AGYA Member

Anaheed Al-Hardan


Areas of Expertise:
Sociology of Palestinians, Modern Arab History, Transnational Third-Worldist Movements and Decolonization, Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in the Arab world

About me

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. My research revolves around colonialism and anti-colonialism, and more specifically addresses questions that pertain to settler-colonialism and counter-memory in Palestine, decolonial knowledges in the Global South and the circulation of south-south transnational third-worldist thought in the Arab world. My first book ‘Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities’ (Columbia University Press, 2016), explores memories and histories of the Palestinian refugee community in Syria prior to the war and was a joint winner of the 2016 Academic Book Award at the London Palestine Book Awards. I aim to realize my current research on Arab decolonial thought in collaboration with German colleagues working on GDR archives that could potentially add to our understandings of the circulation of Afro-Asian anti-colonial transnational activists, networks and their social and political philosophies during the decolonization era. AGYA provides me with a particularly opportune framework through which to pursue such academic collaborations, and also strengthens my pre-existing and long-standing ties and connections to the German scientific community.

Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Common Heritage and Common Challenges
  • Principal Investigator on Afro-Asian Futures Past
  • Establish a new group exploring Arab-German histories during the decolonization era

Academic Career


2014 - 2018


Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, American University of Beirut, Lebanon




Arcapita Visiting Professor of Arab Studies, Middle East Institute, Columbia University of New York, USA




Visiting Scholar, Bandung Humanisms Initiative, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University of New York, USA




Visiting Fellow, Berlin Graduate School for the Study of Muslim Cultures and Society, Free University of Berlin, Germany


2011 - 2013


Research Fellow, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry


2006 - 2011


Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology, Trinity College, University of Dublin


2005 - 2006


Masters of Arts in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Selected Publications

  • ‘The Sociological Canon Reconfigured: Empire, Colonial Critique and Contemporary Sociology’, International Sociology 33 (5): 545-557 (2018)
  • ‘Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities’ (Columbia University Press, 2016)
  • ‘al-Nakba in Arab Thought: The Transformation of a Concept’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 35(3): 622-638 (2015)

Picture by Claudia Peppel, ICI Berlin, 2013

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