Welcome to our applied academic workshop Recreating Pluralism & (Syrian) Refugees in (North) Lebanon, 6-11 July 2019. This workshop for 10-20 participants organized by the academic program Recreating Pluralism in Post-Ottoman Societies (www.recreatingpluralism.wordpress.com) is synchronized and overlapping with the Global Week for Syria, which starts the preceding week, in collaboration with among many others Warche 13 Cultural Bistro, Civic & Art Space, Mina, Tripoli.

The Final Program Booklet: Program Applied Academic Workshop – Recreating Pluralism and Syrian Refugees – North Lebanon 2019 – final +

Saturday evening 6 July there will be the opening of the exhibition “Re:Member Aleppo” at Warche 13 Civic & Art Space, in partnership with UMAM Documentation & Research and financial support of the German Institute for Foreign Affairs as well as a jazz masterclass and concert by the Dutch jazz formation Wild Man Conspiracy.

Sunday and Monday 7-8 July will be two days devoted to participatory site visits in Tripoli and North Lebanon and will be followed Tuesday – Thursday 9-11 July with three days of seminars in Beirut at the German Orient Institut Beirut and the Finnish Institute in the Middle East. At the opening day of the seminar program there will also be the opening of the exhibition Repression – Uprising – Revolution; GDR |Syria. A Juxtaposition”.

Thematically, the field of studies in religious and secular pluralism, included as part of the Recreating Pluralism in Post-Ottoman Societies program (www.recreatingpluralism.wordpress.com), is to be placed in critical tension with the theory and practice of Syrian refugee contexts, particularly in North Lebanon — but also in further comparative perspective with other environments, such as in the further Northern Levant, Europe and elsewhere.

We will place the empirical dynamics in the field in especially (North) Lebanon, in a broader academic context, social scientifically and historically. We will compare the religious and secular perspectives on pluralism, but also the identity formation and breakdown through the refugee experience. We will discuss the tension between ideal and reality of recreating pluralism in Lebanon in general but also particularly in the refugee context.

Participants include a plurality of people with different backgrounds, from senior and junior academics on topics of Syrian refugees, pluralism in Lebanon, people active in the civil sphere and development and aid spheres regarding Syrian refugees in Lebanon and elsewhere, and will be supplemented by a group of junior people with valuable personal and professional experience, Syrian, Lebanese, and international.