In partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia Global Centers | Amman runs the Mellon Fellowship Program to support emerging displaced scholars working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The goal of the program is to create opportunities for scholars to reintegrate into academia and resume their academic pursuits.
Meet our 2023 Mellon Fellows
Stepan's research interests are focused on the intersection of society, politics, and art. His research project through the Mellon Fellowship is dedicated to the role of visual culture in the construction of social attitudes toward sexuality in Russia of the late 19th - early 20th centuries.
Basheer's research project through the Mellon Fellowship focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of the interplay between language and the representation of power relations in texts. More specifically, he is examining the (re)presentation of Yemen in the global press and investigating how the humanitarian issues are addressed and how social gender and inequality are ideologically instructed in the Yemeni context.
Tijen is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on contemporary aesthetics, political practices and relations in art activism and radical social praxis. Tijen is the founder of the international conference series "Art and the City: Urban Space, Art and Social Change," which will next take place in Amman in June 2023.
Sulaiman's research interests include Arabic studies, cultural studies of the Middle East and the Arab world, among other topics. His research project through the Mellon Fellowship will allow him to complete a book focused on a cultural analysis of The Syrian Political Song.
Adnan’s current work focuses on documenting the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in northern Syria and the relationships of local communities in Syria with their cultural heritage before and during the war. His research project through the Mellon Fellowship examines the direct impact of displacement on archaeological sites in northwest Syria.
Ahmad is a former Syrian diplomat and human rights expert. His research examines the political economy in the Middle East. Ahmad's research project through the Mellon Fellowship is a comparative study of Ukrainian and Syrian refugees’ representation in Western media.
Mansour’s research through the Mellon Fellowship examines the social progress, cultural regeneration, and the re-making of human dignity in Arab Gulf societies via their contemporary literature. His research covers contemporary transitions in a comprehensive critical analysis of the novels The Bamboo Stalk and The Jasmine's Shadow.
Wadeea's research project through the Mellon Fellowship is focused on interpreting the late Bronze Age urban structure of Tall Munbāqa on the left bank of the Euphrates in Northern Syria and examining the dynamic relations between the social and urban structures of the town implementing an archaeological and epigraphical interdisciplinary approach.
Özgür is a political sociologist. His research project through the Mellon Fellowship focuses on the relationships between authoritarian regimes, troll politics, and fascistization, studying political activism (e.g. trolls) in digital platforms, such as Twitter. The research aims to understand and explain how authoritarian regimes have reproduced themselves by leaning on the digital world.
Eligible candidates are scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who have been forcibly uprooted from their home countries and respective academic institutions. They could be graduate students who have had their education disrupted or post-doctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers. Creative writers, artists, and curators may also apply.
Fellows are expected to participate in scholarly presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions. They are connected to a global network of academics and scholars in Jordan, New York (from Columbia University), and beyond.
Please direct any inquiries to Ahmad Al-Mousa at [email protected].