[WORKSHOP] 6 JUNE 2023, “Thinking Dignity. The Politics of Dignity in the aftermath of the NAWA Revolutions”

6 June 2023 | 9:30-15:30 | Centre Marc Bloch Berlin
(Salle Tillon | Friedrichstr. 191 / 10117 Berlin)

Organized by the ERC DREAM project in partnership with EUME and the Centre Marc Bloch

In the context of the 2011 revolutions in the North Africa West Asia (NAWA) region, dignity/karama has found a central place. The revolutions, in Tunisia and Syria at least, have been called revolutions of dignity (thawrât al-karama). Even today, in the revolutionary and post-revolutionary processes underway in the region, the question of dignity remains central: that which is owed to the victims of violence, that which has been expressed and continues to be expressed in the resistance, that which accompanies the demands for subsistence and the right to life even in contexts of critical economic and climatic crises, notably in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Sudan.

Taking dignity as our focal point and examining it from different angles, this workshop organized by the ERC DREAM project in partnership with EUME and the Marc Bloch Center, will grapple with a number of fundamental questions: Has dignity taken on a renewed political and social meaning throughout the Revolutions in the region (2010-present) ? Why did this emotion-value-notion become central to the claims of these revolutions? To what type of conception of politics does it correspond in a time of questioning of the ideological horizons inherited from the 20th century? What kind of circulation of this notion of dignity can be observed on a diachronic level (in the form of a genealogy) and on the scale of the spaces of protest, between regions, languages, social spaces?

Please find the detailed program here.

The Workshop will take place in ENGLISH.

[DREAM SEMINAR] ” Colonisation, revolution and architecture”

5 June 2023, 13:00-15:30 [ONLINE]

In the 6th and last session of this years DREAM Seminar 2023: Temporalities of Revolts, we are happy to welcome Magda Maaoui  (Urban Planner/ Columbia University GSAPP, cofounder of the nonprofit organization Ateliers d’Alger) with her talk entitled “Ateliers d’Alger : Connecting the voices of the past, present and future in order to collectively reshape the neighborhoods of Algiers”, as well as Hashem Abushama (Geographer/ EUME Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Fellow at the University of Oxford) with a presentation on “Dispossession and the Parallel City: On Capital and Colonialism in Palestine”. The discussion will be led by Youssef El Chazli (Sociologist/ University of Paris 8 and member of the ERC DREAM project).

> the seminar will be held in english
> Please register at dream@cmb.hu-berlin.de

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[DREAM Seminar] Monday 15 May “Echoes of the struggles, between memory and transmission. The times of rurality” – 01:00h to 03:30 PM

In the 6th session of the DREAM Seminar 2023 Images of revolt, spaces of projection, we look forward to the contributions from: Nayera Abdelrahman, a PhD fellow in Political Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin and Berlin Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies. Her research project is questioning the concept of home through studying the 1967 forced migration from the city of Suez in Egypt. Graduated from the Political Science Department, Cairo University in 2012, she received her Master’s degree in Political Sociology from Sorbonne University in 2013. She also participated in organizing Ihky ya Tarikh, a series of History Workshops in Egypt. Her research interests and publications concern memory studies, social history, forced migration and education in Egypt. Her presenting paper is entitled “The echo of the 1967 forced displacement in the 1960s-1970s social movements in Egypt”.
Mayada Madbouly, a sociologist specialized in the making of memories and heritage work in the Arab speaking worlds. She lectures on political sociology, cultures studies, and sociology of international relations. She holds a PhD in political sociology from Université Paris Nanterre where she analyzed Nubian memorial practices and collective actions in Egypt from a generational perspective. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen where she explores heritage work by different local groups in Egypt and its metamorphosis. Her presentation for this session is entitled “The making of patriotic arts during ani-colonial moments”.

Alia Mossallam: EUME Fellow of Forum Transregionale Studien, 2021-2023; EUME Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2017-2021.

The session, will be transmitted via Zoom, and will be conducted in ENGLISH.
Please register at : dream@cmb.hu-berlin.de
We look forward to your participation!

