Transformation

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Working Paper Project

"Academia in Transformation"

The working paper series “Academia in Transformation” aims to provide an insightful and illuminating view of the transformation of the academic landscape in the aftermaths of the uprisings in the MENA region. The events that started in 2010 in Tunisia have certainly reshaped the language of agents and scholars, contributed to a shift in study focus and sometimes challenged dominant theoretical approaches such as those on change and stability in the region. At the same time, many of the academic developments that have taken place in the context of the “Arab Spring” both reflect and accelerate global trends.
The working paper series analyses if and how the academic discourse has changed and reflects how the still ongoing transformation processes shape lines of inquiry, methodological tools and academic institutions in different disciplines. The series will include contributions from AGYA members on linguistics, communication studies, political science, computer science, archaeology, philosophy, law and Islamic studies. Papers will be collected in a volume to be published with Nomos in winter 2016/17.

 

Contents

 

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Barbara Winckler & Christian Junge

Opening Up the Text: Arabic Literary Studies on the Move

The political protests in the Arab world evolved along with a “cultural revolution” that sees practices of literature and art as tools of the “new political”. In consequence, Arabic literary studies have begun revisiting the relationship between literature and society, thereby “opening up” the concept of the traditional literary text.

 

Working Paper Series “Academia in Transformation”
July 2017, 24 Pages
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Ammar Abdulrahman

The Damage Done: the “Arab Spring”, Cultural Heritage and at-Risk Archaeologists

In his article, AGYA member Ammar Abdulrahman argues that the preservation of the cultural heritage in Middle Eastern and North African countries is much more than a local issue – as a global matter, cultural heritage concerns all of humanity.

 

Working Paper Series “Academia in Transformation”
April 2017, 14 Pages
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Florian Kohstall

Beyond Regime Change:
Middle East Studies and Academic Cooperation in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings

In this article AGYA member Florian Kohstall explores some of the new research trends in Middle East Studies that have emerged after the Arab uprisings.

 

Working Paper Series “Academia in Transformation”
November 2016, 20 Pages
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Jan Claudius Völkel

Political Science in Egypt: Talkin’ bout a Revolution

Experiences of a German DAAD long-term lecturer who started to teach Euro-Mediterranean Studies at Cairo University’s prestigious Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS) in 2013.

 

Working Paper Series “Academia in Transformation”
October 2016, 19 Pages
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Kalman Graffi & Tobias Amft

Webs of Change?

The Transformation of Online Social Networks and Communication Infrastructures from a Technological Point of View

 

Working Paper Series “Academia in Transformation”
September 2016, 20 Pages
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Carola Richter & Hanan Badr

Communication Studies in Transformation

Self-reflections on an Evolving Discipline in Times of Change

 

Working Paper Series “Academia in Transformation”
August 2016, 15 Pages
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Bilal Orfali, Rana Siblini & Maha Houssami

An Uprising in Teaching Arabic Language

How the daily political & social scenes in the Arab world inspired some of the teaching philosophies & practices at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) in Lebanon.

Working Paper Series “Academia in Transformation”
July 2016, 12 Pages
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Members in Charge

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Florian Kohstall

is a political scientist. He is the head of the Cairo Office of Freie Universität Berlin. Since October 2015 he also coordinates the program Welcome@ FUBerlin, which facilitates access to the university for students who had to flee their home countries.

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Carola Richter

is Junior Professor for International Communication at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her main research interests include Arab media systems and political communication in the Muslim world, as well as media in relation to political transformation, religion and migration. In 2014, she started a German-Arab dialogue project: Communication in Transformation – Transforming Communication Studies.

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Fatima Kastner

is Assistant Professor at the Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld University. She studied Law, Philosophy, and Social Sciences in London and Paris, before receiving her doctoral degree in Germany.

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Sarhan Dhouib

is Assistant Professor for Philosophy at the University of Kassel. His research focuses on political and Arabic-Islamic philosophy, theories of justice and trans-cultural theory. Currently he is working on the philosophy of human rights viewed from a trans-cultural perspective. Since 2013, he is head of the German-Arabic research project: Responsibility, Justice and Memory Culture.

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