ZMO News

Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
‘Challenge to Youth’: Reconsidering India’s Programme of Nation-Building from the Independence Movement to the Cold War
Lecture by Franziska Roy (ZMO) as part of the ZMO-Colloquium The Idea of Youth: Concepts, Practices and Lifeworlds of a Global Category 

Elie Kedourie famously said that all “nationalist movements are children’s crusades“. In this vein we can describe the Twentieth century as the ‘Age of Extremes’ and also as the Age of Youth – both these characterisation are inextricably linked with each other. As in many other countries around the globe, youth and volunteer organization played an important role in the Indian nationalist movement(s). First, on a discursive level since Youth acted as a somatic bridge into the future, in other words a projection surface to imagine and create an ideal Indian national(ist)...


15-16 April 2018, 8 pm, Heimathafen Neukölln, Am Sandwerder 17-19, 14109 Berlin
Divan der Kontinente - FESTIVAL
Music festival MODARA by the chamber orchestra "Divan der Kontinente"

Mit dem Festival Modara feiert das Kammerorchester Divan der Kontinente die Schönheit kultureller Verwandlung. Rumis Vorstellung von Modara ist ein Ort reiner und friedlicher Begegnung und der Auflösung zu einem neuen Ganzen. Modara verlebendigt die Fülle der Zusammenkunft und den Moment, in dem vormals Getrenntes sich zu etwas Neuem vereinigt...

Ticket-Vorverkauf: Mo-Fr 16:00 Uhr - 19:00 Uhr. Abendkasse ab 19:00 Uhr bis Vorstellungsbeginn. Tel 030 - 56 82 13 40 oder


ZMO mourns the death of Dr Faleh Abdul-Jabbar (1946-2018)

Dr Abdul-Jabbar was the director of the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies in Beirut and one of the most prominent social scientists of the Arab world. As an engaged intellectual figure he contributed regularly to current debates in the Arab and Anglophone public. 1978 he left his home country Iraq due to political reasons, and received his PhD at Birkbeck University, London in political sociology. He published numerous studies on Iraq and the Middle East in the following years. His research focused on sociology, tribal dynamics and state formation, civil society processes and cultural discourses. In February 2017 Faleh Abdul-Jabbar was a guest researcher at ZMO. We lose with him a critical and wise dialogue partner and a warmhearted and caring colleague.

Alumni News

Lives lived in waiting
Film review by ZMO alumni René Wildangel

″Central Airport THF″, the new documentary by Karim Ainouz intentionally turns the focus away from the image of refugees as victims. He is far more interested in how, under adverse circumstances, life endures in an atmosphere of waiting. By René Wildangel...

Dr René Wildangel was from 2001 to 2004 research fellow at ZMO. He conducted here his dissertation project Zwischen Achse und Mandatsmacht: Palästina und der Nationalsozialismus.

New Publications

Sarah Jurkiewicz
Blogging in Beirut: An Ethnography of a Digital Media Practice

Transcript, 2018, 374 p.

Sebastian Januszewski
Essad Bey in Berlin (1921–1933)

vbb verag für berlin-brandenburg, 2018, 32 p.

Based on documents from the Prof. Dr. Gerhard Höpp estate at the ZMO library.

Reza Masoudi Nejad
The Ritual and Built Initiatives of the Iranians in Bombay

In Precarious Belongings: Being Shiʿi in Non-Shiʿi Worlds, ed. by Charles Tripp and Gabriele vom Bruck, The Centre for Academic Shiʿa Studies (CASS), 2017, pp. 61-125.

Nora Lafi
Finding women and gender in the sources: toward a historical anthropology of Ottoman Tripoli

In The Journal of North African Studies, 2018.

Anandita Bajpai and Maria Framke
Revisiting Partition Seventy Years Later: Of Layered Echoes, Voices and Memories

In Südasien-Chronik, 7, 2017, pp. 1-20.

Stefan Tetzlaff
Engineers and Social Change in Colonial and Postcolonial India

In Südasien-Chronik, 7, 2017, pp. 449-461.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With André Chappatte
Moralities of Odienné by Night: Andrè Chappatte talks about an anthropology of light and darkness

Blog entry on André Chappatte's last talk at the interdisciplinary forum Berliner NachtungenDer Blog über Licht und Dunkelheit Nacht - Licht, 1 March, 2018.

Antía Mato Bouzas
Understanding Catalonia's demand for azadi

ZMO fellow Antía Mato Bouzas explains Catalonia's demand for independece from Spain to an audience in India and Kashmir, Kashmir Narrator, 5 February, 2018.

ZMO in the Media
Ein Dach für die Berliner Religionen

Amory Burchhard on the "Palais am Festungsgraben" and the ambitions of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to host (almost) all faculties of theology in one building, Der Tagesspiegel, 6 February, 2018.

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