ZMO News

Monday, 9 April, 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Development Knowledge in Colonial and Nehruvian India
Lecture by Prakash Kumar (Pennsylvania State University) as part of the ZMO Summer Term Colloquium

The lecture explores the relationship between scientific knowledge and development in two overlapping, successive periods in India in a comparative perspective: in colonial India in the first half of the twentieth century and in Nehruvian India in the middle of the century. It will track the rise of “agrarian developmentalism” in the collusion between expertise and the desire to engineer better society. If the goal of “improvement” was the creation of an ideal society in the imperial imaginary, new forms of developmentalism in late colonial India were marked by an economistic logic...


Monday, 16 April 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Fighting Against Pleasure: Policing Opium in 19th century Istanbul
Lecture by Burak Onaran (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University) as part of the ZMO Urban Studies Seminar Urban Spaces of Leisure, Art and Sports

Until the 19th century, unless a few exceptional periods, opium had been a legally tolerated substance of pleasure, easily available for the city dwellers in Istanbul, although its regular consumption had not been a socially well-regarded habit. Over the course of the long last century of the Empire, the opium coffeehouses disappeared from the city map, herbal stores were not allowed anymore to sell opiates and the sub- stance went gradually underground. The recreational use of opiates was stigmatized in parallel with the rise of political interests in the health and time management of the population...

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 6 pm, ZMO
The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Book Launch with author Michael Provence (University of California, San Diego)

The modern Middle East emerged out of the collapse of the Ottoman Em- pire, when Britain and France partitioned the Ottoman Arab lands into several new colonial states. The following period was a charged and trans- formative time of unrest. Insurgent leaders, trained in Ottoman military tactics and with everything to lose from the fall of the Empire, challenged the mandatory powers in a number of armed revolts. his is a study of this crucial period in Middle Eastern history, tracing the period through popular political movements and the experience of colonial rule...

11-13 April 2018, Senatssaal, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin
Servants' Pasts - 2nd International Conference

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, economic, family, gender, and socio-cultural – have largely kept the servant invisible. The project ‘Domestic Servants in Colonial South Asia’ (DOS) is an attempt at two levels: one, to write the history of the servant-subaltern which is almost marginal in South Asian accounts, and second, through the history of servants rewrite the social, cultural and labour histories of South Asia. The project’s temporal scope is from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth century.

11-18 April 2018, Berlin
9th Arab Film Festival Berlin - ALFILM

The 9th Arab Film Festival Berlin - ALFILM presents a broad variety of contemporary feature films, documentaries as well as short films and video artworks from the Arab world in several venues in Berlin. Besides the OFFICIAL SELECTION the 9th ALFILM festival puts its yearly SPOTLIGHT on reflections of masculinities in Arab cinema. A SPECIAL section focuses on "70 years Nakba", the forced displacement of 700.000 Palestinians in the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

On 17 April ZMO fellow Katharina Lange will be part of a Q&A session in the following of the screening of MY PARADISE by director Ekrem Heydo.


ZMO mourns the death of Peter Sebald (1934-2018)

Dr Peter Sebald was a historian whose research focused particularly on the history of Togo under German colonial rule and beyond. Following his studies in history under Walter Markov in Leipzig, he worked among other places also in Zanzibar and conducted then his research from 1978 until 1991 at the Institute for general history (Academy of Sciences of the GDR) in the field ‘Developing Countries History’, a predecessor institution of ZMO. Instead of continuing his academic career in re-united Germany Peter Sebald decided for a long-term archival research and teaching stay in the Togolese capital Lomé (1990 until 2010). In this context he gathered an extensive stock of archival sources, which was donated to ZMO and which is currently reviewed by Alisher Karabaev for incorporation into the inventory of the ZMO library. In some of his notes and comments, which can be found in this stock, Peter Sebald is revealed as the curious, self-reflective and humorous colleague that we hold in grateful memory.

New Publications

Sonja Hegasy
Das Soziale ist politisch: Eine Umfrage unter jungen Menschen in Marokko

FES Studie, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Februar 2018, p. 1-14.

Abdoulaye Sounaye
Review of "West African ʿulamāʾ and Salafism in Mecca and Medina: Jawāb al-Ifrῑqῑ—The Response of the African"

In Journal of Religion in Africa, 47, 2, pp. 285-288.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Ulrike Freitag
Saudi-Arabiens Kronprinz schmiedet eine unheimliche Allianz

ZMO director Ulrike Freitag discusses Saudi Arabia's foreign policies under prince Mohammad bin Salman, Business Insider, 5 April, 2018.

ZMO in the Media
Jude, Israeli, Zionist

Sonja Zekri discusses the question of antisemitism in Islam with a reference to ZMO publications, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1 April, 2018.

With Sonja Hegasy
Die Wurzeln des Hasses

ZMO vice director Sonja Hegasy on the ongoing debate about antisemitism in Islam, Der Tagesspiegel, 31 March, 2018.

Sanaa Alimia
Afghan refugees in Pakistan: Harassment and deportation from women’s perspectives

Sanaa Alimia speaks on the situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, VIDC Spotlight, 22 March, 2018.

Sanaa Alimia
Flüchtlinge zwischen Rückschiebung und Polizeischikane

Sanaa Alimia on the situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Der Standard, 9 March, 2018.

Stefan Kirmse
Alle Macht nach Moskau? Der russische Föderalismus und das Beispiel Tatarstan

On occasion of the presidential elections in Russia ZMO member Stefan Kirmse looks on federalism in Russia, zeitgeschichte online, 17 March, 2018.

Tika Ramadhini
Bangkitnya Kajian Indonesia di Jerman dan Australia

ZMO fellow Tika Ramadhini on the rise of Indonesian Studies in Germany and Australia,, 5 March, 2018.

ZMO in the Media
History Isn’t Just About Rich, Educated Males

An academic story on BGSMCS fellow Saidolimkhon Gaziev and his project, Academic Stories, 4 March, 2018.

Find us on:

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
Kirchweg 33
14129 Berlin

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


©2018 Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. All rights reserved.

To unsubscribe from the ZMO news pl. click here.