[Discussion 16 May 2023, 19:30] Translating Politics into Art and Literature in the Arab World with Fawwaz Traboulsi

Live-stream available
In-person: Registration required

This event with the eminent Lebanese public intellectual and critic Fawwaz Traboulsi draws on his long experience of organizing for and writing about a democratic future in the Arab world. It delves into the political role of art and culture, from the Lebanese civil war to the Arab uprisings and beyond. The wide-ranging conversation will revisit his war-time photo essay Guernica-Beirut, consider the theatre of Fayrouz and the Rahbani brothers in light of the politics of sectarianism in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region, and probe the extent to which popular culture can challenge neoliberal ‘culture talk’ about and in the Middle East.

Fawwaz Traboulsi has taught History and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut. He has been a visiting professor at New York University, the University of Michigan, Columbia University, New York University, and Vienna University and a fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. His publications include A History of Modern Lebanon (2007), Soie et Fer. Du Mont-Liban au Canal de Suez (2017), Guernica-Beirut (A Picasso Mural/An Arab City at War, 1987), In Kan Baddak Ti`shaq (Essays in Popular Culture, 2004), Masrah Fayrouz Wal-Rahabinah (The Musical Theatre of Feirouz and the Rahbani Brothers, 2007), Al-Dimuqratiyah Thawra (Democracy is a Revolution, 2011), Al-Tabaqat al-Ijtima’iyyah wa-l-Sulta al-Siyassiyyha fi Luban (Social Classes and Political Power in Lebanon, 2016), Damm al-Akhawayn (On Violence in Civil Wars , 2017), and Sayks-Picot-Balfour: Ma wara’ al-Khara’it (Sykes-Picot Agreement-Balfour Declaration: Beyond the Maps, 2018). Traboulsi is a long-time journalist and the editor of the Bidayat Magazine.

Leyla Dakhli is senior researcher in Modern History at the French Center for National Research (CNRS). Her work deals with the study of Arab intellectuals and the social history of the South Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on the history of women. She also explores the history and politics of languages, archives, and revolts in Tunisia. She is the principal investigator of the ERC-founded programme DREAM (Drafting and Enacting the revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean — ERC-CO 2017 DREAM) and part of the Arab Council for Social Science working group, ‘Gendering the Archive in the Middle East and North Africa’, and the Berlin-based CO2LIBRI working group, ‘Conceptual Collaboration: Living Borderless Research Interaction’ (FU-HU-ZMO).

Jens Hanssen is a professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Toronto. He will serve as director of the Orient Institute in Beirut from July 2023 onwards. His research explores the cultural entanglements between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East since the 19th-century Arabic reform and revival movement — al-nahda al-‘arabiyya. His publications include Fin de Siècle Beirut (2005), A Clarion for Syria: A Patriot’s Call Against the Civil War of 1860, with Hicham Safieddine (2019), Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age and Arabic Thought against the Authoritarian Age, both with Max Weiss (2016 and 2018), and the Handbook of Contemporary North African and Middle Eastern History, with Amal Ghazal (2020). He currently serves on the board of directors of MESA and is a member of the international advisory board of the Khalidiyya Library in East Jerusalem.

In English
How to Attend
  • At the venue: Registration opens on 5 May 2023.
  • Livestream available here with the possibility to ask questions via chat. No prior registration or link required.

Fawwaz Traboulsi
Moderated by Leyla Dahkli and Jens Hanssen

Organized by

Jens Hanssen and Leyla Dakhli in cooperation with the Centre Marc Bloch (CMB), the ERC-founded programme ‘Drafting and Enacting the Revolution in the Arab Mediterranean’ (DREAM), the Orient Institute of Beirut (OIB) of the Max Weber Stiftung, Europe in the Middle East -The Middle East in Europe (EUME) – a research program of the Forum Transregionale Studien,  Co2libri – Conceptual Collaboration: Living Borderless Research Interaction, the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), and the ICI Berlin

> https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/translating-politics-into-art-and-literature-in-the-arab-world/

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