This interview with Professor Khaled Kchir, aims to unveil the significance of Ibn Khaldûn, whose influence, though profound, is often underestimated today. Professor Kchir sheds light on Ibn Khaldûn’s substantial impact in the past, his current importance, and his relevance as a model for the future.
What are current issues, ideas, themes or concerns that merrit transregional debate and exchange, and why? Issues offers an opportunity to introduce, report, explain and contextualize academic events, new and ongoing projects. For more information see Contributions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Satyajit Sarna. Broadly speaking, SLAPPs are lawsuits or other legal actions which are filed with the primary motive of intimidating and harassing journalists and activists and thereby stifling criticism of claimants, who are often politically influential and economically powerful, including major corporations. Most frequently, they are framed as defamation suits or actions against the invasion of privacy. Now, the European Commission is proposing a revisioned draft of its Anti-SLAPP legislation.
This years’ edition of the Skopje Pride Weekend focusses on the relationship between queerness, time and history. Under the title “QUEER CHRONOPOLITICS: History, Affects, Utopias” the festival is drawing on the observation that time is not an apolitical concept but deeply connected to politics, that there is a politics of time as well as a time of politics.
By Sana Tannoury-Karam, with translations by Fatima Kassem Moussa. In 1918, Omar el-Zeenni looked around him and declared “The world is madness”. Indeed, by the end of the First World War, el-Zeenni’s world was turning upside down. Born in Beirut in 1895, Omar el-Zeenni belonged to the “last Ottoman generation” that had come of age in the last few years of the Ottoman empire’s existence and whose politicization occurred during the First World War.
The band Muhtelif shared their second single called “Zümrüdüanka” with a video clip compiled from news footage documenting social movements and democratic struggles in Turkey over the past decade.
By Rim Naguib.
“On Rosenthal” is a zine on the life of Joseph Rosenthal (1872-1966): an Ashkenazi Jew who struggled for the ideals of solidarity and social justice in Egypt.