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State of Lebanon conference

Max Weber Foundation conference in Paris

Jonathan Kriener

Newsletter 6/2015
Events and News

The 'state' of Lebanon: Concepts of political order in crisis?
International conference
15-16 October 2015, Orient-Institut Beirut

The conference aims to examine the explanatory power of classical and new conceptual approaches towards stateness, governance, and resilience in order to understand the functioning of state and society in Lebanon despite their fragility. Questions to be discussed include but are not limited to: How important are formal institutions for political stability? Who needs 'the state'? Who needs alternative concepts like 'hybrid political order'? How viable are older conceptual ideas of political order in modern Lebanon like 'consociational democracy', 'house of many mansions', or Lebanon as a 'model' and 'message' for multi-religious societies? Speakers: Edward Alam (NDU), Martin Beck (Odense), Sina Birkholz (Berlin), Estella Carpi (Sydney/Abu Dhabi), Veronica Ferreri (SOAS), Waleed Hazbun (AUB), Stefan Leder (OIB), Reinoud Leenders (King's College London), Fouad G. Marei (Berlin), Antoine Messara (Constitutional Court/USJ), Walid Moubarak (LAU), Nabil Nazha (Chicago), Thomas Scheffler (OIB), Andre Sleiman (KAS), and Peter Sluglett (Singapore). Registration required. See here for more information and the programme.

Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitism in International Perspective 
First Max Weber Foundation annual conference
21-23 October 2015, German Historical Institute Paris
The Max Weber Foundation's annual conference provides a forum for the foundation's institutes and their research topics, as well as for other partner institutions. The event is organized and hosted by a different institute each year and provides the opportunity for an exchange of various international, comparative and transregional perspectives on current academic issues. The first conference will be hosted by our sister institute, the German Historical Institute in Paris, and will take place from 21 to 23 October 2015. Organized by the Max Weber Foundation and our sister institutes in Paris, London, Rome, Moscow, Warsaw, Washington and Istanbul, as well as the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technische Universität Berlin, this conference looks at nineteenth-century anti-Semitism in international perspective. For more information and the full programme, see the conference blog, where presentations will be live-streamed.



New Research Associate: Jonathan Kriener
Jonathan Kriener has joined the Orient-Institut in October 2015 as research associate. He graduated with a doctoral degree in Oriental Studies from the Ruhr University of Bochum. In his thesis he explored secular and religious conceptions of state and society taught at Lebanese schools. He has previously held fellowships at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, Marburg's Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, at the OIB in 2010/11, and most recently at the Ruhr University Bochum. Jonathan taught courses on the twentieth century histories of Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, as well as on recent Arab educational thought and reform. His publications deal comparatively with history, civics, and religious instruction at Lebanese, Palestinian and Israeli schools, and higher education in Egypt and Lebanon. Jonathan led the research project "Local, Regional and International 'Borrowing and Lending' in Social Sciences and Humanities Department at Egyptian and Lebanese Universities", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and conducted at the Ruhr University in cooperation with the OIB.

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