Postdoctoral Research Officer in Middle East Studies (OSGA)
Susann Kassem is currently a Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Officer in Middle East Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA). She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She also has an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the American University of Beirut and a B.A. in European Ethnology and Area Studies Asia/Africa, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Her research examines the role of international interventions carried out in the name of peace in the post-Cold War era. Her PhD analyzes the conceptualization and practices of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, one of the oldest and largest peacekeeping forces active today. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted in rural south Lebanon between 2009–15, it tracks how UN peacekeeping merges military activities with civilian practices of economic, civic, and cultural engagement in an attempt to implement an idealized political order in the former colonial world. Her current research project uses methods of oral history and historical ethnography to explore the formation of political subjectivities during the multiple reorganizations of everyday life and forced migrations under the shifting borders and systems of rule in south Lebanese frontier villages.