Mar 3, 2010
Presentation Research Project "The Quest for Peace in the Middle East", 16 March 2010
"Peace in the Middle East" is today much more than the chief message of prayers in churches, mosques and synagogues around the globe or the main motto of world leaders and nobel laureates. It is mainly a widespread institutionalized discourse with distinct historical roots, specific practices and constructed meanings. However, despite –or maybe because of - the popularity of the discourse, it is rarely the object of social-scientific research.
This research project addresses this gap, by presenting ethnographic accounts of three diverse institutions that act in the name of peace-making/keeping in Lebanon (UN, NGO, Diplomacy). It analyzes the ways in which experts produce knowledge, undertake advocacy, secure legitimacy, and address problems and constituencies. It advocates a new perception to the question of peace in the Middle East that regards peacemaking not through the lens of moral imperatives, but primarily as a field of power and intervention.
Project duration: Jan 2009-March 2010
Fieldwork was conducted in Lebanon and Switzerland
Research was funded by the "Jeunes Chercheurs" Program of KFPE (Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC)
Presentation of the Research Group
Programme de bourses “Jeunes Chercheurs“ – Peacemaking in Lebanon
Nikola Kosmatopoulos, URPP Asia and Europe/Department of Anthropology, Zurich
Lyna Comaty, Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement, Genève
Susann Kassem, Freie Universität Berlin/American University Beirut
Zina Sawaf, Issam Fares Institute for International Affairs, Beirut
- Articles on the panel discussion "Nach dem Minarettverbot: Der Islam und die offene Gesellschaft", held on November 17.11.2010
- Interview with Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Tages Anzeiger, 10.11.2010
- Finished doctoral projects in 2010
- Wang Hui, leading Chinese intellectual, comments on China's relationship to the west in the NZZ
- Rector Andreas Fischer on UZH's research focus on Asia
- Lecture series "Farewell to secularization?", lecture of Amnon Ratz-Krakotzkin, 2nd November, 6:15pm-8pm
- Autumn lecture series "Farewell to Secularization?" - Lecture of Wang Hui, 19th October, 6:15pm-8pm
- The URPP welcomes its new postdocs and phd-students
- Lecture Series (FT 10): "Farewell to Secularization?", beginning 5. Octobre 2010
- Change of academic directors
- Visit of a Chinese delegation form Beijing Normal University
- The URPP has moved!
- URPP assistant professor Sven Trakulhun explains the current tensions in Thailand
- Lecture Prof. John C. Maraldo on "The Sense and Significance of Japanese Philosophy", 1 June 2010
- International Workshop "Entangled By Multiple Tongues", 3-4 June 2010
- International Conference "Verschleierter Orient - Entschleierter Okzident? Inszenierung in Politik, Recht, Kunst und Kultur seit dem 19. Jahrhundert", 3-5 June 2010
- URPP Public Lecture Series (Spring 2010): "Researching Philosophy in Asian Contexts"
- Lecture Prof. R. T. Ames on "Confucian Role Ethics in a Changing World Culture", 18 May 2010
- Lecture Prof. A. Chakrabarti on "Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge and Error", 11 May 2010
- Lecture by Hasan Abu Nimah on "The Role of Religion in the Politics of Human Security", 4 May 2010
- Open PhD and Postdoc Positions for September 2010
- Dr. Katajun Amirpur new assistant professor for the Modern Islamic World with focus on Iran
- The new calendar of events of the PhD program has arrived!
- Lecture Prof. D. Gutas on "The Centrality of Philosophy in the Pre-Modern Islamic Intellectual Tradition", 13 April 2010
- Guest lecture Prof. James C. Scott on "Why Civilizations Can't Climb Hills", 17 March 2010
- Presentation Research Project "The Quest for Peace in the Middle East", 16 March 2010
- Guest lecture Prof. Hans-Hinrich Biesterfeldt on "Unnachahmlichkeit des Korans", 11 March 2010
- "Transcultural Bodies - Transboundary Biographies", Conference in New Delhi, 21-24 February 2010
- "Unijournal" presents the new interdisciplinary PhD program "Asia and Europe"
- New Release: Diasporic Histories, edited by Andrea Riemenschnitter and Deborah L. Madsen
- Migration in Films: Workshop, 08-09 January 2010
- Symposium with Seizo Sekino (Tokyo) and Christoph Harbsmeier (Oslo), 17-18 december 2009
- 1 Post-Doc Position (50%), applications to be submitted by 11 December 2009
- Guest lecture Prof. Ummu Salma Bava on "Europe's Role in International Governance", 8 December 2009