Stellenausschreibung: wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in

April 4, 2014
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Beim Orient-Institut Beirut, einem Forschungsinstitut der bundesunmittelbaren Max Weber Stiftung, ist die Stelle einer wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin  / eines wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters ab dem 01.06.2014 zu besetzen. Die Stelle ist in Vollzeit auf drei Jahre befristet. Eine Verlängerung um höchstens zwei Jahre ist möglich. Dienstort ist Beirut. Voraussetzungen: Promotion im Fächerspektrum von Arabistik, Islamwissenschaft, Geschichte, Geographie,...
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CTTC: It’s the economy, stupid! – How political conflict affects economic development in Egypt – and reverse

April 3, 2014
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Cairo Talks on Transformation and Change (CTTC) is a regularly held platform to analyse the ongoing changes and assess the perspectives of political transition in Egypt. It is jointly organised by the Cairo Offices of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Freie Universität Berlin, and the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), and takes place on the...
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Summer Academy: Language, Science and Aesthetics – Call for Applications

April 3, 2014
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This International Summer Academy is jointly organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut and Forum Transregionale Studien, and will take place in Beirut from 11 to 19 September 2014. Entitled Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, this Summer Academy offers early-career scholars an opportunity...
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Conference: Constitutional Experiences in the Middle East and North Africa – Call for Papers

March 26, 2014
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International Conference Constitutional Experiences in the Middle East and North Africa (from approx. 18th to 20th centuries) convened by Stefan Leder and Astrid Meier Date: November 6-7, 2014 Venue: Orient-Institut Beirut Deadline: May 16, 2014 The conference is aimed at exploring political concepts and practices which are related to constitutional experiences prior and parallel to the...
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Divercities blog

January 30, 2014
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Divercities blog The divercities blog was created by the Orient-Institut Beirut and the Goethe Institut Lebanon to accompany our jointly organised event divercities: contested space and urban identities in beirut, cairo and tehran, taking place in various locations across Beirut from 12 to 14 December 2013 . The aim of this conference was to gain insights into experiences of...
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International Conference: The Occult Sciences in Pre-modern Islamic Culture

November 27, 2013
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Beirut, 5-6 December 2013 From 5-6 December 2013 the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are jointly hosting an international conference on “The Occult Sciences in Pre-modern Islamic Culture”. In pre-modern Islamic culture, a number of “occult” sciences that deal...
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Obituary Christoph Schumann (1969-2013)

September 12, 2013
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By Thomas Scheffler The OIB is saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely death of Dr. Christoph Schumann, Professor of Politics and Contemporary History of the Near East at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg on September 1, 2013.  Christoph Schumann has been a dear friend of our institute since 1995 when he came to Beirut to...
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Inverted Worlds: Cultural Motion in the Arab Region, Eds. Syrinx von Hees, Nadia von Maltzahn, Ines Weinrich (Orient Institute Studies, 2)

August 16, 2013
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Introduction By Syrinx von Hees, Nadia von Maltzahn, Ines Weinrich <1> The wave of popular uprisings taking place in several countries in the Arab region since early 2011 launched a socio-political transformation process that is ongoing. While each country in the region is living a very different experience of what has come to be known...
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Call for Papers – DiverCities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran

June 28, 2013
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Call for Papers – DiverCities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran From the 12th until the 14th of December 2013 the Orient-Institut Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Beirut will be hosting the international conference “DiverCities: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo and Tehran”. The conference aims to look at urban governance, its agents, agendas and options, through contested space and conflicting urban concepts, identity...
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Video | “Do You Like What is Happening?! The Country is Falling Down!”

