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New editor of Contemporary Levant

New editor of Contemporary Levant

In the lead up to 2016, CBRL’s board of trustees decided that it was time that we launched a new peer-reviewed journal to cover the breadth of our organisation’s research interests on current and emerging issues of the contemporary Levant and its diasporas. Our institutes in Amman and Jerusalem have always welcomed scholars from diverse interests but it wasn’t until the late 1990s when we ‘officially’ represented the full range of disciplines from the humanities and social sciences.

The task of conceiving and developing this journal was given to then CBRL Trustee, Michelle Obeid (University of Manchester) who was appointed the journal’s first Editor-in-Chief. For the past four years Michelle has devoted masses of energy, enthusiasm and brilliant vision to establishing a now internationally renowned journal at the cutting edge of contemporary Levantine academic thought. From all of us at CBRL, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Michelle for all her hard work, editorial expertise and leadership in founding Contemporary Levant.

And so we would like to welcome Contemporary Levant’s new Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Irving. Sarah Irving is currently a visiting research fellow with the Crossroads project at the University of Leiden. She holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and degrees from Cambridge and Manchester. Her main research focus is the social and cultural history of Palestine in the Ottoman and Mandate periods, particularly the role of ordinary Palestinians in knowledge production and the material life of archaeology, ethnography and local history. She has published academic work on the depiction of Muslim-Jewish and Arab-Jewish relations in contemporary Yemeni, Iraqi and Palestinian fiction, and on other literary themes. Prior to returning to academia, she was a journalist and writer, principally on environmental and social subjects, and the author and editor of a number of books on the Middle East.

We wish Sarah all the best in her new role as journal’s second Editor-in-Chief and also congratulations as she takes up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Edge Hill University from January 2020.

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