Author: Forum Transregionale Studien

“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…

Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia

Report of the Summer Academy: “Language, Science and Aesthetics” in Beirut, September 11-19, 2014 by Monique Bellan (Orient-Institut Beirut), Nadia Bou Ali (American University of Beirut) and Dahlia Gubara (American University of Beirut) Between September 11-19, 2014, the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and the Berlin-based research program Forum Transregionale Studien organized an international Summer…

Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia

Report of the Summer Academy: “Language, Science and Aesthetics” in Beirut, 11-19 September 2014 by Monique Bellan (Orient-Institut Beirut), Nadia Bou Ali (American University of Beirut) and Dahlia Gubara (American University of Beirut) Between 11-19 September 2014, the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and the Berlin-based research program Forum Transregionale Studien organized an…

Halting in a Space of Total Movement: Politics and Spatial Orders at Tegel Airport

By Philip Geisler Sometimes, an academic journey begins with rebellion. The transregional is the signature of transition. Transregional studies and trans-aesthetic phenomena include processes of transition as an essential element. Analogously, for researchers in search of traces, transition becomes an essential element enabling transregional analysis. This renders spaces of transition,…

Revolutions Beyond Failure and Success

Tahrir (Photo: Gigi Ibrahim unter CC BY 2.0) By Walid el Houri How can we approach and talk about the protest movements taking place in the world today and about their success or failure? This is both a political and an academic issue (and whether political and academic can be…

Regal Cinema and Mumbai’s Art Deco

By Mohamed Elshahed Photo: Mohammed Elshahed One of the features of modern Mumbai is the city’s expansive Art Deco heritage. During the traveling seminar’s visit to the city we stopped at the Regal Cinema completed in 1933 and designed by Charles Stevens. The architect’s father, Frederick William Stevens, designed the…

Whose Religion? Whose Speech? Whose Freedom?

Sculptures on the platform of the Lakshmana temple, Khajuraho, ca. 950 CE By Sugata Ray In February 2014, Penguin Books withdrew University of Chicago professor Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus: An Alternative History” from the Indian market and destroyed all remaining copies of the book in response to a lawsuit filed…