REPORT: Language, Science and Aesthetics

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

Report of the Summer Academy in Beirut, 11-19 September 2014

Organizers: Orient-Institut Beirut/Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin

Between 11-19 September 2014, the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and the Berlin-based research program Forum Transregionale Studien organized an international Summer Academy in Beirut entitled “Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia”. Continue reading

Summer Academy: Lectures

You are cordially invited to attend our public lectures of the Summer Academy “Language, Science and Aesthetics”.

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 am – 1.00 pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
Nader el-Bizri (
American University of Beirut)
Ontological-Epistemological Renewals within the Dialectics of Tradition and Modernity?
Critical reflections on
methodology in the field of ‘Arabic sciences and philosophy’

Lecture IV  15 Sept, 5 – 6.30 pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
Kirsten Scheid
(American University of Beirut)
Dhawq

Lecture V  16 Sept, 5 – 6.30 pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
Monica Juneja
(University of Heidelberg)
From the Religious to the Aesthetic Image – or the struggle over art that offends

Lecture VI  18 Sept, 5 – 6.30 pm, AUB, Building 37
Bodhisattva Kar
(University of Cape Town)
Modernity and Misplacement: A curious history of anachronism

The public lectures are part of the Summer Academy “Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia”, which takes place from 11 – 19 September 2014 in Beirut.

Jointly organized by Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.

 

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Summer Academy: Our Participants

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All participants (in alphabetical order):

Hussein Abdulsater / Assistant Professor, Civilization Sequence Program, American University of Beirut
Thematic Discussion: Renewing Falsafa: Epistemic possibilities and methodological obstacles

Hannah Baader / Permanent Senior Research Fellow Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut/Academic Program Director Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin

Monique Bellan / Research Associate, Orient-Institut Beirut
Research Seminar: Between Subjectivity and Objectivity: Talking about art in Lebanon (1920-1970)

Nader el-Bizri / Associate Professor, Civilization Sequence Program, American University of Beirut
Lecture: Ontological-Epistemological Renewals within the Dialectics of Tradition and Modernity? Critical reflections on methodology in the field of ‘Arabic Sciences and Philosophy’
Thematic Discussion: Renewing Falsafa: Epistemic possibilities and methodological obstacles

Nadia Bou Ali / Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at American University of Beirut
Thematic Discussion: Of Mirrors and Words: Arabic and the questions of modernity

Daniel Blanga-Gubbay / Lecturer Political Philosophy, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels
Project: The Experience of the Possible – The possible as an object in Western modernity

Edna Bonhomme / Doctoral candidate, History of Science Program, Princeton University
Project: The Bubonic Plague, Death Rituals and Cemeteries in Eighteenth-Century Cairo and Tunis

Ray Brassier / Associate Professor Of Philosphy, American University of Beirut
Lecture: Deleveling: Against “Flat Ontologies”

Lawrence Chua / Visiting Assistant Professor, school of Architecture, Syracuse University, New York
Project: The Aesthetic Citizen: Leisure architecture and fascism in mid-20th-century Bangkok

Pankhuree Dube / Doctoral candidate, History of Modern South Asia, Emory University Atlanta
Project: Pardhan Gond Aesthetics and the Politics of Authenticity, 1936-2001

Christian Funke / Ph.D. candidate, Islamic Studies, University of Heidelberg
Project: Aesthetic Formations of Political Protest in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its Diaspora (2009-2013)

Jessica Gerschultz / Assistant Professor in the Dep. of African and African-American Studies,
University of Kansas
Project: Decorative Arts of the Tunisian École

Dahlia Gubara
/ Postdoc Fellow, Orient Institut Beirut
Research Seminar: “Situating Science”: the View from Cairo

Hans Harder / Professor of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, University of HeidelbergLecture: Lecture: Reading Paratexts: the significance of textual frames
Thematic Discussion: Textual/Artistic Genre, Modernity and Colonial Governmentality

Rattanamol Singh Johal / Doctoral candidate in Art History, Columbia University
Project: The Unresolved Modern in Indian Art

Joya John /Doctoral Candidate in the Dept. of South Asian Languages and Civilizations,
University of Chicago
Project: Bhasa ki ansthirta (The Instability of Language)

Monica Juneja / Professor of Global Art History, University of Heidelberg
Lecture: From the Religious to the Aesthetic image – or the Struggle over Art that offends
Thematic Discussion: Global Art History and the Conceptions of the Local

Gül Kale / School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal
Project: From Lived Experience to Emotional and Intellectual Knowledge in Early Modern
Ottoman Architecture

Bodhisattva Kar / Senior Lecturer, Dept. of History, University of Cape Town
Lecture: Modernity and Misplacement: A Curious History of Anachronism
Thematic Discussion: Textual/Artistic Genre, Modernity and Colonial Governmentality

