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Lecture Series

ZMO-Colloquium: Winter Term 2017-2018

The Idea of Youth: Concepts, Practices and Lifeworlds of a Global Category

Organized by Anandita Bajpai, Stefan Kirmse, Kyara Klausmann, Nazan Maksudyan, Franziska Roy, Nitin Sinha, Abdoulaye Sounaye and Julian Tadesse.

Time and Location:
All lectures will start at 5 pm sharp, with the exception of the talk on the 25th of January. This talk will start at 6 pm.


Annual Theme: The Idea of Youth: Concepts, Practices and Lifeworlds of a Global Category

Poster with programme




Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5 pm, ZMO
Youth Studies: State of the Art and Prospects for Studying Young People in the Global South
Douglas Blum, Providence College, Rhode Island

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 5 pm, ZMO
Pop-Islamist Youth Politics in Malaysia: Rethinking 'Instruments of the Devil'
Dominik Müller, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 5 pm, ZMO
A Political Economy Approach to the Study of Youth: Lessons for Researchers in the Global South
Mayssoun Sukarieh, King's College, London

Thursday, 25 January 2018, 6 pm, ZMO
Interviewing Youth - Constructing Knowledge. Insights from the FES Youth Study 2016/2017
Jörg Gertel, Institut für Geographie, Universität Leipzig
Sonja Hegasy, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

Thursday, 22 February 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
What Do Pensions Have To Do with Youth? A Relational Approach to Youth in International Development
Nicola Ansell, Brunel University, London

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
'Challenge to Youth': Reconsidering India's Programme of Nation-Building from the Independence Movement to the Cold War
Franziska Roy, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin


Urban Studies Seminar 2017-2018

Organized by Hilal Alkan Zeybek, İlkay Yilmaz and Nora Lafi

Time and Location:
The events will take place in the rooms of ZMO every second Monday from 5-7 pm.


Annual Theme:
Urban Spaces of Leisure, Art and Sports


November 6th, 2017, Katrin Bromber (ZMO), Leisure matters: Perspectives from African Studies

November 20th, 2017, Claudia Liebelt (University of Bayreuth), Beautifying Istanbul: Intimate Encounters and Concerns in Urban Beauty Salons

December 18th, 2017, Evrim Hikmet Öğüt (Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Istanbul), Syrian Musicians in Istanbul: Street Musicianship as an Emerging Musical Practice, Attention: This lecture has been cancelled!

January 22nd, 2018, Rehab Ibrahim elSiedy (Cairo University), Puppet Shows as Form of Entertainment in Qajar Iran

February 5th, 2018, Dorota Woroniecka (University of Lodz), Sport and Youth Centres as Sites of Self-Governance and Local Participation in the West Bank

April 16th, 2018, Burak Onaran (Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Istanbul, EUME Fellow 2013/14), Fighting against Pleasure: Policing Opium in 19th Century Istanbul

April 30th, 2018, Leonidas Karakatsanis (British Institute at Ankara) & Savvas Voutyras (University of Essex), Imprints of Loss on the Walls of the City: A Comparative Perspective of Politics of Mourning in Contemporary Turkey and Greece

May 14th, 2018, Banu Karaca (IPC, Sabancı University, EUME Fellow 2016/17), Memory and the City: Musealizing Difficult Pasts in Istanbul, Çanakkale and Kars. İlkay Yılmaz (Leibniz-ZMO), Exhibitions as Conflict Zones: Memory, Identity Building and Genocide in Istanbul and Budapest.

May 28th, 2018, Elizabeth Saleh (American University of Beirut), Finding Time to Play: Syrian Underage Workers at a Beirut Scrapyard

June 11th, 2018, Jeremy Walton (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Göttingen), Morbid Fascinations: Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery as a Site of Leisure, Memory, and Amnesia

June 18th, 2018, Cristina Moreno Almeida (King's College London), Deciphering Moroccan 'Cool': Urban Youth, Rap, and the Politics of Resistance

June 25th, 2018, Maha al Senan (Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University Riyadh), East,West and the Capital: Saudi Arabia through its Visual Arts


Single Event

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 5 pm, Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstraße 14, 14193

Governing Land and Property in Syria and the Colonial Legacies of Sectarianism

Lecture by Seda Altug (Bogazici University) chaired by Katharina Lange (ZMO).


