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Newsletter 6/2019
Events and News

Recent events
“Art and Barbarism”
Keynote Lecture POM Conference by Hubertus von Amelunxen (Berlin)
Thursday, 13 June 2019, 6-7:30 pm

While reflecting on art and barbarism the keynote lecture dealt with questions like: Is art possible beyond culture?
Do we conceive of art as part of culture, in the very “heart of culture” (Hannah Arendt), at the origin of culture? Can art survive culture or can culture survive without art? 
Hubertus von Amelunxen, Prof. Dr., is an author, curator, member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and from 2013 till 2018 the president of the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland and Valletta, Malta

“The UN-led Peace Talks for Yemen and the Southern Cause”
Anne-Linda Amira Augustin
Thursday, 20 June 2019, 6-7:30 pm Orient-Institut Beirut

The war in Yemen is often portrayed as a conflict between the Hadi government and the Houthis or as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The so-called Southern Cause is usually given little attention. However, its outcome will have a decisive impact on the future of the Republic of Yemen. The talk at the OIB has successfully addressed the question of why it is important to include South Yemeni stakeholders, who are partisans to an independent South Yemeni state, in the UN-led peace process that intends to end the war in Yemen.
Anne-Linda Amira Augustin is a political advisor in the Foreign Representation of the Southern Transitional Council in the European Union.

Exhibition in the OIB (within Global Week for Syria events)
“The Peaceful Revolution in the GDR in 1989 and the Short-Lived Syrian Spring 2011 - A Juxtaposition”
From 9 July till 16 July 2019

The exhibition was shown for the first time in the Arab World and for the first time bilingually in Arabic and German. It presented a kaleidoscope of impressions and snapshots from two historical moments: “the peaceful revolution in the GDR in 1989" and "The short-lived Syrian spring 2011”. It thereby engaged critically with the similarities and differences of the movements.The exibit was jointly developed by Syrians and students from the University of Erfurt as part of the educational initiative for Refugees at the Chair of History of West Asia. Special guest was Sophie Bischoff (Germany) with her talk about the exhibition’s making at Erfurt University in 2017. The opening was followed by a vivid discussion and a reception in the OIB's garden. After the exhibition at OIB has ended mid-July, it will travel to other locations in Lebanon.

OIB Book Fair

On June 19th, the OIB successfully held its first Book Fair on the institute’s grounds in  Zoqaq el-Blat neighbourhood, Beirut. Hundreds of volumes from the institute’s series old and new were on sale for a special price. Several hundred volumes were  sold.
Beiruter Texte und Studien (BTS), mainly monographs and collected volumes on topics relating to the history, culture and society of the Middle East, past and present, and Bibliotheca Islamica (BI), mostly editions of important Arabic texts attracted many visitors from the neighbourhood, the student community, academic institutions and the public at large. The OIB Team is excited about the exceptional resonance of this event, and the publications team plans a re-run in the next years.

Upcoming events

Public research seminar

Thursday, 05 September 2019, 06.00 PM-07.30 PM

Antonis Vradis: "New Borders: Hotspots and the European Migration Regime"
More information will be posted soon.

Public research seminar
Roschanack Shaery-Yazdi

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 06.00 PM-07.30 PM

The perhaps most well-known Lebanese historian in the Anglophone world, Kamal Salibi, referred to Lebanon in his book as a “House of Many Mansions,” using the biblical architectural visual. Written in 1988 amid the Lebanese civil war, he thus evoked the idea of a mosaic, each sect separate yet interconnected. His ‘war over Lebanon’s history’ thesis shaped for decades how scholars of Lebanon thought of the origins of the Lebanese civil war and of the production of Libanism, Arabism, and sectarianism in Lebanon. Roschanack Shaery-Yazdi will propose a different, more dynamic argument to explain the production of violence in Lebanon.

Short bio: Roschanack Shaery-Yazdi is assistant professor in the history department at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She completed her PhD with honors from the University of Chicago in 2005. Her research interests include transnationalism, Islamism, violence, and memory politics in the Arab East and Iran. Her book Shiite Lebanon was published with Columbia University Press in 2008. Shaery’s new monograph Missing Traces. Syrian Regime and Abductions in Lebanon is forthcoming.


Researcher Associate

We are looking for a research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin). The fulltime position (100%) is limited to three years and can be renewed for two additional years. Place of employment is Beirut. Applicants need to hold a PhD in History, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Political Sciences, Islamic Studies, Arabic Studies or related academic disciplines with a focus on the MENA region. Applicants should have good knowledge of Arabic. A focus on Digital Humanities is very welcome. Further details on our website. Deadline for applications: 15 August 2019


Doris Boehm joined the OIB as Head of Administration in June 2019. She studied business economics in Lueneburg and Goettingen. Before she started to work in the Middle East she worked as Head of Administration in schools in the North of Germany.
In the last there years she worked as Head of administration at the German International School in Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates.

Rima Ibrahim holds a dual-subject Bachelor's degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and Islamic Theology and a Master's degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Münster in Germany. 
Since the 1st of July 2019 Rima works as a Research Assistant for the Orient-Institut Beirut. 

Kevin Mazur is a political scientist whose work focuses on the role of social boundaries and state-society linkages in creating and contesting political order in the Arab world. His work has been published in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Middle East Report. He holds a PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and was previously a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He is currently a postdoc at the OIB.

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