Author: Forum Transregionale Studien

The Virtue of Stopping

Towards Learning Journeys That Build Bridges Rather Than Schooling in Bubbles By Alia Mossallam On the first day of school after the lockdown, my second-grade daughter was beside herself with excitement. She was up at 4am, dressed and ready to go. We had 6 hours to kill. She re-read a…

‘Rethinking Ukrainian Studies’: Serhy Yekelchyk’s keynote lecture ‘Writing the history of revolution in the time of war’

A report by Sophie Schmäing, Universität Gießen Struggles over the interpretation of historical events have always been a salient issue in independent Ukraine. Since the Maidan protests in 2013–14, the annexation of Crimea and the start of the war in Donbas, these contestations, which are closely linked with questions of…

“Even history that happened centuries ago can cause problems for the people you are working with” – Interview with Naira Sahakyan

This interview was conducted on 9th May 2019, during the workshop ”Knowledge, Politics and Publics: Conversations on the Role of the Academic, the Intellectual and the Writer in Times of Change”, organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius. Naira Sahakyan is a doctoral…

“Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations”. Interview with meLê yamomo

The sound performance “Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations” premiered at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin on 16 May 2019. The event was produced by Kultursprünge at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and funded by the State of Berlin, Senate Department for Culture and Europe. We interviewed the performance’s composer and performer, meLê yamomo, about…

“Rethinking Ukrainian Studies”: Interview with Viktoria Sereda

On 16-17 May 2019, the Prisma Ukraïna conference “Rethinking Ukrainian Studies: Locally, Regionally, Transnationally” took place at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice. Ten young researchers from Eastern and Western Europe received travel grants to be able to attend this symposium. One of them – Maxim Osadchuk…

How is World Literature Pedagogy for the Public?

By May Hawas Politicising World Literature: Egypt between Pedagogy and the Public grew out of two sets of convictions, each with their own contradictions. The first is the belief in the importance of public university education even as it is being viciously pressured worldwide. The second is the belief in…

Cape Verde and the Atlantic: Crossroads of People, Goods and Capital Investments (1460–1610)

By Lesley Braun A report of the workshop, “Cape Verde and the Atlantic: Crossroads of People, Goods and Capital Investments (1460–1610)”, held in Cidade Velha, Cape Verde, on January 28–29th, 2019. The workshop was organized by Carlo Taviani (DHI Rom) and others, in cooperation with Villa I Tatti – The…

Psychoanalysis and the Imaginary: Translating Freud in Postcolonial Egypt — Interview with Omnia El Shakry

On 11th and 12th April 2019, the workshop “Power in Medicine: Interrogating the Place of Medical Knowledge in the Modern Middle East” will take place in Berlin. It is organized by Edna Bonhomme, Shehab Ismail, (both MPIWG) and Lamia Moghnieh (AUB, EUME) and will be convened by Europe in the Middle East—Middle East in Europe (EUME) and the Max…

Psychoanalysis and the Imaginary: Translating Freud in Postcolonial Egypt — Interview with Omnia El Shakry

On 11th and 12th April 2019, the workshop “Power in Medicine: Interrogating the Place of Medical Knowledge in the Modern Middle East” will take place in Berlin. It is organized by Edna Bonhomme, Shehab Ismail, (both MPIWG) and Lamia Moghnieh (AUB, EUME) and will be convened by Europe in the Middle East—Middle East in Europe (EUME) and the Max…

Power in Medicine: Psychiatry in the Middle East—Interview with Christopher Dole

On 11th and 12th April 2019, the workshop “Power in Medicine: Interrogating the Place of Medical Knowledge in the Modern Middle East” will take place in Berlin. It is organized by Edna Bonhomme, Shehab Ismail, (both MPIWG) and Lamia Moghnieh (AUB, EUME) and will be convened by Europe in the…

Birgit Meyer: „Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften und die Welt“

Birgit Meyers Keynote „Towards New Synergies: Social Sciences & Humanities and the World“ (Originaltitel des Vortrages), gehalten auf der Synergy Conference 2019 der Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) am 7. Februar in Bussum, Niederlande, wurde zuerst auf dem Blog „Religious Matters in an Entangled World“ veröffentlicht. Birgit Meyer ist…

“I have always been intrigued by questions of norm and difference, majority and minority.” – 5in10 with Malak Labib

Malak Labib received her doctorate from Aix-Marseille University / Institut de Recherche sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (2015) and her MA from Sciences Po Paris (2005). Her background is in History and Political Science. Her research interests cover the history of knowledge and science, political economy and the history…

Book Review: The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, Continuities and Memories

By Nazan Maksudyan Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Heike Liebau, Anorthe Wetzel (eds.), The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, Continuities and Memories (Frankfurt: Campus, 2018). British futurist writer, and a well-known pacifist, H.G. Wells wrote in an article titled “The War That Will End War,” published in The…

From History to Memory

A Wissenschaftskolleg Focus Group’s Views of a West African Family – After Six Months Work By Carola Lentz, Isidore Lobnibe, and Stanislas Meda Our focus group’s work at the Wissenschaftskolleg has shifted over the past months from trying to write a book and make a documentary film on the history…

When Threads Wear Thin: The West German Radical Left and Palestinian Groups at the End of the 1970s

By Joseph Ben Prestel During the 1970s, ties with Palestinian groups occupied a prominent place in activities of the West German radical left. An increasing criticism of Israel along with an interest in newly emerging, leftist Palestinian groups had begun to manifest itself in the Federal Republic in the wake…

Family History as Family Enterprise?

A Wissenschaftskolleg Focus Group’s Views of a West African Family By Carola Lentz, Isidore Lobnibe, and Stanislas Meda Family history as family enterprise: this is the title under which the journalist Manuela Lenzen recently published an article on research on family history being undertaken by our focus group at the…