Summer Academy Lectures

August 29, 2014
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Lecture I  11 Sept, 5 – 6.30 pm, AUB, Building 37 Ray Brassier (American University of Beirut) Dialectics between Suspicion and Trust Lecture II  12 Sept, 5 – 6.30 pm, Orient-Institut Beirut Hans Harder (University of Heidelberg) Reading Paratexts: The significance of textual frames Lecture III  13 Sept, 11:30 – 1 pm, Orient-Institut Beirut...
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Summer Academy: Our Participants

July 17, 2014
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Summer Academy: Our Participants We are pleased to welcome our participants for our Summer Academy “Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia“, which will take place 11-19 September 2014 in Beirut. All participants (in alphabetical order): Hussein Abdulsater / Assistant Professor, Civilization Sequence Program,...
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“Language, Science and Aesthetics”

July 15, 2014
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The International Summer Academy is organized by  the Orient-Institut Beirut and the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien. It is chaired by a group of scholars that include Monique Bellan (Orient-Institut Beirut), Nadia Bou Ali (American University of Beirut), Dahlia Gubara (Orient-Institut Beirut), Hans Harder (Heidelberg University), Bodhisattva Kar (University of Cape Town), Stefan Leder (Orient-Institut...
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Obituary Sabah Kharrat Zouein (December 8, 1954 – June 5, 2014)

June 8, 2014
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Obituary Sabah Kharrat Zouein (December 8, 1954 – June 5, 2014) The OIB is saddened to learn of the untimely death of Sabah Kharrat Zouein, an outstanding Lebanese poetess and literary critic who succumbed to a serious illness in early June, at the age of fifty-nine. Sabah was a friend of the OIB since the late 1990s. Working as a literary and cinema critic for...
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Frank Walter Steinmeier zu Besuch am OIB

June 4, 2014
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Frank Walter Steinmeier zu Besuch am OIB Der deutsche Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier und Mitglieder seiner Delegation sprachen am 30. Mai 2014 im Orient-Institut Beirut mit libanesischen Gästen über die desolate Lage in Syrien und ihre Auswirkungen auf den Libanon. Der Libanon war das erste Ziel auf Steinmeiers Reise durch Nahen Osten, die er am vergangenen Freitag antrat. Die libanesischen Gesprächsteilnehmer machten...
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Stipendienausschreibung 2015/2016

May 23, 2014
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Das Orient-Institut Beirut, ein Forschungsinstitut der bundesunmittelbaren Max Weber Stiftung, vergibt Stipendien für herausragende Forschungsvorhaben, vorzugsweise für Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden. Voraussetzung für die Bewerbung ist ein abgeschlossenes Studium (Diplom, Magister) in Fächern, die der Orientalistik zuzuordnen sind oder einen eindeutigen Regionalbezug aufweisen. Es muss erkennbar sein, inwieweit der Forschungsaufenthalt am Institut oder in der...
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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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Call for Applications

April 3, 2014
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Closing Date for Applications: 15 April 2014 Call for applications, conditions and procedures can be found here. 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...
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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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