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Knowledge Production in the Arab World : The Impossible Promise

dimanche 28 février 2016, par rigas

Publication de notre ouvrage (Sari Hanafi et moi-même) en anglais après une première version publiée en arabe.

[MàJ] Le livre sera présenté en français à Paris le 12 Avril 2016.

On the occasion of the publication of the book by Sari Hanafi and Rigas Arvanitis, “Knowledge Production in the Arab World : The Impossible Promise” (London : Routledge) and in Arabic by Editions of the Center for Arab Unity Studies (CAUS)

The book was presented at AUB on February 1st, 2016.

Opening notes :
-  Nasser Yassin, Director of Research, IFI
-  Mouïn Hamzé, Secretary General, National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS)
-  Ziad Hafez, Acting Director, CAUS

Authors :
-  Rigas Arvanitis, Senior researcher CEPED-IRD and Director, Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société(IFRIS)
-  Sari Hanafi, Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut

Discussants :
-  Hassan Charif, CNRS advisor on science policy
-  Seteney Shami, Director-General, Arab Council for the Social Science

Just in case you want to know more, check the page at Routledge.

Over recent decades we have witnessed the globalization of research. However, this has yet to translate into a worldwide scientific network across which compe- tencies and resources can flow freely. Arab countries have strived to join this globalized world and become a “knowledge economy,” yet little time has been invested in the region’s fragmented scientific institutions ; institutions that should provide opportunities for individuals to step out on the global stage.
Knowledge Production in the Arab World investigates research practices in the Arab world using multiple case studies from the region, with particular focus on Lebanon and Jordan. It depicts the Janus-like face of Arab research, poised between the negative and the positive and faced with two potentially opposing strands : local relevance alongside its internationalization. The book critically assesses the role and dynamics of research and poses questions that are crucial to furthering our understanding of the very particular case of knowledge production in the Arab region. The book explores research’s relevance and whom it serves, as well as the methodological flaws behind academic rankings and the meaning and application of key concepts such as knowledge society/economy.
Providing a detailed and comprehensive examination of knowledge produc- tion in the Arab world, this book is of interest to students, scholars and policy- makers working on the issues of research practices and status of science in contemporary developing countries.

Sari Hanafi is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Soci- ology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. He is also the editor of Idafat : The Arab Journal of Sociology and the Vice Pres- ident of the International Sociological Association and the Arab Council of Social Science.

Rigas Arvanitis is Sociologist and Senior Researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), specializing in the sociology of science and innovation, and research policy. He is also Director of the French consortium on research, innovation and society (IFRIS).

Find here the table of contents, introduction, and index.

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