VERANSTALTUNG ENTFÄLLT! Humanities and Social Sciences in Times of Crises: Back to Provincialism?


20. Oktober 2023

Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Leibniz-Saal, Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin

What is the role and value of the Humanities and Social Sciences in times of crises? How do wars and other un/natural disasters affect scholars, their work and society? What are the ethics of research in times of upheaval, in contexts of authoritarian transgression or temptation?

What are de/pressing matters, for whom and why? What are politics of knowledge and meaning in fragmented publics? Will the effects of crises and different assessments of urgency lead to more parochialism?

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien welcomes 50 fellows from 20 different countries to the new academic year 2023/24, and celebrates the 14th anniversary of its foundation. Seven short interventions by fellows of the Forum’s programs Europe in the Midde East – The Middle East in Europe, Prisma Ukraina: War Migration and Memory, and re:constitution: Analysis and Exchange on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe will look forward through their topics, in five minutes each. A panel conversation will follow-up and discuss what sustainable internationality could mean in light of the current crisis-debates, degressive funding, irritable publics and shrinking spaces of freedoms in many countries.

An event in cooperation with the Forum Transregionale Studien .


15.00 Welcome

  • Friederike Pannewick (Forum Transregionale Studien)
  • Birgit Meyer (Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)
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15.15 – 16.00 Humanities and Social Sciences in Times of Crises: Seven Cases

  • Sanabel Abdelrahman (EUME / Philipps-Universität Marburg) ‘Oh Whale, Do not Swallow our Moon’: Situating Liberation in Palestinian Magical Realism and Futurism

  • Mina Khanlarzadeh (EUME / Columbia University) The Role of Women Intellectuals in the Political Thought of Iran’s 1979 Revolution

  • Lidia Kuzemska (PRISMA UKRAÏNA / Forum Transregionale Studien) Between Hostages and New Citizens: What is the Role of Displaced Ukrainian Citizens?

  • Alia Mossallam (EUME / Forum Transregionale Studien) Tracing Emancipation under Rubbles of War: Popular Histories of North African Laborers from the Fronts of World War I to Revolution

  • Rim Naguib (EUME / Forum Transregionale Studien), Policing the Nation’s Boundaries: The Struggle of Jewish internationalists for Citizenship in post/colonial Egypt

  • Silvia Steininger (re:constitution / Hertie School of Governance Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), Let’s Talk About the Rule of Law: Court Communication in the European Rule of Law

  • Emre Turkut (re:constitution Fellow / Hertie School of Governance), Endogenous Sources of the COVID-19 Pandemic Governance in Europe

16.00 – 17.00 Conversation: Back to Provincialism?

Moderation: Birgit Meyer (Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Universität Utrecht)


  • Pascale Ghazaleh (American University in Cairo)

  • Banu Karaca ((Dis)Possession and the Politics of Knowledge: BEYONDREST / Forum Transregionale Studien)

  • Viktoria Sereda (VUIAS / PRISMA UKRAÏNA: War, Migration Memory)

17.00 Reception


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