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Fadi Bardawil

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Fadi Bardawil is Assistant Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an anthropologist (Ph.D Columbia University, 2010) who researches the traditions of intellectual inquiry, practices of public criticism, and modalities of political engagement of contemporary Arab intellectuals, both at home and in the diaspora. In doing so, he investigates theoretical discourses as anthropological objects by tracking their international circulations, translations, analytical uses, and political appropriations. Currently, he is completing In Marxism’s Wake: The Disenchantment of Levantine Intellectuals, a book that examines the ebbing away of Marxist thought and practice through focusing on the intellectual and political trajectories of a generation – born around 1940 – of previously militant, public intellectuals.