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Kristian Handberg: Multiple Modernities

Multiple Modernities: World Images and Dreamworlds in Art and Culture, 1946-1972 The aim of the project is to pursue an art historical new-reading of the cultural epoch following the demarcation…

Monica Bravo

Picturing Greater America: U.S. Modernist Photography and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920-45 Artists were among the many cultural and political pilgrims who traveled or expatriated from the United States to Mexico after its revolution (1910-20), in the midst of its…

Nadine Siegert: Utopian Modernism

Utopian Modernism – The Aesthetics of Socialism in Africa Nationalism in socialist Africa was expressed in a form of utopian modernism that was directed to a socialist future but at…

Zukunftsphilologie Will Survive

  The finale of the Transregional Academy “World Script: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective” took place in a Karaoke Bar in Cape Town’s famous Long Street. Piers Kelly wrote in his “10 Things I learned from…

10 things I learned at World Scripts in Cape Town

We are happy to present a first World Scripts report entitled 10 things I learned at World Scripts in Cape Town written by Piers Kelly, participant of the Winter Academy. The report can also be found on his blog Brave New Words where it was originally published.   It’s been some time now since the World Scripts Winter Academy at the University of Cape Town came to an end. Organised this year in the framework of Zukunftsphilologie, an initiative of…

Tom Mullaney- Hot Metal Empire- Type Media and Colonalism

Due to visa problems, Tom Mullaney, participant of the World Scripts Winter Academy, was unable to attend the ATypI conference in Brazil in person, and so created this film.   Tom Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, and the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (Foreword by Benedict Anderson). His current project is Hot Metal Empire: Script, Media, and Colonialism in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, a history…

Ronit Ricci: “Arabic Script in the Indonesian-Malay World”

Ronit Ricci (Australian National University) held this lecture about “Arabic Scripts in the Indonesian-Malay World” during the Winter Academy “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”, 4-14 September 2015, Cape Town, Panel: “Arabic Script as World Script” Ronit Ricci is associate professor at the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University and the departments of Religion and Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She holds BA and MA degrees from…

Bodhisattva Kar: “Reading Stones, Writing Skins: The Savage Naga and the Limits of Language”

Bodhisattva Kar (University of Cape Town), “Reading Stones, Writing Skins: The Savage Naga and the Limits of Language”. He held this lecture during the Winter Academy “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”, Panel: “Concepts of Writing and the Materiality of Language”, 5 September 2015   Bodhisattva Kar (UCT; Senior Lecturer) received his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Before joining the UCT in 2012, he has taught and held fellowships at Amsterdam, Berlin, Calcutta, Mexico…

Michael Allan: “The Shape of the Word: Reflections on Language and Matter”

Michael Allan (University of Oregon), “The Shape of the Word: Reflections on Language and Matter”. He held this lecture during the Winter Academy “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”; Panel “Concepts of Writing and the Materiality of Language”, 5 September 2015   Michael Allan received his Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Judith Butler and Karl Britto. Before joining COLT, he was a member…

Stefan Leder: “Arabic Philology and the Conquest of Foreign Languages”

Stefan Leder (German Orient Institute Beirut), “Arabic Philology and the Conquest of Foreign Languages: Script, Language and Cognition (11th – 12th centuries)”. He held this lecture during the Winter Academy “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”, 7 September 2015. Stefan Leder is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Martin-Luther-University in Halle/Germany and since October 2007 director of the Orient-Institut Beirut including the institute’s Istanbul branch (Orient-Institut Istanbul) till 2010. Prior to his engagement with…

Meikal Mumin “The Arabic Script in Africa”

Meikal Mumin (b. 1980) studied African Studies, Oriental Studies, Phonetics, Egyptology, German, and English in Cologne and Naples. He completed his studies with a Magister Artium in African Studies, Oriental Studies and Phonetics from University of Cologne (2009), with a thesis on the use of Arabic script in Africa. Currently, he is working on a PhD on Chimiini, a minority language of Somalia, in a co-tutelle between Cologne and University of Naples “L’Orientale”. He is co-editor of 2 edited volumes,…

Enis Erdem Aydin “Modernizing the Ottoman Script in the early 20th century: Revisiting the “Separated Letters” “

Enis Erdem Aydın is a PhD candidate at the Department of History in Bogazici University, Istanbul. He is majoring in Late Ottoman History with minors in Intellectual History and the Ottoman Middle East. His main focus is comparative Ottoman and Iranian intellectual history in the 19th century, where he deals with how intellectuals from both domains tackled with each others’ modernities. He is looking at the interactions between the Qajar intellectuals in Istanbul and the Ottoman state and society through…

Margherita Trento “From orthodoxy to orthography. Writing Christianity in the Tamil Country (XVI-XVII centuries)”

Margherita Trento is a doctoral student in the department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Previously, she studied in Italy, France and India. Her interests include philology, the Catholic manuscript tradition in South India, Tamil bhakti, microhistory, the history of orientalism and the history of Christianity in India. From orthodoxy to orthography Writing Christianity in the Tamil country (XVI-XVII centuries) In my research project, I explore the history of the literary and social techniques employed…

Vu Duc Liem “Beyond the Empires: Bureaucratic Manuscripts and Political Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Vietnam and China”

Vu Duc Liem taught Vietnamese and Southeast Asian history at Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE), Vietnam. He received a B.A in history in 2008, a M.A in Southeast Asian history in 2010 from HNUE, and the second M.A degree in Southeast Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also a Graduate Fellow at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2012). Since 2013, he has become a PhD candidate at…

Nir Shafir “Pamphlets and Graffiti as a means of rethinking the connection between writing and power in the early modern Islamic world”

Nir Shafir is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles working on the intellectual history and history of science of the early modern Ottoman Empire. His dissertation, “The Road from Damascus: Authenticity and Knowledge in an Ottoman Holy Land, 1620-1720,” examines how and why major intellectuals writing in Turkish and Arabic constructed and explored a holy land through numerous travelogues, antiquarian histories, and geographies. He is a frequent host of the Ottoman history podcast, where he hosts…

Arun Rasiah “On the Shores of Learning: Scriptural Formations of Muslim Intellectual Culture in the Indian Ocean World”

Arun Rasiah’s doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, focused on the transmission of Islamic knowledge in Qom, Iran, and examines cultures of reading in centers of Islamic learning of the Middle East and Indian Ocean. In conjunction with Berkeley faculty, he teaches summer seminars on Islamic intellectual history in Granada, Spain. On the Shores of Learning: Scriptural Formations of Muslim Intellectual Culture in the Indian Ocean World This project examines the transmission and translation of Islamic texts from…

Abdur Rahoof Ottathingal “Translocal Mediations in Vernacular Islam: Arabi-Malayalam and Trans-Formations of Muslim Textual Culture in Malabar (16th -20th c.)”

Abdur Rahoof is currently a PhD researcher in the Institute for History, Leiden University, Netherlands – [an Erasmus Mundus-IBIES fellow, Cosmopolis Programme @ Colonial and Global History divison], writing a thesis titled “Arabi-Malayalam and the Making of Vernacular Islam in Malabar, South India: Cultural Trans-Formations across Indian Ocean in 17th – 20th centuries”. He has been into a PhD research with Junior Research Fellowship of UGC-India at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on the topic “Sufi Everyday and Islamic Publics:…