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Interwoven and interconnected: Interactions of the Near and Middle East with the West – Art Building of the Philipps-Universität Marburg | 02.11.2022-08.02.2023

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In the winter semester 2022/23, the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at Philipps-Universität Marburg will host the Studium Generale. The topic of the lecture series is “From the Atlantic to the Hindu Kush… A History of Interconnections”. “European history, especially colonial history, cannot be thought of without the interconnections it created; but the history of the non-Western world is also characterised by close interconnections among and with each other,” says CNMS Executive Director Leslie Tramontini.

Image above: Das Studium Generale im Wintersemester 2022/23 befasst sich mit Wechselwirkungen des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens mit dem Westen. Foto: Colourbox.de/Charnstr.

The Studium Generale aims to take a look at cultural, economic and political interdependencies from different perspectives and eras. In this way, the mutual relationship of the regional actors in the Middle East and North Africa among and with each other as well as with the dominant Europe and the West in the past and present will be revealed. Lecturers from the CNMS and other research institutions will question traditional categories of analysis, also in order to make Eurocentrism visible and overcome it. In doing so, they want to reveal the architecture of power structures and dependencies in the international and regional context and in the dynamics of global networks.

“I also see the Studium Generale as an opportunity to present the CNMS in all its diversity to the general public,” says Leslie Tramontini, Executive Director of the CNMS. The centre’s research focuses range from Ancient Oriental Studies and Islamic Studies to the current economy and politics of the Middle East, as well as postcolonial/colonial studies on the Maghreb.  


Wednesday, 2. November 2022 until Wednesday, 8. February 2023


Art Building of Philipps-Universität Marburg

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