Joey Ayoub

Thesis title: Toward New Horizons? The Cinema of Postwar Lebanon


I am a PhD studentĀ in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, under the supervision of Dr. Nacim Pak-Shiraz and Dr. Jamie Allinson. My academic background is in Cultural Studies, Language Politics and Environmental Health and I've since expanded into Critical Theory, Film Studies and Gender Studies. I began my doctorate in 2017.


MA, Cultural Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016)

BS, Environmental Health, American University of Beirut (2010-2013)

Responsibilities & affiliations

MENA Editor at Global Voices (2016 - Present)

MENA Editor at (2018 - Present)

Founder, Hummus For Thought (2011 - Present)

Research summary

My PhD Thesis looks at the Post-war Cinema of Lebanon (1990-Present) from various perspectives, including political science, cultural studies and gender studies. I look at how Lebanese filmmakers deal with topics such as memory, identity, trauma, the forcibly disappeared, the relationship with the natural world, nostalgia and postwar reconstruction. I also look at how Israelis, Palestinians and Syrians understand Lebanon in film and how they are in turn portrayed. While my chosen angle is cinema, my research intends to be a sociological and political study of Lebanon as a loosely-defined entity.

Past research interests

My MA dissertation was on the politics of language. I studied the ways in which Hebrew and Yiddish were viewed by Jewish thinkers in the context of Zionism and Diasporism.
  • The Civil War's Ghosts: Events of Memory Seen Through Lebanese Cinema


Chapter in Book: The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco, edited by Norman Saadi Nikro and Sonja Hegasy

  • Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Towards an Intersectionality of Struggles


Chapter in Book: Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates, edited by Aaron J. Han Trapper and Mira Sucharov