Historical Materialism Conference Beirut

As the Beirut Historical Materialism conference is getting closer, we would like to share the final version of the program (see attached) and information about your travel, accommodation and local transport with you.

The conference will take place from March 10, 2017, 2.30pm to March 12, 2017, 7pm on the main campus of the American University of Beirut (AUB). When you enter the campus through the main gate (Bliss Street), please make sure to carry a valid ID, ideally your passport. You will register as a conference speaker for HM Beirut at the main gate at the protection office. The registration is free of charge; it’s a regular security procedure.


Historical Materialism Beirut 2017 final program (PDF)

We recommend staying in Hamra during the duration of the conference; the AUB campus (Bliss St, main gate) is located in Hamra, walking distance. Other nearby neighborhoods include Clemenceau, Ain Mreisseh, and Manara. Airbnb lists many places in Hamra.
Nearby hotels are listed on commercial platforms like trip advisor:

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AUB regularly hosts guests in Gefinor Rotana and Le Commodore.
A less pricy hotel is “35 Rooms,” also in Hamra:

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General Information
General information about the Campus of AUB, directions etc. can be found here:

AUB – About Us – Campus
The American University of Beirut, AUB, is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning, founded in 1866, which functions under a charter from the State of New York. It is administrated by a private, autonomous Board of Trustees.

AUB campus map, indicating where the conference rooms and buildings are:

The Official Map of the Campus of the American University …
ada dodge hall 13 agriculture building 58 assembly hall 16 bechtel engineering building 57 biology building 78 daniel bliss hall 07 ccc scientific research building 0567

Visa regulations
Please make sure that you know what kind of visa you need. Please check the website of the Lebanese embassy of the country that issued your passport.
Tourist visas (1 month) are normally obtained at the airport upon arrival, free of charge.

Lebanese General Security – posts
The type of request The formalities required A cost-free visa of one month extendable to 3 months is granted for immigrants from the following countries :

Please also check your passports for Israeli stamps/visas, as you cannot enter Lebanon if you have one.

Upon landing you need to fill in a landing card for the border control. You have to provide the address of your hotel or airbnb place; please make sure to have this information.

Local Transport
Most of you have already booked the flights. You will arrive at Beirut’s main international airport, Rafic Hariri International Airport:

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We recommend ordering a taxi online before you travel. Please provide the taxi company with your email and cell phone number in order to coordinate the pick up from the airport. Local taxi companies are serving the airport 24/7; however, some drivers might try to charge you excessively. A regular fare from the airport to the city center should not be more than 20 USD (30.000 LL).
AUB normally works with Allo taxi Lebanon, you can book your airport pick up service online:

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Other local companies are
Queen Taxi: +961 1 423340
Alfa Taxi: +961 1560910
Charlie Taxi: 1514

Official currency is Lebanese Lira (LL), also called Lebanese Pound (LBP).
However, US Dollar is a parallel currency, widely accepted. Please make sure to carry smaller notes of USD with you; some drivers or restaurants might refuse to give you change for 100 USD notes. You can always combine LL and USD to pay cash. International credit cards are also widely accepted.
1 USD = 1.500 LL
1.000 LL = 0,66 USD

Phone contacts of the organizing team
Nadia: +96176705659
Sami: +961.78847394 or +49.15145930952 (whatsapp)