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Friday, 8 September, 2017

21-24 September 2017, Moviemento Cinema, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin
anthropoSCENE: Film and Climate Justice in Asia and Africa
A film festival organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and ZMO, curated by Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO)

AnthropoSCENE: film and climate justice in Asia and Africa addresses the planetary ecological crisis of global warming from the perspective of the global South. AnthropoSCENE is a four day programme of short and feature length films showcasing recent filmmaking from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Bringing together artists, filmmakers, activists, journalists and academics whose work addresses climate change, it features a wide array of documentaries and art films from Nepal to Niger, Kuwait to South Africa and beyond.

Check the detailed programme here:
For more information on content and idea of the festival, check our press releases in German and English, as also the Facebook event.

Watch the festival trailer here:



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 - Pomp". Additionally the program offers a concert by the cross-repertoire band Mückenheimer from Potsdam, a children program with a reading from Ferdowsis famous "Shahnameh", 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 Open Heritage Day in the framework of the European Heritage Days.

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 5 pm
The Prophet as a Man
Key note lecture by Peter Wien (University of Maryland) as part of the conference ‘New Man’ in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and mobilization 1910-1960

The paper will trace the usage of the Prophet Muhammad as a model figure for the ‘New Man’ at the intersection of religious and nationalist discourses in the context of political mobilization in the Arab world of the 20th century. At the turn of the century, the emergence of urban mass societies in the wake of the integration of the Middle East and North Africa into an imperialist world economic system created a breeding ground for radical political organization among young men, who experienced alienation as a consequence of enhanced mobility from the countryside to the city, or sought re-orientation as graduates from modern institutions of learning...

Tenders & Calls

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

Nils Riecken
How to read German state archives differently: the case of the »Iraqi traveller« Yūnis Baḥrī (ca. 1901-1979) in a global frame

In ZMO Working Papers, no. 18, 2017, pp. 1-14.

Ulrike Freitag
Scholarly Exchange and Trade: Muḥammad Ḥusayn Naṣīf and His Letters to Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje

In The Piety of Learning: Islamic Studies in Honor of Stefan Reichmuth, ed. by Michael Kemper and Ralf Elger, BRILL 2017.

Nitin Sinha
Infrastructural governance and social history: roads in colonial and postcolonial India

In History Compass, vol. 15, 9, 2017.

Samuli Schielke
There will be Blood: Expectation and Ethics of Violence during Egypt’s Stormy Season

In Middle East Critique: The Ends of Revolution in the Arab Middle East, vol. 26, 3, pp. 205-220.

Joseph Désiré SOM I
L’indépendance de la justice dans la fabrique constitutionnelle de la Tunisie postrévolutionnaire: conjoncture fluide et mobilisations collectives

In Droit et mouvements sociaux : quelles interactions? Le cas des révoltes arabes, ed. by  Anne Peter, Fatiha Sahli,et al., Presses de l'Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, 2017.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

Maher Massoud
خطاب الكرامة

ZMO guest researcher Maher Massoud comments on the latest speech of Syrian president Bashar el Assad, geroun, 5 September, 2017.

ZMO in the media
Vom Hochbunker zum Strandbad: Tag des offenen Denkmals bietet spannende Ein- und Ausblicke

ZMO's work place, the Mittelhof, will open its doors during the Berlin-wide Open Heritage Day, Berliner Woche, 2 September, 2017.

With Ulrike Freitag
Epochenjahr 1917: Die Uni Franfurt beschäftigt sich mit dem Ende von Imperien

ZMO director Ulrike Freitag on the end of the Ottoman Empire and its relation to "minority groups", living within its borders, Deutschlandfunk, 10 August, 2017.

With Abdoulaye Sounaye
Qatar-Gulf crisis spreads to Africa

ZMO fellow Abdoulaye Sounaye discusses the impact of the Qatar crisis for West Africa, Deutsche Welle, 29 August, 2017. Also available in German and French.

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