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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London

Bucerius Ph.D. Fellow

Creating a Syrian Subject, perceiving the Syrian State. Displacement, violence and fantasy of the state among Syrian refugees in Lebanon


This research aims to investigate the blurred boundaries through which the Syrian state materialises itself in the forced displacement of Syrians in Lebanon. Through this unclear distinction between status and rights of displaced Syrian citizens/subjects, the ethnography also explores patterns of migration and kinship ties across the border that allow Syrians to create new solidarity networks. The research intends to illuminate how the intersection of citizenship rights in the displacement, refugee-ness and social belonging problematize the academic understanding of “being a refugee” and unveil disruptions and continuities within Syrian state-society relations in the light of violence and displacement.

Veronica Ferreri is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a Junior Research Fellow at the Orient-Institute Beirut 2014. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Venice’s University Ca’ Foscari and a MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies from SOAS. During her postgraduate studies, Veronica conducted research with the Somali refugee community in Damascus and amongst the Syrian diaspora in London.

Veronica Ferreri (2012): “Vivere una vita senza vita: donne somale a Damasco, Siria” in Dep Deportate, esuli e profughe 18-19, pp. 78-98.

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