Author: Forum Transregionale Studien

The Disenchantment of the Left: Two Memories of the Palestinian Struggle

By Jihane Sfeir Islamist leaders are often former liberationist or nationalist ideologues who after being disappointed by the failure of nationalism or Marxism, turn to Islam as a mobilizing force.[1] More than a few sympathizers and members of the Lebanese Hezbollah were also former communists or belonged to Palestinian parties.[2]…

The Making and Unmaking of the Moments: From the 1979 Revolution to the Arab Spring

By Behrooz Moazami The 1979 revolution in Iran is often identified as a pivotal moment in the Islamization of political and social movements in the Middle East, representing the forceful return of politicized religion. Yet this moment, because of how it was conceived and its inherent sectarian nature, bred oppression…

Looking Back at the “1979 Moment” in the Middle East

This article is part of the TRAFO Series “The ‘1979 Moment’ in the Middle East”. By Amir Moosavi Poster of the Workshop “Reading the ‘1979 Moment’ in the Middle East” On June 15-16, 2017, in the framework of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME)…

Workshop Report: “The Axis Powers and Decolonisation: Debating Perspectives, Difference, and Entanglements of the End of Empire in Germany, Italy and Japan”

by Giulio Salvati and Annalisa Urbano The Explorative Workshop “The Axis Powers and Decolonisation: Debating Perspectives, Difference, and Entanglements of the End of Empire in Germany, Italy and Japan” took place on 13-14 December 2017 at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. It was convened by Annalisa Urbano (Université de Genève) and…

African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe: The Politics of Presence in the Twenty-First Century

by Annalisa Butticci   In recent years, the media and material turn in the study of religion has questioned the dominant understanding of religion as an inward and intellectual human experience and has proposed instead a theoretical and methodological approach that focuses on the materiality, sensuality, and aesthetics of religion,…

The reemergence of history in Ukrainian elections – An interview with Alexandr Osipian

    Alexandr Osipian Alexandr Osipian was a Visiting Fellow at the Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe from April to June 2017. In this interview he discusses how he got interested in the question of ‘competitive memories’ in Ukraine, which formed the core of his research activities during…

“Today I see myself as a composite individual” – 5in10 with Venugopal Maddipati

Venugopal Maddipati holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is Assistant Professor at the School of Design at Ambedkar University, Delhi. He is currently working on his monograph titled „Architecture as Weak Thought: Gandhi, Wardha and Presentism in Colonial and Post Colonial India“. This monograph, which comes out of Venugopal’s post-Ph.D. field-work…

“It was storytelling that intrigued me” – 5in10 with Alia Mossallam

  Alia Mossallam (photo: private) Alia Mossallam holds a PhD in Political Science. Her dissertation explores a popular history of Nasserist Egypt through stories told and songs sung by people behind the 1952 revolution. She has taught at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts…

„As far back as I can remember, I have loved stories“ – 5in10 with Michael Allan

Michael Allan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon, where he is also program faculty in Cinema Studies, Arabic and Middle East Studies. He is the author of „In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt“ (Princeton, 2016) and of articles in…

Concluding remarks to the Conference “Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture”

by Birgit Meyer (University Utrecht / Chair Academic Advisory Board of the Forum Transregionale Studien) Concluding remarks to the Annual Conference “Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture” (University of Heidelberg, October 12-14, 2016). It was organized by the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ (Heidelberg),…

Iconic Religion in Urban Space

  by Kim Knott, Volkhard Krech and Birgit Meyer Special issue of the Journal Material Religion: „Iconic Religion in Urban Space“, 2016, 12:2 ABSTRACT In order to understand current dynamics of religious diversity, a focus on the tangible presence of religion and the co-existence of new and longstanding religious buildings, sites and…

Ukraine Rethinks Complex World War II Past

Nataliya Gumenyuk (head of Hromadske.TV and Visiting Fellow 2015/2016 of the Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative at the Forum Transregionale Studien) spoke to Andrii Portnov (Ukrainian historian and initiator of the Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative) and Jan Claas Behrends (German historian at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam) in May 2016. On May 8th,…

Harsha Ram: “The Scale of Global Modernisms: Imperial, Regional, National, Local”

Harsha Ram (University of California, Berkeley) held this lecture on “The Scale of Global Modernisms: Imperial, Regional, National, Local” during the Annual Conference “Global Modernisms: Contiguities, Infrastructures and Aesthetics”, 5 – 7 November 2015, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The Conference was organized by the Forum…

Aesthetics of the Threshold. Thoughts on the Morphology and Topology of Port Cities in the Post-Antiquity Mediterranean, Based of Andreas Gursky’s Photograph “Salerno”

by Hannah Baader and Gerhard Wolf (both: Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut) This text is an excerpt from the essay “Aesthetics of the Threshold. Seven Aspects of the Morphology and Topology of Port Cities in the Post-Antiquity Mediterranean”, which appeared in 2014 in “Harbors…

Conference Review “Global Modernisms: Contiguities, Infrastructures and Aesthetic Practices”

by Saima Akhtar (Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien 2015/16) Annual Conference of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland. Convened by Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 5-7 November 2015 Convenors: Atreyee Gupta…

10 things I learned at World Scripts in Cape Town

By Piers Kelly, participant of the Winter Academy. Republished from his blog Brave New Words. It’s been some time now since the World Scripts Winter Academy at the University of Cape Town came to an end. Organised this year in the framework of Zukunftsphilologie, an initiative of the Forum Transregionale…