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Author Archive for Orient-Institut Beirut

Research Project: History Writing at Lebanon’s Universities // Dynamics of connectivity under the impact of reform, innovation and political change

By Jonathan Kriener In the winter term of 2010/11, postgraduate students of sociology at the Lebanese University (UL) protested against its newly established Doctoral School for Humanities and Social Sciences. The campaigners claimed that the reform was designed to functionalise … Continue reading

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 […]