Tuesday, 4 January 2022



25 Jahre Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e.V.


The Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e.V. celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2021. GWZ is the umbrella association for the three independent non-university research centres Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) and Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL).
In December 2021, a festschrift was published which depicts the history, present and future of the three centres. Contributions from ZMO thematise the development of the institute after the reunification in Germany (Dietrich Reetz, Achim von Oppen), portray the term "Translocality" (Katrin Bromber) and highlight current research topics related to environment and justice in Africa and Asia (Katharina Lange). Among many other articles, the publication also includes an interview with the three directors of the centres, Ulrike Freitag (ZMO), Eva Geulen (ZfL) and Manfred Krifka (ZAS).

The festschrift is only available in German language. Some reflections on 25 years of research in the humanities in English language by Ulrike Freitag can be found in ZMO's latest orient bulletin.



17 January 2022, 4 pm, virtual event
The Jews of Alexandria: Middle Class Feelings, Urban Identity and Politics, 1880s-1920s
Lecture by Dario Miccoli (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) as part of The Historicity of Democracy Seminar.


Based on a ‘close reading’ of documents from the archives of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (Paris), the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (Jerusalem) and from articles found in newspapers published in Egypt in the colonial and early monarchic years, this lecture will look at the consolidation of a middle class Alexandrian Jewish identity and its relation to urban politics and sociability in the period that goes from the early 1880s to the mid-1920s. The lecture will discuss the multiple connections that Alexandrian Jews had with the city in which they lived and its socio-political environment, as well as the ways in which its burgeoning Jewish middle class tried to find a place of its own for example by founding schools, hospitals and cultural associations.
The online seminar is free and open to the public upon registration:

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24 January 2022, 3 pm, virtual event
Global South Scholars in the Western Academy: Harnessing Unique Experiences, Knowledges, and Positionality in the Third Space
Book Presentation by Staci B. Martin & Deepra Dandekar (ZMO)


By foregrounding the voices and experiences of scholars from the Global South who have migrated to institutions in the Global North, this volume theorizes the "third space" as a unique, rich, and generative position in the Western academy. Global South Scholars in the Western Academy engages a range of critical methodologies to explore the challenges that Global South scholars face in establishing themselves in academic settings in the Global North. The text identifies the unique position that scholars have come to adopt "in-between" North and South and theorizes this positionality as a "third space", carved out by academics negotiating personal, professional, and cultural belonging. This liminal subject position, enriched by experiences of migration, racialization, poverty, and difference, is shown to drive knowledge-production and justice-orientated approaches in the academy.
Please Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2p83y53h

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27 January 2022, 5 pm, virtual event
Autochthony and Land Access in Côte d’Ivoire: Some Key Issues
Lecture by Jean-Philippe Colin (IRD Montpellier) as part of the ZMO Colloquium Political Economies of Original Inhabitation


This talk presents a general discussion of the relationships between autochthons and migrants regarding the latter’s access to land in Côte d’Ivoire. The first part of the talk shows how the autochthon-migrant dichotomy has structured land issues in southern Côte d’Ivoire since the colonial time. Through this perspective, it discusses key issues such as the social embeddedness of land transfers, land commoditization, and land conflicts, framed in the contexts of colonial and postcolonial (land) policies. The second part of the talk offers a counterpoint to this general picture, through the presentation of migrants’ land access in a former no man’s land characterized by a lack of autochthonous stakeholders.
Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/2vxbsymx

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Juliane Schumacher 
Zwischen Sprachen. Eine Studie zur persönlichen Interdisziplinarität in den Wissenschaften


In: Serie: Briefe zur Interdisziplinarität 28, oekom Verlag, München, 20/12/2021.




Frédérick Madore
La Collection Islam Burkina Faso: Promesses et défis des humanités numériques


In: Revue d’histoire contemporaine de l’Afrique, 15/12/2021.




Sana Chavoshian 
From military hero to martyr: crafting singularity and the formation of Muslim collective subjectivity in an Iranian statist ritual


In: Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques, 75, 3, p. 859-879.




Deepra Dandekar
Childbirth in Transit.
Motherhood and Migration at Taljai, a Slum in Pune


In: Jullien, Clémence; Jeffery, Roger (Eds.). Childbirth in South Asia. Old Challenges and New Paradoxes. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2021,        p. 144-163.




orient Bulletin. History and Cultures in Asia, the Middle East and Africa


Nr. 40, December 2021

With articles and reports by ZMO colleagues, this time on "What is the link between value-added tax and academic cooperation?", the 25th anniversary of Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin, a report from the HISDEMAB research Project, staff news and much more.


Prathama Banerjee
Time and the Limits of the Political: Anti-historical Excursions from South Asia


Berlin Southern Theory Lectures, ZMO, 2021.

The lecture was presented in December 2020 as the 2nd Berlin Southern Theory Lecture.


ZMO in the Media

भारत-जर्मन संबंधों पर आधारित फिल्म ' साउंड आफ फे्रंडशिप..'


Article with Anandita Bajpai.

Deshbandhu 28 November 2021. 


"Bisschen wenig, bisschen spät." Auf der Klimakonferenz hagelt es Versprechen – was davon effektiv umgesetzt wird, bleibt abzuwarten


By Juliane Schumacher.

Analyse & kritik, 16 November 2021.

Der Geruch des Archivs


By Noura Chalati.

Geruch der Diktatur,  20 December 2021. 


Saddam's Mukhabarat in West Germany: Monitoring and Silencing the Iraqi Opposition


By Ali Dogan.

Blog of the History and Public Policy Program , Wilson Center, 20 December 2021.


Publikationspreis (Bildungspreis) des Deutschen Museums 2020 für „Koloniale Spurenin den Archiven der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft“


Die Herausgeber des Bandes „Koloniale Spuren in den Archiven der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft“ (Mitteldeutscher Verlag, 2020), Dr. Matthias Röschner und Dr. Heinz Peter Brogiato erhielten die Auszeichnung des Deutschen Museums. Die Laudatio der Jury des Publikationspreises geht zunächst auf die „fruchtbare Zusammenarbeit“ des Arbeitskreis Archive der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft ein und fasst den Grundgedanken und das Anliegen des Sammelbands treffend zusammen: „Das Buch zeigt auf, dass der Kolonialismus in den Archiven der Mitgliedseinrichtungen der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft vielfältige Spuren hinterlassen hat, denen systematisch nachzugehen sich überaus lohnt. Die beiden Herausgeber haben eine ebenso lebendige wie facettenreiche Komposition von Beiträgen zusammengestellt, die tiefe Einblicke in die koloniale Vergangenheit Deutschlands und deren Fortleben weit über die Epoche des Kolonialismus hinaus bietet“. 
In dem Sammelband befindet sich auch ein Beitrag unserer ZMO-Kolleg*innen Silke Nagel und Alisher Karabaev über "Kolonialismus und nationaler Befreiungskampf im Nachlass und Lebensweg des Afrikaforschers Peter Sebald".


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