Monday, 27 November 2017, 8 pm, Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstraße 23, 10719 Berlin

Andere Welten: Muslime und Juden in Berlin vor 1945

Panel discussion with Ronen Steinke, Sonja Hegasy und Stefanie Schüler Springorum.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 6:30 pm, DAFG, Friedrichstraße 185, 10117 Berlin

Urban Peripheries and Social Contrasts in Tunis

Lecture by Nora Lafi (ZMO) in the framework of the series DAFG Jour Fixe: Contemporary Urban Issues in Middle Eastern Mega-Cities.


Thursday, 28 September 2017, 5 pm, ZMO

The Prophet as a Man

Lecture by Peter Wien (University of Maryland) in the framework of the Conference 'New Man' in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization 1910-1960.


Saturday, 9 September 2017, 1 pm, ZMO

Open Day - European Heritage Days

Poster | Flyer

Open day at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and Historische Kommision zu Berlin e.V.




AnthrpoScene poster21-24 September 2017, Moviemento Cinema, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin

Film and Climate Justice in Asia and Africa

Poster | Flyer | Trailer YouTube link

A film festival organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), curated by Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO).

Announcement by Ali Nobil Ahmad on The National.



Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 4 pm, ZMO

Book Launch: Amit Das Gupta - Serving India: A Political Biography of Subimal Dutt (1903-1992), India's Longest Serving Foreign Secretary

Book Launch with author Amit Das Gupta (Universität der Bundeswehr München).


Thursday, 22 June 2017, 6 pm, ZMO

Libanons konfessionalistisches System und ausländische Interventionen

Lecture by Prof Dr Abdel Raouf Sinno (Université St. Joseph Beirut). The talk will be in German.


Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:30-6 pm, Seminaris Conference Center, Takustraße 38, 14195 Berlin

Research under Pressure - Responses and Responsibilities

Event hosted by Junges Wissenschaftsforums Dahlem with a contribution by Nazan Maksudyan (ZMO). Due to the limited number of seats available, please register by sending an email to by June 9, 2017 the latest.


Thursday, 11 May 2017, 6 pm, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Altensteinstraße 48, 14195 Berlin

Islam in China's Hong Kong: A Triple Muslim Heritage and Future Challenge

Lecture by Prof Dr Ho Wai-Yip (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies/ Education University of Hong Kong).


Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 6 pm, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften (IAAW), Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin, Raum 415

Book Launch: New Perspectives on Islam in Africa

  • Roman Loimeier: Islamic Reform in 20th Century Africa (Edinburgh University Press, September 2016)
  • Abdoulaye Sounaye: Islam et Modernité: contribution à l'analyse de la ré-islamisation au Niger (Edition L'Harmattan, November 2016)

Booklaunch with Roman Loimeier (Universität Göttingen) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO).

An event of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO e.V.


Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5 pm, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL), Schützenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin

The New Iraqi Protest Movement (2015-2016): From Identity to Issue Politics and Beyond

Lecture by Dr Faleh Abdul-Jabbar (Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Beirut). Please register with:


Monday, 9 January 2017, 6 pm, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Auditorium, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin

Die Entdeckung historischer Authentizität als Identitätsressource auf der arabischen Halbinsel?

Lecture by Prof Dr Ulrike Freitag (ZMO) in the framework of the lecture series Die Sehnsucht nach dem Echten - Historische Authentizität in Museen, Stadträumen, Wissenschaft und Erinnerungskultur.

Exhibitions / Performances / Films

3 November 2017, 6:30 pm, Deutsches Theater, Schumannstraße 13, 10117 Berlin

Fluchtpunkt. Das Mittelmeer und die europäische Krise

Evening event with Lectures, readings and a roundtable discussion. With Nora Lafi, Nazan Maksudyan and other guests.


6 October 2017, 7-9 pm, Ulme 35, Ulmenallee 35, 14050 Berlin

Wadjda (SAR 2012, 97 min., Dir.: Haifaa Al Mansour)

Filmscreening and subsequent discussion with Ulrike Freitag (ZMO). Note: The film will be screened in Arabic with german subtitles!


