Kategorie: #MECAM

The #MECAM series features contributions to the overarching theme of the Merian Centre for Advanced Study in the Maghreb (MECAM), “Imagining Futures: Dealing with Disparity”. The complex social processes that characterise the Maghreb and the adjacent regions historically and at the present time are addressed in five thematic clusters: “Inequality & Mobility”, “Memory & Justice”, “Aesthetics & Cultural Practice”, “Resources & Sustainability”, and “Identities & Beliefs”. Each of these themes is discussed and analysed in the work of the Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups (IFGs) hosted by MECAM and by scholars from the universities and institutes that constitute the consortium that supports MECAM. The themes of the IFGs are the different threads of the #MECAM series.
MECAM is a joint endeavour of seven German and Tunisian Universities and research institutions: The University of Marburg, the University of Tunis, Leipzig University, the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg and the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien, the University of Sfax, and the Institut Tunisien des Études Stratégiques (ITES). MECAM is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), supported and hosted by the University of Tunis.
Series editors: Julius Dihstelhoff (MECAM), Jessica Metz, Claudia Pfitzner (both Forum Transregionale Studien).

#MECAM #Aesthetics&CulturalPractice
This thread seeks to consider the profound influence that societal changes have exerted on aesthetics and cultural practices (and vice-versa). It aims at addressing and redressing how aesthetic representations of disparity and entanglement are narrated, visualised, and performed in order to present the futures on offer to their respective societies. The essays are the result of the collaborative work of the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group “Aesthetics & Cultural Practice”.
Thread editors: Rasha Chatta (Freie Universität Berlin), Sahar El Echi (École Superieure de l’Audiovisuel et du Cinema, Tunis), Farouk El Maarouf (Universität Gießen), Katarzyna Falęcka (Newcastle University), Teresa Pepe (Universitetet i Oslo), Angela Rabing (Universität Bremen), Felix Lang (coordination, Universität Marburg)

#MECAM #Inequality&Mobility
#Inequality&Mobility examines the complex relationships between rising inequalities and diverse types of mobility in present-day Tunisia and the Maghreb, based on the collaborative work of an interdisciplinary group of early career researchers in the social sciences. The contributions are a product of the International Fellow Group “Inequality & Mobility” at MECAM. It consists of short reflections and impressions from diverse field sites, interviews with Tunisian researchers and activists involved in conversations and projects with the group, as well as longer essays by the fellows and invited contributors. Reflecting the multilingualism of its contributors, the texts are written in English, French, and Arabic.
Thread editors: Myriam Amri (Harvard University), André Weißenfels (Freie Universität Berlin), Moslem Nasser (Université de Tunis), Souhir Bouzid (ISTEUB Tunis), Wael Garnaoui (Université de Sousse/Université de Paris), Johannes Frische (Universität Leipzig), Ann-Christin Zuntz (University of Edinburgh), Katharina Grüneisl (coordination, Universität Leipzig)

Women and a Multiplicity of Life Forms in El Meya’s Paintings: An Interview

Interview with El Meya by Katarzyna Falęcka. The artist Maya Benchikh El Fegoun (El Meya) was born in 1988 in Constantine, Algeria. Her paintings, often populated by women, respond to different visual legacies that include Orientalist images and the iconography of the Algerian War of Independence. El Meya is interested in the interiority of women, their dreams, desires, sins, life forms, and sociability.

Comics as Witness and Testimony: An Interview with Jennifer Howell

I’ll start by stating that not all comics at the core of my scholarship were created in the digital age. Yet, artists working today are very active in the blogosphere. The online dissemination of comics – and, in particular, those that critique authoritarian regimes or bear witness to shared and/or individual experiences of political trauma – keeps pace with the general dissemination of information on the internet.

« S’alarmer face aux mécanismes de la vérité » : une conversation avec Montassir Sakhi

Montassir Sakhi, né en 1988 à Rabat, est membre fondateur du Mouvement 20 février. Il s’est engagé depuis longtemps dans les dynamiques militantes et la vie politique du Maroc. En Europe, sa recherche porte sur les mouvements sociaux, l’émergence des idéologies, l’Islam politique en particulier, ou encore sur la problématique de la radicalisation.

Science Fiction and the Anticipation of the Future: On a Public Talk by Kawthar Ayyed

By Teresa Pepe. On 13 July 2021, the MECAM research cluster “Aesthetics and Cultural Practice” hosted a talk by Kawthar Ayyed, “La science-fiction et l’anticipation [Science Fiction and Anticipation]”, in the framework of the research initiative “Imagining the Future: Dealing with Disparities”.

Doing Research “Out of Vengeance” – An Interview with Aymen Amayed

Aymen Amayed is an independent Tunisian researcher based in Tunis. He is currently contributing to a research project about margins and marginality at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University. The interview was conducted during André Weißenfels’ MECAM fellowship on a research tour through different oases in Southern Tunisia.

The Promise of Education

By André Weißenfels. Upward social mobility through education is a promise that has captured the minds of generations all across the globe. It has motivated and continues to motivate people to plan their lives around formal education and to strive for degrees in the hope these might offer a desirable future. But what if the promise turns out to be false?

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