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Power of Remembrance

Arab Historiography

Dynamics of Religion

BTS 97

Daniele Cantini

Newsletter 8/2016
Events and News

The Power of Remembrance: Political Parties, Memory, and Learning about the Past
Public research seminar
Thursday, 22 September 2016, 6-8pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
Lebanese political parties undertake huge efforts to create and perpetuate their own distinctive cultures of remembrance. As there is no dominant national narrative in Lebanon, the conflicting interpretations of the past reinforce antagonisms between different groups of society. The process of agreeing on a single, national narrative poses a threat to further conflict and alienation of partisans from political parties. Based on a theoretical framework of collective political memory and different approaches of learning about the past in history education, the research study presented in this seminar investigates the use of memory by various political parties in Lebanon in the political and educational domains. It proposes that having multiple (hi)stories could be a more reasonable and realistic approach to dealing with a violent past. The study will be presented by Mara Albrecht (University of Erfurt) and Bassel Akar (Notre Dame University Louaize) (read more).

Arab Historiography in Transitional Periods
Workshop by registration only
Friday, 30 September 2016, Orient-Institut Beirut
This workshop addresses the effects of transitional periods on - as well as their treatment in - historiography as exemplary cases which allow conclusions about the production of historiography and knowledge more generally. The workshop intends to explore these relations along three major strands of questions. First, what were the respective social and institutional conditions for the production of history between courts, educational systems, and individual patronage? Second, we assume that phenomena of transition make the social practices that inform historiography more visible. Who was the intended audience of such works?Where and how would these texts be studied or enjoyed? Third, the workshop aims to explore certain shifts as they become apparent in historiography during or following a perceived 'crisis', asking in how far shifts were dependent on external conditions or on the authors themselves. Participation is by registration only; to register please send an Email to Torsten Wollina by Tuesday, 27 September.

Dynamics of Religion in Modern Contexts
Lecture in Cairo in Cooperation with Al-Azhar University 

The inaugural lecture of a new series on Theology, Humanities and Social Sciences (THSS) organised by the OIB in cooperation with the office of the Grand Shaikh of Al-Azhar (Mashyakhat al-Azhar) in Cairo took place on 18 September 2016. Under the title "Dynamics of Religion in Modern Contexts", two presentations positioned contemporary theology in the framework of intellectual currents and social transformations. The two theologians - Dr Sonia Lotfy (Lecturer at the Department of Islamic Studies for Girls at Al-Azhar University) speaking on tradition and the necessity of renewal in the realms of Islamic Theology ('ilm al-kalam), and Prof. Dr. Reinhold Bernhardt (Theologische Fakultät, Universität Basel) speaking about women in Christianity - exposed their viewpoints and discussed the inherent creative and critical potential. This new series of encounters intends to encourage dialogue among theologies and between intellectual traditions. The next session, entitled "Pluralism and the principles of religious ethics" will take place in Cairo on 6 November 2016.


The Quarter of Zokak el-Blat (BTS 97) Second Edition
Our bestselling History, Space and Social Conflict in Beirut: The Quarter of Zokak el-Blat (Beiruter Texte und Studien 97) is back in print in its second edition. Using an interdisciplinary approach, a group of geographers, urban planners, architects, social anthropologists, Islamic scientists, historians and others reconstruct the history of Zokak el-Blat. This volume documents not only social, historical and urban dimensions of development, but also a broad inventory of architectonic changes, leading to the question of what the future of this historically significant Beirut quarter will look like. Including numerous maps and photographs, this book enriches our understanding of Lebanon and Beirut and its social and architectural change. The book can be obtained at our secretariat, or ordered online from Ergon.


Daniele Cantini
Daniele Cantini joined the OIB as research associate in September 2016. He earned his PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Modena and Milan-Bicocca in 2006 with a thesis on the Jordanian university system and its students. He has conducted research at the CEDEJ in Cairo between 2007 and 2010, and was research fellow at the Research Cluster "Society and Culture in Motion" at the MLU Halle-Wittenberg between 2011 and 2016. From 2013 to 2016 he was the principal investigator of the BMBF-funded research project "Knowledge Production in Postgraduate Studies at Egyptian Universities: Conditions and modalities", managed by the OIB. Daniele has taught courses on the Anthropology of the Middle East, on Social and Political Anthropology and on Ethnology of the Mediterranean. He is the author of Youth and Education in the Middle East: Shaping Identity and Politics in Jordan (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016) and is the editor of a forthcoming volume on ethnographies of private universities, among other publications. (Read more)

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