ZMO News

Thursday, 31 January, 2019

Montag, 4. Februar, 16-18 Uhr, ZMO
Einladung: Zweite Baraza la Kiswahili la Berlini mit Jasmin Mahazi
am Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

Liebe Kolleg*innen der Baraza la Kiswahili
la Berilini (BALAKI-BE),

wir freuen uns sehr, euch dazu einzuladen, euch mit uns zur zweiten Baraza la Kiswahili la Berilini zusammenzuschließen. Die Baraza findet am Montag, den 4. Februar  im Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)  von 16 bis 18 Uhr statt.

Unsere Baraza-Kollegin Mwalimu Jasmin Mahazi wird uns eine Zusammenfassung ihrer Dissertation zur Gattung der Vave-Lieder der Wabajuni von der Insel Lamu geben. Der Titel ihrer Präsentation lautet: "Wakulima na Elimu ya Kichwa: Utanzu wa Nyimbo za 'Vave' za Wabajuni Kisiwani Lamu“.

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Karibu sana und vielen Dank!
Kai Kresse (ZMO) & Lutz Diegner (HU Berlin)

Photo credit: Lamu Island, Kenya. © Erik Hersman (CC Attribution 2.0 Generic)


Thursday, 28 February, 5 pm, ZMO
Queer Futures
Lecture by Henriette Gunkel (Goldsmiths, University of London) as part of the ZMO-Colloquium 2018/19: Performing Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

This lecture takes as its starting point José Muñoz’ provocation that “a mode of being in the world is also inventing the world” in order to explore contemporary (audio)visual practices and their potentiality for queer worldmaking. Here the notion of time proposed through the art practice and the capacity of the media itself will be of central concern. The film Stories of Our Lives by Jim Chuchu/the Nest Collective (Nairobi) as well as Awuor Onyango’s photographic series Visibility is a Trap will provide the context through which to think temporal movements and dimensions within the aesthetics and performance of alternative space-times.

Monday, 11 February, 5 pm, ZMO
Reconstructing Eastern Christianity under Ottoman Rule: Cairo's Christian Spatialities
Lecture by Magdi Guirguis (Kafrelsheikh University, Cairo) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar The Urban Spatialities of Religion in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia

Under the Ottomans, Eastern Christianity was largely restructured.
Both its internal orga-nization and relationship with the urban space were the object of profound mutations. The rise of the Greek Patriarch as the dominant ruler of the Chalcedonian communities in the Arab world also deeply influenced the communities. This evolution comprised episodes of strong ethnic, cultural and confessional struggles that also had....

Photo credit: Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, South Sinai Governate, Egypt.
© Michael Gorski (
CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

Monday, 25 February, 5 pm, ZMO
(Un)closed Lodges: Sufism and Space in "Post-Secular" Turkey
Lecture by Lucía Cirianni Salazar (Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar The Urban Spatialities of Religion in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia

In 1925, a law was passed in the newly formed Republic of Turkey (law number 677) to close all the Sufi lodges and ban the tarikas’ (Sufi orders) activities and titles. This measure was crucial in the definition of Turkish laicism. Throughout the 20th century, Sufi communities in Turkey went through different periods of persecution and/or formation of political alliances with the State. Different modes of understanding the role of Sufism in...

Photo credit: Türbe of the sufi Nur al-Din al-Jarrāhī in Istanbul
© Venturi Nazzareno (
CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

Tenders & Calls

Call for Papers: "Women and the Transregional Circulation of Knowledge, from 1800 to 1950"
Workshop organized by Forum Transregionale Studien and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
Berlin, 20-22 June 2019, Deadline for abstracts: 3 February 2019.

When taken on the move across different regions and across time, knowledge is adapted, translated, and transformed. This exploratory workshop aims at discuss ing new concepts and approac h es to understand knowledge production by women in transregional mobility , considering the complex relations between...

Knowledge Transfer

Nitin Sinha, Nitin Varma, Sourav Kumar Mahanta and Vidhya Raveendranathan
Project Presentation: Domestic Servants in Colonial South Asia

Nitin Sinha, Nitin Varma, Sourav Kumar Mahanta and Vidhya Raveendranathan about their work on their three year project Domestic Servants in Colonial South Asia, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) in cooperation with re:work (Humboldt University) and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO).

Published in the EU Research Magazine 2019, available as PDF on ISSUU.

New Publications

Samuli Schielke
The power of God. Four proposals for an anthropological engagement

ZMO Programmatic Texts 13, 2019, 20 S.

Antía Mato Bouzas
From the Karakoram Mountains to the Gulf: migration, development and religion in the making of transnational spaces

ZMO working paper No. 21, 2018, 14 S.

Kai Kresse
Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience

Indiana University Press,
December 2018, 237 p.

Sonja Hegasy
Creating a Common Memory Space

In: Udo Steinbach (ed.) Europe and the Mediterranean. Talking, Learning, Working, and Living Together, 7. Europa Bottom-Up Nr. 22. Arbeitspapiere zur Europäischen Zivilgesellschaft. München: Maecenata Stiftung, 43-50.

Norman Saadi Nikro
AnArchic Archive: Phenomenal Photographs and Multiple Exposures

In: Tohu Magazine 2019.

ZMO in the Media

Sophia Hoffmann
Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis Before the Storm

Interview with ZMO fellow Sophia Hoffmann about her book Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis Before the Storm (Syracuse University Press, 2016).

Jadaliyya, 9 January 2019.

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