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Dr. Amal Ghazal

Dr. Amal Ghazal

Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities


Welcome from the Dean

It gives me immense pleasure to serve as the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SOSH) at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

The Doha Institute offers fourteen academic programs, under SOSH , and is a unique academic institution in terms of its mission, programs and the talent it attracts. I cannot think of another institution in the Arab region that could affect so much change both locally and regionally. Our future depends on the depth and scope of education we offer our students, and on critical thinking and serious engagement with our past, present and future.

SOSH attracts committed faculty with diverse academic backgrounds who foster our students’ critical thinking and prepare them for an intellectual and civic engagement, one that is informed by our local and regional needs. Thus, SOSH is at the forefront of producing relevant knowledge. In other words, SOSH is leading in indigenizing knowledge.

My role as a Dean of SOSH is to help develop and implement the strategy needed in order to reach our academic mission. Our success depends on collaborative work, good governance, and continuous capacity building among students, faculty, and staff.

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    The School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SOSH) at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies provides a welcoming and intellectually open environment responsive to the emerging realities and diversity of the Arab region. Bringing together students, scholars and practitioners, the SOSH community is dedicated to improving our understanding of the past and the present by engaging in cutting-edge research and contributing to global academic discourses.

    SOSH offers a large variety of specialized programs, each aimed at fostering creativity, critical thinking skills and interdisciplinarity. Students are exposed to various intellectual landscapes and encouraged to use this knowledge to explore the urgent questions of our time. As a result of their direct engagement with the region’s rich intellectual traditions and cultures, and their exposure to the broader literature in their respective fields, SOSH students are in a unique position to bridge local knowledge with global ones.

    The School currently offers a PhD degree in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action, Critical Security Studies, History, Linguistics and Arabic Lexicography, Sociology and Anthropology, Politics and International Relations. It also offers a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Comparative Literature, Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action, Critical Security Studies, History, Human Rights, Journalism, Linguistics and Arabic Lexicography, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology

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    ​Dialogues for our Time
    Debates at the Frontiers of Human Knowledge​​

    The momentous political and social changes engulfing our region and the world, and the ensuing turmoil and uncertainty, invite fresh and determined thinking. The input of engaged scholars has never been more relevant and valuable. This input acquires added significance in the context of popular demands for freedom, dignity and security, and the violent resistance these demands face from entrenched regimes in our region (and their external allies). Conscious of this need for serious engagement by academics and intellectuals with the challenges of our times, the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies created a platform for these debates.

    "Dialogues for our Time" is an annual event featuring an invited keynote speaker, chosen with reference to her/his distinguished contributions to one or more fields in Social Sciences and the Humanities. The invitee delivers a research paper on a selected topic and leads a debate with academics from within and outside the Doha Institute. The proceedings are then published in book form, in both Arabic and English.

    This initiative aims to stimulate intellectual exchange on key issues of public interest in the Social Sciences and Humanities. It will engage prominent scholars from around the world in a debate where a plurality of voices from diverse backgrounds and perspectives can participate. The staff and students at DI (and wider audiences in the region and beyond) will as a result interact directly with cutting edge research on key timely issues. ​

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