November 2013 Archways

Awards: Studying Camus in Greece

Sakina Abdus Shakur ’13 awarded a Fulbright Research Grant.

“ImagineSakina how it would feel to graduate from Bryn Mawr and truly not have any options, and everyone you know who is a recent graduate is also not working,” Sakina Abdus Shakur ’13 says. “What do you do?”

As a recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant, Shakur is spending her post-graduate year in Greece, where she is applying the insights of philosophy to answer that question as it pertains to young Athenians.

Drawing on the works of Camus, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and others, Shakur is exploring the emotions of Athenians between the ages of 20 and 27 as they navigate the transition into adulthood—just as their country plunges into financial crisis.

“The study of Camus will provide the framework for understanding the absurd, a term used to describe humanity’s quest for reason and purpose, which is only met by the irrational and burdensome world,” wrote Shakur in her Fulbright application.

After conducting the interviews, Shakur will curate a multimedia website to chronicle how young-adult Athenians are feeling in the climate of the crisis. “My intention with the website is to create a more realistic perception of human struggle that is not a sensationalized tragedy and also not unrealistically optimistic,” Shakur says.

On returning from her Fulbright year, Shakur’s future is wide open. “I don’t quite believe in plans, especially not after something like a Fulbright,” she says. “I am incredibly honored for what I will become a part of; I will see what opportunities arise and who I will become.”











Sakina Abdus Shakur ’13 was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to study the plight of Athenians in the face of the Greek economic crisis.