Anaheed Al-Hardan is an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. Her research is concerned with coloniality and resistance in relation to counter-memory, decolonial knowledges and south-south thought in the Arab World, and has appeared in Journal of Palestine Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies and International Sociology. She is the author of the award-winning Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities (Columbia University Press, 2016), joint winner of the 2016 Academic Book Award at the London Palestine Book Awards. Her current book project examines Arab decolonial theory within the context of south-south philosophies of liberation and decolonization. She is a Principal Investigator on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded research program Afro-Asian Futures Past.
As an Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities-funded Visiting Fellow at ZMO, Anaheed Al-Hardan's project “South-South Decolonization Networks of the Global South in the GDR" revisits transnational Arab thought that emerged during the decolonization era and in conversation with the Afro-Asian anti-colonial movement of the time, particularly its political goals and aspirations, and its circulation through the former German Democratic Republic.