Oghma’s Work Portfolio

Selected Ongoing Projects

Oghma’s Work Portfolio

  • 2020-2025- Research Collaboration: Japan, Hungary, and Lebanon
     
    Dr. Guita Hourani has been invited by Professor Osamu Ieda of Waseda University in Tokyo to join a collaborative research project spanning four years. This multidisciplinary project involves Japanese and Hungarian scholars and focuses on studying the migration history, policies, and cross-border migration in Lebanon, Hungary, and Japan. The research aims to contribute valuable insights to address Japan's emergence as an immigration state, requiring the formulation of a national immigration policy that effectively balances ethnic and cultural homogeneity with economic and demographic development. Professor Ieda secured a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to fund this comprehensive and impactful research initiative.
     
  • 2023-2024- "Navigating Border Conflict, Securitization, and Displacement: A Study on the Christians of South Lebanon"
     
    Amid the intricate geopolitical landscape of South Lebanon, the situation has become markedly complex due to ongoing hostilities in Gaza and confrontations between Hezbollah and Israel since October 2023. The violence has escalated along the Lebanon-Israel border, with Hezbollah engaging in confrontations with Israeli forces. The reverberations of the Gaza conflict extend beyond its immediate theatre, fostering intense confrontations in Southern Lebanon. Residences in this region bear the brunt of these conflicts. These concurrent conflicts significantly contribute to the phenomenon of internal displacement within South Lebanon, where pervasive violence and regional instability imperil the local populace. Dr. Guita Hourani is leading this research which aims to delve into the complexities surrounding the displacement of Christians from border villages in South Lebanon, shedding light on the multifaceted factors at play in this protracted and challenging context.
     
  • 2022-2024- "Ukrainian Women in Lebanon: Mobilizing Against the Russian Invasion - A Nexus of Gender, Diaspora, and Geopolitics.”
     
    Since the escalation of the war in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Ukrainian diaspora members worldwide have responded with an outpouring of solidarity towards their country and compatriots. Dr. Guita Hourani is conducting a research project titled "Ukrainian Women in Lebanon: Mobilizing Against the Russian Invasion - A Nexus of Gender, Diaspora, and Geopolitics." The research aims to understand the intersectionality between gender dynamics, diasporic experiences, and geopolitical transformations during times of conflict. Dr. Hourani has recently become an affiliate researcher with the Institute of Religion and Society at the Ukrainian Catholic University to work on this project. Members of the Oghma Group International are actively participating in the administration of the fieldwork.
     
  • 2022-2024- Homeland Political Parties (HPPs) and The Diaspora in The Case of Lebanon
     
    The research project titled "Homeland Political Parties (HPPs) and the Diaspora in the Case of Lebanon" is an extension of prior academic work by the author, Dr. Guita Hourani. This project aims to investigate the mobilization and communication methods employed by HPPs in their interactions with the Lebanese diaspora. It argues that, given the effects of globalization, significant emigration of HPPs' constituencies, and the evolving role of the diaspora as non-state actors in political transnationalism, HPPs must formulate new strategies for engaging with the diaspora in both homeland and hostland politics.