By Hannah El-Hitami. During the 1980s and ’90s, a group of political prisoners in Syria’s notorious Sednaya prison held oud lessons, concerts and soirees with theater and dance. Now, a group of former inmates has gathered in Germany to remember and sing together again.
Autor: Forum Transregionale Studien
On Thursday, 29th of June 2023, the class 8b of the Walther-Rathenau-Gymnasium visited the Forum Transregionale Studien for a full-day workshop on the topic of displacement in the context of Russia’s War against Ukraine. In the Displacement Masterclass, pupils learned about the Forum Transregionale Studien’s Prisma Ukraїna: War, Migration and Memory project. A report.
By Yuliya Stodolinska. In Ukraine, a real outburst of artistic practices took place in February 2022 as a powerful response to Russia’s full-scale invasion, aiming to raise awareness of what is happening and to reinforce the resilience of Ukraine and its people. This article explores the positive role of street art in public space during wartime on the example of the street art produced by a team of artists known as LBWS CAT UKRAINE (lbws_168).
By Oleksii Isakov. Ukrainian Dreams, a special film event taking place for the first time in Berlin, aims to decolonise and remap Ukrainian cinema by emphasizing its position within the global cultural context and by bringing the works of Ukrainian directors out of the shadow of the mostly hegemonic Soviet and Russian past. Sovist’ (1968), directed by Volodymyr Denysenko (1930-1984), is one of the films that certainly deserve a closer look.
Cuerpos de Agua – Perspektiven aus Aktivismus und Kunst zur Bedeutung von Wasser in Lateinamerika und Europa
Die Ausstellung „Cuerpos de Agua“ in der Station Urbaner Kulturen in Berlin zielt darauf, die sich ausbreitende weltweite Wasserkrise zugänglich zu machen. Dem Ansatz geht, wie im Titel „Cuerpos de Agua“ (buchstäblich übersetzt „Wasserkörper“) angelegt, ein Vergleich zwischen Gewässern und dem menschlichen Körper voraus. Ein Bericht von Judith Sieber und Jacqueline Wagner.
Tragedy and Normalcy: Documenting Russia’s War on Ukraine – An Interview with Photographer Brendan Hoffman
Brendan Hoffman is a documentary photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in themes of identity, history, politics, conflict, and the environment. Since 2013 he has primarily covered revolution and war in Ukraine. His work has been published widely, shown at festivals including Visa Pour l’Image, the Zoom Photo Festival in Canada, and the Singapore International Photography Festival. Brendan is a regular contributor to major media including The New York Times and National Geographic, a 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine, and the 2018 Philip Jones Griffiths Award winner. A conversation with Sophie Schmäing.
Lena Bader reports on “Plural Temporalities: Theories and Practices of Time,” the fourth Transregional Academy of the German Center for Art History (DFK Paris), which took place in Bogotá from 24 September to 2 October 2022. It was organized in co-operation with the Universidad de los Andes and the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome (BHMPI) and with the support of the Forum Transregionale Studien.
Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East – An Interview with Adam Mestyan
Adam Mestyan is associate professor in the History Department at Duke University. He is the author of Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking The Ottoman Political Order in The Interwar Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2023). A conversation with Alex Favalli.
By Natalia Zaitseva-Chipak. In the near future, Ukrainian forcefully displaced persons could adapt and be able to join the German economy, which can become potentially powerful factors of its growth. Given that most of the migrants are women (of working age) with children, these contributions will refer to not only the near but also the more distant future.
At the same time, the loss of these people will be detrimental to postwar Ukraine. Even today, Ukrainian demographers fear the country’s depopulation. This, in turn, could be a critical factor in slowing down the country’s reconstruction, as it requires labor, skilled workers, and young people.
“Humanities and social sciences, as earlier, is the cornerstone for building a conception of the world, understanding and analyzing social changes” – 5in10 with Tetiana Kalenychenko and Denys Brylov
Tetiana Kalenychenko and Denys Brylov are both 2022/2023 non-resident Prisma Ukraïna Fellows at the Forum Transregionale Studien.