Out, with particular attention to what was deemed as its controversial content. The show, which aired on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) channel, also known as LBC, back in 2016, caused a commotion among its audiences for displaying scenes that are overtly sexual as well as relatively new to Lebanese television, especially when it came to gender roles and dynamics. As such, the first question that will be tackled by this thesis is: How do gender and sexual representations on the show and discourses about them evoke different values, norms, and traditions in the popular imagination? In an attempt to answer this question, I will be analyzing the content of the show and comparing and contrasting it with the norms and values in the Lebanese/Arab popular imagination. Consequently, I studied both the discourse within and around the show.

Advancing Arab Women’s Participation in Politics:
Experiences and Journeys of Women Politicians from Lebanon and Syria 

Layan Samer Al Dani

Women in the MENA region are still fighting for their political agency in a patriarchal society which obscures their own right to participate and be politically influential. Women’s participation in the public sector and political power positions have not been achieved at the desired level, although many measures have been adopted by a majority of MENA countries to enhance the representation of women in decision-making positions. To answer the above questions, we need to understand women›s historical pathways to reach such posts from a feminist lens. This lens would lead us to have women as central to data collection and exploring the analysis and identifying key opportunities and factors that would help other women participate in politics. 

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