Professor Yasmine Khayyat is an Assistant Professor in the department of Arabic Language and Literature in AMESALL). Her research interests include contemporary Arabic literature, Arabic poetry, cultural memory studies and literary theory. Professor Khayyat’s interest in memory studies dovetails with her own life experience growing up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war (1975-90) and her desire to revisit this experience academically. At Columbia University she was part of the Engendering Archives Working Group Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference (CCASD) where she was in conversation with a diverse group of scholars on an interdisciplinary research project that explored the making of archives, specifically, the knowledge they afford and the question of what exceeds their grasp. Her fieldwork on war-related memorial sites in South Lebanon forms part of her current book project entitled Memory in Ruins: The Poetics of Aṭlāl in Lebanese Wartime and Postwar Cultural Production. Before joining AMESALL, Professor Khayyat offered courses on contemporary Arabic fiction, specifically the relationship between literature and war, at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut and New York University (NYU).
- Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures