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Lecture Series

ZMO-Colloquium: Winter Term 2013/2014

Fuelling Societies: Energy Resources and Politics 'From Below'

Thursday, 26 September 2013, - Please note change of time - 5 pm: The Devil's Money: A Multi-level Approach to the Disordering in Oil-producing Southern Chad; Andrea Behrends (Martin Luther Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

Thursday, 31 October 2013, 6 pm: Resource Sovereignties: Converting Energy into Political Power; Dr John-Andrew McNeish (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas)

Thursday, 28 November 2013, 6 pm: Solar Power for the Poor: New Models of Business and User Networks in India; Dr Jamie Cross (University of Edinburgh)

Thursday, 12 December 2013, 6 pm: Oil, Water, and the Writing of History in Southern Arabia; Prof. Mandana E. Limbert (Queens College, New York)

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 6 pm: Crude Power: Rethinking Oil and Politics; Prof. Kaveh Ehsani (DePaul University, Chicago)


ZMO-Colloquium: Summer Term 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013, 6 pm: Migration, Translocality, Globalization - The Distinctive Case of the Baloch; Prof Brian Spooner (University of Pennsylvania)

Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 6 pm: Cosmopolis and the Vernacular in Southeast Asian Islam; Prof Anthony Reid (Australian National University, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)

Thursday, April 25th, 2013, 6 pm: How to Study a Global Market at its Locales: The Empirical Case of the World Price; Prof Koray Çalişkan (Bogazici Universität Istanbul)

Thursday, May 30th, 2013, 6 pm: Azazeel and Politics of Historical Fiction in Egypt; Saba Mahmood(University of California Berkeley)

Thursday, June 20th, 2013, 6 pm: Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa, Kelly Askew (University of Michigan)


ZMO-Colloquium: Winter Term 2012/2013

The Impossible Aesthetic: Situating Research in Arts and Social Sciences/Humanities

Thursday, September 27, 2012: Photograph Looking: The Work of Art between Documentary and Performative Registers; Dr Saadi Nikro (ZMO, Berlin)
Audiodokumentation Mp3

Thursday, October 25, 2012: Hey Little Aborigines, Where Is Your Museum? On the Meaning of Contemporary in Contemporary Art; Dr Vesna Madzoski (Amsterdam)
Audiodokumentation Mp3

Thursday, November 8, 2012: (Re)searching Archives as Artistic Practice; Dr Teresa Castro (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris) and Catarina Simão (Lisbon)
In collaboration with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, in the framework of "Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice"

Thursday, December 13, 2012: The Experience of Knowledge. Problems and Possibilities in Artistic Research; Dr Helmut Draxler (Berlin)

Thursday, Januar 31, 2013: Artistic Research and Museums' Collections. Lessons from the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt; Dr Clémentine Deliss (Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt/Main) and Otobong Nkanga (Amsterdam)
In collaboration with Prof Dr Kerstin Pinther and Prof Dr Tobias Wendl (Art Historical Departement, Freie Universität Berlin, The Arts of Africa)


Urban Studies Seminar 2013/14

(Every Second Monday, 5 pm at ZMO)
Annual Theme: The City and its Margins

November 18th, Einleitung: The City and its Margins: historiography and research perspectives von Ulrike Freitag und Nora Lafi (beide ZMO Berlin)

December 9th, Naomi Davidson (University of Ottawa / EUME-Fellow 2013-2014 at ZMO Berlin): Urban Coexistence and its Margins: Muslim-Jewish Relationships in the French Mediterranean

January 13th, Michelle Campos (University of Florida): Operation Muharram: Communal Boundaries and Urban Unmixing in Ottoman and Mandatory Jerusalem

January 27th, Ulrike Freitag (ZMO Berlin): A wall marking the border: urban Jeddah and its margins und Nora Lafi (ZMO Berlin): The marginalization of the centre: The Tunis medina between patrimonialization and abandon

February 10th, Mohamed Elshahed (NYU / EUME-Fellow 2013-2014 at ZMO Berlin): From Cairo to the urban margins of Egypt: centralization, local administration and developmentalism 1945-1965

