Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)

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www.agya.info

AGYA promotes research cooperation among excellent early-career researchers from all disciplines in the Arab world and Germany.

About us

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is based at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) in Germany and at the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT) in Egypt. It was established in 2013 as the first bilateral Young Academy worldwide. AGYA promotes research cooperation among outstanding early-career researchers from all disciplines who are affiliated with a research institution in Germany or in any Arab country. The academy supports the innovative projects of its members in various fields of research as well as in science policy and education. AGYA members from 19 countries so far have realized joint projects and initiatives on topics such as Arab and German Education, Common Heritage and Common Challenges, Dynamics of Transformation, Energy, Water and Environment, Health and Society, and Innovation. AGYA is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and various Arab cooperation partners.

Address
Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)
Jaegerstr. 22–23
10117 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 20370669
Internet: www.agya.info

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Verena Lepper
AGYA Principal Investigator
Representative
The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT)
101 Kasr Al-Aini Str.
11516 Cairo
Egypt

Phone: +201 225 643263
Internet: www.agya.info

Products and Services

Verena M. Lepper (ed.): Cinderella Sindbad & Sinuhe. Arabisch-deutsche Erzähltraditionen. Arab-German Storytelling Traditions, Kulturverlag Kadmos 2019. ISBN: 978-3-86599-426-4
Oliver Korn, Jonas Grund: Social Robots. A Science Comic, 2021. ISBN English: 978-3-9822778-0-6; ISBN German: 978-3-9822778-1-3
Kirill Dmitriev, Julia Hauser, Bilal Orfali (eds.): Insatiable Appetite Food as Cultural Signifier in the Middle East and Beyond, Brill 2019. ISBN: 978-90-04-41302-3
Enass Khansa, Konstantin Klein, Barbara Winckler (eds.): Thinking Through Ruins, Kulturverlag Kadmos 2022. ISBN: 978-3-86599-482-0
Claudia Kozman, Carola Richter (eds.): Arab Media Systems, Open Book Publishers 2021. ISBN: 978-1-80064-059-7
Brigitte Schiffer: Letters from Cairo, 1935–63 (in Arabic), Kalima / Falschrum Books 2022.
Enass Khansa, Bilal Orfali: An Anthology of Friendship in Arabic Literature (in Arabic), Library of Arabic Literature, New York University Press 2021.
Verena M. Lepper (ed.): Cinderella Sindbad & Sinuhe. Arabisch-deutsche Erzähltraditionen. Arab-German Storytelling Traditions. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2019.

Storytelling is as old as humanity itself. This publication explores the rich cultural heritage of storytelling in Germany and the Arab world. Leading Arab, German and international scholars address the question on how knowledge and human imagination are transmitted across time and space. They analyse the various forms and ways in which these narratives have inspired contemporary literature, films and other recent media forms of storytelling. The publication is trilingual: Arabic/English/German.

Further reading

Brigitte Schiffer: Letters from Cairo, 1935–63 (in Arabic), Kalima / Falschrum Books 2022.

Born in Berlin in 1909, the composer, musicologist and teacher Brigitte Schiffer after moving to Cairo in the 1930s became an influential figure in Egyptian musical culture in the following decades. There she directed a college of music and worked for the Egyptian Ministry of Education. Excerpts from her correspondences are now published for the first time in an annotated selected edition in Arabic translation, attractively illustrated with historical visual material.

Further reading

Claudia Kozman, Carola Richter (eds.): Arab Media Systems, Open Book Publishers 2021.

This volume provides a comparative analysis of media systems in the Arab world, based on criteria informed by the historical, political, social, and economic factors influencing a country’s media. Reaching beyond classical Western media system typologies, the publication brings together contributions from experts in the field of media in the Middle East and North Africa to provide valuable insights into the heterogeneity of this region’s media systems. The book will be published in Arabic soon.

Further reading

News & Innovations

Thinking Through Ruins
Ruins have always captured the human imagination. In one way or another, they have been inscribed in a community’s memory, history, or lore. In the literary history of the Arab world and of Western Europe, there is a long-standing tradition concerning – real or imagined – ruins.
Both its challenging complexity and aesthetic aspiration have resulted in a multitude of reflections on ruins, interpretations, and creative dealings, which again manifest themselves in a plenitude of scholarship, philosophical treatises, literary texts, and pieces of art. This discourse of ruins offers a unique vantage point to reflect in a pioneering publication upon the importance of ruins today – and upon their meaning for our respective societies, disciplines, and fields of scholarship. Ruins carry very different notions, however, since they function as very powerful symbols and motifs, they also have been and still are often (mis-)used and employed in contemporary debates.
The interdisciplinary volume focuses on the importance of ruins, the way ruins are looked at, interpreted and (mis-)used in literary and artistic, political and legal, philosophical, and sociological discourses.

Enass Khansa, Konstantin Klein, Barbara Winckler (eds.): Thinking Through Ruins, Kulturverlag Kadmos 2022. Further reading
An Anthology of Friendship in Arabic Literature
How can you interact with stories written a thousand years ago? How can aesthetic and performative questions in literary texts be visually reformulated? These questions are answered in the Arabic language book publication ‘Invoking the Coral in Choosing the Beloved’.
In the words of the ancient Arabs, there are three things that are impossible: the ogre, the phoenix, and the faithful beloved. Does this saying express the impossibility of friendship among Arabs? There are many texts that celebrate friendship and stories of friends in the books of Arab heritage. The Arab philosophers dealt with the concept of friendship, as did the Greeks and others. This book, from the series of the Arab Library for Youth, deals with the concept of friendship as the Arabs knew it, as shown by the Arab culture, and the writings we received from the medieval era.

Enass Khansa, Bilal Orfali: An Anthology of Friendship in Arabic Literature (in Arabic), Library of Arabic Literature, New York University Press 2021. Further reading
Forms of Migration
Addressing migration patterns around the globe, the interdisciplinary study Forms of Migration places emphasis on form, as an essential constituent of art and literature. This focus is based on the presupposition that it is often the compositional structure and rhetoric of texts and images, the literary nature and formal qualities of certain images and stories that impact readers and beholders, thereby opening up new perspectives on reality. The publication offers an alternative way to understand migration and its impact through innovative storytelling and artistic visual material. A different interpretation of complex migration processes is developed which challenges common perceptions of im/migrant experiences.

Stefan Maneval, Jennifer A. Reimer (eds): Forms of Migration: Global Perspectives on Im/migrant Art and Literature, Falschrum Books 2022. Further reading

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