International Symposium of
Young Scholars in the Humanities


Keynote Speakers

Stefan Weidner



Stefan Weidner is is a German writer, translator and literary critic. He has studied Arabic and Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at the universities of Göttingen, Damascus, Berkeley (CA) and Bonn. He has published several volumes of fiction, travel writing and essays, focusing on the relations between Islam and the West (cf. list of publications below). As a translator he has presented to the German public some of the most eminent contemporary Arab poets such as Adonis Mahmoud Darwish, Nizar Qabbani and others.
 Stefan Weidner was editor-in-chief of „Art/Thought – Fikr wa Fann“, فكر وفن  (www.goethe.de/fikrun).
Stefan Weidner contributes to the cultural pages of the leading German newspapers and radio stations such as „FAZ“, „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ and „Deutschlandradio“.
Stefan Weidner has been a guest-professor at the Free University of Berlin and at the University of Bonn.

 

 Tamar Pataridze


Tamar Pataridze is recognized for her academic experience in leading Humanities research centers and universities (including the University of Jerusalem; the Central European University and Université Paul Valéry Montpellier III). She has acquired many prestigious scientific scholarships including Belgian National Science Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and others.
For years Tamar Pataridze has been affiliated with the Louvain Catholic University and is engaged in her scientific research activities, however, she has retained scholarly contacts with Georgian scientists.

 

Mohammad Magout


Mohammad Magout is a Syrian-German researcher. Since November 2016, he has been a Senior Researcher at the Humanities Center for Advanced Studies “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” at the University of Leipzig, Germany. In addition, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Orient-Institut in Beirut. He completed his PhD studies with a dissertation titled "Between Religion and Culture: Academic Discourse and Religious Subjectivity at Two Nizari Ismaili Institutions for Islamic Studies in London", for which he was awarded the Katharina Windscheid Prize of the Research Academy Leipzig.
Mohammad Magout is currently undertaking research about the construction of religion in the Arabic press in the 19th C. His other areas of research include secularity in the Arab world, contemporary Ismailism, and religion in higher education.

 

Bohdan Horvat


Bohdan Horvat has studied Arabic Language and Literature at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. His research interests include Arabic literary history, modern Egyptian poetry, and literatures of colloquial Arabics. His published work is mainly focused on XX-century poetry in Egyptian Arabic.
Bohdan Horvat has taught Arabic and Modern Literature at Kyiv University. He was granted WEBB Scholarship for Academic Staff to present a course on Egyptian Arabic Poetry at Warsaw University, Poland. He is a member of the ILA Arabic Language Certificate Program research team (Italy) and member of Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe (AIDA). He is cofounder and co-organizer of ICHAL – the International Conference on the History of Arabic Literature.
Bohdan Horvat serves as Second Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

 

Orhan Elmaz


Orhan Elmaz is a Lecturer in Arabic at the University of St Andrews (UK).
Prior to his appointment in St Andrews, he was a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Vienna, where he received his PhD in 2009 with a thesis on Quranic hapax legomena.
His research focuses on Arabic linguistics and lexicography, Quranic studies, and comparative and transnational studies, with an affinity for the digital humanities.

 

Peter Webb


Peter Webb is University Lecturer in Arabic Literature and Culture at Leiden University, and a specialist in classical Arabic literature and the history of the Arab people. His research investigates questions of pre-modern Arab identity and Muslim narratives of pre-Islamic history, using modern theoretical approaches of ethnogenesis and memory studies to interpret the Arabic literary sources.