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Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

12-13 October 2017, Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Kronenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin
Diktaturen als alternative Ordnungen
Auftaktkonferenz des interdisziplinären Verbunds für vergleichende Diktaturforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Diktaturen sind komplexe politische, soziale und kulturelle Ord­nungen, die auf Unfreiheit, Gewalt und Unterdrückung beruhen. Sie sind aber auch Konfigurationen des politisch Möglichen, die Zustimmung erzeugen und verstanden werden müssen. Der interdisziplinäre Verbund für Vergleichende Diktaturforschung sucht nach Antworten auf die Frage, weshalb sich Menschen in spezifischen historischen Situationen freiwillig für die Diktatur entscheiden, sich für sie engagieren oder sich ihr widerspruchslos unterordnen.

Die Konferenz wird Prof. Dr. Jörg Baberowski (HU) und Prof. Dr. Michael Wildt (HU) mit Unterstützung der Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, der Stiftung Humboldt-Universität und des ZMO veranstaltet. Alle Vorträge der Konferenz finden in deutscher Sprache statt.



Friday, 6 October 2017, Ulme 35 – Raum für Kunst, Kultur & Begegnung, Ulmenallee 35, 14050 Berlin
Friday Film Club: Das Mädchen Wajda (German with arab subtitles)
Film screening and discussion

Where there’s a will, there’s a way – also when it comes to owning and riding a bicycle. Ten-year-old Wadjda lives in Saudi Arabian Riyadh, where riding bikes is frowned upon for girls. In her 2012 debut film Saudi writer and director Haifaa Al Mansour tells the story of how Wadjda’s dream comes true. This is the first feature-length film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female director. Haifaa Al Mansour had to overcome many difficulties to make this film.

After the film there will be a discussion with ZMO director Ulrike Freitag. How has life changed for people, and especially for women and girls in Saudi Arabia since “Wadjda”? And how easy is it for a female German historian to work there?

Check the Facebook event and watch the trailer here:

Admission free.


ZMO director Ulrike Freitag joins re:work

From October 1, 2017 ZMO director Prof Dr Ulrike Freitag will start her fellowship at the International Research Center re:work: Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History for a writing sabbatical. Her current book project is aimed at writing an urban history of Jeddah from the 1840s to 1947: Since early Islamic times, Jeddah served as the official port of Mecca, and hence as the major arrival point of Muslim pilgrims during their annual pilgrimage. It also developed into a major regional and international port, serving until the 1840s as the official Ottoman customs station for all goods en route from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean...

New Affiliate at ZMO: Prof Dr Jens Hanssen

From October 1, 2017 Prof Dr Jens Hanssen is affiliated to ZMO. He is an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History at the University of Toronto. He has held junior research fellowships at the American University of Beirut and the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft in Beirut, and served on the academic advisory committee at the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and Higher Education to host Beirut as the cultural capital of the Arab world. He is interested in the connection between intellectual trends and urban culture in the modern Middle East, in particular 19th. and 20th century Baghdad...

Tenders & Calls

Leibniz Fellowships “Historical Authenticity”
Up to four fellowships granted by the Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity
Closing Date: 5 November 2017

The work of the Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity is based on the observation that society’s engagement with the past is increasingly determined by a striving for historical authenticity. The value placed on "tradition", "contemporary witnesses", "authentic locations" and "authentic objects" reflects a new desire for historical experience. These subject‐ and object‐related claims of authenticity are accompanied by a desire for things regarded as "genuine", with a wish to reconstruct or preserve the "true" and "original"...

Closing Date: 1 November 2017

The German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung e.V. - AFK) is a scientific association of peace researchers and institutions from various disciplines, particularly from German-speaking countries.  Each year, the AFK awards the Christiane-Rajewsky-Award for young researchers or initiatives that have made an outstanding contribution to peace and conflict research.

The price money amounts 2.500 €. Applications for the Christiane-Rajewsky-Award have to be submitted in electronic form until November 1, 2017. Generally, written works with a relevant peace and conflict research focus come into question.


New Publications

Abdoulaye Sounaye
Salafi revolution in West Africa

In ZMO Working Papers, no. 19, 2017, pp. 1-15.

Edited by André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi
Understanding the City through its Margins: Pluridisciplinary Perspectives from Case Studies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East

Routledge, 2018, 190p.

André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi: The City and its Regulations: Unexpected Margins.

Nora Lafi: Paradoxical Forms of Urbanity on the Margins? The Kherba: a Vivid Market in a Damaged Section of the Medina of Tunis.

Jeanine Dağyeli: Whose Margins? Marginality, Poverty and the Moral Geography of Pre-Soviet Bukhara

André Chappatte: ‘Texas’: An Off-Centre District at the Heart of Nightlife in Odienné.

Sonja Hegasy
Dare to be wise! On the Reception of Mohammed Abed al-Jabri Post-2011

In Islam, State, and Modernity: Mohammed Abed Al Jabri and the Future of the Arab World ed. by Francesca Corrao, Zaid Eyadat and Mohammed Hashas, New York: Palgrave, 2018, pp. 183–204.

Nora Lafi and Florian Riedler
Postosmanische Phantome im städtischen Raum Südosteuropas Anatoliens des Mittleren Ostens

In Wahrnehmen – Erfahren – Gestalten Phantomgrenzen und soziale Raumproduktion, ed. by Michael G. Esch, Béatrice von Hirschhausen and Susanne Beer, Wallstein, 2017, pp. 187-213.

Nora Lafi
Workers vs Machines: Ottoman Tunis between Industrialisation and Colonisation

In International Development Policy, 8, 2017, pp. 37-60. Also available in French.

Patrick Schukalla
Uranexploration: Asche zu Asche – Staub zu Staub!?

In Energie & Umwelt (SES), 3, 2017, pp. 14-15.

Suaad Al Ghafal
الزراعة في العراق خلال العصر العباسي الأول (132-232)

In The Academy Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 10, 11, 2016, pp. 196-211.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

Sonja Hegasy
Middle Eastern philosophy's take on Islam

ZMO vice director Sonja Hegasy reviews a new book series on the relationship between science, philosophy and religion discussed in the Muslim world, Qantara, 2 October, 2017.

With Nazan Maksudyan
Türkei unter Erdogan: "Ich hatte das Gefühl, ich muss mich übergeben"

ZMO fellow Nazan Maksudyan describes her immediate reactions to the coup attempt in Turkey 2016, Der Tagesspiegel, 19 September, 2017.

Ali Nobil Ahmad
Urgent tales of global crisis at the Berlin Film Festival

ZMO fellow and curator Ali Nobil Ahmad discusses the aims of the film festival anthropoSCENE, The National, 18 September, 2017.

Maher Massoud
الحل السياسي والواقعية في المسألة السورية

ZMO guest researcher Maher Massoud discusses the discrepancies between "the political solution" for Syria and "the reality", geroun, 18 September, 2017.

ZMO in the media
Shrouded In Mystery: Who Was Essad Bey?

Ibrahim Rigney on writer and orientalist Essad Bey, whose life and work was researched by ZMO's former director Gerhard Höpp, The Islamic Monthly, 18 September, 2017.

Dietrich Reetz
What does the new US policy on Afghanistan mean for India and Pakistan?

ZMO fellow Dietrich Reetz on the effects of the new US policy on Afghanistan for the region, World Economic Forum, 12 September, 2017.

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