April 28th: Robert Gleave (Institut of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter): Violence on the Margins: Locating punishment in late-medieval fiqh

May 12th, Wendy Pullan (Center for Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge): The migration of frontiers in contested cities

May 26th, Sanaa Alimia (ZMO Berlin): At the Margins of Urban Pakistan: The question of Afghan refugees

June 16th, André Chappatte (ZMO Berlin): Exploring the city's margins: night life in two small towns of Muslim West Africa

June 30th, Wai Weng Hew (ZMO Berlin): From Margin to Centre: Muslim Gated Communities in Contemporary Sub-urban Indonesia

Juli 14th, Ali Sipahi (University of Michigan): When the Margin Becomes the Centre: Suburbanization in the Ottoman East


Urban Studies Seminar 2012/13

(Every Second Monday, 5 pm at ZMO)
Annual Theme: Cities as Laboratories of Change

October 15th, Mohamed Elfateh (BTU Cottbus): Architectural Development and Householder's Structure in the 19th Century in Port Suakin (Sudan)

October 29th, Hisham Mortada (University of King Abdul Aziz, Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia): Traditional Architecture in Saudi Arabia: Diversity within Unity
Special session to be held at 8 pm c.t. at TU Berlin, Architekturgebäude,
Straße des 17. Juni 152 (Ernst-Reuter-Platz/Marchstraße), Room A 053

November 12th, Yigit Akin (Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle
East in Europe 2011/12): We Don't Care for Victories! Give Us Bread!': Gender,
Society, and Culture - Wartime as Laboratory of Change in Ottoman Cities

November 26th, Zouhair Ghazzal (Loyola University Chicago, USA): Urban Forms
of Life and Criminality in Contemporary Aleppo and Idlib

December 10th, Joseph Rustom (Brandenburgische Technische Universität
Cottbus): Waqf and the Urban Space in a Time of Change: Beirut in the 19th c.

January 14th, Joseph Ben Prestel (Max Planck Institut für Bildungs-forschung,
Berlin): Feelings in Times of Change: Emotional Practices and Urban Transformation
in Cairo, 1860-1880

January 28th, Suraiya Faroqhi (Professor Emerita of Ludwig-Maximilians-
Universität München and Istanbul Bilgi University): Reforms in the Guild System
as Laboratory of Urban Change

February 11th, Peter Christensen (Ph.D Candidate in Architecture, Fulbright
Fellow 2011-12, Harvard University): German 'Expertise' and Urban Interventions
in the Construction of the Ottoman Rail Network: A Visual Analysis, 1868-1919

April 29th, Johara Berriane (Freie Universität, Berlin Graduate School Muslim
Cultures and Societies): South-South Migrations: Moroccan Cities as Laboratories
of Change

May 13th, Yazid Anani (Birzeit University, Fellow of Europe in the Middle East
– The Middle East in Europe 2012/13): Urban Change and the Evolution of the
Palestinian National Identity

May 27th, Hanan Toukan (SOAS London, Fellow of Europe in the Middle East
– The Middle East in Europe 2012/13): Art, Publics and Counter-Publics: On Urbanity and Social Change in Post-Taif Beirut

June 10th, Steffen Wippel (Zentrum Moderner Orient): Dubai as a Model? Urban Change and Economic Development of the Omani City of Salalah

June 24th, Conclusion: Cities as Laboratories of Change (Ulrike Freitag and
Nora Lafi)


Single Events

Tuesday, October 1st, 5 pm, ZMO

Secular Risk Governmentality Against the “Risk of Islamism”: Looking Back to the Turkish Military’s Battle With Political Islam PDFLogo

Lecture by Hulya Arik (York University, Canada)


Thursday, June 4th, 2013, 7 pm, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance
Wilhelmstr. 67 10117 Berlin

Die Heilige Schrift und die Verfassung  - Mensch, Religion und Staat in Islam und Christentum PDFLogo

Public Debate with among others Prof. Udo Steinbach (HU Viadrina) and Bettina Gräf (ZMO)


