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Jun 18, 2024

Locating Palestine in the Arab Americas Conference

The Middle East and North Africa Centre at the University of Sussex, the Centro de Estudios Árabes at the University of Chile, and the Khayrallah Center at North Carolina State University organized this workshop on the importance of Palestine in the wider American mahjar (land of migration), inviting contributions from scholars, writers, and activists. The conference will take… 

May 21, 2024

The Migration of Hanna Gaith

The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies is excited to announce the release of The Migration of Hanna Gaith, a digital humanities project that traces Hanna’s journey to “Amirka” in 1904. Hanna Gaith left behind a detailed, handwritten diary that tells the story of his migration patterns, his desire to leave Yabroud (located in modern-day… 

Mar 25, 2024

Middle East Migration Studies: Taking Stock, Plotting New Paths

The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies in conjunction with the editors of the Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies will host a workshop that seeks to offer critical reflections on the core debates and methodologies of MENA migration studies and open up new avenues for research on May 15-17,… 

2023 Khayrallah Prize Logo

Mar 11, 2024

The 2023 Khayrallah Prize Winners

The Khayrallah Center is pleased to announce that the 2023 Khayrallah Prize for Best Visual Work is awarded to Sélim Saab for Toxic Hope. The 2023 Khayrallah Prize for Best Literary Work is awarded to Ghassan Zeineddine for Dearborn, published in 2023 by Tin House. Both recipients will receive a monetary award of $5,000. In its eighth… 

Feb 12, 2024

Khayrallah Center Announces 2023 Winner of Alixa Naff Prize

The Khayrallah Center is pleased to announce the winner and honorable mention of the 2023 Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies. The annual prize recognizes outstanding scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on Middle East migrations, refugees, and diasporas. From a strong group of applicants, this year the selection committee awarded one prize and one honorable mention. Book Prize Winner: Dr. Melissa… 

Jan 12, 2024

Call For Papers: “Locating Palestine in the Arab Americas”

Call for Papers: “Locating Palestine in the Arab Americas” WorkshopSeptember 13–16, 2024Khayrallah Center, North Carolina State University Palestinians have long conceived their liberation struggle as a transnational, anti-colonial movement that must necessarily build alliances with other marginalized and displaced peoples. The Americas – North, South and Central – constitute one of the key sites of… 

Large group photo in black and white

Dec 8, 2023

Announcement: Index of Arab American Archives

This project is produced through a collaboration between the Arab American National Museum, Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, and Dr. Maria Curtis at The University of Houston-Clear Lake. It is funded through a generous grant from the NHPRC. The Index of Arab American Archives offers a singular gateway for researchers to learn about and access the… 

Nov 28, 2023

Muslim Pioneers* in Canada’s North

How do Muslims live Islam in Arctic Canada, so distant from its cradle? How do they foster a sense of home and belonging in these distinctive surroundings that challenge their religious practice in manifold ways? One such strategy of homemaking and rooting the community within its locality is the construction of mosques. In recent years,… 

Nov 17, 2023

Announcement: Undergraduate Summer Internship

The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies is pleased to announce the first paid undergraduate summer internship position. Two undergraduate researchers will be selected to join the Khayrallah Center for an 8-week program dedicated to educating participants in the professional application of humanities scholarship, especially as it pertains to the history of Arab Americans. These… 

Oct 20, 2023

The Health Consequences of Researching our Family and Community History

In 1992, I was thirty-nine years old, living in Sydney, Australia, when my father died in South Africa. I was heartbroken, as most migrants are with the loss of significant others overseas. I began dedicated research into my family history. Every week I faxed ten questions to my mother; for example: When and where was…