Critical Theory from the Global South

Nadia Bou Ali
The American University in Beirut

Nadia Bou Ali


Nadia Bou Ali is Assistant Professor at the Civilization Studies Program at the American University of Beirut. She is co-editor of Lacan contra Foucault, subjectity, sex, and politics (Bloomsbury 2018), and author of Hall of Mirrors: psychoanalysis and the love of Arabic (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming March 2020). Her research interests revolve around: modern Arabic intellectual history, Critical Theory, and Psychoanalysis.

Publications & Projects


Lacan Contra Foucault

Subjectivity, Sex, and Politics


Lacan Contra Foucault seeks to ground the divergences and confluences between these two key thinkers in relation to contemporary philosophy and criticism. Specifically the topics of sexuality, the theory of the subject, history and historicism, scientific formalization, and ultimately politics. In doing so, the authors in this volume open up new connections between Lacan and Foucault and shine a light on their contemporary relevance to politics and critical theory.

Psychoanalysis and the Love of Arabic

Psychoanalysis and the Love of Arabic

Hall of Mirrors - 1st Edition



The Fate of Everything That is Written

Lacanian Ink, (final article delivered, accepted and now in press, 8000 words).