The Summer Academy was held 11–19 September 2014 at the Orient Institut Beirut.
The academy explored debates about modernity, its preconditions and its aftermath by focusing on the multifarious processes and often unique ways in which societies outside Europe have adopted, translated, rejected or produced the global, the modern and tradition. A specific focus was placed on the notions of subjectivity and objectivity, the individual and the subject as key concepts of modernity. The summer academy also engaged with the debates on the writing of a more global history by paying particular attention to changing textual, aesthetic, and language-practices and other modes of knowledge-making.
The Academy was convened by Monique Bellan (Orient Institute Beirut), Nadia Bou Ali (American University of Beirut), Dahlia Gubara (Orient Institute Beirut), Hans Harder (University of Heidelberg), Bodhisattva Kar (University of Cape Town) and Stefan Leder (Orient Institute Beirut).
The summer academy was part of the strategic cooperation between the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad. They are supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).