Working Groups

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.


Members in Charge

Enass Khansa

Humanities
American University of Beirut

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Matthias Pasdzierny

Humanities
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Bernd Alois Zimmermann-Gesamtausgabe; Universität der Künste

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Eleanor Scerri

Humanities
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

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Anaheed Al-Hardan

Sociology
American University of Beirut, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies

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Amro Ali

Humanities
American University in Cairo

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Mohammad Alwahaib

Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, College of Arts, Kuwait University

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Rami Chahin

Musicology
Oldenburg University Fakultät III - Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften

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Luise Fischer

International Economics, Human & Historical Geography
Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy

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Ikram Hili

Humanities
University of Sfax Laboratory on Approaches to Discourse Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia

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Christian Junge

Middle East Studies, Arabic Literature
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies

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Konstantin Klein

History
University of Bamberg, Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte

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Beate Ulrike La Sala

Philosophy
Freie Universität Berlin, Collaborative Research Center 980 "Episteme in Motion"

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Lilia Makhloufi

Social Sciences
Ecole Polytechnique d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme (EPAU)

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Stefan Maneval

Humanities
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Seminar für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft

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Lena-Maria Möller

Law, Middle East Studies
Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig

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Laila Prager

Anthropology
University of Hamburg Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Nahed Samour

Humanities
Humboldt University, Faculty of Law

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Working Group Projects

Gender Equality in the Arab World and Germany: Challenges and Prospects

AGYA organized an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Gender Equality in the Arab World and Germany: Challenges and Prospects’ in Fes, Morocco on 29 November – 03 December 2018, in cooperation with the ISIS Centre for Women and Development.

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Media Transitions and Cultural Debates in Arab Societies: Transhistorical Perspectives on the Impact of Communication Technologies

Digital technologies have affected literature and culture, their authors and audiences. So has the transition from oral to script culture – many centuries ago. The AGYA conference explores the impact of ‘new media’ on modes of cultural expression and debate cultures in Arab societies.

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Dynamics of Cultural Impact: Arab and German Cultural Heritage of Zanzibar

The history of the Apfelstrudel cannot be told without taking a look at the history of cultural exchange and trade between Zanzibar and Germany in the 19th century. A conference explores contemporary and interdisciplinary aspects of Cultural Impact and Cultural Heritage with a focus on the “case study” of Zanzibar.

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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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