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The Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) is a collective of sixteen scholars from universities, NGOs and research foundations whose work focuses on youth and families in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt and their diasporas. Founded in 2001, AFWG is committed to advancing the state of empirical and theoretical knowledge on Arab families and articulating research processes and outcomes with practitioners and policy makers. AFWG projects include comparative, transnational, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work on the three countries and diasporic Arab families in the United States and Canada.

News, Events, and Announcements


AFWG Core Member Dr. Zeina Zaatari's Article Accepted for Publication

Dr. Zaatari's article "Desirable Masculinity/Femininity and Nostalgia of the 'Anti-Modern': Bab el-Hara Television Series as a Site of Production" has been accepted for publication in the journal Sexuality and Culture.


New Fellowship Opportunities from The Arab Council for the Social Sciences: Deadline June 1st

The Asfari Fellowship and the Turkey Senior Fellowship are open to citizens from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. Candidates should be engaged in, or working with, civil society in these countries, whether they come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, the professions or the media.

The Asfari Fellowship is a joint initiative of Chatham House and the Asfari Foundation, whose purpose is to offer potential and established civil society leaders from the Middle East the opportunity to further develop their understanding, ideas and approaches on the most pressing challenges facing the Arab world.

The Turkey Senior Fellowship provides an established leader from Turkey with the opportunity to write, speak at events, expand personal networks, and further develop an understanding of critical issues in international affairs.

For more information, click the links above or click here to visit the website.


June Seminar Postponed to Fall:

Due to conflicts with the Egyptian university exams schedule, the June Training Seminar has been moved to Sept/Oct 2014 (exact date to be announced). The new application deadline is 20 August 2014. Please see the Invitation and Application Materials page for more information and a link to the application form.