ZMO News

Tuesday, 5 June, 2018

07 June - 12 July 2018, bi’bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin-Wedding
Curated by Esra Özban. In cooperation with ZMO

Pembe Hayat KuirFest (Pink Life QueerFest), the first and only queer film festival in Turkey, is visiting Berlin in collaboration with bi’bak. KuirFest Berlin presents you a film and discussion series that engages with migration and mobility issues exclusively from non-Western queer perspectives. It gathers shorts, documentaries, fictions and series that explore different ways of commenting on hegemonic border politics and their encounters with body, sexuality and gender. The selection aims not only to tell a wide range of stories on queer migrants, border-crossings and liminalities of bodies, but also invites the audience to think collectively about how to queer narratives of migration and body politics...


Monday, 11 June 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Morbid Fascinations: Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery as a Site of Leisure, Memory, and Amnesia
Lecture by Jeremy Walton (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar

Perched on the forested slopes of Medveščak Mountain, Zagreb’s Mirogoj Cemetery, designed by eminent Franco-German architect Hermann Bollé and first opened in 1876, is arguably the crown jewel in the city’s Habsburg architectural heritage. Mirogoj’s elegant arcades and oxidized copper-plate domes feature prominently in tourist-oriented literature about the city, and a trip to the cemetery is a standard feature on many Zagreb tours. This presentation explores the intersections and tensions between Mirogoj as a site of leisure and as a site of memory. It will start with situating the cemetery against the backdrop of the broader appreciation, revaluation, and commodification of Zagreb’s Habsburg built environment and legacy in recent years...

Monday, 18 June 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Deciphering Moroccan 'Cool': Urban Youth, Rap, and the Politics of Resistance
Lecture by Cristina Moreno Almeida (King's College London) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar

A new young king, the proliferation of music festivals promoting contemporary genres and the 2003 Casablanca terrorist attacks frame the irruption of rap music into mainstream Moroccan media at the beginning of the 2000s. Rap as the new ‘cool’ found itself in a privileged position favoured by a state and urban elites who imagined rappers and hip hop culture as ambassadors of a modern, moderate and liberal ‘new’ Morocco. Based on the findings of her book Rap Beyond Resistance: Staging Power in Contemporary Morocco, Cristina Moreno Almeida attempts to shed a light on this vibrant and varied rap scene diverse in its political discourses, and its relationship with the country’s elites...

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 5:30 pm, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastraße 17 and 28, 
10785 Berlin
Middle East and North Africa: Youth and politics in the wake of the "Facebook-Revolution"
Fishbowl discussion with ZMO vice director Sonja Hegasy as part of the FES WEEK OF JUSTICE

The "Arab Spring" has especially had repercussions for young people: they face major political and social challenges and, frequently, an uncertain future. What do these young people think about politics? In which areas of society do they make a commitment? And what role does the media play today in social and political change in the region? The FES interviewed young people and young adults from the Middle East and North Africa about these questions. We will be discussing the results produced by the representative survey with the experts Dr. Sonja Hegasy (Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies) and Prof. Dr. Carola Richter (FU Berlin)...

Thursday, 21 June 2018, bi’bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin-Wedding
Apricot Groves (Armenia, 2016)
Film screening as part of KUIRFEST, followed by an Q&A and discussion with director Pouria Heidary Oureh and ZMO fellow Nazan Maksudyan

Aram, a young Iranian Armenian man who has immigrated to the US in childhood returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend Aram met and lived with in the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead. Apricot Groves is a road movie back to home, where home is everywhere you have the beloved ones. A journey for the audience towards rituals, traditions, love and identity...

21-23 June 2018, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin
Claiming Common Spaces. Kunst und urbane Praxis
Art and Urban Practice / A project by the Alliance of International Production Houses. With ZMO fellow Nazan Maksudyan and other guests

Cities are our homes, our stages, our works. They provide a rhythm and determine how we move through time and space. As early as 50 years ago, the French sociologist Henri Lefebvre wrote his essay “The Right to the City,” in which he describes a city’s structure, architecture and urban life as a mirror image of its society’s challenges. His vision and critical assessment of the future city, where a “space of consumption” will coincide with a “consumption of space,” have long become our common reality...

Monday, 25 June 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
East, West and the Capital: Saudi Arabia through its Visual Arts
Lecture by Maha al Senan (Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar

The Arabian Peninsula is known to have been a vast nest for numerous settlements, civilizations and unique cities that have formed their own culture. A culture that consists of mixed elements combined from diverse sources. Hence the Eastern region was always part of the Arabian Gulf, shared with Persia and Mesopotamia, yet with a commercial relation with India. While the Western region had its strong connections with the north of Arabia and Egypt for many reasons, the center retained its own culture as a result of geographical isolation...

