PhD candidate – EHESS
Hala C. Abou Zaki is a Phd candidate in Anthropology at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris, member of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Urbanités Mondialisations-Institut Inerdisciplinaire d’Anthropolologie du Contemporain (LAUM-IIAC). Her PhD research focuses on the sociopolitical and urban transformation of the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Lebanon from its foundation in the late 1940s until today, and how it has impacted people’s and family’s trajectories and the camp social fabric.
As part of the LAJEH project, she will work on Palestinian refugee’s families from Shatila camp who have been scattered across Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Gaza during the 1970s and the 1990s and more recently Switzerland with the events in Syria. She will research how the different members of the family try to maintain ties beyond the various national borders and despite a limited mobility capacity due to their status and travel documents. She conducts her research in collaboration with Veronique Bontemps.