Assistant Professor
bardawil@email.unc.edu
843-5561
New West 215

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Studies

Research

I am an anthropologist (Ph.D Columbia University, 2010) who researches the traditions of intellectual inquiry, practices of public criticism, and modalities of political engagement of contemporary Arab intellectuals, both at home and in the diaspora. In doing so, I investigate theoretical discourses as anthropological objects by tracking their international circulations, translations, analytical uses, and political appropriations.

Currently, I am completing In Marxism’s Wake: The Disenchantment of Levantine Intellectuals, a book that examines the ebbing away of Marxist thought and practice through focusing on the intellectual and political trajectories of a generation – born around 1940 – of previously militant, public intellectuals. I retrace the extinction of revolutionary hopes with the rise of militant sectarian and Islamist political forces, explore the vexed relation of intellectuals to political militancy, and look into the emergence of a fork in critical agendas after the rise of postcolonial critique between diasporic Arab intellectuals, and their Marxist and liberal peers at home. I am also writing an essay on Talal Asad’s work focusing on questions of the anthropologist’s positionality, modes of intellectual inquiry, and spaces of intellectual engagement that will introduce an interview I conducted with him.

Courses

ARAB 150: Introduction to Arab Cultures
ARAB 321: Visions of Emancipation in Modernist Arab Thought
ARAB 462: Global Perspectives on Arab Cultures and Societies

Publications

“Dreams of a Dual Birth: Socialist Lebanon’s World and Ours,” (Boundary 2, Forthcoming 2015)

“Sidelining Ideology: Arab Theory in the Metropole and Periphery, c. 1977,” Transformations of       Modern Arabic Thought: Intellectual Culture after the Liberal Age, edited by Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss (Proceedings of Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age Conference,  Forthcoming 2015)

“The Inward Turn and its Vicissitudes: Culture, Society and Politics in Post-1967 Leftist Critiques,” Local Politics and Contemporary Transformations in the Arab World: Governance beyond the Centre, edited by Cilja Harders, Anja Hoffman and Malika Bouziane (London: Palgrave, 2013)

“Al-In‘itāf Naḥwa al-Dakhil: Burūz Ishkāliyyat al-Mujtama‘ Ba‘da Ḥazimat 1967 wa Taḥawwulātiha,” [Turning the Analytical Gaze Inwards: The Rise and Transformations of the Question of Society in Arab Thought after the 1967 Defeat], Journal For Palestine Studies, 22:90 (Summer, 2012): 19-34.

“Ufūl al-Iktiāb: Mulāhaẓtān Hawl al-Thawrāt al-‘Arabiyya al-Rāhina,” Majallat al-Dirasāt al-Filatstiniyya, 22:88 (2011): 63-68. [“The Twilight of Despair: Two Comments on the Current Arab Revolutions.” Journal For Palestine Studies, 22:88 (Fall, 2011): 63-68.