Biography

Zeina G. Halabi is Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature at the American University of Beirut (2017–present), where she specialises in modern Arabic literature with a particular focus on questions of loss, mourning and dissidence in contemporary literature and visual culture.

As an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2018–2020), Halabi is working on her second book project, provisionally titled Excavating the Present: History, Power, and the Arab Archive, which explores archival practices in contemporary literature. She was also a EUME-fellow (2012–2013) at the Forum for Transregional Studies, Berlin, where she began working on her first book. The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual: Prophecy, Exile, and the Nation (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) examines the depiction of Arab intellectuals in post-1990s fiction and film. In addition to writing books, she has co-edited features at Ma3azef magazine and authored articles for journals such as the Journal of Arabic Literature and Middle Eastern Literatures on the shifting notion of political commitment in the writings of canonical and emerging Arab writers.

Halabi received a PhD in Arabic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (2011).

She was born in Beirut, where she continues to live and work.

SAF participation:
Ma3azef Symposium on Arabic Music (2019)

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