The Surviving Society team are extremely excited to present #TheSpotlightSeries. In these episodes Chantelle and Tissot take a step back from the mic and handover to both local and global academics, researchers, and community organizers. The Spotlight series continues with the themes from the original Surviving Society podcast focused on race, class, anti- racism and social movements.
Carmen Geha is an Associate Professor of Public Administration, Leadership, and Organizational Development at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is also a co-founder and Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Business & Leadership (CIBL) for women, a regional reference for readying gender-inclusive employers across the Arab MENA region. At CIBL for Women, Dr. Geha oversees research team of 40 across 11 countries in the MENA on developing inclusive policies at the organizational and national levels. Carmen is also co-founder and Deputy Director of Khaddit Beirut (the shake-up) a transdisciplinary team born in the wake of the Beirut port explosion to create a systematic and community-led roadmap for recovery in the areas of: community health, community education, environmental health, and inclusive businesses. Between 2018 and 2020, she served as Founding Director of “Education for Leadership in Crisis” Scholarship Program for Afghan women at AUB securing and managing $4.6 in tuition funding for students. Carmen’s research examines the nexus between politics and public institutions with a focus on three areas of specialization: 1- women’s political and economic participation, 2- refugee crisis politics and policies, and 3- civil society and protest movements. Carmen has held Vising Research positions at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. She is the 2018-2019 Fellow in the Program in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Carmen is a revolutionary activist and an advocate of gender equity and refugee protection. In addition to her academic track, she has several years of practitioner experience having worked as a consultant and adviser to international organizations, UN agencies, and government institutions in Myanmar, Tunisia, Libya, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Lebanon.
Srila Roy is Associate Professor of Sociology, and heads Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is the author of Remembering Revolution: Gender, Violence and Subjectivity in India’s Naxalbari Movement (Oxford, 2012), editor of New South Asian Feminisms (Zed, 2012) and co-editor of New Subaltern Politics (Oxford 2015). She is currently writing a monograph on feminist and queer politics in globalised India and co-editing a volume of essays on MeToo in India and South Africa. At Wits, she leads the Andrew W. Mellon funded Governing Intimacies project, which promotes new scholarship on gender and sexuality in Southern Africa and India.
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