Fellowship : From April to June 2019 January to March 2022

Discipline(s) : Literature, Writing / Poetry

Area(s) of expertise : Writer

Pays : Lebanon


Elias Khouri is a lebanese writer, editor and professor. Born in Beirut 1948, he finished his studies at the lebanese university of Beirut, and was a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.

He was the editor of the Weekly Supplement of the newspaper An-Nahar, the co-editor of Al-Karmel Journal, and he is now the editor of the Journal of Palestinian Studies.

He published 13 novels, 4 books of litterary criticism, and articles in international journals. His novels are translated into 15 languages.

Besides being a public intellectual, he was the artistic director of the theatre of Beirut, and the co-director of the Ayloul Festival for Contemporary Arts.

Research project : Présent-Absent

Elias Khouri be starting the third volume of his trilogy « Children of The Ghetto »,with the title « The Present-Absent ». In this third volume, the author continues his investigation of the palestinian condition, which represents the exile of the Men in a postmodern world that has lost its values. Why the Present is absent ? This theme epitomise the refugies, the uprooted, and the marginals of our time.

The palestinian condition  will be the mirror of the oppressed, and the palestinian becomes the jew of the jews.


KHOURI, Elias. Les Enfants du Ghetto, Je m’appelle Adam,Paris : Actes Sud, 2018,355p.

KHOURI, Elias. Sinalcol ,Paris : Actes Sud,2013, 478p.

 KHOURI , Elias. Comme Si Elle Dormait, Paris : Actes Sud,2007, 389p.

KHOURI, Elias. Yalo, Paris : Actes Sud, 2004, 330p.

KHOURI, Elias. La Porte DU Soleil,Pais : Actes Sud, 2004, 700p.

Research project Literature and Translation through Dialogue in Colonial Conflict Zones.

The projects sets out to explore the language of politics in conflict zones through literature and translation. It is co-authored by Lebanese writer Elias Khouri and Israeli sociologist Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani and it is envisioned as a three-year program in association with IAS-Nantes. Per proposal, Khouri and Shenhav-Shahrabani will both be invited as associate fellows to the institute, and while the pair may widely diverge intellectually, their respective bodies of work nonetheless share common ground to foster a mutually beneficial dialogue. Living and working together for several months, each year as associate fellows will allow Khouri and Shenhav-Shahrabani to tackle different perceptions on various issues, and to disseminate their insights through writing, workshops and public lectures. In the first year, the two will spearhead a team of translation of Khouri’s novels, based on Shenhav-Shahrabani’s theorization of the concept  as specified in his book, Laborers and Actors in Translation (2020,Hebrew).

In year two, they will lead a workshop on the representations of violence in literature in conflict/colonial zones with Khouri’s novels used as case studies. In the third and final year, the workshop will take on a team of translation of Palestinian Nakba literature as a test case of one such instance of historic violence.


Projet de recherche : Présent-Absent

Elias Khouri est en train de commencer le troisième tome de sa trilogie Les Enfants du Ghetto, intitulé Le Présent-Absent. Dans ce troisième volume, l’auteur poursuit son investigation de la condition des palestiniens, qui représente l’exil de l’homme dans un monde post-moderne qui a perdu ses valeurs. Pourquoi le Présent est absent ? Ce thème résume les réfugiés et les déracinés et les marginaux de notre époque.

L’expérience palestinienne sera le miroir des opprimés, et le palestinien devient le juif des juifs.


Elias Khouri est un écrivain libanais, rédacteur en chef et professeur. Né à Beyrouth en 1948, il achève ses études à l’Université Libanaise de Beyrouth.

Il fût Global Distinguished Professor à l’Université de New York-NYU, rédacteur en chef du supplément hebdomadaire culturel du journal An-Nahar et co-éditeur de la revue Al- Karmel. Il occupe aujourd'hui le poste de rédacteur en chef de la Revue d’Études Palestiniennes.

Il a publié treize romans, quatre livres de critique littéraire, et des articles dans des revues internationales. Ses romans ont été traduits dans quinze langues.

En plus d’être un intellectuel public, il était directeur artistique du Theatre de Beyrouth, et co-directeur du Festival Ayloul pour l’Art Contemporain.


KHOURI, Elias. Les Enfants du Ghetto, Je m’appelle Adam, Paris : Actes Sud, 2018,355p.

KHOURI, Elias. Sinalcol ,Paris : Actes Sud, 2013, 478p.

 KHOURI , Elias. Comme Si Elle Dormait, Paris : Actes Sud,2007, 389p.

KHOURI, Elias. Yalo, Paris : Actes Sud, 2004, 330p.

KHOURI, Elias. La Porte DU Soleil,Pais : Actes Sud, 2004, 700p.