Laure Assaf

Assistant Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies and Anthropology


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    Research interests

    Anthropology; Arabian Peninsula (United Arab Emirates); Youth; Migration; Social Hierarchies; Urban Diversity; Social and Religious Norms; Leisure and Consumption


    Peer-reviewed articles

    2017, "Le shopping mall comme moment urbain: transformations des espaces marchands et pratiques citadines aux Émirats arabes unis", Ateliers d'Anthropologie, 44,
    2013, "La Corniche d'Abu Dhabi : espace public et intimités à ciel ouvert", Arabian Humanities, 2,

    2013, "Espaces vécus et imaginés des rencontres amoureuses aux Émirats arabes unis", EchoGéo, 25,

    Edited volumes

    2019, with C. Montagne, "Urban Images and Imaginaries: Cities of the Arabian Peninsula through their Representations", Arabian Humanities, 11,

    2017, with C. Camelin, "Shopping malls : l'avènement de la modernité ?", Ateliers d'Anthropologie, 44, http ://

    Book chapters

    2018, "Who is the Right One? The Meanings of (Marital) Love in the United Arab Emirates", In C. Fortier, A. Kreil, I. Maffi (eds.), Reinventing Love? Gender, Intimacy and Romance in the Arab World, Bern: Peter Lang.

    2018, "'Voir le futur, créer le futur'. Les Emirats arabes unis face à la fin du pétrole", In C. Andrieu, S. Houdart (eds.), La Composition du temps. Prédictions, événements, narrations historiques, Editions du Boccard.

    2014, "The Internet and Youth in the United Arab Emirates", In M. Al-Zoghby and B. Baskan (ed.), State-Society Relations in the Arab Gulf States, Berlin: Gerlach Press.

    2013, "Autour d'un café : sociabilité des jeunes à Abou Dhabi", In L. Bonnefoy and M. Catusse (ed.), Jeunesses arabes. Du Maroc au Yémen : loisirs, cultures et politique, Paris: La Découverte.

    Book Reviews

    2015, "Vânia Carvalho Pinto, Nation-Building, State and the Gender Framing of Women’s Rights in the United Arab Emirates (1971-2009)", Arabian Humanities, 4,


    2015, with R. Hadad, "Ursula Le Guin: l'anthropologie et l'archéologie du futur", Bifrost, 78.

    Honors and Awards

    2019, Arts and Humanities Divisional Research and Creative Initiative Grant – New York University Abu Dhabi

    2018, Prix de thèse PSL en Sciences Sociales (Dissertation Award, Paris Sciences et Lettres University)

    2013, Prix Michel Seurat (Award for doctoral research on the Arab world, French National Centre for Scientific Research)

    2011, Fieldwork Grant (6 months), Awarded by the French Center for Archeology and Social Sciences (CEFAS).


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