Thursday, July 4th, 2013, 6 pm, ZMO

The Localization of the Transnational Tablighi Jama'at Network in Kyrgyzstan: Reconsidering Traditional and Islamic Practices PDFLogo

Lecture by Prof. Mukaram Toktogulova (American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyztan) organized in cooperation with the Competence Network Crossroads Asia


Thursday, June 18th, 2013, 6 pm, ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, Room 308

Pluralistic Challenges in Politics, Culture and Religion: What Next After Elections in Malaysia and Pakistan? PDFLogo

Discussion with Dr. Farish Noor (RSIS, Nanyang Technological University Singapore) and PD Dr. Dietrich Reetz (ZMO)


Thursday, June 13th, 2013, 6.30 pm, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V., Rauchstraße 17-18, Berlin

In Search of Saudi Arabia - A Rock in a Stormy Sea? Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring PDFLogo

Discussion organized by (Post-) PhD-Fellows from BGSMCS and ZMO


Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, 5 pm, Villa Jaffé, Wallotstr. 10, Berlin

The Faqih in Modern Times: The Fatwa, Politics and the State Link

Lecture by Muetaz Alkhatib (Damaskus / EUME Fellow 2012-13), Moderation: Bettina Gräf (Zentrum Moderner Orient)


Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 4 pm, Gerichtshöfe, Gerichtsstrasse 12-13, Berlin Wedding

Missing: An Exhibition About Absence

Talk with Dr. Norman Saadi Nikro (ZMO) on the exhibition curated by Jakob Roepke


Thursday, May 23rd, 2013, 6 pm, ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, Room 308

Difficult Heritage and Forensic Architecture in Moroccan Prisons and Torture Centers: A Spatial Shift PDFLogo

Lecture by Susan Slyomovics, University of California, Los Angeles


Thrusday, May 16th 2013, 7 pm, Einsteinforum, Potsdam

Re-Collections. Archival Activism in the Middle East Link

Lecture by Dr. On Barak (Tel Aviv University), moderation: Dr. Sonja Hegasy(ZMO)


Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, 5 pm, ZMO

Islam and Secular Sensibilities in Post-Soviet Eurasia PDFLogo

Lecture by John Schoeberlein in cooperation with the Zentralasien-Seminar of the Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Competence Network Crossroads Asia


Monday, April 29th, 2013, 6 pm, HU zu Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrika-wissenschaften, Raum 507, Invalidenstrasse 118, 10115 Berlin - Mitte

The Changing Landscape of Central Asian Studies PDFLogo

Lecture by John Schoeberlein in cooperation with the Zentralasien-Seminar of the Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Competence Network Crossroads Asia


Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 2.30 pm, ZMO

Bonds of Trade: Slavery and Commerce in the 19th-Century Circum-Sahara PDFLogo

Work Talk with Bruce S. Hall, John Hopkins University, Duke University


Friday, March 15th, 2013, ICI Kulturlabor Berlin, Christinenstraße 18/19, Berlin

What Future Now? The Palestinian Refugees and the Arab Uprisings Link

Public Debate with Sonja Hegasy (ZMO) in the Framework of the Workshop: Memories of Palestine: The 1948 Nakba Link


Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 6 pm, ZMO

Tschiltan PDFLogo

Concert and pictural Impressions organized by Freunde des ZMO e. V. in cooperation with the Stiftung West-Östliche Begegnungen


Sunday, January 13th 2013, HU Berlin

Roundtable discussion: Borders and Knowledge Production: a comparative perspective Link

Conference: Relocating Borders: a comparative approach, 11-13 January 2013, organized by Paolo Gaibazzi (ZMO)

Exhibitions / Performances / Films

2 November 2013 - 12 January 2014, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

In Search of Europe?
Equals in an unequal world
Interdisciplinary exhibition project

A project of the research group „In Search of Europe: Considering the Possible in Africa and the Middle East“ at Zentrum Moderner Orient


Sunday, November 24, 2013, 5 pm, Hackesche Höfe Kino

German Premiere: "Toussaint Louverture" by Philippe Niang (F, 180 Min)

Screening followed by a discussion with the director Philippe Niang and the producers France Zobda & Jean-Lou Monthieux. Presented by Africavenir e.V. and ZMO.


