In order to connect researchers and contribute towards creating a knowledge base on cultural policies in Lebanon, we have started to collect information on MA and PhD theses completed at universities in Lebanon on relevant topics.
At the Université Saint-Joseph (USJ), a professional Master in art criticism and curatorial studies was launched in 2010 at the Department of French Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
According to its website, the programme aims to train specialists of art from the region as well as experts in artistic and cultural professions. It allows students to familiarize themselves with issues of contemporary practices and the local context, and to become actors in the artistic and cultural scene. It responds to a growing demand for professionalization, and contributes to the emergence of innovative projects.
In a conversation with Nayla Tamraz, head of the French Literature department and programme director, we learn that graduates of the Master’s programme are in high demand, and often work in parallel to their academic studies (read an article about the Master here). Since the degree programme is still fairly young, only a small number of Master’s theses have been completed to date.
Of these, the following two are of particular interest to us:
Hage, Maya. Art et devoir de mémoire dans le Liban d’après Guerre: le musée d’art au cœur des enjeux nationaux. 2014-2015. (108 p.) Description bibliographique
Homsy, Ranine. Méditation culturelle et jeune public au Liban: les 7 a 12 ans dans les centres d’art. 2013. (109 p.) Description bibliographique
They are both accessible at the library of the Arts and Humanities Faculty, which is open to all researchers.
This is a programme to watch; a number of Master’s theses are currently being written on other relevant topics!