Department of Anthropology

Katherine Maddox

MA Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas,

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellow
Katherine Maddox



Displacement, refugee studies, diaspora, Europe, the Middle East, citizenship, identity, activism, space, memory, archives, Lebanon, Syria, France


Katherine is a doctoral candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology. Her research focuses on the Syrian diaspora in Europe and specifically, the emergent networks of activism and exchange among Syrians of different generations in Paris, France. She earned a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, for which she conducted research with a non-governmental cultural organization and archive in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she lived in Beirut from 2012 to 2014, where she worked as a journalist at the newspaper The Daily Star. Her research focuses on diaspora, citizenship, difference, and urban space.


ANT F305 • Expressive Culture

78529 • Summer 2020
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:30PM
Two-way Interactive Video

The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept of culture as a crucial dimension of human life. Because we tend to think of thought and action as stemming from individual impulses, we find the notion of a shared, highly variable, but influential force in our lives hard to fathom.  Even if we speak of "society" as a familiar concept, we tend to make of it a uniform, oppressive force, some institution outside ourselves that we individually confront and oppose. Yet only if we can learn to recognize how deeply we share certain assumptions and inclinations with others--but only some others, and to varying degrees--can we appreciate the degree to which culture inheres within us and makes us who we are.

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