Thursday, 27 August 2020



The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus – Book Talk by Marc Baer


From now on you can watch a book talk by Marc David Baer on his latest monograph "German, Jew, Muslim, Gay. The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus" (Columbia University Press 2020) on ZMO's YouTube channel. Join us on 19 October 2020, 5 pm, for a Q&A session with the author!
Hugo Marcus (1880–1966) was a man of many names and many identities. Baer uses Marcus’s life and work to shed new light on a striking range of subjects, including German Jewish history and anti-Semitism, Islam in Europe, Muslim-Jewish relations, and the history of the gay rights struggle.
Marc David Baer is professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of "Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe" (2008); "The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks" (2010); and "Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide" (2020).
Between 2009 and 2014 he was a research fellow at ZMO.


24 September 2020, 5 pm, virtual presentation
Transnational network of ‘opinion makers’: Turkey’s Responses to Islamophobia in Europe and the US
Lecture by Sinem Adar (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin) as part of the ZMO Colloquium "Understanding Populism: State, Academia, and Civil Society"

Since the end of the Cold War, political discourses within and across nations have been increasingly shaped by identity claims. In Western liberal democracies, especially after 9/11, opposition to Islam has become central to populist discourses seeking to define who does and does not belong to the imagined nation. While many studies have sought to analyze such discourses and their identitarian logic, the responses from states outside of Europe and the US have surprisingly attracted scant attention. Against this background, this talk will focus on Turkey’s AKP government’s practices of combatting Islamophobia in Western societies over the past decade...

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Marc von Boemcken, Nina Bagdasarova, Aksana Ismailbekova, Conrad Schetter (eds.)
Surviving Everyday Life. The Securityscapes of Threatened People in Kyrgyzstan


Bristol University Press 2020, 228 pp.




Claude C. Kempen
Phobie, Fantasie und Fetisch? Antimuslimischer Rassismus und Sexismus in pornografischen Filmen


ZMO Working Paper No. 26, 2020.

Available as Open Access pdf-file!




Abdoulaye Sounaye
'Les étudiants aussi sont des enfants de Dieu': la religiosité à l’Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey


In: Leonardo A. Villalón, Mamadou Bodian (eds.), Entre le Savoir et le Culte, Amalion: Dakar, 2020, pp.116-144.




Reyazul Haque, Farhana Latief 
Spectacle as a Response. The COVID-19 Pandemic


Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 55, Issue No. 34, 22 August 2020.




Aksana Ismailbekova, Nick Megoran 
Peace in the Family is the Basis of Peace in the Country: How Women Contribute to Local Peace in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 14 (4), 2020, p. 483-500.




Digitalisation of two ZMO-Studien:

ZMO-Studien 28: Katrin Bromber, Imperiale Propaganda. Die ostafrikanische Militärpresse im Zweiten Weltkrieg, 2009.

ZMO-Studie 34 : Karin Mlodoch: The Limits of Trauma Discourse: Women Anfal Survivors in Kurdistan-Iraq, 2014.


Tenders & Calls

Position of a postdoctoral research fellow (m/f/div) for the research project "Religion, Morality and Boko in West Africa: Students Training for a Good Life" ('Remoboko')

Start: 1 December 2020
Please submit your application until 31 August 2020.

Doctoral scholarship in Amman (Jordan) as part of the joint research project “Historicity of democracy in the Arab world” (HISDEMAB)

Start: 1 October 2020
Deadline for submitting the application extended to 31 August 2020.

Position of a postdoctoral research fellow (m/f/div) for the ERC project "Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia" (TIMEHIST), unit "time in early modern period"

Start: January 2021
Deadline for submitting the application extended to 25 September 2020.

Stelle als studentische Direktionshilfskraft für Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag

Start: 15. September 2020 oder 1. Oktober 2020
Bewerbungsfrist: 4. September 2020

Stelle als studentische Hilfskraft in der Forschungskoordination zur Unterstützung von PD Dr. Stefan B. Kirmse

Start: 1. Oktober 2020
Bewerbungsfrist: 13. September 2020

The Oman Research Grant for a visiting research fellowship at ZMO in fields related to Omani studies

Call for applications: The Grant comprises funding for a research stay of up to 3 months, starting either in late 2020 or in 2021 at ZMO.
Please submit your application until 10 September 2020.

Being “here”, researching “there”: Reflecting on Temporal and Spatial Remoteness in Ethnography

Call for papers: (Virtual) Workshop, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin, 3-4 December 2020
Deadline for applications: 30 September 2020

ZMO in the Media

Mali: A revolt that led to a coup d'etat


With Abdoulaye Sounaye.

 Deutsche Welle, 19 August 2020.

A similar article is available in German.


"i poli. Also schlichtweg: die Stadt"


Interview with Malte Fuhrmann.

 L.I.S.A., Wissenschaftsportal der Gerda Henkel Stiftung, 11 August 2020.



A History of Jeddah. The Gate to Mecca in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


Podcast with Ulrike Freitag.

 New Books Network, 10 August 2020.


साधु समाज और राष्ट्रीयता का अंतर्द्वंद्व


Article by Nitin Sinha.

Jankipul, 16 July 2020.

An extended Englisch version is available

An Interview with David Leupold, Author of Embattled Dreamlands; The Politics of Contesting Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish Memory

hetq, 13 August 2020. 



Africa's Muslims woeful over scaled-down hajj

With Abdoulaye Sounaye.

Deutsche Welle, 30 July 2020.


Alumni News

The Faceless Terrorist. A Study of Critical Events in Tajikistan


Latest monograph by Sophie Roche who was a research fellow at ZMO between 2010 and 2013.

Springer International Publishing 2019, 371 pp.




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