Working Groups

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Common Heritage and Common Challenges

Processes of exchange across the Mediterranean, migration and refugee issues throughout history, shared cultural heritage, preservation of endangered historical sites, food as a cultural signifier - all these topics relate to questions of common heritage and common challenges in the Arab world and Germany. In different projects the Working Group aims at achieving a deeper understanding and a more profound awareness of processes of exchange in order to combine different research approaches.


Working Group Projects

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Insatiable Appetite: Food as Cultural Signifier

Referring to Early Modern European banquet culture, Mikhail Bakhtin described the act of eating as an "interaction with the world". The conference aims at exploring this kind of interaction while analyzing cultural as well as scientific ramifications of food and foodways in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Hot Encounters: Glass Blowing and Glass Art in the Middle East and Europe

Glass Blowing is believed to has been originated in the region of Syria in the 1st century BC, and rapidly spread throughout the ancient world. The Working Group has decided to bring attention to the cross-cultural elements of this fragile material.

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Fluid Nature, Fluid Cultures: Malta and the Mediterranean

The island of Malta was not only the thematic focus of this conference, but also the place of event. The organizers Prof Julia Hauser and Prof Jens Scheiner have realized an innovative conference format: investigating Malta as a physical and cultural space by visits to actual sites related to the conference topics.

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Members in Charge

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Ammar Abdulrahman

is archeologist by training and former lecturer at the University of Damascus. His research activities include projects on restoration and preservation of cultural heritage in Syria and other Arab countries.

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Norman Domeier

is Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern History, University of Stuttgart. His research focuses on the transnational structures of cultural and political history of modern Europe, particularly the role of public sphere and mass media.

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Henda Mahmoudi

is Biotechnologist at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai. Her research interests are Plant Eco-Physiology, Plant-Biology, Water Conservation, Soil Improvement, and Salinity Management.

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Tobias Redlich

is Scientific Head of Laboratory, Chief Engineer, Senior Lecturer & Head of the Research Group ”Value Creation Systematics” at the Institute of Production Engineering (LaFT), Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg.

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