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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, 6 pm, IAAW, Room 315, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin
Third Session of the Colloquium At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

In this session Dr Chanfi Ahmad (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) will give an insight to the prominent figure Shaykh Muhammad Aman al Jami (1930-1995) and his al-Jamiyya movement in Saudi Arabia, while Dr Irit Back (Tel Aviv University) will talk on the Sufi order of the Tijaniyya and its connections to pilgrimage routes from West Africa to Mecca during the colonial period.

The session takes place at the Institute for Asian and African Studies (IAAW) and will be moderated by Prof Dr Manja Stephan-Emmerich (IAAW). Please find more information in the invitation flyer.


Thursday, February 16th, 2017, ZfL, Schützenstraße 18 10117 Berlin
The New Iraqi Protest Movement (2015-2016): From Identity to Issue Politics and Beyond
Lecture by Dr Faleh Abdul-Jabbar (Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies Beirut)

In multi-ethnic and multi-religious Iraq, political protest used to crystallize largely around demands of different communities for their own share in political power and representation. Since the end of July 2015 a new protest movement has emerged. Diverging from earlier identity-based politics, this movement refocuses politics on corruption and poor provision of public goods. While such protests have been spreading in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and also in Sunni provinces, the movement is most strongly felt in Iraq’s Shiite or predominantly Shiite provinces, signaling a regression in the politicization of Iraqi Shiite identity; a historically old religious-cultural identity, which was gradually politicized by Islamic parties. In his lecture, Faleh Abdul-Jabbar argues that this movement has the potential to change the reference points of political action and power relations in Iraq...

Please register at

February 16th-18th, 2017, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29, Rajpur Road, Delhi, India
Servants' Pasts, 16th to 20th Century

Conference organized by Charu Gupta (University Delhi), Ravikant (CSDS), Nitin Varma (Re:Work, Humboldt University) and Nitin Sinha (ZMO)

The history of domestic servants and service in South Asia is an under-researched field. In spite of the ubiquity in both historical and contemporary periods, various strands of history writing - labour, family, socio-cultural - have largely kept servant an invisible subject.

This conference, which is part of the European Research Commission (ERC) funded project on "Domestic Servants in colonial South Asia" brings researchers together, who try to fill in this historio-graphical gap.

Till March 19th, 2017, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Atrium Georgenstr. 47, 10117 Berlin
Lives from a Global Conflict: Cultural Entanglements during the First World War

Exhibition of the collaborative research project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict

Widely and generally known as a phase of cruel battles, destruction and enormous suffering, the exhibition sheds fresh light on the First World War as a generator of imposed and voluntary encounters. Not only for Europeans but also for more than one million Asians and Africans, who fought on the side of the Entente in the battles of the Western front. The exhibition showcases the life trajectories of 16 individuals–some famous, some not–who lived through these extraordinary times, and whose experiences illustrate the global and varied nature of the Great War.

The exhibition is one outcome of a three-year collaborative research project entitled "Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals, and Belligerents during the First World War”, partly hosted at ZMO.

Tenders & Calls

Call for Papers - Infrastructure and the Making of Urban Space: Critical Approaches (21-22 September 2017)
Workshop organized by the ZMO research group "Cities as Laboratories of Change", Deadline: April 01

Infrastructure is one of the key elements of urbanization. Physical infrastructures such as power grids, energy lines, and transportation networks are the basic foundations of urban economies, without which goods, capital, and labor may not circulate effectively. When they function properly, infrastructural facilities provide a sense of stability and continuity in urban settings. Many of the urban utilities essential for maintaining everyday life in modern cities are organized as infrastructural systems, such as water, electric and gas supply, access to communication and information technologies, government and health services, banking and finance...

New Publications

Nora Lafi
The ‘Arab Spring’ in Global Perspective: Social Movements, Changing Contexts and Political Transitions in the Arab World (2010–2014)

In The History of Social Movements in Global Perspective, ed. by Stefan Berger and Holger Nehring, New-York, Palgrave, 2017, pp. 677-702.

Nazan Maksudyan
Civilian and Military Power (Ottoman Empire)

In 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel et al., Berlin, 2017.

Norman Saadi Nikro and Oren Eliav
Five Years

Exhibition catalogue, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2016, 158 p.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Simeon Evstatiev
Taking Charge of Faith: Salafism and the Balkans

Episode 1-4 of an English documentary featuring the research project of Prof Simeon Evstatiev, currently associate at ZMO, in which he explores the ambiguous characteristics of Salafism in the Balkans and in Bulgaria, L.I.S.A, February 01, 2017.

Nitin Sinha
Understanding the Mind of the Indian Voter

In his new op-ed ZMO fellow Nitin Sinha examines different factors for the formation of vote decisions in India, taking into account not only the way of information access but also familial and caste affiliations, The Wire, January 28, 2017.

With Abdoulaye Sounaye
Quelle relation entre les Africains et Donald Trump?

ZMO-senior fellow Abdoulaye Sounaye discusses with philosophers Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University) and Elie Ngoma-Binda (Kinshasa University) on the inauguration of Donald Trump, DW Radio, January 23, 2017.

With Heike Liebau
Report on the exhibition "Lives from a Global Conflict"

UAM.TV produced an English subtitled impressive short film about the exhibition "Lives from a Global Conflict. Cultural Entanglements during the First World War". The film puts the exhibition into context and comprises also an interview with ZMO fellow Heike Liebau on the idea of the exhibition, UAM.TV, January 12, 2017.

With Heike Liebau
Documentary on Koreans fighting on the Russian side during the First World War

ZMO fellow Heike Liebau was part of a documentary from South Korea on ethnic Koreans living for centuries in the Russian Empire and who fought on its side during the First World War. The link will bring you straight to an interview with Heike Liebau on two of these Koreans, Stephan An and Wassili Kili, EBS, August 26, 2016.

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