Tandem Project

Medieval Women's Quotability


Starting point of the transdisciplinary AGYA workshop in Beirut is a 2023 forthcoming Arabic publication by AGYA member Enass Khansa on Medieval Women in Power that will also, jointly with AGYA member Dr. Luise Fischer, be published in German. The aim of the publication is to make medieval history interesting for a wide audience with a special focus on young readers, and to present female progressive thinking.

Transdisciplinary Writing Workshop

The transdisciplinary AGYA workshop brings together scientists, journalists, authors, and artists from Germany, France and Lebanon. Jointly, they will make a booklet, which translates biographies of ten women from medieval history into comics. Together with the publication 'Medieval Women in Power' the booklet will be distributed to educational institutes and schools both in Arab countries and Germany. Additionally, the newly formed group will produce scholarly articles to be published in academic journals, including the prestigious 'Hawwa Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World'; and they will conceptualize and write media articles for a broad readership to promote the voices of women in history. Thereby this project also tries to bridge the challenging gap between scholars and society through new forms of science communication. Primarily, the goal is to engage and build a network of institutions, high schools, educational initiatives, local cultural centers, that already teach history within a global perspective, and history and literature in the Arab world.

Unveiling Empowering Layers of History

As a new concept of transdisciplinary collaboration, the project has an experimental edge. AGYA members Enass Khansa and Luise Fischer contribute to the debates on the relevance of literature and its role in society; on empowering marginalized communities and giving voices to the women from our past. The project will unveil a layer of history that has thus far been neglected, misunderstood or eclipsed. It will also strengthen the relations between artists, scholars, and writers from Germany and the Arab world.

The workshop takes place in cooperation with Arab-German visual storyteller and artist Lena Merhej, Comic artist, co-founder of Samandal collective and founder of the Story Center.


Comic illustration

Lena Merhej

Disciplines Involved
International Economics, Human & Historical Geography, Arabic & Islamic Studies
Cooperation Partners
University of Leipzig, Germany
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Project Title
Making the Medieval Modern: Visual Interpretations of Women’s Affective Histories
Funding Scheme
Tandem Project
Countries Involved
Germany, Lebanon