An Introduction to the TRAFO series “The Humanities in the 21st Century: Perspectives from the Arab World and Germany” by Nuha Alshaar, Beate La Sala, Jenny Oesterle and Barbara Winckler. This project is part of the activities of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA).
Tagged: Middle East
مدخل إلى سلسلة “ترافو” التي تحمل عنواناً “الإنسانيات في القرن الحادي والعشرين: وجهات نظر من العالم العربي وألمانيا”، كتبته بربارة وينكلر (جامعة مونستر) وبيآتا لا سالا (جامعة برلين الحرة) وجيني أوستيرله (جامعة باساو) ونهى الشعار (الجامعة الأميركية في الشارقة/ معهد الدراسات الإسماعيلية، لندن). وهذا المشروع هو جزء من نشاطات الأكاديمية العربية الألمانية للباحثين الشباب في العلوم والإنسانيات.
By Francesco Anselmetti. A Flood in Baʿath Country, the 2003 documentary by Syrian filmmaker Omar Amiralay, opens with a stark confession on the director’s behalf. His career had begun in the early 1970s with a panegyric to the Baʿathist project of modernisation glorifying the construction of the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates, near the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
By Anna Hofmann. The revolutionary moments of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the Ukrainian “Euromaidan” in 2014 called for a remarkable rise of public and academic attention towards regions in the east and south of the European continent.
“In the face of a systematic erosion of memory, I was intrigued by the preservation of what was gone” – 5in10 with Sana Tannoury-Karam
Sana Tannoury-Karam is a historian of the modern Middle East, writing on the intellectual history of the Left in the Levant. She is a EUME fellow 2020-2021 at the Forum Transregionale Studien.
By Bashir Bashir and Leila Farsakh. Over the past two decades, Middle Eastern and European politics have been impacted by three critical developments that call into question dominant understandings of nationalism, citizenship, and decolonization. The aggressive and ongoing colonization of Palestine created irreversible realities that cast serious doubts on the feasibility of partition and the “two-state solution.”
Taboo, Trauma and Identity: Subject Constructions of Palestinians in Germany and in Switzerland, 1960 to 2015
By Sarah El Bulbeisi. Since 1947, more than 700,000 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes in what is now Israel, and have become refugees. As a traumatic experience, the Nakba has become a crucial part of the collective memory and the identities of the Palestinians.
By Nadya Sbaiti. What is the point of teaching dystopian science fiction when actually living something just as terrifying? Reflecting on the last year in Lebanon, this essay argues for the pedagogical power of sci fi in thinking through the country’s popular uprising, economic implosion, pandemic, and port explosion.
Abdalhadi Alijla, Post-doctoral fellow at the Orient Institute in Beirut, recently published an article on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East. The region was hit hard...
The new research project “Knowledge Unbound” is opening up innovative areas of research by focussing on key regions such as Africa, the Near and Middle East and the Pacific region.