Research: To Strengthen the Culture of Knowledge - Seventh Edition


Ettijahat - Independent Culture is pleased to announce the names of the researchers who have been selected for participation in the seventh edition of Research: To Strengthen the Culture of Knowledge. The selection committee for this edition, consisting of Dr Hanane Kassab Hassan, Dr Fadi Al Abdullah, and Jad Alkarim Al Jebae, chose ten researchers from the large number of applications received by Ettijahat over the submission period, which ended on the 24th of September 2019.

On the subject of evaluating the proposals received, Dr Fadi Al Abdullah said: "It was a wonderful opportunity to look at the interests of researchers at the beginning of their research careers and to admire the novelty of some of their chosen topics. One hopes that it will be followed by serious work which will allow us to delve deeper and ultimately read valuable studies and new theses. "

In the seventh edition of the programme, Ettijahat will support the following researchers as they complete their research papers:

Al Mahdi Shebat: Return to the alternative space in contemporary Syrian theater, its causes, connotations, association with the search for an identity

Hammoud Emjedel Oral history as a means of cultural documentation of coexistence in the Al-Hasakah Governorate

Ammar Almamoun Danger as an aesthetic engine within cultural products

Kenan Salloum Towards a collective outsourcing of Syrian cultural heritage: potential and application

Mai Atrache The relationship between new geographical locations and theatrical spaces in Syrian theatre

Noor Shalghen Post-war trauma in the literature of Syrian exile

Nour Chantout Women Weaving Tales

Noor Flihan Electronic literature as a tool for innovation in prose

Wafaa Abo Fakher Transformations in the image of the city and its role in changing cultural concepts and values in society

Yara Moussa The effects of food habits on the use and production of space (and vice versa)

In November, the programme participants will enter a training programme under the supervision of specialised researchers in Beirut. They will then go on to produce the papers.

To read statistics on the applications received in this edition, please click here.

The selection committee:  

Fadi Al Abdullah

Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, in 1976, Fadi Al Abdullah holds a doctorate in law from the University of Paris II. Since 2008, he has worked at the International Criminal Court as its spokesperson and Head of the Public Affairs Unit. As a writer, human rights activist, music critic and honorary editor for the website Ma3azef, Dr Al Abdullah has had many articles published in newspapers, magazines and Lebanese and Arab websites (including An-Nahar, Al-Safir, Al-Hayat, Al-Awan, Moudon, Kalman, Bedayyat, Al-Masry Al-Youm, Akhbar Al-Adab, and others). He has participated in a number of contemporary art events and seminars in Lebanon, the Sharjah Biennale, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the Netherlands. He has also published several poetry collections, titled Weird and with a camera, Hand of Intimacy, Infatuation Composes Us, Signatures, and I Share the Pain for a Moment and Kindness for a Long Time.


Jad Alkarim Al Jebae

Jad Alkarim Al Jebae is a Syrian writer and researcher born in Al-Suwayda 1945. He majored in Arabic Language and Literature at Damascus University, 1958-1959. He has worked as a teacher of Arabic language at secondary schools in Lattakia, Al-Suwayda and Damascus, and then as an editor and linguistic auditor at the Arab Encyclopaedia in Damascus, where he edited the Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Arab Thought. Interested in civil philosophy and human sciences, particularly issues of civil society, democracy and human rights, he has published fifteen books and written several others jointly with other colleagues, in addition to a number of research paper, studies and articles in Arab magazines and newspapers. He has also contributed to a number of scientific and intellectual seminars and conferences. Jad Alkarim Al Jebae is currently residing in Germany and is devoted to reading, writing and research. His works include: Controversy of Knowledge and Politics (Dialogue with Elias Morcos), Civil Society: Identity of Difference, Renaissance Issues, Spectra of Arab Ideology, A Road to Democracy, A Rose in the Cross of the Present (Towards a New Social Contract and a Democratic Arabism), From Pastoralism to Citizenship, and The Trap of Equality (The Feminisation of Men and the Masculinisation of Women).


