Event summary: Tunisia in Transition

  Among the general attitude of pessimism and even remorse that a European audience cultivates towards the Arab Spring, Tunisia often stands out as the supposedly successful exception. The research cluster in Vienna invited activist Hiba Tlili to discuss the revolution in Tunisia seven years in and the discontents of this apparent triumph.   In Read More …

New Publication: JEP – Food Sovereignty and Alternative Development in Palestine

  After more than 20 years of the Oslo process and its dominant development model, the multiple crises in Palestine lend urgency to the exploration of alternatives to the status quo. This special issue contributes to current debates on alternative development and ‘resistance economy’ by discussing the significance agricultural cooperatives have in the occupied Palestinian territories Read More …

Event: Tunisia in Transition // Tunesien im Umbruch

[Deutsch unten]   Seven years have passed since the Tunisian revolution. The dictatorship of Ben Ali has successfully been overthrown, the socio-economic demands of the revolution however remain unfulfilled. In the West often portrayed as a “successful revolution” – in contrast to the unfolding wars in Syria, Yemen, and Libya – Tunisians today see their Read More …

Event: Lebanon – on the brink of War

We warmly recommend the upcoming VIDC event “Lebanon – on the brink of War”.   Time and location Monday, 12 March 2018, 19:00 – 21:00 Central Library Vienna – Am Gürtel, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna   Program Ghida Anani founder of the feminist NGO Abaad, Beirut   Nikolas Kosmatopoulos  American University Beirut   Chair Helmut Krieger Department Read More …

Radiobeitrag: Arabische Welt: Emanzipatorische Alternativen trotz Krise und Krieg? [GER]

  „Krise, Revolte und Krieg in der arabischen Welt“ titelt ein neues Buch als Ergebnis langjähriger Auseinandersetzung mit der Region und den Ereignissen, welche bereits im Kolonialismus tief verwurzelt sind, aber ihren Ausgang im anhaltenden Israel-Palästina Konflikt haben. Es finden sich Beiträge von Wissenschaftler/innen und Aktivist/innen, die sich gemeinsam der Herausforderung stellen, sowohl eine differenzierte Read More …

Development Dialogue – Bethlehem

The Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University, held a Palestinian developmental debate and dialogue session in Bethlehem. Ten representatives of grassroots organizations in Aldheshah, Azzah and Aidah camps attended the meeting. The discussion tried to provide a critical and alternative reading for the developmental experience in the refugee camps. Additionally, seven of the s of Read More …

Fieldworkers Training Continues in Jordan and Lebanon

After the summer school in July, fieldworkers in Jordan (29/30 September) and Lebanon (22 October and 18/19 November) started their training sessions with an evaluation meeting about last year’s experiences and challenges.   Together with Ayman Abdul Majeed (Birzeit), the colleagues in Jordan discussed adjustments of their research proposals, varieties of research methods (oral history, Read More …

Interview: Ein nächster Krieg im Libanon?

Saudi-Arabien hat Anfang November den libanesischen Ministerpräsidenten Saad Hariri zum Rücktritt gezwungen, den er vor wenigen Tagen wieder zurückgenommen hat. Was hat es mit diesem kurzfristigen Rücktritt von Hariri auf sich? Welche Rolle spielt dabei Saudi-Arabien? Wird es zu einem weiteren Krieg im Libanon kommen? In einem von Ramin Taghian am 24.11.2017 geführten Interview schätzt Read More …