ZMO News

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Open Day at ZMO

ZMO and the Historische Kommission zu Berlin e.V. are inviting you to their Open Day on 7 September 2019, 1-6 pm, as part of the Open Heritage Days in Germany. We would like to present both, our historical building, the Mittelhof, and our current research. Our staff will offer guided tours through the building and a number of short lectures on their research projects. There will also be a screening of a short film and a concert in the evening. As in the past years, we are offering a special programme for the children, food and beverages.
Please be aware that there is no S-Bahn service to Nikolassee this week. You can either take the shuttle service for S7 from Messe Süd to Nikolassee or the shuttle service for S1 from Schlachtensee to Nikolassee.



12 September 2019, 10 am, ZMO
Reconfiguring the Post-Colonial City through Filmic Documentation
Keynote lecture by filmmaker, film curator, and film scholar Viola Shafik, PhD, as part of the Workshop "Cinema and the City" (12-13 September, ZMO)

Some of the oldest and most interesting non-fiction films in history - most notably from Germany and the USSR during the 1920s - deal with cities from the point of view of modernist and futurist arts and in a moment of extreme social upheavals. In the Middle East and North Africa in the 1960s avantgarde and agitprop filmmakers have likewise approached the urbanity of their native cities within their own then socio-political and cultural context and, thus, produced highly complex cinematic representations of past, present and future...

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12 September 2019, 5 pm, ZMO
In the Last Days of the City
Film screening and Q&A with the director Tamer El Said, as part of the Workshop "Cinema and the City" (12-13 September, ZMO)

In the Last Days of the City is the debut feature of filmmaker Tamer El Said. It tells the fictional story of a filmmaker from downtown Cairo played by Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, United 93, The Square) as he struggles to capture the soul of a city on edge while facing loss in his own life. Shot in Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin during the two years before the outbreak of revolution in Egypt, the film’s multi-layered stories are a visually rich exploration of friendship, loneliness, loss and life in cities shaped by the shadows of war and adversity.


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26 September 2019, 5 pm, ZMO
Re-thinking towards we-thinking. Reflections on epistemic decolonization
Lecture by Prof Claudia Derichs (Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, HU Berlin) as part of the ZMO-Colloquium

Claudia Derichs is going to open the ZMO-Colloquium 2019/20: "Thinking and re-thinking the world in the decolonial era: thinkers and theorizing from the global South"

In her lecture, Derichs is asking: Why is it that too many intellectual cultures, intellectual histories, and theoretical contributions of individual thinkers from economically and politically marginalized regions of the world in the so-called "global South" are still little known, underexplored and undervalued? She wants to reflect on this from three different but mutually entangled perspectives.

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Tenders & Calls

Call for Papers
Migration in the Making of the Gulf Space: Political, Social and Cultural Dimensions

Workshop on 17-18 December 2019 at ZMO.
Interested candidates must submit a 500-word abstract and a CV by 10 September 2019 in which they state clearly the topic, the research question and the methodology. Selected candidates will be asked to submit full original paper (between 5000-7000 words) by 18 November 2019.

Call for Papers
Eighth International Conference "Omani-German Relations during the 19th and 20th Centuries"

Conference on 5-6 June 2020 at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
The completed Participation Form should be handed in no later than 16 September 2019. Applicants, whose abstracts are initially accepted to participate in this conference, will be notified by 16 October 2019. Complete papers should be received by the Academic Committee of the Conference no later than 16 March 2020.

Call for Papers
Making Sense of Climate Change - Models, Cosmologies and Practices from North Africa and the Middle East

Workshop on 8-9 June 2020 at ZMO.
If interested in participating, please send a one-page abstract, including your professional details and a contact address until 20 October 2019.

Job posting
Position as student assistant for research coordination at ZMO

Starting from 14 October 2019, 20h/month
Applications can be handed in until 13 September 2019

Job posting
Doctoral Positions at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies will admit up to ten PhD students to its doctoral programme, which is to begin on 1 October 2020.
Deadline for applications: 7 October 2019, 12 noon CET

ZMO in the Media

Was ist eine Halal-Disco?

Sonja Zekri porträtiert Noël van den Heuvel, Student der Islamwissenschaft und ZMO-Mitarbeiter.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29. August 2019 


Chancen und Grenzen eines postkolonialen Denkens

Ein Beitrag von Andreas Beckmann mit Auszügen aus der Keynote von Seema Alavi bei der Konferenz "Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and the Global" am ZMO.

Deutschlandfunk, 29. August 2019

The government does not believe in conversation any longer

Article by ZMO fellow Nitin Sinha.

The Wire (Hindi), 14 August 2019.


The meaning of ID cards on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: performance, nationalism and control

Article by ZMO-Fellow Sanaa Alimia on the Blog South Asia @ LSE

The London School of Economics and Political Science,  16 July 2019.


Nitin Sinha, Nitin Varma, Pankaj Jha (Eds.)
Servants' Pasts. Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century South Asia, Vol. 1

Orient BlackSwan 2019, 440 pp.

Mahamadou Bello
La Ville de Diffa face à Boko Haram et à l'afflux des réfugiés nigérians

L'Harmattan 2019, 176 pp.

Katrin Bromber, Jakob Krais (Eds.)
Shaping the "New Man" in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization

Comparativ, Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschafts-forschung, 28. Jahrgang, Heft 5.

Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2019, 138 pp.

Antía Mato Bouzas
Kashmir as a Borderland. The Politics of Space and Belonging across the Line of Control

Amsterdam University Press 2019, 206 pp.

Ulrike Freitag
The History of the Hajj as Heritage: Asset or Burden to the Saudi State?

In: Burkhard Schnepel and Tansen Sen (Eds.), Travelling Pasts: The Politics of Cultural Heritage in the Indian Ocean World, Brill 2019, pp. 62-79.

Mathias Albert, Sonja Hegasy

In: Ralf Hexel and Jörg Gertel (Eds.), Dilemma of the Youth in the Middle East and North Africa, Saqi Books 2019, pp. 327-350.

Julien Brachet, Judith Scheele
The Value of Disorder. Autonomy, Prosperity, and Plunder in the Chadian Sahara

Cambridge University Press 2019, 273 pp.

Paolo Gaibazzi
Moving-with-Others: Restoring Viable Relations in Emigrant Gambia.

In: Migration and Society 2(1), June 2019, pp. 26-39.

Abdoulaye Sounaye
Constructing a Muslim Public Sphere in Burkina Faso

Book review of "La construction d'une sphère publique musulmane en Afrique de l'Ouest" by Frédérick Madore, The Journal of African History, Volume 60, Issue 2, July 2019 , pp. 330-332

Nora Lafi
Yuval Ben-Bassat: “Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Palestine”

Book review, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Volume 51, Issue 3, August 2019 , pp. 502-503.

Sophia Hoffmann
Why is there no IR scholarship on intelligence agencies? Some ideas for a new approach

ZMO Working Papers No. 23, 2019, 14pp.

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