Enass Khansa (Hg.), Konstantin Klein (Hg.), Barbara Winckler (Hg.)

Thinking Through RuinsGenealogies, Functions, and Interpretations

Ruins have for a long time captured the human imagination and, in one way or another, have been inscribed in a community’s memory, history, or lore. This long-standing tradition concerning ruins – be it real or imagined, ancient or modern ones – has resulted in a multitude of reflections and creative interpretations. The discourse on ruins, steeped in tradition as it is, offers a unique vantage point to reflect upon their actual meaning in various societies and disciplines by focusing on how they have been and still are often (mis)used and employed in contemporary debates as powerful symbols and motifs. Tackling questions related to the genealogies, functions, and interpretations of ruins in literary and artistic, political and legal, philosophical and sociological discourses, this book aims at moving the discussion beyond the level of case studies. The contributors examine the perception of ruins and the discourse on decay, destruction, and reconstruction from various disciplinary perspectives, referring to a multitude of ruin-related concepts such as ‘longing’, ‘memory’, ‘trauma’, and ‘identity’.

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Februar 2022

368 Seiten

21 x 26 cm

ISBN 978-3-86599-482-0


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Enass Khansa

Enass Khansa is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages. Enass holds a PhD from Georgetown University, and was the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and ...

Konstantin Klein

Konstantin Klein received his doctorate in ancient history from the University of Oxford and has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Junior Research Fellow at the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem (Kenyon Institute). Since 2011, he has worked as a lecturer at the ...

Barbara Winckler

Barbara Winckler is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Münster, and the co-director of the bilingual summer school program “Arabische Philologien im Blickwechsel” (Arabic-English; arabic-philologies.de). She studied at the universities of Aix-en-Provence ...


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