Alumni News

Im Islam gibt es keinen traditionellen Antisemitismus
A guest contribution by ZMO alumnus Peter Wien at Süddeutsche Zeitung

Heilige Schriften sind das, was Menschen aus ihnen machen, denn auch das Gotteswort will verstanden und gedeutet sein. Das gilt für antijüdische Aussagen, die sich im Koran finden, gleichermaßen. Nicht nur sogenannte Islamkritiker bezeichnen sie heute als antisemitisch, auch muslimische Hassprediger zitieren sie. Für die traditionelle Korandeutung ist dies ein neuartiger Missbrauch...

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

New Publications

Bettina Dennerlein
Religion als Reform. Islāh und Gesellschaft in Marokko, 1830-1912

ZMO Studien, 35, 276 pp.

Am Beispiel von islāh liefert die Studie einen Beitrag zur Erforschung von islamischen Reformtraditionen in Marokko. Die Untersuchung folgt einem textorientierten, historisierenden Zugang, der Religions- und Rechtsgelehrsamkeit als Teil sozialer und politischer Verhältnisse versteht. Das Spektrum der überlieferten Ausdrucksformen von islāh reicht von der Unterweisung in dogmatischen und rituellen Fragen bis zur Durchsetzung von Ruhe und Ordnung auch unter Einsatz von Gewalt. Alle verbinden in unterschiedlicher Weise das Anliegen der Rückkehr zu den Quellen mit fortwährender Erneuerung der moralischen Ordnung des Gemeinwesens und individueller Ermahnung. Die Aufschlüsselung der unterschiedlichen Deutungen von islāh liefert zugleich neue Erkenntnisse über Prozesse der Herstellung und Aushandlung gruppen-übergreifender Zugehörigkeit und politischer Legitimität im Übergang von vorkolonialen zu kolonialen Formen der Staatlichkeit in Marokko.

Nora Lafi
Review of "Jewish Salonica. Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece" by Devin Naar

In Connections, 2018.

Heike Liebau
Missionsauftrag, Wissensdurst und Abenteuerlust: Reisen von hallischen Missionaren nach und durch Indien

In Durch die Welt im Auftrag des Herrn. Reisen von Pietisten im 18. Jahrhundert, ed. by Anne Schröder-Kahnt and Claus Veltmann, Franckesche Stiftungen, 2018.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Ulrike Freitag
"Man muss hoffen, dass es klappt"

Interview with ZMO director Ulrike Freitag on the political agenda of crown prince Muhammad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, ZDF Makro, 17 May, 2018.

ZMO in the Media
Young, rebellious and full of beans

Christopher Resch gave an insight into contemporary Algerian cinema in a report on the Algerian film days, Qantara, 16 May, 2018. Also available in German and Arabic.

With Sonja Hegasy, Stefan Kirmse, Jeanine Dagyeli, Kyara Klausmann and Florian Riedler
Трансграничная миграция и местная идентичность

A ZMO delegation was invited to the University of Kasan for academic exchange and a discussion on "Transborder Migration and Local Identity", Showroom, 16 May, 2018.

With Abdoulaye Sounaye
Westafrika: Fulani-Konflikt spitzt sich zu

ZMO fellow Abdoulaye Sounaye talked to Philipp Sander on the Fulani conflict in West Afrika, Deutsche Welle, 5 May, 2018.

ZMO in the Media
Algerischer Realismus

Fabian Tietke reports on the Algerian film days, a cooperation project of Arsenal cinema with ZMO, Die Tageszeitung, 3 May, 2018.

ZMO in the Media
Gefängnis unter Palmen

Katrin Doerksen reports on the Algerian film days, a cooperation project of Arsenal cinema with ZMO, Der Tagesspiegel, 3 May, 2018.

With Joseph-Désiré Som-I
Elections municipales à la Marsa: prestige paralysant et disparités insistantes

ZMO fellow Joseph Désiré Som-I talked to Adriana Vidano on social inclusion and the municipal election in Tunisia, Nawaat, 30 April, 2018.

With Anandita Bajpai
भारत-जर्मन रिश्ते के तारों को जोड़ने की बड़ी कोशिश

Anandita Bajpai gave an insight to her research project and historical traces of Indo-German Entanglements, Deutsche Welle,27 April, 2018.


ZMO wishes its Muslim subscribers a blessed and happy Ramadan 1439/2018

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