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.
By Elise Daniaud.
On February 6, the world started to witness some of the consequences of the tragic earthquake which hit the southeast of the Anatolian peninsula, close to the Syrian-Turkish border. Four weeks after the events, the death toll is estimated above 51.000. This article investigates the diplomatic action the Syrian government has taken since, in an attempt to secure its international recognition.
“Why Queer? Don’t you have something more important than this to talk about?” – 5in10 with Razan Ghazzawi
Razan Ghazzawi’s research focuses on everyday queer and trans encounters at checkpoints, prisons, and queer asylum in the contexts of “war on terror” and the “refugee crisis”. Razan is a EUME Fellow in the academic year 22/23 and they are a former prisoner of the Syrian state and an award winner of Frontline Defender in 2012.
Just three weeks following my release after 16 years in prison in Syria, I started translating a book into Arabic. The book was “Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order,” by Noam Chomsky. It had taken me some time to realize that the leading linguist and the harsh critic of American imperialism was the same person.
Teaching between Spoon-Feeding and Dialogue: My Experience in Institutions of Higher Education and in Interactive Theater
By Marie Elias (French Literature / Theater Studies, University of Damascus / Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, Damascus, Syria / Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon). Teaching is a difficult, exhausting profession, but an exciting one, and, if handled satisfactorily, it allows for enriching forms of knowledge and social interchange.
ماري إلياس (الأدب الفرنسي / الدراسات المسرحية، جامعة دمشق / المعهد العالي للفنون المسرحية بدمشق، سوريا / جامعة القديس يوسف ببيروت، لبنان). التعليم مهنة شاقّة ومتعبة ولكنّها شيّقة وتسمح بتواصل معرفي واجتماعي غني لو تمّ التعامل معه بشكل مُرض. أظنّ أنّ كلّ شخص درّس كان له رأيه ونظرته الخاصّين في هذه المهمّة. ما أريد طرحه هنا هو موقفي الشخصي من التعليم بناءً على تجربتي الخاصّة.
By Benan Grams. On June 30th, 1903 Sultan Abdulhamid II approved a project to bring potable water to Damascus from the Ein el-Fijeh spring. The project was presented to the central government by Nazim Pasha, the governor of Syria, during a persistent cholera epidemic that afflicted Damascus throughout that year.
By Friederike Pannewick In fall 1977, Egyptian President Sadat became the first Arab politician to travel to Israel on official business, where he outlined his plans for peace in a...
“It Is Interesting to Investigate How Modern Ideas of Security and Geopolitics Were Manipulated Through Global Entanglement” – 5in10 with Ilkay Yilmaz
İlkay Yılmaz is a 2020 Fellow of Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME), a research program of the Forum Transregionale Studien, and affiliated with Freie Universität...
Post-conflict Analysis and Post-war Reconstruction Strategies: Sociopolitical Considerations Using the Old City of Aleppo as an Example
Part of the TRAFO series “Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War” By Mamoun Fansa Each reconstruction project after the destruction of a war has two priorities to consider: Technical management, such as...