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How the Values of Modernity Contribute to Cultural Mediation

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. Azelarabe Lahkim Bennani (Philosophy, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco) Azelarabe Lahkim Bennani. Photo: private. This paper aims to address how to invest the capacity of the university to shape dialogue between cultures in an era of multiculturalism and civilizational conflict. As we know,…

On Contemporary Arab Philosophy as a Field of Study

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab (Philosophy, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar)[1] The Need for Drawing a Map of the Field Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab. Photo: private Modern and contemporary Arab intellectual history remains an understudied field. The last two…

“Innovationitis” and Humanities

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Marko Demantowsky (History, University of Vienna, Austria) Marko Demantowsky. Photo: private. You read it everywhere. Everyone talks about it, always as a value in itself. We are all haunted by it, not least at universities, not least in the humanities, by the ubiquitous…

Palestine Potash Limited: Industrial Development in Mandatory Palestine and the Infrastructure of Zionism

By Mona Bieling The British Mandate for Palestine was officially instated in 1923 by the League of Nations. From its beginning, the Mandate government received applications for the rights to exploit the mineral resources of the Dead Sea and its surrounding areas. After a lengthy process, the government finally granted…

Spaces of Participation: Dynamics of Social and Political Change in the Arab World

By Randa Aboubakr, Ulrike Freitag, and Sarah Jurkiewicz The uprisings in the Arab region in late 2010 and early 2011 took many observers of the political scene by surprise, given the authoritarian nature of most regimes in the area. However, the roots and reflections of these uprisings can be found…

Imagining the Telegraph in the Ottoman Empire

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Pauline Lewis By the 1880s, approximately 20,000 miles of telegraph wires and cables stretched across the Ottoman Empire, circulating more than three million electrical messages each year.[1] As scholars have convincingly shown, the technology offered a powerful new tool for the Ottoman central…

Keeping the Wheels Turning at all Costs: Factories as COVID-19 Clusters – Interview with Aslı Odman

Aslı Odman. Photo: Diane Näcke Factories have been COVID-19 clusters from the beginning of the pandemic. Recently, business have been trying hard to refute the role of the manufacturing sector as the main contributor of new COVID-19 cases, but factories are still among the most aggressive means of spreading the…

Missionary Anxiety Along Ottoman Istanbul’s Railways

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Gabriel Doyle When new railway lines started to crisscross Ottoman territory at the end of the 19th century, the infrastructural change fuelled a missionary awakening. Catholic congregations, especially, were interested in the urban and rural areas around the Anatolian railway line, which started…

History without Debate: A Reading of the Crisis in Arab Historiography

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Abdulhadi Alajmi (History, Kuwait University, Kuwait) Abdulhadi Nasir Alajmi. Photo by Judith Affolter. Many universities in the Arab world, which annually publish thousands of theses, dissertations, academic articles and a numerous range of monographs, follow a common framework, which is the extensive collection…

Humanities in Germany: Sciences Among Sciences

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Sabine Behrenbeck (Head of Department for Higher Education, German Council for Science and Humanities, Germany) Sabine Behrenbeck. Photo by Judith Affolter. There are many common problems and complaints regarding the humanities in anglophone nations and Germany, but there is also one important difference:…

European textile production subcontracting…

By Goran Musić A young worker in the sock producing workshop of the Textind factory, Source: Udarnik, List radnog kolektiva fabrike čarapa, Zrenjanin, March 1973, p. 5. The effects that the emergence of “fast fashion” and textile production subcontracting have had on gendered labor in the European periphery is a…

Archaeology in Algeria: Challenges of Multidisciplinary Research and the Identity Question

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Nadia Bahra (Archaeology, University of Constantine, Algeria) Nadia Bahra. Photo: private The worrying condition of archaeological sites and monuments and the alarm bells about the looting and destruction of antiquities are periodically reported on by Algerian media and social media outlets. Such reports…

Shakespeare, History and ‘Cancel Culture’

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Sabine Schülting (English Philology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) Sabine Schülting. Photo by Judith Affolter. In an article published in September 2020, Peter-André Alt, Professor of German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and President of the German University Rectors’ Conference (HRK), complains that contemporary…

Disassembling Fordism from the Inside: Transnational Radicals in Detroit and Turin in the 1960s

By Nico Pizzolato In the post-war period, during the climax of Fordism, factories became the birthplace of a new political praxis that mixed Marxist social theory with the bustling energy and initiative of novel demographics of workers. Though unschooled in Das Kapital, it was often young migrants who came to…

Pluralities, Transfers, Memories: Some Reflections on the Humanities Today

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Daniel Weidner (Comparative Literature, University of Halle, Germany) Daniel Weidner. Photo: private. What can the role of the humanities be facing a world in crisis? However we describe that very crisis, it is clear that a lot of the assumptions that have, so…

Alternative Knowledge Production and Transmission in Turkey: Solidarity Academies (III)

By Noémi Lévy-Aksu Since the mid-2010s, the authoritarian turn of the Turkish regime has resulted in multiple violations of human rights and freedoms. Universities have been particularly affected by the process, with mass dismissals of academics, repeated attacks on academic freedom and autonomy, and repression of students’ initiatives and protests.…
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