Louis Le Douarin | Researcher

Coordinator of EUIHoS for 2014-2016

PhD Research: The making of Lebanon: Geographical knowledge and territorial construction in imperial context.

I started my PhD  at the European University Institute in 2016, under the supervision of Pr. Stéphane Van Damme and co-supervision of Pr. Florence Deprest (Géographie-cités, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). My research focuses on the way the production and circulation of geographical knowledge on Lebanon took part in the production of its territory, both in terms of discourses and practices, from the middle of the 19th century to the time of the French Mandate. This research thus unfolds into two different dimensions. First, I want to analyze the modalities of geographical knowledge production:  how knowledge on territory was elaborated, by whom and with what connection to different types of knowledge. Second, my research looks at different case studies where geographical knowledge was central to the production of territory, especially during the French Mandate, namely for the drawing of borders, the designing of irrigation plans etc.

Before 2016, I studied at SciencesPo Paris where I completed a Master in International Affairs (Pro) in 2014, and at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Master in Geography, Research) in 2016. After spending a year in Lebanon, and after obtaining the Agrégation in Geography, I decided to fully dedicate myself to research and joined the History and Civilization department of the EUI.