26. - 29. September 2013, Kino Arsenal, Berlin

Sights of Memory – Filme aus dem Libanon

Series of events organized by Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst and the researchproject "Transforming Memories. Cultural Production and Personal/Public Memory in Lebanon and Morocco" by Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin) and UMAM D&R (Beirut)



Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, 8 pm

Der Deutsche Stuhl - Eine Live Performance mit ehemaligen Folteropfern in syrischen Gefängnissen PDFLogo

TAK – Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg
Prinzenstrasse 85 F, 10969 Berlin

about 50 min. followed by a discussion

Conferences and Symposia

November 4th, 2013, ZMO, Berlin

Prayer, Architecture, History Link

Workshop organised by Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University/ZMO) and Charles Hirschkind (UC Berkeley)


28th - 30th October 2013, Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover

The World During the First World War Link

Symposium of VolkswagenStiftung with among others Katrin Bromber (ZMO) and Heike Liebau (ZMO)


25th - 26th Octobre 2013, ZMO, Berlin

Dispossession and Collective Action: Neoliberal (Re-)Structurings of the Rural in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey PDFLogo

Workshop organised in cooperation with the Center for Area Studies (CAS) by Yasmine Berriane (ZMO), Erdem Evren (ZMO) and Sarah Sippel (CAS).


October 13th, 2013, New Orleans, USA

Panel: Personal and Public Memory in Lebanon and Morocco

organized by ZMO and UMAM with Saadi Nikro (ZMO), Sonja Hegasy (ZMO), and Laura Menin (ZMO);
in the framework of the annual MESA Meeting 2013


23rd - 27th September 2013

The ZMO at the 32. Orientalistentag (DOT) / 20. Internationaler Kongress der DAVO in Münster, Germany


Comparative Studies on Trade Routes, Economic Networks and Regional Integration in the Middle East: Recent Developments and Multiple Forms

Panel organized by Steffen Wippel (ZMO) and Leïla Vignal (Université Rennes-2)


Raiding and Trading: Analysing Transnational Flows in Balochistan

Lecture by Just Boedecker (ZMO) part of the Panel "Comparative Studies on Trade Routes, Economic Networks and Regional Integration in the Middle East: Recent Developments and Multiple Forms”


Encounter of ʿUlamāʾ from South Asia, West Africa and Egypt in the Dār al-Ḥadīth of Medina at the beginning of the Ibn Saʿūd’s Regime

Lecture by Chanfi Ahmed (ZMO)


Zeit und Zeitlichkeit in Abdallah Larouis historischer Epistemologie

Lecture by Nils Riecken (ZMO) part of the Panel "Geschichtsschreibung zwischen Wissenschaft und Ideologie"


19th - 21st September 2013, Lund, Schweden

German Research in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Panel organized by Steffen Wippel (ZMO) in Context of 9. Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies


12th – 14th June 2013, ZMO, Berlin


International Workshop Co-Organized by the Doctoral Students at Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) and Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS)


Monday, June 3rd, 2013, ZMO

Thematic Workshop: Memory Studies PDFLogo

organized by Dr. Saadi Nikro (ZMO), Dr. Sonja Hegasy (ZMO) and Dr. Laura Menin (ZMO)


Thursday, March 14th, 2013, ICI Kulturlabor Berlin, Christinenstraße 18/19, Berlin

Memories of Palestine: The 1948 Nakba PDFLogo

Workshop organized by the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) in collaboration with the ZMO


March 6th to 8th, 2013, ZMO

Still in search of Europe? The possible in arts, ideologies and travel from Africa and the Middle East PDFLogo

International Workshop organized in the framework of the junior research group "In Search of Europe: Considering the Possible in Africa and the Middle East"
Please register in advance


January 11th - 12th, 2013, ZMO

Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World-Making PDF

Workshop convened by Kai Kresse (ZMO) and Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University / ZMO)