ZMO News

Monday, April 03, 2017

Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 6 pm, IAAW, Room 315, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin
Fifth Session of the Colloquium At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

In this session Prof Dr Marjo Buitelaar (University of Groningen) talks about  the meanings of the Hajj for present day Dutch Muslims by discussing excerpts from Hajj stories of young adults of Turkish and Moroccan descent. In the second talk of the session Prof Dr Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) will focus on scripted and unscripted Hajj and Umra stories of Tajik Muslims.

The session takes place at the Institute for Asian and African Studies (IAAW) and will be moderated by Dr Katrin Bromber (ZMO). Please find more information in the invitation flyer.


April 5th, 2017, 10 pm, Eiszeit, Zeughofstr. 20 10997 Berlin
The Bread Road

Screening of the documentary with a following Q&A with ZMO Vice Director Sonja Hegasy as part of the ALFILM festival

The movie follows the invisible workers that are looking for jobs every morning in front of the picturesque medina of Marrakesh. Secluded from the Orientalistic fairy tale attracting thousands of tourists each year, these people struggle every day anew to pick up a livelihood for their families and themselves.
Their fight for mere subsistence is coined by the strenuous wait for labour and exploitative wages. The filmmaker accompanies his protagonists’ daily life with respectful restraint, depicts dreams, hopes, and takes part in their family and working life.

April 5th, 2017, from 8:30 am, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Paris Nord
Les chemins buissonniers de la démocratie participative en Afrique

Workshop organized by Joseph-Désiré Som-I (ZMO) and Giovanni Allegretti (CES, University of Coimbra)

Cette journée a pour objectif de faire un état des lieux des dispositifs, acteurs, enjeux et effets de la démocratie participative en Afrique. Il s'agit d'analyser la diversité des expériences de participation et de leursignification politique, leurs effets sociaux, ainsi que les logiques concurrentes qui peuvent s'y loger.

March 31st till April 7th, 2017, Berlin
8th Arab Film Festival Berlin - ALFILM

The 8th Arab Film Festival Berlin - ALFILM presents a broad variety of contemporary feature films, documentaries as well as short films and video artworks from the Arab world in several venues in Berlin. Besides the OFFICIAL SELECTION the 8th ALFILM festival dedicates its yearly RETROSPECTIVE homage to the Alexandria-born set and costume designer and director Shadi Abdel Salam (1930-1986).

New Publications

Paolo Gaibazzi
The Homing of the Diaspora: Ancestral Households and the Politics of Domestic Centering in Rural Gambia, West Africa

In Diaspora as Cultures of Cooperation: Global and Local Perspectives, ed. by David Carment and Ariane Sadjed, Winter 2017, pp. 91-109.

Antía Mato Bouzas
B(O)rdering and the Politics of Belonging

In special issue of St Antony's International Review on on "Home, Displacement and Belonging", vol. 12, no. 2, 2017.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Nazan Maksudyan
Türkei - Wenn Forscher zu Flüchtlingen werden

ZMO associate Nazan Maksudyan on the difficult situation of academics in Turkey and their attempts to leave the country, MERTON Magazin, March 27, 2017.

With Ulrike Freitag
Am Wasser gebaut: Dschiddas Tor zur Welt

ZMO director Ulrike Freitag talks about her research project on the urban history of Jeddah in new issue of the Leibniz association's magazine, leibniz, March 24, 2017.

Sonja Hegasy
"Music for the Thinking Ear"

The Pierre Boulez Hall of the new Barenboim-Said Akademie celebrated its grand opening in early March in the centre of Berlin. ZMO vice director Sonja Hegasy attended the opening concert, Qantara, March 15, 2017. Also available in German.

Ahmed Sukker
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the battle for a post-ISIS Iraq

With the battle for Mosul nearing completion, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are competing with Iran to shape the next chapter of Iraq’s turbulent recent history, independentTurkey, March 10, 2017.

ZMO in the Media
Sheherazades schönste Rezepte

Former ZMO director Peter Heine published a new book on the food and cooking culture of the Islamic World, titled "Köstlicher Orient", Neue Westfälische Zeitung, March 03, 2017.

Nazan Maksudyan
ÖnümArkamSağımSolumSobe: Çocuklar tarihin neresinde?

ZMO associate Nazan Maksudyan wrote on her recent research and on the role of children in history, K24, March 02, 2017.

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