Quick Info on the Blog: Hummus For Thought has been my personal blog since 2011, and it has changed quite a lot over the years.
Anti-authoritarianism, feminism, eco-radicalism and decolonialism – these are the four -isms of Hummus For Thought, or what it strives to commit to. Its focus is on Lebanon, Syria and Israel/Palestine, but it also goes into regional and international politics.
Contact: hummusforthought [at] gmail [dot] com. This is the blog’s email but it redirects to my personal one. I’ll reply with the personal one.
Background: My name is Joey Ayoub. I sometimes go by Joey Husseini-Ayoub to include my mother’s family name, or Ibn Baldwin. Born in 1991, I am of mixed Lebanese, Palestinian, Italian, French and Argentinian heritage, but I grew up in Mount Lebanon not far from Beirut. I now spend my time between Lebanon an Scotland, with regular trips to Italy and Switzerland.
I have been a freelance writer and researcher for most of my adult life.
My formative years, in many ways, were 2010-2013 during my undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut. In 2015, in the middle of the ‘You Stink’ protests, which I helped organise, I moved to London to do my MA in Cultural Studies at SOAS, University of London. Now, I am doing a PhD on Lebanese cinema at the University of Edinburgh.
I am one of two regional editors for the Middle East and North Africa region for Global Voices Online, a position I’ve held since August 2016. I’ve also been MENA editor at IFEX.org since January 2018.
I am a research associate of Lebanon Support, a member of the British Sociological Association, The Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network at the University of Edinburgh, the Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists and the Anarchist Studies Network (ASN). I’m also a fellow of Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (GMF).
Projects: I am working on transforming this blog to a more organised one. It will keep its focus on Lebanon, Syria and Israel/Palestine, but we will be expanding to include international issues as well. It will be bilingual, in English and Arabic. Depending on funds, it will also include other languages in the future.
There is a podcast inspired by the awesome folks over at ‘The Irrelevant Arabs” that is run with the Syrian writer Sarah Hunaidi. The podcast, which is simply called ‘Hummus For Thought, the Podcast‘, features discussions with interesting people from around the world about virtually everything. It’s still in its early phases with many more episodes to come.
Writing: I have been published in a number of publications such as Al Jazeera, AlJumhuriya.net, Raseef22, Global Voices Online, The New Arab (Al Araby), Pulse Media, IB Times, Middle East Eye, RS21 and El Diario, among others. I tend to republish my writings on this blog to keep them as an archive.
- “The Civil War’s Ghosts: Events of Memory Seen Through Lebanese Cinema” (Book Chapter, 2017).
- Book chapter on the intersectionality between African-American and Palestinian struggles (To be announced soon)
- My partner and I are working with Enab Baladi, the Syrian citizen newspaper, to publish a free e-book featuring translations of some of their best articles since 2012. We’re hoping to have it available in the coming months.
As most of you probably already know, being a freelancer doesn’t exactly provide a stable income.
So, if you like my writing and want me to contribute to your book, journal or website, please get in touch -> hummusforthought [at] gmail [dot] com.
[Again: This is the blog’s email but it redirects to my personal one. I’ll reply with the personal one.]
Education, Research and Interests: I wrote my MA thesis on ‘Jewish Identity and Language Politics: Hebrew, Yiddish and the Contemporary Debate on Zionism” (SOAS). I previously did a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (AUB). I started my PhD in October of 2017 on the Politics of the Postwar Cinema of Lebanon at the University of Edinburgh (UoE).
Research/Writing Interests include:
- Gender and Masculinity, Queer Studies
- Anarchist Modernity
- Decolonising Education
- Memory Studies and Reconciliation Studies
- Politics of Language, Intersection between Politics and Linguistics. Case studies looked at so far: Hebrew-Arabic Bilingualism in Israel/Palestine, Historical debates on Yiddish and Hebrew among Ashkenazi Jews, Languages of Lebanon.
- The Impact of both the Lebanese Civil War and the Postwar Neoliberal ‘Reconstruction’ on Memory and Identity, Restlessness and Anxiety in Lebanon
- Rewilding Lebanon, inspired by Monbiot’s book ‘Feral’ and Rewilding projects across the world
- The Palestinian struggle
- History of Lebanese Jews
- The concept of Doikayt, or ‘here-ness’ in Yiddish, in Jewish thought
- The Syrian Revolution, Civil War and Global War
- Syrian literature, initially in translation and now also in Arabic
- Middle Eastern cinema, particularly Lebanese, Iranian, Turkish, Israeli and Palestinian Cinema. Also just cinema in general.