The figure of the martyr has a long tradition in the Islamic Middle East. The prominent place the martyr occupies in conflicts of modern times is described as a “recurrence of martyrs”, often perceived as a “backslide” into a pre-modern concept. However, not only have the historical and political circumstances changed due to colonialism and nation-state building. With the advent of mass media and new techniques of image production the media conditions regarding the ‘making of martyrs’ altered as well. Hence the inclusion of traditional cultic, legal or narrative elements into current discourses on martyrdom can be described more apt as adaptations or re-stagings.
In the figure of the martyr mediations in various fields can be explored: between different religious and inner-religious traditions, between traditional and modern concepts of ‘religion’, and between different media responsible for the production of commemoration (text, image, film, etc.). Concepts related to the martyr like ‘hero’, ‘sacrifice’, ‘redemption’ or ‘jihad’ underwent modifications in this process as well. During the conference, we want to look into the mediations and transformations the figure of the martyr brings about.
Vahid Behmardi (AUB Beirut), Monique Bellan (AdK Berlin), Alice Bombardier (EHESS Paris), Claudia Brunner (ZFF Klagenfurt), Agnès Devictor (Sorbonne Paris), Liza Franke (Leipzig), Sabrina Mervin (EHESS Paris), Stephan Milich (Göttingen), Joachim Negel (Marburg), Angelika Neuwirth (FU Berlin), Verena Voigt (Münster), Maryam Palizban (FU Berlin)
Information on participating / attending:
10/14/2011 10:00 - 10/15/2011 18:00
ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, 3. Et., Trajekte-Tagungsraum 308
Journalists, Scientists and scholars
Language / literature, Religion
Types of events:
Seminar / workshop / discussion
Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZFL)
Event is free:
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URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event36452
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