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Research Project: The Financialisation of Home in the Middle East // A study of Lebanon’s mortgage markets: Tracing regulatory changes

This project by OIB postdoctoral fellow Marieke Krijnen focuses on the increasing interconnections between real estate and finance in Lebanon. Real estate has always been dependent on the financial sector for loans, but the financial sector itself has become increasingly … Continue reading

Video: Wohin treibt der Nahe Osten?/Where is the Middle East Heading? (3)

Panel II: Minderheiten, Verfolgung und politische Interaktion/Minorities, persecution and political interaction Chair: Dr. Rolf Hosfeld, Potsdam/Dr. Thomas Scheffler, Beirut   Die folgenden Vorträge waren Teil der Konferenz “Wohin treibt der Nahe Osten? Ethno-religiöse Minderheiten im Nahen Osten zwischen Verfolgung und … Continue reading

REPORT: Language, Science and Aesthetics

Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia Report of the Summer Academy in Beirut, 11-19 September 2014 Organizers: Orient-Institut Beirut/Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin Between 11-19 September 2014, the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and the Berlin-based research program Forum Transregionale Studien organized an international Summer Academy in Beirut entitled “Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia”. The Summer Academy explored debates about modernity, […]

Khayri Hammad and Hannah Arendt in Cairo: Translating Liberal Thought in Revolutionary Times – a Lecture by Professor Jens Hanssen

Studies on Egypt and the Middle East in Germany How do ideas travel through space and history? Which thoughts and concepts have been exchanged and transferred between Europe and Arab countries? Are these concepts received in different ways regarding the cultural and political context? Which role does translation and the translator play in transferring ideas? Professor Jens Hanssen from the University of Toronto discussed these questions in his lecture on “Khayri Hammad and Hannah Arendt in Cairo: Translating Liberal Thought in Revolutionary Times”, which […]

CfP BRISMES Panel: “Pushing the Status Quo: Liberation in art and cultural practices in the modern Middle East”

We invite paper proposals for participation in a panel on “Pushing the Status Quo: Liberation in art and cultural practices in the modern Middle East” that we are submitting to BRISMES for its forthcoming conference in London, 24-26 June 2015 (www.brismes2015.org). Cultural production often challenges existing norms and practices, pushing the boundaries of the status quo. This panel explores the relationship of artists and cultural players to authority in the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries. It deals with processes of transformation of […]

FOOD FABRICATION: Culinary practices and food politics in the Arab world

The Orient-Institut Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon take a closer look at culinary practices and food politics in the Arab world Beirut, 14-17 January 2015 Taking a comprehensive look at food heritage, politics and practices in Lebanon and the Arab World, the Orient-Institut Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon are pleased to announce their forthcoming forum Food Fabrication, to take place in Beirut from 14 to 17 January 2015. Food is a basic need, yet a subject of contestation, especially in this region where food […]

Conference Livestream: Where is the Middle East heading? Abschlussdiskussion/Concluding panel discussion

Chair: Prof. Dr. Julius H. Schoeps, Potsdam Minderheiten im Nahen Osten und die westliche Welt Prof. Dr. SHLOMO AVINERI, Jerusalem Prof. Dr. MICHAEL STÜRMER, Die Welt Dr. SYLKE TEMPEL, Internationale Politik Demokratische Aufbrüche, die im Nahen Osten vor vier Jahren als „Arabischer Frühling“ begannen, haben eine tragische Wendung genommen. Autokratische Regime wurden zwar gestürzt oder in ihre Schranken gewiesen, doch im entstandenen Machtvakuum streiten ethnozentrierte und religiös-radikalisierte Gruppen militant und undemokratisch um Partikularinteressen. Einige Staaten erleben dabei rasante Zerfallsprozesse, andere offenen Bürgerkrieg, und wieder […]

Where is the Middle East heading? Ethno-religious minorities between persecution and self-determination

International conference in Berlin, 30 November – 2 December 2014: The Orient-Institut Beirut – in cooperation with Lepsiushaus Potsdam, the Moses Mendelssohn Centre at Potsdam University and the European Academy Berlin – is organizing an international conference on the situation of Middle Eastern minorities after the “Arab Spring” entitled “Where is the Middle East heading? Ethno-religious minorities between persecution and self-determination” (Wohin treibt der Nahe Osten? Ethno-religiöse Minderheiten im Nahen Osten zwischen Verfolgung und Selbstbehauptung). Since the beginning of the “Arab Spring” in December 2010, […]

Obituary Sabah Kharrat Zouein (December 8, 1954 – June 5, 2014)

