Editorial Partners


The TRAFO Blog is a digital platform for transregional research that has been set-up and maintained by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland sharing the general editorial responsibilities. TRAFO works as an open framework of editorial partnerships with colleagues from the networks of the Forum and the Max Weber Stiftung, and a number of long-term transregional projects and institutional initiatives, such as CrossArea in Leipzig, the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) in Tunis, and the research network project “European Times” (EUTIM).

TRAFO Editors: Moritz Buchner (Forum Transregionale Studien), Johanna Beamish (Max Weber Stiftung)


The Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) was established at the Université de Tunis/Tunisia to strengthen cooperation in the Humanities and Social Sciences in and across the Maghreb, the Middle East, and Europe. Under its guiding theme “Imagining Futures –Dealing with Disparity”, MECAM aims to discuss the (re)negotiation of complex social and political conditions and expectations, norms and legacies in the wake of the “Arab Spring” inthe Maghreb, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. The necessary backdrop to these processes are the disparities and inequalities that divide theMaghreb and the neighbouring regions – both historically and nowadays.The centre invites scholars atdifferent stages of their career. Fellows work within five Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups (IFGs) along MECAM’s thematic research clusters. Furthermore, MECAM organizes various events, such as seminars, lectures, public debates and traveling academies that connect researchers and discuss research outcomes. MECAM is a joint initiative of seven German and Tunisian universities and research institutions and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Editors: Julius Dihstelhoff (MECAM), Imen Louati (MECAM), Jessica Metz (Forum), Claudia Pfitzner (Forum)

Editorial Group »Aesthetics & Cultural Practices«
»Aesthetic Practices and Mediated Temporalities of the Maghreb and the Mashriq«
Series editors: Rasha Chatta, Sahar El Echi, Farouk El Maarouf, Katarzyna Falęcka, Teresa Pepe, and Angela Rabing

Editorial Group »Inequality & Mobility«
»Inequality and Mobility: Perspectives from Tunisia«
Series editors: Katharina Grüneisl (Universität Leipzig), André Weißenfels (Freie Universität Berlin)


Europäische Zeiten/European Times – A Transregional Approach to the Societies of Central and Eastern Europe (EUTIM) is a joint project of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), the University of Potsdam and the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. The research network project has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since April 1, 2021, within the framework of the guideline for the promotion of regional studies (area studies) for an initial period of three years.

Editors: Moritz Buchner (Forum), Claudia Dathe (Europa-Universität Viadrina)

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