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The German research group Europe in the Middle East (EUME) supports radical scholarship against Israel
20.11.14

Editorial Note


The German academy has served an important platform for delegitimizing Israel. 

Scholars from Arab countries create ostensible objective Middle East programs and seek funding from German foundations to support their work.

 

Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe (EUME), featured bellow, is a case in point.  Georges Khalil is the academic coordinator of the EUME which is described officially as "a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam". 

 

EUME seeks to "rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular) as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame."

 

Missing from the description is EUME’s effort to present Israel in a highly negative light.  Perusing the research topics, the list of fellows and featured lectures makes this clear. For instance, the center boasts the names Gish Amit, Yuval Evri, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin and Yehouda Shenhav – all radical political activists who have used their scholarship to advance a political agenda. 

 

On the 4th of Jun 2014, the program "explored" the Arab-Jews concept in a conference The Possibilities of Arab-Jewish Thought“ that stated: the “Arab Jew” evoked a growing amount of attention in recent years, both in popular and in academic circles, in Israel and Palestine, and in the Arab World."  As IAM previously reported, Yehouda Shenhav (TAU) is the author of the notion that the Mizrahim in Israel are actually Arab Jews whose real Arab identity was suppressed by the Zionists.  Shenhav invented the “Arab Jews” to support his grand idea of a bi-national state whose core is expected to be made up by the Palestinians and the Mizrahim - based on their alleged cultural affinity, not to mention their common distaste for the Ashkenazi Jews, the descendants of the “European colonialists.”  

 

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin appeared in February 2014 to give a talk: "Netanyahu's Challenge: Can the Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish State?"  Raz-Krakotzkin of Ben Gurion University's Jewish History Department, has been covered by IAM before, when he led efforts to revive Brit Shalom, a small group of intellectuals in Mandatory Palestine who proposed to create a binational Jewish Palestinian state. Raz-Krakotzkin has made a career of blaming Israel for all the failures to reach peace with the Palestinians.  

 

Needless to say, by inviting these individuals, EUME achieves two goals; it uses the legitimacy of the Israeli academy to defend itself from charges of anti-Semitism and can present a highly biased view of the Israeli reality.  


IAM has been analyzing the role of German foundations in supporting radical scholarship in Israel. Clearly, their involvement on German campuses needs to be explored as well.  

           



http://www.eume-berlin.de/veranstaltungskalender/details.html?tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Byear%5D=2014&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bmonth%5D=06&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bday%5D=25&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bevent%5D=403&cHash=e2304053a3dceac02c07ec3dc015ad08


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Mi 25 Jun 2014

Fr 27 Jun 2014
Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin
Arbeitsgespräch / Workshop

The Possibilities of Arab-Jewish Thought

Participants: Ella Shohat, Elias Khoury, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Reif Zreik, Yehouda Shenhav, Moshe Behar, Zvi Ben-Dor, and others


Venue: Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin

 ProgramDownload

→ Audio stream: Yuval Evri “Translating Arab-Jewish Tradition: From Al-Andalus to Palestine”

→ Audio stream: Interview DLRKultur and Tsafrir Cohen (medico international Jerusalem) about the workshop

Objectives

The question of the Arab Jew evoked a growing amount of attention in recent years, both in popular and in academic circles, in Israel and Palestine, and in the Arab World. Dozens of academic works, novels, memoirs and documentaries have been written and produced in the past few years - creating a growing body of knowledge that sheds light on the history of Jewish presence in the Middle East before and beyond 1948.

Revisiting this multifaceted history of the Mizrahi, the oriental Jews, may offer perspectives beyond the conceptual limits of modern Jewish and Arab historiography, cultural and political imagination, and the binary logic of “Jews” and “Arabs”.

During the Berlin workshop we would like to discuss the modern history of Arab-Jewish thought, the idea of the “Arab Jew”, and the possibilities that Arab-Jewish thinking offers for the future of Palestine and Israel.

Due to limited capacities, we kindly ask for registration.


Schedule


Wednesday, 25 June

EUME Berliner Seminar

17.00 – 19.00

Yuval Evri (Tel Aviv University / EUME Fellow 2013-14)

Translating Arab-Jewish Tradition: From Al-Andalus to Palestine

Chair: Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben Gurion University of the Negev / EUME)

Thursday, 26 June

Workshop

10.00 – 12.30

Panel: Arab Jewish Worlds

Islam Dayeh (Zukunftsphilologie / Freie Universität Berlin), Taha Hussain, Israel Wolfensohn and the Construction of the Arab Jew

Zvi Ben-Dor (NYU), Between Muhammad 'Abduh and Rabindranath Tagore: The Connected Worlds of Hayyim Ben-Kiki, an Arab-Jew

Haya Bambaji-Sasportas (Ben-Gurion University), Elie Kedourie and the Criticism of Imperialism

Chair: Georges Khalil (Forum Transregionale Studien / EUME)

 

13.30 – 14.30

 

 

 