Hanane Kassab Hassan

Hanane Kassab Hassan has experience in academic research and cultural work spanning more than thirty years. Since receiving her PhD in Theatre and from Paris-Sorbonne University, she has worked as a lecturer and faculty member at Damascus University and the Institute of Theatre and Audiovisual Studies at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Between 2007 and 2009, she served as the Dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, Damascus, and as the General Secretary of Activities for Damascus - Capital of Arab Culture. She then took on the post of Director of the Opera House in Damascus between 2009 and 2011. She has also served as an external evaluator of cultural projects submitted to UNESCO's International Fund for the Advancement of Culture and is also a board member of the Roberto Cimetta Fund. Between 2009 and 2011, she served as a member of the Strategic Committee of the Conseil Culturel de l’Union pour la Méditerranée in France. Dr Kassab Hassan has directed a number of plays and conducted workshops on dramaturgy and writing; she has also written several articles and papers on these subjects. She is a prolific translator of theatrical texts, from Arabic into French and vice versa, and has contributed to the writing of a French-English-Arabic dictionary, specialising in terms and concepts used in drama and the performing arts; the text is now one of the major works of reference in the field of theatre in the Arab world.


What do we provide to the accepted Researchers?

  • A capacity-building programme that lasts for the entire duration of the project
  • A mentor specialized in the topic to guide the researchers throughout the 8 months
  • A supporting grant of $2000 to write the paper
  • A $200 contribution intended for academic material and useful references (books, articles, etc)
  • Participation in conferences and talks at round tables and symposiums in the region
  • The opportunity to publish research papers abiding by the publishing criteria

Terms of the programme and the application process

  • The call for applications is open from the 22nd of July 2019 until the 10th of September 2019 at midnight (Beirut time). No applications will be accepted after this date.
  • The subject of the project presented should correspond to the general framework of the programme and should fall under one or more of the six research themes presented.
  • Applicants are expected to entirely attend both training sessions that will be held during November 2019 after the announcement of results and during April 2020. Participation in the training sessions is considered among the basic conditions of receiving the full research grant.
  • The project is aimed at Syrian researchers, including Palestinian-Syrian researchers residing in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, the Arab Gulf, in addition to those present in Turkey and Europe.
  • Incomplete applications or those missing one of the necessary documents requested an electronically filled-in application form, applicant’s CV, research proposal, an electronic copy of ID card or passport) will not be considered.
  • Applications that do not conform administratively and/or in terms of content to the evaluation criteria will not be considered.
  • Ettijahat- Independent Culture does not accept previously completed research. Participants pledge to submit original research papers neither completed nor previously published.
  • Ettijahat- Independent Culture reserves the full rights to publish the research (with the consent of the Second Party) for the duration of the grant and for one year starting from the first day after its ending date.
  • Participants retain complete rights to any research completed during the programme after this period and retain copyright on the condition that they cite Ettijahat- Independent Culture in any instance of use.
  • Ettijahat- Independent Culture and its partners reserve the right to use and publish completed research during and after completion of the programme for non-profit reasons.
  • Only accepted applicants will be informed and those results will be published on Ettijahat’s official website and Facebook page. Ettijahat- Independent Culture reserves the right to refrain from stating the reasons for the rejection of unaccepted proposals by the Selection Committee.
  • To apply, kindly find below the general framework and the application form along with the general questions.
  • A committee of experienced researchers (the Selection Committee) will carry out the task of evaluating the submitted applications; names of the committee members will only be announced after the evaluation period.
  • For any further information or queries, please email us at:

Evaluation Criteria

The Selection Committee base their selection of participants for the programme on the following criteria:

  1. Submitted proposal for the research project:
  • Quality of the submitted research proposal and the importance of the problematic suggested for the research
  • The compatibility of the proposed research with the basic topics and general research framework of the programme
  • The ability to analyze and discuss in a proper and correct Arabic language

      2. Curriculum vitae of the applicant:

  • Educational background
  • Age (22-40 years old)
  • Good knowledge of a language other than Arabic, such as English, French, or any other language

Key dates for the current edition:

  • Call launching:  22nd of July 2019
  • Deadline for submitting applications: 10th of September 2019
  • Announcement of results: Second half of October 2019
  • First Training: To be held in Beirut during November 2019, exact dates to be determined later-on
  • Submission of the final research proposal: two weeks after the completion of the first training
  • Receival of remarks on the final research proposal from the scientific committee: One week after its submission
  • Second training: To be held in Beirut during April 2020, exact dates to be determined later-on
  • Completion of the research: from the date of receiving approval on the final proposal until the end of August 2020.

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