June 17, 2013
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Video | “Do You Like What is Happening?! The Country is Falling Down!” “Do you like what is happening?! The country is falling down!” this is the most famous sentence you may hear while taking a taxi ride through streets of Cairo. Does this sentence really reflect a new feeling of boredom towards the revolution? Or there is a lack of communication with the revolutionary groups, activists...
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The “Arab Spring”: A challenge to the Christian minorities of the Middle East

June 17, 2013
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In the March 2013 edition of the “Armenian-German Correspondence” (Armenisch-Deutsche Korrespondenz, ADK) OIB research associate Thomas Scheffler published a brief analysis of the current uprisings in the Arab world and their impact on the region’s Christian minorities. For Oriental Christians, the simplistic choice between “democracy” and “dictatorship” often conceals a tragic double-bind dilemma:  Democratization...
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Inverted Worlds – Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region

June 7, 2013
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Inverted Worlds – Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region „Wir befinden uns inmitten eines Wandels, der sehr kompliziert ist, und der Leute wie mich verpflichtet, bescheiden zu sein. Was heute in der arabischen Welt passiert, hat Intellektuelle wie mich, die ihr ganzes Leben lang für Demokratie, Freiheit und soziale Gerechtigkeit gekämpft haben, sehr überrascht. Wir sollten zurück in die Schule der Geschichte gehen...
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Video | The Masses: From the Implosion of Fantasies to the Explosion of the Political. From Actual to Virtual to Augmented

April 25, 2013
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Video | The Masses: From the Implosion of Fantasies to the Explosion of the Political. From Actual to Virtual to Augmented With new technologies of smart phones and mobile tablets, the image has taken a new dimension. It is no longer a representation nor a simulation nor virtual substitution, but rather actual reality itself augmented by the digital parameters of mobile devices, a step further beyond the actual and the virtual into a superimposition of...
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Project-Workshop: “Political Communication, Public Sphere and Transition in Egypt”

April 16, 2013
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The Orient Institut Beirut project entitled “Media Culture in Transformation” will be holding its first international workshop entitled “Political Communication, Public Sphere and Transition in Egypt” on the 8th of May 2013, at The German Science Center Cairo (DWZ), 11 Sh. Saleh Ayoub, Zamalek. The workshop is followed by a CTTC event. The workshop...
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Video | Whose Army is it Anyway?

March 20, 2013
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Video | Whose Army is it Anyway? “Whose army is it anyway?” looks at how different social groups and political actors lay claim to the national army as “theirs”, and how the army sees and portrays itself to the public. “The army and the people are one hand”, an image portrayed in Egypt for instance, is one example of how the...
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Video | The Onset of Syria’s Popular Uprising: Opportunity, Networks, and Framing

February 20, 2013
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Video | The Onset of Syria’s Popular Uprising: Opportunity, Networks, and Framing The lecture explores the onset of the uprising in Syria, from mid-March 2011 until the summer of that year. It explores the opportunity created by the Arab uprisings to shed light on the patterns of unprecedented popular mobilization and collective action in Syria. Specifically, it presents an analysis that critically and loosely borrows from,...
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Video | Debates on Social Media and Revolution

February 12, 2013
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Video | Debates on Social Media and Revolution This presentation is two-fold: Part one is devoted to reflections on the debates about the relations between digital technology/social media and revolutionary movements, while part two is a sound performance called Discontent, made from recordings of protests, mainly in London, captured over more than 10 years. Horizontal networks of independently operating nodes, with their...
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Video | Nonviolent Movements are Dictators’ Worst Nightmares

February 5, 2013
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Social-economic issues are behind Occupy Wall Street, French, Greek and Spanish riots, the Arab protests wave and many other protests in the last few years around the globe. In the wake of what is known as “Arab Spring”, a wave of protests washed away the regimes of Tunisia and Egypt. Inspired by these events,...
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Video | Arab Hip Hop – Rhymes and Revolution

January 29, 2013
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Video | Arab Hip Hop – Rhymes and Revolution Like a scratched up 45-rpm/7” record, the purveyors of the Arab hip hop movement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been repetitive about the nature of the messaging. From Tunisia to Jordan, to Lebanon and Libya, from Syria and back to Palestine, Arab hip-hoppers have been producing for their insular fanbase(s)...
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Video | Keynote Address by Elias Khoury at the “Inverted Worlds” Congress

January 23, 2013
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Video | Keynote Address by Elias Khoury at the “Inverted Worlds” Congress The Inverted Worlds – Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region was held in October 2012 by the Orient Institut Beirut and focussed on exploring arenas and manifestations of cultural change effective in the eventful and disruptive outbursts of the Arab spring. The Keynote Address was given by the journalist, literary critic, novelist and...
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