Al-shi'r al-manthur: al-shi'r al-majhul
Events and News
Public lecture in Arabic by Charbel Dagher (Balamand University)
Tuesday, 2 June 2015, 6-8pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
Professor Charbel Dagher of the Balamand University will give a lecture based on his new book entitled "al-shi'r al-'arabi al-hadith: al-qasida al-manthura" to throw light on an unknown era of modern Arabic poetry, focusing on the period between the early 20th century and the early 1950s. He will give insights into the history of this poetry, looking at the different phases it went through. For more details, see our website.
The 'state' of Lebanon: Concepts of political order in crisis?
Call for Papers, deadline 30 June 2015
We invite paper proposals for an international workshop on "The 'state' of Lebanon: Concepts of political order in crisis?" to be held in Beirut from 15-16 October 2015. The workshop aims at examining the explanatory value of various classical and new approaches towards political order in understanding the fragility-stability of state and society in Lebanon. For the full call and further information, have a look here.
Vacancy: Part-time position Digital Humanities
Deadline: 31 May 2015
Starting date: 1 July 2015
Further particulars here.
Deadline: 31 July 2015
Starting date: 1 January 2016
Further particulars here.
Mafish Ta'lim: Why Egypt Ranked Last on Education
Our former postdoc Hania Sobhy writes about the state of primary education in Egypt on our blog, Mish ma32ool. By looking at schools, she examines the functioning of state institutions, arguing that they have become thoroughly privatized and characterized by both growing disengagement and heightened repression.
Befreiung? Sieg? Niederlage? Interviews zum Kriegsende (6): Libanon
How is the Second World War remembered seventy years after it ended? The Max Weber Foundation, of which we are part, gives insights into how the war is remembered in the host countries of its institutes. In an interview with Charlotte Jahnz, historian Abdel Raouf Sinno - long-time friend of the OIB and former member of our advisory council - speaks about the significance of the Second World War for Lebanon.
Our current doctoral fellows will be introduced in this and upcoming newsletters. Also have a look at our current call for fellows for 2016/2017 (deadline 31 July 2015).
Diana Abbani (OIB fellow January - September 2015) is a PhD candidate in History and Civilisation at the Sorbonne University (Paris 4). Her dissertation focusses on the role of music in 'Lebanese' society during the Nahda period from the nineteenth century to the Second World War. The study considers Lebanese musical production from different angles. From a social perspective, it traces musical life in Ottoman and Mandate Beirut based on an analysis of the press at the turn of the twentieth century. From a socio-political angle, it analyses the role of music in the ideological construction of a 'national narrative'. Finally, it analyses lyrics and their messages from a literary perspective, in order to understand and trace subjective, social and political desires, claims, taste and changes in this period.
Francisco Mazzola (OIB fellow January - September 2015) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, University of London. In his research, Francisco investigates the effects that clientalism has on the ways that citizenship and statehood are conceptualized in post-war Lebanon. He is particularly interested in exploring the relations of state and non-state actors in the provision of public services, such as security and social welfare, and the consequences that these relations have on state-society bonds and statehood in Lebanon.
Lamia Moghnieh (OIB fellow January - August 2015) is a PhD candidate in Social Work and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation research follows the humanitarian therapies of violence in Lebanon, introduced during the July war in the form of war trauma interventions, and their proliferation in 'postwar Lebanon' to psychologically treat violence against refugees, prisoners and women. She studies the ways in which the psychologization of violence relocate it around new forms of injuries, bodies and sites of healing, and explores its implications on the politics of violence and suffering in Lebanon.
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