By Ezgi Sarıtaş. In this essay, the author explores how the illustrations in the Istanbul Ansiklopedisi (encyclopedia) bring together scattered pieces of a visual archive of the urban poor and their marginal labour, while concurrently adopting a voyeuristic interpretation of physical labour and young male bodies as objects of homoerotic desire.
“The question is rather if it is possible for disciplines as institutions to carve out a place that is truly anti-authoritarian” – 5in10 with Önder Çelik
Önder Çelik is a EUME Fellow, whose research explores the material and temporal dimensions constituted by the practices of dispossessed young Kurdish men searching for valuable objects believed to be buried by the victims of the Armenian genocide.
By Burcu Alkan. From Vienna to Cairo cafés have always been microcosms representing the foundational fabric of their respective societies, as well as being distinctive worlds in their own right. They are public spaces where people socialise and groups interact, ideas are born and changes are observed.
“But knowledge is not only desire; it is also necessary to commit to what we know” – 5in10 with Eman Elnemr
Eman Elnemr received her PhD in modern and contemporary history (2017) from the University of Tanta, Egypt. Her research interests address hegemonic elite projects and so-called modernization transformations, their effects on society, modes of resistance or responses to them, and public/people’s interventions in shaping them.
By Friederike Pannewick. This essay focuses on a Syrian author who spent most of the 1980s in self-imposed silence: the dramatist Saadallah Wannous (1941-1997). This internationally acclaimed author belonged to a generation of Arab intellectuals and artists whose artistic self-understanding was strongly molded by the Palestine conflict. Deeply concerned about the political consequences of the Israel-Egypt unilateral peace treaty on Palestinians, Wannous stopped writing literature for a whole decade after Egyptian president Sadat’s visit to Israel in fall 1977.
Interview with Asef Bayat. This interview was published in Persian on Oct. 10 by the Tehran daily Etemaad. Shortly after its publication, the Iranian authorities ordered the newspaper to take the interview down from its website. The interview had already gone viral in Iran and abroad, and several other outlets that had reposted it were likewise forced to unpublish it.
By Zahiye Kundos. Above and beyond the heartache that recent events in Iran engender among Muslims and people who are in solidarity with us, it harms what we truly and communally care about: finding creative ways to reassert who we are and what we stand for.
By L. Is the uprising in Iran a feminist revolution? This essay is an attempt to understand an intuition born of experiencing a gap: A gap between viewing photos and videos of protests online, and presence in the street. It’s an effort to explicate the short-circuit that courses in the opening between these two domains—virtual space and the reality of the street—in this historic moment.
By Letitia Nanquette. The images of the current protests in Iran are striking and possibly unexpected for some. However, there is a long history of political movements in Iran, and throughout this history, literary creations and politics have influenced each other.
By Simla Dogangun. There has been a drastic change in the traditional conception of world literature in the last two decades: from a space that consists of canonical, high-cultural texts which have traditionally acted as arbiters of literary value, it has transformed into a capitalist-driven nebulous field in which literary works circulate in the same manner as goods do.
Rim Naguib’s (EUME Fellow 2019-21) article, published in the current issue of META (Middle East Topics & Arguments) Vol. 14 (2020) on “Gender” surveys and analyzes the gendered symbols and…
Beyond the Boundaries of “The Land of the Deer”: R. Binyamin between Jewish and Arab Geographies, and the Critique of the Zionist-Colonial Connection
Avi-ram Tzoreff’s article, published in Issue 82 (Summer 2020) of the Jerusalem Quarterly, revisits the writings and ideas of Yehoshua Radler-Feldman, an observant orthodox Jew, author, essayist, and anti-colonial Zionist,…
„Der Widerspruch zwischen Moderne und Archaik, den ich in meiner Forschung beleuchte, kann als Ausdruck der besonderen geopolitischen und -kulturellen Lage Aserbaidschans zwischen drei Großreichen und seiner Verbundenheit mit ihnen gesehen werden.“
Oraib Toukan is an artist and scholar. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Oxford University, Ruskin School of Art. Until Fall 2015, she was head of the Arts…
“Even after collecting hundreds of narratives, I find that each one surprises me” – 5in10 with Ilkay Yilmaz
İlkay Yılmaz is a 2020 Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME), a research program of the Forum Transregionale Studien, and affiliated with…
“A Major Task is to Challenge our own Positionality on an Ongoing Basis” – Interview with Mohammed Bamyeh
Mohammed Bamyeh is a Sociologist from the University of Pittsburgh and has been working with the Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) program of…
Lecture by Khaled Fahmy Khaled Fahmy’s talk, held December 4th, 2019, in the framework of the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the…