The OIB is saddened to learn of the untimely death of Sabah Kharrat Zouein, an outstanding Lebanese poetess and literary critic who succumbed to a serious illness in early June, at the age of fifty-nine. Sabah was a friend of the OIB since the late 1990s. Working as a literary and cinema critic for Beirut’s daily an-Nahār and widely praised for the innovative prose poetry of her book Al-Bait al-mā’il (1995), Sabah was first ‘discovered’ for the institute by former OIB director Angelika Neuwirth […]

Stipendienausschreibung 2015/2016

Das Orient-Institut Beirut, ein Forschungsinstitut der bundesunmittelbaren Max Weber Stiftung, vergibt Stipendien für herausragende Forschungsvorhaben, vorzugsweise für Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden. Voraussetzung für die Bewerbung ist ein abgeschlossenes Studium (Diplom, Magister) in Fächern, die der Orientalistik zuzuordnen sind oder einen eindeutigen Regionalbezug aufweisen. Es muss erkennbar sein, inwieweit der Forschungsaufenthalt am Institut oder in der Region für das Vorhaben förderlich ist. Gute Arabischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift werden vorausgesetzt. Erwartet wird aktive Teilnahme an den internen Kolloquien und thematisch einschlägigen wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen. Der Arbeitsort ist […]

Stellenausschreibung: wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in

Beim Orient-Institut Beirut, einem Forschungsinstitut der bundesunmittelbaren Max Weber Stiftung, ist die Stelle einer wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin  / eines wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters ab dem 01.06.2014 zu besetzen. Die Stelle ist in Vollzeit auf drei Jahre befristet. Eine Verlängerung um höchstens zwei Jahre ist möglich. Dienstort ist Beirut. Voraussetzungen: Promotion im Fächerspektrum von Arabistik, Islamwissenschaft, Geschichte, Geographie, Gesellschafts- bzw. Politikwissenschaften oder in verwandten Fachgebieten mit Regionalbezug (Vorderer Orient/Nordafrika). Gute Kenntnisse des Arabischen und Forschungserfahrung mit arabischsprachigen Quellenmaterialien. Post Doc Projekt, das gut vernetzt ist und in der […]

CTTC: It’s the economy, stupid! – How political conflict affects economic development in Egypt – and reverse

Cairo Talks on Transformation and Change (CTTC) is a regularly held platform to analyse the ongoing changes and assess the perspectives of political transition in Egypt. It is jointly organised by the Cairo Offices of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Freie Universität Berlin, and the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), and takes place on the premises of the German Science Centre (DWZ). Have a look at our 12th CTTC session which took place on 10 December 2013 entitled “It’s the economy, stupid! – How political conflict […]

Call for Applications

Closing Date for Applications: 15 April 2014 Call for applications, conditions and procedures can be found here. This International Summer Academy is jointly organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut and Forum Transregionale Studien, and will take place in Beirut from 11 to 19 September 2014. Entitled Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, this Summer Academy offers early-career scholars an opportunity to follow up on the debates about modernity, its preconditions and its aftermath […]

Conference: Constitutional Experiences in the Middle East and North Africa – Call for Papers

International Conference Constitutional Experiences in the Middle East and North Africa (from approx. 18th to 20th centuries) convened by Stefan Leder and Astrid Meier Date: November 6-7, 2014 Venue: Orient-Institut Beirut Deadline: May 16, 2014 The conference is aimed at exploring political concepts and practices which are related to constitutional experiences prior and parallel to the occurrence of written constitutions. Combining political, intellectual, legal and social history across the region, we invite papers on legal and organizational frameworks, administrative bodies, associations, councils, corporative structures, customs, as […]

Divercities blog

The divercities blog was created by the Orient-Institut Beirut and the Goethe Institut Lebanon to accompany our jointly organised event divercities: contested space and urban identities in beirut, cairo and tehran, taking place in various locations across Beirut from 12 to 14 December 2013 . The aim of this conference was to gain insights into experiences of urban governance as it is perceived and practiced by different social agents in view of the ambivalence of public space in diverse societies. It revolved around power dynamics over contested […]

International Conference: The Occult Sciences in Pre-modern Islamic Culture

Beirut, 5-6 December 2013 From 5-6 December 2013 the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are jointly hosting an international conference on “The Occult Sciences in Pre-modern Islamic Culture”. In pre-modern Islamic culture, a number of “occult” sciences that deal with non-observable realities and are marked by ritual references were acknowledged part of the canon of knowledge and practiced also by natural scientists. The “occult” sciences, al-‘ulum al-khafiya, include sciences […]