Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Dear colleagues and friends of ZMO,
The past year has been challenging for all of us in
different ways. Field research and visits to archives had to be
postponed or even cancelled, work and family life had to be rearranged
during times of Lockdown and face-to-face meetings with colleagues were
hardly possible. Still, we found ways to make the most of that situation
at ZMO and are full of hope for the year 2021.
No matter where you are based, we hope this
special edition of our newsletter finds you safe and healthy and
that we can welcome you at ZMO again soon.
The ZMO Team wishes you a peaceful and relaxing
holiday season and all the best for the new year!
Virtual Events at ZMO
After the first "shock" in spring, the ZMO Team
got soon back on track and moved both internal meetings (see
photo) and public events to the virtual space.
Since the beginning of autumn we were happy to host a number
of fascinating book presentations by our colleagues and
also the ZMO
Colloquium has been taking place online. Two of the Colloquium
lectures were recorded and can be listened to on ZMO's Soundcloud
channel. Also the Baraza la Kiswahili la Berlin continued, event
reports of these sessions are available. Check also the
lecture by Gerhard Dannemann out on Plagiarism
and Research Integrity! We particularly enjoyed having an
audience from all over the world at most of these events.
In cooperation with Modul e.V., our colleague Noël van den Heuvel
organized a lecture series for teachers and other interested persons on "Basiswissen
Islam", an important contribution to our knowledge
New research programme and staff
With the start of it's new research programme "Thinking
through Translocal Entanglements: Perspectives from Asia, Africa, and the
Middle East", ZMO welcomed a number of new colleagues
in January 2020. Fortunately they could still be introduced in
person on ZMO's Induction Day on 9 January (see photo). They are now
working in four research units: Age & Generation, Environment &
Justice, Representations of the Past, and Contested Religion.
In October 2020, the new collaborative research project "Historicity
of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds" (HISDEMAB)
initiated it's work. Project leader is Nora Lafi (ZMO), cooperation
partners are ZZF Potsdam, IEG Mainz, IFPO in Amman and Manouba University
The Project "Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South
Asia", funded with an ERC consolidator grant and led by
Nitin Sinha, will start in January 2021.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have
asked our researchers, colleagues, alumni and former academic visitors to
share with us their thoughts, observations, reflections and reports on
this unique situation. We have now collected texts from different parts
of the world, amongst them newspaper articles, academic texts and
journal entries. Read for example about the management of
pandemics during the Hajj in past times, learn how the Indian
government is managing it's current crisis and see videos from the
situation in Mombasa during Ramadhan!
In September 2020, the Fritz-Steppat-Prize for the
Promotion of young researchers was awarded by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung
des ZMO e.V. Rahina Muazu (ZMO) has been awarded for her dissertation
"Qurʾan Recitation and the Nudity of the Female Voice in
Nigeria" and Shaul Marmari (Dubnow Institute) for his MA thesis
"Red Sea Horizons. Palestine and the Jewish-Yemeni Diaspora, 1881–1948".
The awarding ceremony was also an excellent opportunity for the ZMO staff
to gather with distance in the courtyard over lunch.
A video with the awardees will be available soon.
Thank you to the 360 people and institutions who
followed us in our first year on Twitter!
Since June, also our Research Group "Learning
Intelligence" is active on Twitter.
Open Access for ZMO-Studien
Volume 38 of the ZMO-Studien
was not only the first book of the series with the new ZMO design,
but also marks the beginning of publishing the ZMO-Studien in
Open Access. Together with the publisher De Gruyter,
we are happy to continue this for the years to come.
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