Moshe Behar (University of Manchester),
Zvi Ben Dor (NYU) 
The Possibility of Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought

Chair: Refqa Abu-Rumeileh (EUME Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung)

14.45 –15.45

Yehouda Shenhav (Tel Aviv University), The Political Implications of the Arab-Jewish Identity

Chair: Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin

Friday, 27 June

Workshop & Panel Discussion

10.00 – 11.30

 

 

 

Viola Shafiq (Kairo/Berlin), Eastern Jews in Contemporary Arab Filmmaking

Najat Abdulhaq (Berlin), Rethinking Narratives: The Emergence of the “Arab Jew” in Contemporary Arabic Literature

Chair: Yuval Evri

 

11.30 – 13.00

 

Ella Shohat (NYU), The Question of Judeo-Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging

Chair: Yasir Suleiman (University of Cambridge)

 

14.00 – 16.00

The Arab/Jew and the Question of Israel/Palestine

Panel Discussion:

Moshe Behar (Manchester)

Elias Khoury (Beirut)

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ber Sheva)

Ella Shohat (NYU)
Raif Zreik (Haifa University)

 

   

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Thur 20 Feb 2014
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin
EUME Lecture

Netanyahu's Challenge: Can the Palestinians Accept Israel as a Jewish State?

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion-University of the Negev / EUME member)

Lecture:
Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion-University of the Negev / EUME member)

Introduction: 
Yuval Evri (Tel Aviv University / EUME Fellow 2013-14)


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http://www.kunsthistoriker.org/3160.html


Up to 10 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Berlin

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships for the research program

Europe in the Middle East — The Middle East in Europe (EUME)

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular) as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.

The program puts emphasis on three programmatic ideas: 
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical 'beginnings', 'origins', and 'purity' in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions 
This research group is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the Mediterranean;

Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives 
is directed by Gudrun Kraemer, Institute for Islamic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on modernity, secularity, and justice;

Perspectives on the Qur'an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History 
is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Seminar for Arabic Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and Stefan Wild, Universitaet Bonn. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East;

Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures 
is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Centrum fuer Nah- und Mitteloststudien, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements and processes of canonization between Europe and the Middle East.

Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives 
is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of the experiences, interpretations, and critiques of Jews, Arabs, and Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe.

A new field of research that attempts to bridge the gap between political science approaches and cultural studies will be developed during the coming year. It will be directed by Cilja Harders, Otto-Suhr-Institut fuer Politikwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and Rachid Ouaissa, Political Science Departement, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien, Philipps-Universität Marburg.

FELLOWSHIPS

The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the framework of one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the overall program 'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe'. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below.

As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2014 and will end on 31 July 2015. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. The working language of EUME is English.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of

a curriculum vitae, 
a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship 
a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference paper, or dissertation chapter) 
a letter of recommendation by one university instructor (that can be sent by as a separate e-mail).

The application should be submitted by e-mail as four separate word documents or PDF files in English and should be received by 15 January 2014, sent in to:

eume(at)trafo-berlin.de 

Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe (EUME) 
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien 
Attn: Georges Khalil 
Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin 
Fax +49 30 - 89 00 1440

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

Europe in the Middle East — The Middle East in Europe (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of the following persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Cilja Harders (Otto-Suhr-Institut fuer Politikwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin), Gudrun Kraemer (Institut fuer Islamwissenschaft, Freie Universitaet Berlin), Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient), Angelika Neuwirth (Seminar fuer Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universitaet Berlin), Friederike Pannewick (Centrum fuer Nah- und Mitteloststudien/Arabistik, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva), Rachid Ouaissa (Political Science Departement, Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), Stefan Weber (Museum fuer Islamische Kunst, Berlin), and Stefan Wild (Islamwissenschaft, Universitaet Bonn).

The Forum Transregionale Studien is a Berlin-based research platform that connects systematic and region-specific questions in a perspective that addresses entanglements and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames. The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and networks that are engaged in transregional studies and is supported by an association of the directors of universities, research institutes and networks mainly based in Berlin. It supports four research programs: Arthistories and aesthetic Practices, Rechtskulturen: Confrontations beyond Comparison, Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, and Europe in the Middle East — The Middle East in Europe (EUME). The Forum Transregionale Studien cooperates with the Max Weber Stiftung and is funded through a public-private partnership.

For more information on the Forum Transregionale Studien please see

www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

For further information onEurope in the Middle East — The Middle East in Europe and for detailed information on the research fields, please see

www.eume-berlin.de

For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit:

Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin 
www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de 
Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, FU Berlin 
www.polsoz.fu-berlin.de/vorderer-orient 
Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities 
www.koran.bbaw.de 
Zentrum Moderner Orient 
www.zmo.de 
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin 
www.fsgs.fu-berlin.de/en/ 
Institute for Islamic Studies, FU Berlin 
www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/islamwiss 
Museum for Islamic Art 
www.smb.museum/isl 
Seminar for Arabic Studies, FU Berlin 
www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/semiarab


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