23-31 August 2017, Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin

Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi - The Cinema
of Med Hondo

Filmfestival about the ouvre of Med Hondo.


31 March - 7 April 2017

8. ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin




11 January 2017 - 19 March, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Atrium Georgenstr. 47, 10117 Berlin

Lives from a Global Conflict. Cultural Entanglements during the First World War

Poster | Flyer

Exhibition organized by HERA, ZMO, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 8-11 pm, Hackesche Höfe Kino, Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, 10178 Berlin

"Le Puits/The Well" (Engl. Subs) with Director Lotfi Bouchouchi in Attendance

Filmscreening and subsequent discussion with director Lotfi Bouchouchi and Nora Lafi (ZMO). Hosted by AfricAvenir International and ZMO.

Conferences and Symposia

29 November 2017, ZMO

Heritage, Religion, Authenticity and Difference

Workshop organized by Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University), Duane Jethro (CARMAH/ Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) und Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO).


9-10 November 2017, ZMO

The Production of Possibilities: Living and Governing Potential Futures
in Africa

Workshop organized by Paolo Gaibazzi, Abdoulaye Sounaye and Julian Tadesse.


12-13 October 2017, Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Kronenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin

Diktaturen als alternative Ordnungen

Poster | Program

Conference marking the launch of the interdisciplinary association for comparative dictatorship research at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.


27-29 September 2017, ZMO

'New Man' in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization, c. 1910-1960

Outline | Program

International Conference hosted by ZMO.


18-22 September 2017, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

33. Deutscher Orientalistentag: Asia, Africa and Europe

Some researchers of ZMO participate on Germany's largest professional meeting of Oriental Studies this year. For more detailed information concerning venue and time of the single events listed below, please check the official programme of DOT 2017.



Branding Eyüp: The "Capital of Peace" in Istanbul

Vortrag von Annegret Roelcke (ZMO) im Rahmen des Panel 9: Branding the Middle East



Branding a Hero, Forging new Symbols: the aftermath of Ethiopia after Meles Zenawi  

Vortrag von Izabela Orlowska (ZMO) im Rahmen des Panel 9: Branding the Middle East.



Wissenschaftskooperation und Wissenschaftsfreiheit in schwerem Fahrwasser:
Die Zukunft Wissenschaftszusammenarbeit mit der Türkei

Panel discussion with Ulrike Freitag (ZMO), Ulrike Albrecht (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung), Daniel Grütjen (Stiftung Mercator), Kader Konuk (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Raoul Motika (Max Weber Stiftung) and Thomas Zettler (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).


21-22 September 2017, ZMO

Infrastructure and the Making of Urban Space: Critical Approaches

Workshop organized by Sanaa Alimia (ZMO), Malte Fuhrmann (Istanbul Bilgi University), Nora Lafi (ZMO), Nazan Maksudyan (ZMO), Florian Riedler (ZMO), Funda Soysal (Boğaziçi University), Erol Ülker (Istanbul Kemerburgaz University), Ilkay Yilmaz (ZMO).


5 April 2017, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Paris Nord

Les chemins buissonniers de la démocratie participative en Afrique

Workshop organized by Giovanni Allegretti (CES, University of Coimbra) and Joseph-Désiré Som-I (ZMO). To participate, please register with:


22-24 March 2017, ZMO

Modalities of Co-Existence Across Religious Difference. Critical Terms for the Study of Indigenous Religion, Christianity and Islam in Plural Settings in Africa and Beyond

Closed conference organized by Kai Kresse (Columbia University/ visiting fellow BGSMCS), Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University/ZMO) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO). If you would like to participate, please register with:


16-18 February 2017, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29, Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054, India

Servants' Pasts, 16th to 20th Century

Conference organized by Charu Gupta (University Delhi), Ravikant (CSDS), Nitin Varma (Re:Work, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Nitin Sinha (ZMO).


3-5 February 2017, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Altensteinstraße 48, 14195 Berlin

Entangled Muslim Networks in Europe, South Asia, and the Arab Middle East in the First Half of the 20th Century

Workshop organized by Oriana Gaetaniello (BGSMCS) and Razak Khan (Goettingen University) in cooperation with ZMO and Utrecht University.