SMMAC "Hannah Arendt in contemporary Arab political culture"

Le 24/03/2021

par Jens Hanssen, Professeur associé à l'University of Toronto

Le Séminaire Mondes Musulmans et Arabes Contemporains (SMMAC) est un lieu d’expression et de confrontation théorique/méthodologique destiné aux chercheurs et étudiants. Soutenu par la Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences Sociales, le séminaire est hébergé à la Maison des Sciences Humaines de l’Université libre de Bruxelles. Le SMMAC recommence un nouveau cycle de séminaires destiné à rassembler des doctorants et des spécialistes travaillant sur les mondes arabes et musulmans contemporains. Subsidiairement, le SMMAC ménagera des espaces d’encadrement des étudiant.e.s de 2e cycle désireux d’acquérir références, méthodes et conseils supplémentaires sur leurs travaux et mémoires.

Jens Hanssen's lecture is part of his ongoing research on Arabic-German intellectual entanglement in the 20th century. In the wake of massive changes in Europe and the MENA region since 9/11 he takes stock of the intellectual biases and blindspots in Europe and MENA that our current social and political realities reveal. He explores what the materialist perspectives of Ernst Bloch and Husayn Muruwwah can offer us in the context of self-congratulatory, exclusionary, identitarian and nativist conceptions of history, and he asks: What are the stakes of combining continental and Arabic-Islamic philosophies; and how far can we take the recognition of philosophical cross-fertilization around the Mediterranean since late Antiquity?

Jens Hanssen is an Associate Professor of Middle East History. He received his D.Phil in Modern History from Oxford University in 2001 and joined the University of Toronto the following year. His dissertation has been published by Clarendon Press as Fin de Siècle Beirut in 2005. He recently co-edited two volumes with Max Weiss:Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age and Arabic Thought Against the Authoritarian Age. He has also just published, with Hicham Safieddine, an English translation of a key Nahda text, Butrus al-Bustani’s Nafir Suriyya. His writings have appeared in The New Cambridge History of Islam, The Routledge Reader of Fin de Siècle History, Critical Inquiry, the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and www.hannaharendt.net - Zeitschrift für Politisches Denken. His current research interests include the intersections between urban culture and intellectual production in 19th- and 20th-century Arab history, the global fin de siècle, and German-Jewish echoes in modern Arab thought.

Mercredi 24 mars de 12h à 14h

Les modalités de participation en ligne seront communiquées après inscription obligatoire à l’adresse suivante : omam@ulb.ac.be

Un enregistrement audio des séances sera disponible sur la page d'OMAM.

Contacts : Sahar Aurore Saeidnia & Jihane Sfeir