Reconfigurations and Connectivities of the MENA Region: Contextualizing Upheavals, Transformations, and Lasting Crises

Steffen Wippel, Research Network Reconfigurations
14.11.2018 - 16.11.2018
Steffen Wippel

The Research Network Reconfigurations brings together academics of different disciplines, institutes and research centers at the Philipps University Marburg. Since its founding in 2013 it works to connect MENA regional studies with systematic disciplines. The Network thus functions as a site for the regular exchange of content, as well as for conceptual and methodological debates on current and historical transformation processes (also in a comparative regional perspective).

The final conference grants a discussion platform for reconfiguring both the historical consciousness and transformation of the MENA-region in all disciplinary and topical facets our research network has to offer. At the same time, the conference aims to go beyond the MENA-region, contributing to critical debates on area studies while pointing out transregional and translocal references in a broad and comparative manner. The conference intends to provide a setting for the network’s expertise and experience, assessing its past research performance and highlighting cooperation efforts not only within Marburg, but also on national and international levels, thus granting insight into the future research of network members and their partners.


14 November 2018

16:00h Opening / Greetings: Stefan Weninger

16:30h Panel discussion: 100 Years of November Revolution and Armistice: From the Reorganization of the Middle Eastern and North African Region to its Reconfiguration in the 21st Century [in German]
Chair: Rachid Ouaissa (UMR, Marburg)
Panelists: Eckart Conze (UMR, Marburg), Alexander Flores (HSB, Bremen), Heike Liebau (ZMO, Berlin), John Kannankulam (UMR, Marburg)

18:30h Piano Concert by Aeham Ahmad
Introduction: Sihem Hamlaoui

19:30h Reception

15 November 2018

9h Introduction: Re-Configurations, Connections, and Contexts
[working title] Rachid Ouaissa and Achim Rohde

9:30h Panel 1: Political Reconfigurations and Transitional Justice
Chair: Susanne Buckeley-Zistel (UMR, Marburg) (tbc)

Mariam Salehi (UMR, Marburg): Transitional Justice in Process: How Do Institutionalized Processes of Social and Political Change Interplay with Unintended Processes, Power Shifts, and Frictions?
Irene Weipert-Fenner (HSFK, Frankfurt): Socioeconomic protests and incorporation crises in post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia: A comparative analysis inspired by Latin American experiences Laura Ruiz de Elvira (IRD, France): [Title pending]
Anika Oettler (UMR, Marburg): What Peace and Transitional Justice in Colombia teach us about the MENA region

11:30h coffee break

12h Panel 2: Space. Transregional Ties and Translocal Movements
Chair: Manja Stephan-Emmrich (HU Berlin)
Alena Strohmaier (META/UMR, Marburg): Counter-Spaces in/of „the first Iranian Vampire Western“
Claudia Derichs (UMR, Marburg): Manifestations of TRANS-MENA in Southeast Asia
Katrin Bromber (ZMO, Berlin): Spatial Re-configuration of Progress: Physical Fitness and Nation Building in Ethiopia between the 1920s and 1980
Steffen Wippel (UMR, Marburg): Current Re-configurations of Tangier (Morocco) from a Multiscale Spatial Perspective

14h lunch break

15h Panel 3: Generation and Youth: MENA and Southern Europe
Chair: Malte Hagener (UMR, Marburg)

Dimitris Soudias (UMR, Marburg): Spatializing Subjectivity. Theoretical Considerations on Crises, Protest Camps and Transformative Experiences
Nina S. Studer (UB, Bern): Starting Early: Drinking Habits of Children and Adolescents in the Colonial Maghreb

Anne-Linda Amira Augustin (UMR, Marburg): Intergenerational Resistance: The Transmission of a Counterhegemonic Narrative as an Everyday Form of Resistance in the South Arabian Independence Struggle (Southern Yemen)
Christoph Schwarz (UMR, Marburg): [Title pending]
Jamal Bahmad (MVU, Morocco): Youth, Social Media Activism and Citizen Cinema in Post-Arab Spring Morocco

17h Coffee break

17:30h Roundtable discussion: How global were the 'global Sixties'?
Chair: Benedikt Stuchtey (UMR, Marburg)
Panelists: Thorsten Bonacker (UMR, Marburg), Jens Hanssen (UT Toronto, Canada) Claudia Derichs (UMR, Marburg)

19:30h Dinner for invited conference participants

16 November 2018

9h Panel 4: Representation and Social (Dis)order
Chair: Hanna al-Taher (SOAS, London)
Igor Johannsen (UMR, Marburg): Re-Creating Resistance. Connective Marginalities and Contested Significations in/of the Middle Eastern Hip Hop Community
Jamie Furniss (Edinburgh): Al-Ustura: Batal Sha’abi or Baltagi? Class and Contested Masculinity in Egypt
Ines Braune (UMR, Marburg): A Radical Approach to the City. Parkour in Morocco
Andrea Fischer-Tahir (UMR, Marburg): [Title pending]

11h Coffee break
11:30h Panel 5: Researching Crisis and War, Researching in Crisis and War
Chair: Perrine Lachenal (UMR, Marburg)
Mina Ibrahim (GCSC – Giessen): De-Victimizing Emancipation: The Afterlife of Coptic Christians’ Crisis
Lamia Moghnieh (EUME Berlin): Ethnography, Violence and Knowledge Production in the Middle East
Ayse Cavdar (UMR, Marburg): Investigating Fear and Anxiety: The Reflexivity of the “Native” Researcher
Helena Nassif (OIB Beirut): [Title pending]

13:30h Lunch break

15:30h Panel 6: Reconfigurations of MENA Regional Sciences: Concepts, Challenges
Chair: Achim Rohde (AIWG, Frankfurt)
André Bank (GIGA, Hamburg): Comparative Area Studies in Theory and Practice
Sari Hanafi (AUB, Beirut): Social Sciences and Islamic Sciences: Mutual Ignorance or Competition?
Karima Direche (IRCM, Tunis): Observer une transition politique par un centre français à l'étranger. Le cas de l'IRMC à Tunis
Achim von Oppen (BAAAS, Bayreuth): [Title pending]

18h Dinner and Casual Get-Together with Audiovisual Musical Entertainment in the Building of the CNMS, Deutschhausstrasse 12, Marburg


Steffen Wippel

Reconfigurations and Connectivities of the MENA Region: Contextualizing Upheavals, Transformations, and Lasting Crises, 14.11.2018 – 16.11.2018 Marburg, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 30.06.2018, <>.
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