ZMO News

Tuesday, 11 July, 2017

No. 32, June 2017
Orient Bulletin: Academic Freedom under Threat
History, Society and Culture in Asia, the Middle East and Africa

ZMO's new Orient Bulletin is now online. ZMO fellows Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange and Heike Liebau formulate their thoughts on the current worldwide pressure against academic freedom in their opening article: »Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford«. In the profile section Britta Frede and Rana von Mende present their research projects on Female Islamic Scholars in Mauretania and Gender Roles in the Late Ottoman Empire and the Early Turkish Republic. Furthermore the Bulletin gives an insight into ZMO's latest activites and events. Take a read!

Tenders & Calls

11-13 April 2018, Berlin
Call for Papers: Servants’ Pasts : 2nd International Conference

Closing Date: 15 September 2017

The ERC funded project "Domestic Servants in Colonial South Asia" invites papers for its second international conference. The conference will explore the various regional histories of domestic work and service within South Asia, as reflected in different language-based sources. It will also explore comparative similarities and specificities in domestic work across diverse imperial, colonial and postcolonial settings. The temporal range will include the early modern and modern periods (sixteenth century to the contemporary). The organizers nevertheless remain interested in soliciting conceptual and thematic contributions extending further in time that would promise to explore the long history of domestic servitude in South Asia...
Please send your abstracts to Travel and accommodation will be covered. Find also more information in the project description and the project blog.

Upcoming - Save the date

Saturday, 9 September 2017, Mittelhof, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Open House Day - Tag der offenen Tür

European Heritage Days

As last year ZMO organizes its open house day in cooperation with the Historische Kommission zu Berlin. Visitors get an insight into the research of the two institutions in different lectures under the title "City - Power - Splendor". Additionally the program offers a concert by the cross-repertoire band Mückenheimer from Potsdam, a children program, street food by REFUEAT, as also guided tours through ZMO's working place, the more than 100 years old Mittelhof, build by famous German architect Hermann Muthesius. The open house day takes place in coordination with the Berlin-wide Tag des offenen Denkmals in the framework of the European Heritage Days. A detailed program will soon be available...

21-24 September 2017, Moviemento, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin
Anthropo(S)cene: Film and Climate Justice in Asia and Africa

Film screenings and discussion

The planetary ecological crisis of global warming cannot be addressed without understanding struggles for access to natural resources and environmental justice in the global South. Anthropo(S)cene: Film and Climate Justice in Asia and Africa is a programme of short and feature length films showcasing recent filmmaking from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Bringing together the work of artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists and academics whose films tackle climate change, it features a wide array of documentaries and art films from Nepal to Niger, Kuwait to South Africa.

The film festival is organized in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and will take place at the Moviemento cinema in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A detailed program will soon be available...

New Publications

Contributions by Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi and Florian Riedler
Gebaute Geschichte: Historische Authentizität im Stadtraum

Edited by Christoph Bernhardt, Martin Sabrow und Achim Saupe, Göttingen 2017.

Ulrike Freitag: Neuere Tendenzen der Restaurierung „authentischer arabischer Architektur“ am Beispiel Saudi-Arabiens, pp. 182-205.

Nora Lafi: Building and Deconstructing Authenticity in Aleppo. Heritage between Conservation, Transformation, Destruction and Re-Invention, pp. 206-228.

Florian Riedler: Ein Stadtschloss für Edirne. Ausgrabung, Restaurierung und Rekonstruktion des zerstörten Sultanspalastes, pp. 229-247.

Heike Liebau
Controlled Transparency: The Hallesche Berichte and Neue Hallesche Berichte between 1710 and 1848

In Reporting Christian Missions in the Eighteenth Century, ed. by Markus Friedrich and Alexander Schunka, Wiesbaden 2017, pp. 133-148.

Katrin Bromber
Von "Neuen Zeiten" und "Neuen Körpern": Fitness im kaiserlichen Äthiopien (1940er-1970er)

In Stichproben - Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien, 2/2017, Vol. 17, pp. 1-33.

Prizes & Awards

ZMO associate Dr Hilal Alkan receives the Voltaire Prize

ZMO congratulates its associate researcher Dr Hilal Alkan on receiving the "Voltaire Prize for Tolerance, International Understanding and Respect for Differences". The prize amounts to € 5,000 and is financed by the Friede Springer Foundation. Each year, the University of Potsdam awards the prize to one young scholar who has made an important contribution to the social dialogue on peace, international understanding and tolerance, or who has campaigned for freedom in research and teaching, or the right of free expression. Alkan, who is the very first laureate, signed a petition against the war in the Kurdish territories and denounced the actions committed by security forces against civilians. She was subsequently fired from her post.

Please fond also more information in our press release (in German).

Alumni News

New monograph by Peter Wien
Arab Nationalism: The Politics of History and Culture in the Modern Middle East

ZMO Alumni Peter Wien just published his latest monograph on Arab Nationalism. It sheds light on cultural expressions of Arab nationalism and the sometimes contradictory meanings attached to it in the process of identity formation in the modern world.

Peter Wien was from 2001 to 2003 research fellow at ZMO. He worked here on his research project "Discipline and Sacrifice.": National Socialism in Iraqi Discourse.

Malte Fuhrmann on German-Turkish relations
"An gute Zeiten anknüpfen"

ZMO Alumni Malte Fuhrmann gave a historical overview of the German-Turkish relations in a piece written for the latest issue of Politik & Kultur. Zeitung des Deutschen Kulturrates.

Malte Fuhrmann was from 2006 to 2008 research fellow at ZMO. He worked here on his research project Europäisch sein in den spätosmanischen Hafenstädten Ein sozio-kultureller Transformationsprozess in politisch umkämpftem Terrain.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

Nushin Atmaca
Eine Chance für progressive Muslime

A guest commentary by Nushin Atmaca on the discussion about an institute of islamic theology at Humboldt University, Der Tagesspiegel, 27 June, 2017.

With Hilal Alkan
#BerlinCanlı'nın konuğu Sosyolog Hilal Alkan

ZMO associate Hilal Alkan in interview on refugee policies in Turkey, Deutsche Welle, 26 June, 2017.

With Ulrike Freitag
Deutschland und die Katar-Krise: unklare Haltung mit System

ZMO director Ulrike Freitag on the current diplomatic crisis between Qatar and different Arab states, Deutsche Welle, 14 June, 2017.

With Ulrike Freitag
Katar: Worum geht es in den Konflikten?

ZMO director Ulrike Freitag talked to Philipp Blom about the "Qatar crisis", ORF, 12 June, 2017.

Sonja Hegasy
Cracks in the edifice?

Are those who remember past atrocities protected from committing the same mistakes?, Qantara, 9 June, 2017. Also available in German.

Find us on:

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
Kirchweg 33
14129 Berlin

Tel.: 030/80307-0
Fax: 030/80307-210 -


©2016 Zentrum Moderner Orient. All rights reserved.

To unsubscribe from the ZMO news pl. click here.