Workshop: Science in Revolution – Revolution in Science?
Venue: Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, LMU Munich – Room 009, Veterinärstrasse 1, 80539 Munich
Contact: Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, LMU Munich, 089/2180-1888, email@example.com
The German-Moroccan-Tunisian Project "The Maghreb in Transition. Media, Knowledge & Power" (mehr) announces a Workshop on
Science in Revolution – Revolution in Science?: Re-visiting the Nexus of Knowledge & Power Five Years after the Arab Spring
from April 29th to April 30th at the Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, LMU Munich – Room 009, Veterinärstrasse 1, 80539 Munich
This workshop marks a first step in our common exploration of the relation of media, knowledge and power – or of science and politics – five years after the Arab Spring. The workshop seeks to open up a common space of reflection and debate on the particular conditions that constrain and enable our present style of thinking (Said 1978) on and in the Middle East, situating our academic practices as researchers from Germany, Morocco, and Tunisia in their particular contexts.
The workshop is opened by Dr. Henning Trüper (TU Berlin) with a succinct overview over the scholarly reflections on the relation of science and politics in the 20th century, drawing a (dis)continuous line from Max Weber, Karl Mannheim, Gaston Bachelard, Michel Foucault and Thomas Kuhn to Edward Said. This genealogy, with its particular centrism(s) and biases, will then be brought into a creative dialog with our own experiences and observations as researchers – with various biographical and disciplinary backgrounds – in and on "the Maghreb in Transition", tackling (i.a.) the question: what can (or should) be the role of science in political transformation processes?
These dialogical explorations ideally result into the formulation of a number of research projects, which are individually or collectively pursued during the year and whose results are presented in a joint conference at the end of the year.
Friday, April 29
- 10 am A Brief Introduction to the Project
- 10.30 – 12.30 am Mutual Introduction of the Participants: Motivations, Aims & Expectations
- 12.30 – 2 pm Lunch
- 2-5 pm From Weber to Said. Reflections on the Relation of Science and Politics (provisional title) – with Dr. Henning Trüper, TU Berlin
Saturday, April 30
- 10-12.30 am Discussing Research Ideas, Part I
- 12.30-2 pm Lunch
- 2-4 pm Discussing Research Ideas, Part II
- 4-5 pm Outlook and Further Planning
- 5 pm End of the Workshop