Siti Keo / Ph.D. candidate in the Dep. of History, University of California, Berkeley
Project: Understanding Change: Modernity and Urban Life in Sangkum Reastr Niyum
Phnom Penh (1955-1970)

Sami Khatib / Lecturer in media and cultural theory at Freie Universität Berlin
Project: Marx and the Non-European. On the Grammar of ‘Commodity-Language

Stephanie Lämmert / Doctoral Researcher, European University, Florence
Project: Creative Notions of ‘Modernity’ in Shambaa Colonial Court Culture

Stefan Leder / Director Orient-Institut Beirut

Samir Mahmoud / Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at American University of Beirut
Research Seminar: Thematic Discussion: Towards a Phenomenology of Religious Experience in Islam: Issues, aporias and possibilities

 Anne-Marie McManus / Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic literature and Culture, Washington University in St. Louis
Project: Unfinished Awakenings: Nahḍat al Maghrib

Combiz Moussavi-Aghdam / Lecturer at Art University Teheran; Researcher at Academy of Arts, Teheran
Project: Art History and Modern Aesthetics in the Iranian Context

Ertugrul Okten / Edebiyat Facultesi History, 29 Mayis University Istanbul
Thematic Discussion: Of Mirrors and Words: Arabic and the questions of modernity

Abdur Rahoof Otthathingal / Erasmus Mundus graduate fellow, Colonial and Global History division of Institute for History, Leiden University
Project: Travel of Languages, Trans-Formations of Religion: Arabi-Malayalam and vernacular Islam in Malabar, South India, 17th to 20th C.

Maria Elena Paniconi / Lecturer of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Marcerata
Project: Self-portrait as a Young Man – Autobiography, modernity and the aesthetic apprenticeship in the Egyptian experience

Junaid Quadri / Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
Project: Transformations of Tradition: Representationalism, the new science and Islamic law

Dhruv Raina / Professor of History of Science and Education at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Research Seminar: Itineraries of Mathematical Knowledge in 19th Century South Asia: The universal and contextual in mathematical practice

Kirsten Scheid / Associate Professor of Anthropology, American University of Beirut
Lecture: Dhawq
Thematic Discussion: Global Art History and the Conceptions of the Local

Malek Sharif / Lecturer at Department of History and Archaeology, American University of Beirut
Research Seminar: Language, Objectivity and Aesthetics in an Autobiography

Kutlughan Soyubol / Doctoral Candidate in History at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Project: Possessed Souls, Medical Wars: Madness, religion and modernity in early republican Turkey

Adrien-Paul Zakar / Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University New York
Project: Spiritualist Geographies and the Invention of Syria (1898-1928)

Florian Zemmin / Ph.D. Candidate, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Bern
Project: The Concept of ‘Society’ in the Mouthpiece of Islamic Modernism, al-Manar (Cairo, 1898–1940)

Chuntian Zhang / Si-Mian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, East China Normal University
Project: Subjectivity and Objectivity of Chinese Revolution Discourses: Transcultural Practices in the making of modern China, 1899-1927

Contact:

Dr. Monique Bellan (Orient-Institut Beirut)
bellan@orient-institut.org

Dr. Miriam Stock (Orient-Institut Beirut)
summeracademy@orient-institut.org

Dr. Melanie Hanif (Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin)
melanie.hanif@trafo-berlin.de

The Summer Academy

“Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia”

is organized by the

Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB)
Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin

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Summer Academy: “Language, Science and Aesthetics”

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 Beirut) and Dhruv Raina (Jawaharlal Nehru University).

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 to follow up on the debates about modernity, its preconditions and its aftermath by focusing on the multifarious processes and often unique ways in which societies outside Europe have adopted, translated, rejected or produced the global, the modern and tradition since the seventeenth century. It places a specific focus on the notions of subjectivity and objectivity, the individual and the subject, as key  notions of modernity, and addresses systems and practices of knowledge production, communication and authority as they developed in the region that extends from Morocco to Indonesia. The Summer Academy engages with the debates on the writing of a more global history by paying particular attention to changing textual and aesthetic practices and language policies.

Call for Applications: Summer Academy

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 Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, this Summer Academy offers early-career scholars an opportunity to follow up on the debates about modernity, its preconditions and its aftermath by focusing on the multifarious processes and often unique ways in which societies outside Europe have adopted, translated, rejected or produced the global, the modern and tradition since the seventeenth century. It places a specific focus on the notions of subjectivity and objectivity, the individual and the subject, as key  notions of modernity, and addresses systems and practices of knowledge production, communication and authority as they developed in the region that extends from Morocco to Indonesia. The Summer Academy engages with the debates on the writing of a more global history by paying particular attention to changing textual and aesthetic practices and language policies.