Cluster: Culture, Art and the Public Sphere

Monique Bellan (right) and Nadia von Maltzahn (left) in the “Salon Room” of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 2016

Projects in this cluster share an interest in the political character of innovation in cultural
production, of forms of articulation and of publicness. In particular, this cluster deals
with processes of transformation of existing aesthetic, political and social orders, as
well as with the reflection, and possibly the theorisation, of artistic practices. The role
of institutions in shaping identities – and be it by rejecting the institution – is central to
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Workshop: “Political Communication, Public Sphere and Transition in Egypt”

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 aims at creating networks between the Egyptian and international scientific community in media and political studies.The workshop is accompanied by simultaneous interpretation (English/Arabic).

The intensive one-day workshop is structured in four panels with highly esteemed international guests from  diverse academic institutions within Egypt and abroad. It strengthens networks between the Egyptian and international scientific community in media and political studies, thus adds to the interdisciplinary dialogue. Furthermore, the workshop enhances the visibility of the project in the academic scene.

Participating guests represent The Orient Institut Beirut, Cairo University, The American University in Cairo, Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales CEDEJ, Sydney University, Art Academy, The British University in Egypt, Modern Science Academy, as well as German universities: University of Erfurt, University of Mannheim, University of Hildesheim, and the Institute for Media and Communication Policy, Berlin.

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Max Weber Stiftung

The Max Weber Foundation promotes global research, concentrated around the areas of social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities. Research is conducted at ten institutes in various countries across the globe with distinctive and independent focal points. Through its globally operating institutes, the Foundation is able to contribute to the communication and networking between Germany and the host countries or regions of its establishments. By promoting scientific dialogue and merging academic as well as non-academic employees from several countries with different cultural backgrounds, the Max Weber Foundation is able to strengthen the Internationalization of research in its three fields of dedication.

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