ZMO News

Monday, March 06, 2017

Thursday, March 30th, 2017, 6 pm, ZMO
Fourth Session of the Colloquium At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

In this session Dr John Slight (University of Cambridge) will take a look on the shaping influences of policies and practices of European empires on the Hajj pilgrimage during the age of empire. In the second talk of the session Prof Lale Can (City University of New York) will focus on the dilemma of the Ottoman Empire, which became patron of the Hajj in the 19th century, to fulfill its obligations towards pilgrims, even if those pilgrims were not subject to the Empire and came from beyond its borders.

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


March 14th, 2017, 7:30 pm, Universiteit Leiden, Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden, Netherlands
Framing Asia Film Screening: Disaster and the Failing State

Film screening of Waseb, a documentary directed by ZMO fellow Ali Nobil Ahmad on the 2010 Pakistan floods

The documentary Waseb [Nation] will be screened as part of Framing Asia. It was directed by ZMO fellow Ali Nobil Ahmad and documents the response of one heavily affected community to the 2010 Pakistan floods.

Framing Asia is a monthtly film screening during the Leiden Asia year, organised by the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean), the IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies) and the department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.

Prizes & Awards

The Karachi Literature Festival German Peace Prize for Ali Nobil Ahmad

ZMO congratulates its fellow Dr Ali Nobil Ahmad, on receiving the 3rd prize of the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) German Peace Prize to his book Masculinity, Sexuality and Illegal Migration: Human Smuggling from Pakistan to Europe (Routledge 2011). Based on numerous interviews with Pakistani immigrants in the UK and Italy, Ahmad analyses the illegal migration between Pakistan and Europe. He challenges the received idea that labour migration is driven purely by rational economic forces and examines the role of masculinity, irrationality and sexuality as possible motivating factors.

The KLF German Peace Prize is part of the eponymous yearly literature festival and is jointly organized by the Consulate General of Germany in Karachi and the KLF. It aims to recognize Pakistani authors of fiction or non-fiction, who contribute to the causes of tolerance, interreligious relations, and peace.

New Publications

Ali Nobil Ahmad
Explorations into Pakistani cinema: introduction

In Screen, vol. 57, 4, Oxford Academic, Winter 2016, pp. 468-479.

Jeanine Dağyeli
A "Deserted Site of Display": Performing the Crafts’ risāla in Pre-Socialist Central Asia

In Performing Religion: Actors, contexts and texts, ed. by Ines Weinrich, Ergon, 2016, pp. 127-143.

Nora Lafi
Anthropologie historique de la violence urbaine: Le Caire, Alep, Tunis (1798-1857)

In Echanger en Mediterranee: Recueil d'etudes en hommage a Sadok Boubaker, ed. by Hayet Amamou and Mehdi Jerad, Latrach Edition, 2017, pp. 345-366.

Samuli Schielke
أين تقع الإسكندرية؟ أساطير المدينة والمدينة النقيض بعد المرحلة الكوزموبوليتانية

Where is Alexandria? Myths of the City and the Anti-City After Cosmopolitanism, In Taralbahr, issue 3,  2017, pp. 12-27.

Samuli Schielke
حتى ينتهي النفط: الهجرة والأحلام في ضواحي الخليج

Until the end of Oil: Migration and Dreams in the Suburbs of the Gulf, Sefsafa, Kairo, 2017.



The Film GAZA SURF CLUB documents a group of young surfers from the Gaza strip. Trapped between Israel and Egypt a young generation tries to flee the burden of occupation, war and religious fanaticism with surfing.

Cinema release is on March 30.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

Ali Nobil Ahmad
The mysterious murder of an NGO worker in Pakistan

The truth behind Zafar Lund’s assassination may never be known, but he tried to protect the poor and downtrodden against the powerful – which earned him enemies among landowners, politicians and sectarian extremists, The Guardian, March 03, 2017.

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

Episode 5-7 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 22, 2017.

Sanaa Alimia
Deporting refugees

Sanaa Alimia on mass expelling of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and their difficult situation in Pakistan, DAWN, February 19, 2017.

ZMO in the Media
Warum Erdogan die Universitäten schleift

Amory Burchard on mass dismissals at Turkish universities in the aftermath of the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt, Der Tagesspiegel, February 17, 2017.

With Paolo Gaibazzi
The Gambia

The Gambia Presidential election unseated President Yahya Jammeh who had ruled The Gambia since a coup 1994. Why was this election so important in Africa?, Radio National (Australia), February 12, 2017.

Patrick Schukalla
Unerwünschte Beobachter

Members of a Tansanian activist delegation, who focused on the ecological and social consequences of uranium mining, were detained in Malawi. Human rights groups demand their release, Jungle World, February 09, 2017.

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