SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Ms Adélie Chevée

MPhil (Oxford), Master 2 Recherche (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), MA (Sciences Po Paris)
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Adélie Chevée
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Department of Politics and International Studies

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Ms Adélie Chevée
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Intellectual Labour in Times of Change: Understanding the Politics of Critique in the Syrian Revolutionary Press (2011-2017) working title
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A graduate in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, and in International Relations form Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Adélie Chevée achieved an MPhil thesis on the political activism of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, at Oxford University. Drawing on the work of French philosopher Jacques Rancière, she explored how a politically qualified subject is articulated in light of experiences of exile, throughout a study of the discourse of Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon between 2011 and 2014.

Since 2015, Adélie is a PhD candidate in politics and international studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her doctoral research focuses on the evolution of the Syrian intellectual field since 2011, with a particular focus on Beirut, Istanbul and Gaziantep. During her field research (2016-2017), she stayed at the Orient Institut Beirut, the Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatoliennes in Istanbul and the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin.

PhD Research

I explore changes in the Syrian public sphere by looking at the transformation of one intellectual practice: writing opinion articles in print. Why do Syrians keep writing and printing newspapers in the age of blogs and Facebook, and amid the difficult conditions of war, revolution and exile? I argue that revolutionaries make sense of intellectual labour by articulating an ideal target: shaping an autonomous and national public sphere to produce autonomous knowledge. In doing so, I go beyond the subalternity framework used to make sense of popular insurgencies; instead, I investigate the possibilities for radical politics. I posit these revolutionaries not as organic intellectuals better suited to represent the masses than an old intelligentsia, but as practicing “equality of intelligences” (Jacques Rancière) along with other public figures. Based on fieldwork in Turkey and Lebanon, I draw an in-depth case study of Syria’s intellectual field, by looking at transformations in the communication landscape at the local, national and transnational level.


  • "Chevée, A. (2017) Book Reviews 'The intellectual and the people in Egyptian literature and culture: Amāra and the 2011 revolution (2014)' Contemporary Levant Vol. 2 , Iss. 2.
  • Chevée, A. (2015) ‘Challenging the Principle of Distinction between Civilians and Combatants: A Critical Case Study of Militarized Syrian Refugees’, St. Antony's International Review, special issue: ‘Moral and Legal Dilemmas in Humanitarian Intervention’, Volume 11, Number 1, pp. 75-93.
  • Chevée, A. (2013) ‘Les réfugiés syriens au Liban : l'affirmation d'une existence politique’, in Berthelot, Pierre (Ed.), Théorie et pratique des relations internationales au Moyen-Orient, Les Cahiers du CCMO, Editions du Cygne, Paris.


  • 'Thinking the intellectual dispute: perspectives from the Syrian case' research paper presented at the International Workshop, ‘“Because of the War...” – Tracing Transformations in/of the Syrian Field of Cultural Production’ University of Marburg (26-27 July 2017)
  • 'Understanding Jumhuriya from Istanbul: an intervention in the Syrian intellectual dispute' research paper presented at the Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatoliennes, Istanbul. (18 May 2017)
  • ‘Popular Intellectuals of the Syrian Revolution, 2011-2016: preliminary findings of a fieldwork in Beirut’ research paper presented at the Orient Institut Beirut, Lebanon. (19 January 2017)
  • PhD proposal presented at the SOAS Graduate Conference ‘Order and Contestation: Re-thinking the political’ in the panel ‘Communities of Resistance in the Middle East and North Africa’, SOAS, London (6 June 2016)


  • Centre Marc Bloch scholarship affiliate
  • Zentrum Moderner Orient affiliate
  • BRISMES member
  • Council for British Research in the Levant member


Introduction to Comparative Politics


  • Political Theory
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • International Relations
  • Refugees and Forced Migrations Studies
  • Sociology of Intellectuals
  • Media Studies