Diana Allan

Postdoctoral Fellow Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

Diana Allan is a British anthropologist and a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. She received the MEMO prize for her book: Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile. She completed her doctorate in anthropology at Harvard University in 2007, and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2008-2012. She was a fellow at Harvard’s Film Study Center in 2008, is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in film and video. Her most recent book ‘Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile’ (Stanford University Press, 2013) explores the contingencies of nationalism and everyday survival in Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut. She will be a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell for the academic year of 2014. Diana Allan is the founder and co-director of the Nakba Archive, a testimonial project that has recorded over 650 interviews on film with first generation Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. During the 2006 Lebanon/Israel war she established ‘Lens on Lebanon’, a participatory film and photographic initiative funded by the Soros Foundation, Oxfam and the Prince Claus Fund.