Challand, Benoit

Benoit Challand
PhD 2005, European University Institute, Florence
Visiting Associate Professor (Fall 2010)

He holds a PhD from the European University Institute (EUI, Dept of Social and Political Science) and is Lecturer at the University of Bologna. He has also taught at the universities of Fribourg, Pavia, Pisa and Bethlehem. He was Marie Curie Fellow in the History Dept of the EUI (2006-08), Fellow of the Robert Schuman Centre and of the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He works on questions of democracy in the Middle East, Palestinian civil society, and communist ideologies in Western Europe.
Courses Taught:
The politics of foreign aid (graduate, Fall 2010)
Civil society and democratization (undergrad, Spring 2011)
Recent Publications:

Palestinian Civil Society. Foreign Donors and the Power to Promote and Exclude (Routledge 2009, now available in paperback).

1989, Contested Memories and the Shifting Cognitive Maps of Europe, European Journal of Social Theory, 12(2), 2009.

The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (co-authored with C. Bottici, Routledge 2010).

The Politics of Imagination (co-edited, Birkbeck Law Press, 2011).

Office Location:
New School for Social Research
Department of Political Science
6 East 16th Street, 7th Floor, Room 720
Phone Number/Extension:
(212) 229-5747 x 3126


Research Interests:
Critique of international aid. Civil society promotion in the Arab world. Palestinian politics.
Trotskyism and anti-communism in Europe. Castoriadis and Socialisme ou Barbarie
European construction and memory. Trauma and civil society.

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