BEYOND THE WAR Syrian Society and Politics before and after 2011 12.04.2018 – 24.05.2018 Curated by Amer Katbeh
With the duration of the war in Syria and its increasing complexity, resulting from divergent aspirations and interests of internal as well as external actors, it has become difficult to distinguish among conflict parties and to recognize people’s interests in this conflict. More significantly, in such complexity the people’s needs as well as discourses vanish in the light of dominating mainstream discourses and media coverage.
The six-part film series will feature documentary movies from and on Syria followed by discussions with guests. Here, different issues related to Syrian society and politics before and after 2011 (start of uprising) will be highlighted, like foundation of Syrian society, political system and participation, religion and secularism, and women rights.
Amer Katbeh studied Humanities and English Literature at the University of Damascus, Syria. Next to and after his undergraduate studies, he worked for the Syrian Red Crescent and subsequently for the UN Refugee Commission (UNHCR) in Damascus. Amer Katbeh has been doing his doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg since July 2016. In addition to the conflict transformation and the political systems in Egypt and Syria, the relationship between state and religion as well as refugee research are among his priorities. In 2013 he co-founded the Friedenskreis Syrien e.V. (FKS) which stands for peaceful culture of conflict and constructive dialogue regarding the current conflict in Syria. Through workshops and discussion meetings, FKS creates spaces for individuals to discuss and exchange ideas and thoughts about different topics related to Syria and Syrians.
In cooperation with Friedenskreis Syrien funded by the Stiftung Nord Süd Brücken (BMZ)