Mi 13 Jul 2022
– Fr 15 Jul 2022
Arab-Soviet Internationalism – Socialist Internationalism, International Organizations and the Politics of Revolution in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Convened by Elizabeth Bishop (Texas State University), Andreas Hilger (German Historical Institute Moscow), Jeffrey G. Karam (Lebanese American University / EUME Fellow of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation 2021-22), and Sana Tannoury-Karam (EUME Fellow 2020-22)
Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin
Soviet Film Festival in Cairo, 1958 | Photo: René Burri / Magnum Photos, published in NY Review of Books
Call for Papers (expired)
This workshop brings together expertise from various historical schools and social science disciplines to richly-differentiated landscapes of Arab-Soviet and post-Soviet relations, and builds hypotheses on and from traditional narratives about “the” Socialist-Arab alliances in the 20th century, as well as any enduring impact on current affairs. It will engage with trajectories of relationships that begin with revolutionary hope post World War I, heightened revolutionary nationalism during the 1950s, sometimes end with disenchantment by the 1960s and 70s or lead to lasting relations until today. The workshop will discuss significant continuities and discontinuities in Arab-Soviet/Russian relations and will explore future research questions in the productive field of the entangled histories of the Arab regions, socialism, and post-socialism. In this context, individuals’, organizations’, states’, and groups’ cooperation or non-cooperation in international organizations – governmental as well as non-governmental – appear to constitute one promising direction for further inquiry, since they are focal points for both national and social approaches to global relations. In addition, the workshop will promote such a discussion along with complementary structural – biographical, cultural, economic, political, technological – categories.
The workshop is convened by Elizabeth Bishop (Texas State University), Andreas Hilger (German Historical Institute Moscow), Jeffrey G. Karam (Lebanese American University / EUME Fellow of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation 2021-22), and Sana Tannoury-Karam (EUME Fellow 2020-22). It is a cooperation between the German Historical Institute in Moscow and Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME), a research program at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.
Wednesday, 13 July, 5:00 pm: EUME Berliner Seminar
»After Defending Jerusalem in Córdoba: The Unhappy Internationalist Life of Najati and Lotka Sidqi«
Speaker: Margaret Litvin (Boston University), Chair: Sana Tannouy-Karam (EUME Fellow 2020-22)
Thursday, 14 July, 3:00 pm: Roundtable
»The Legacies and Afterlives of Soviet Internationalism«
Speakers: Bohdan Tokarskyi (Universität Potsdam), Annette Werberger (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)) and Margaret Litvin (Boston University)
In cooperation with Europäische Zeiten/European Times – A Transregional Approach to the Societies of Central and Eastern Europe (EUTIM)
Please register in advance via eume(at)trafo-berlin.de.