University-Internal Network: MENA Region
This network seeks to investigate the contradictory dynamics of a cultural, political, economic and social nature in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) through three research complexes (Discourses, Actors and Changing Elites, as well as Processes, Structures and Institutions). The participating disciplines use varying methodological and theoretical approaches to examine the dynamics of the MENA region empirically, to explain them more precisely through typological-theoretical considerations, and to bring them together in both an interdisciplinary as well as a transdisciplinary manner. The resulting regional competence will be of use outside the academic community; it is to be made available to political and economic decision-makers and to be conveyed in further education courses.
- 8 subject areas at the CNMS, each with a professorial chair
and the following network partners from inside the university of Marburg:
- Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Futurology
- Center for Conflict Research
- Political Science
- Sociology / Developmental Sociology
- Religious Studies
- Developmental Economics and Macroeconomics
- Old Testament
Goals and Objectives
The network pursues three objectives:
1. Joint research by an interdisciplinary working group which combines regional studies with important individual disciplines and ensures a transtemporal, comparative research program characterized by interrelationship analyses. With its analyses of dynamics, the MENA region network strives for a systematic integration of the perspective of gender into its regional competence.
2. A jointly compiled curriculum, offered in the form of a “Research School“ and intensive supervision of the next generation of scholars, with a view to the development of qualified, practical competencies and expertise of the region.
3. An integrated visiting scholar program, which further strengthens the internationalization of research and teaching, and aims at the realization of the motto “research with, not just research on“.