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Lecture Series

ZMO-Colloquium: Winter Term 2018-2019

Performing Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

Organized by Nazan Maksudyan, Ali Nobil Ahmad and Philipp Liegmann.

Time and Location:
All lectures are held at ZMO and start at 5 pm sharp, with the exception of the talk on 12 December 2018. This event will take place at bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin


Annual Theme: Performing Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

Poster with programme




Thursday, 27 September 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Performing Critique in Chaza Charafeddine's "Divine Comedy"
Charlotte Bank (Berlin)

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Köçeks in the "Culture of Beloveds": Gender, Love, and Dance Performance in the Late Ottoman Empire
Mustafa Avcı (Altınbaş University, Istanbul)

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Hymens, Sex, and Money: Interrogating the Economics of Virginity in the Middle East
Ebtihal Mahadeen (University of Edinburgh)

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 5 pm, bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin-Wedding
Pembe Hayat KuirFest: A Queer Film Festival from Ankara to Berlin
Selim Özadar (bi'bak, Berlin) & Esra Özban (Pink Life KuirFest)

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 5 pm, ZMO
Gender, Sexuality and the Socialist Interlude: Pakistani Cinema’s Long 1960s and Turbulent Seventies
Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO)

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 5 pm, ZMO
Queer Futures
Henriette Gunkel (Goldsmiths College, London)


ZMO-Colloquium: Summer Term 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018, ZMO
Development Knowledge in Colonial and Nehruvian India
Prakash Kumar, Penn State University

Thursday, 31 May 2018, ZMO
The Ecumenical Frame: Coexistence and Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East (till the 1950s)
Ussama Makdisi, Rice University, chaired by Jens Hansen, University of Toronto

Thursday, 28 June 2018, ZMO
Academic Freedom in India
Nandini Sundar, University of Delhi


Urban Studies Seminar 2018-2019

The Urban Spatialities of Religion in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia

Organized by Jan Brauburger, Claudia Ghrawi und Nora Lafi.

Time and Location:
The events will take place in the rooms of ZMO every second Monday from 5-7 pm. On 13 May, the seminar will begin at 6 pm.


Annual Theme:
The Urban Spatialities of Religion in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia



19 November 2018, Yahia Shawkat (Co-founder 10 Tooba, Berlin): Pacta Sunt Servanda: Socialism, Islamism, Neoliberalism and Rent Conflicts in Egypt

3 December 2018, Susanne Rau and Jörg Rüpke (Project leaders of the Religion and Urbanity DFG Programme, Erfurt): Religion and Urbanity: A Research Agenda

17 December 2018, Menashe Anzi (Ben Gurion University, Beersheba - Bi’r al-Sab’, EUME Fellow 2014-15): The Jewish Neighborhood in Sanʿāʾ and the Relationship between Jews and Muslims: Physical Separation and Cultural Closeness

14 January 2019, Himmat Zoubi (EUME Fellow 2018-19, Berlin): Forming Space and Collective/Religious Identities in post-1948 Haifa

28 January 2019, Murtala Ibrahim (HONORS Fellow 2018-19, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies): Spatial Piety: Shia Religious Processions and the Politics of Contestation of Public Space in Northern Nigeria

11 February 2019, Magdi Guirguis (Kafrelsheikh University, Cairo): Reconstructing Eastern Christianity under Ottoman Rule: Cairo's Christian Spatialities

25 February 2019, Lucía Cirianni Salazar (Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies): (Un)closed Lodges: Sufism and Space in “Post-Secular” Turkey

8 April 2019, Ahmed Saadaoui (Université de la Manouba, Tunis): Islam and the Urban Space in Ottoman Tunis

13 May 2019, 6 pm (!), Nora Cherfan (ENSA, Strasbourg): Changing Confessional Boundaries in Contemporary Beirut

20 May 2019, Mohamed Dali (Helwan University, Cairo, EUME Fellow 2007-8): Historical Observations on the Relationship between Politics and Religion in Modern Egypt

3 June 2019, Rahal Boubrik (Centre des Etudes et des Recherches Sahariennes, Rabat) : Religiosity and Spatial Configurations in Pre-Colonial Saharan Cities 

17 June 2019, Johara Berriane (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin): ‘Conquering New Territories for Jesus…’: Displacement and Place-Making of Christian Migrants in Moroccan Cities

1 July 2019, Tika Ramadhini (ZMO, Berlin): The New Spatialities of Islam in Urban Indonesia

15 July 2019, Ebtisam Al-Gerafi (National Center for Documentation, Sanaa): A Map of Urban Religious Landmarks in Sana’a during the Ottoman Era


Single Event

Dienstag, 16 October 2018, 4 pm, ZMO

Buying Time. Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean.

Book presentation by Thomas F. McDow (Ohio State University).


Monday, 8 October 2018, 7.30-10.15 pm, Katholische Akademie in Berlin, Hannoversche Str. 5, 10115 Berlin

Zwischen Tunis, Teheran und Raqqa:
Welche Wege zur Demokratie im Nahen Osten?

The event will be broadcasted via Live-Stream.

Lecture and panel discussion with Adnan Tabatabai (Bonn), Daniel Gerlach (Berlin) Aktham Suliman (Berlin), Anne-Béatrice Clasmann (Berlin) and Kristin Helberg (Berlin). Cooperative event of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO, the Katholische Akademie in Berlin and the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform.


Monday, 9 July 2018, 5 pm, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Schützenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin

From Extremism to Moderation: Religious Transformation in Contemporary Saudi Arabia

Lecture by Besnik Sinani (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies).


Friday, 6 July 2018, 6 pm, ZMO

Intimate Strangers: Balcony Love in Karachi, Then and Now

Lecture with Bilal Tanweer (Lahore, Pakistan). Attention: This lecture has been cancelled!


Thursday, 5 July 2018, 2 pm

Transcendant et vécu dans la culture saharienne (de quelques aspects du
chant religieux)

Lecture by Fatimatou Abdel Wahhab (Université du Nouakchott).


21-23 June 2018, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin

Claiming Common Spaces. Kunst und urbane Praxis.

Project of the Bündnis Internationaler Produktionshäuser. With Nazan Maksudyan (ZMO) and many other guests.


Friday, 1 June 2018, 2-6 pm, ZMO

Das dickste Buch zur kleinsten Kolonie

Presentation about the Peter Sebald papers at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. Cooperative event with the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO e. V.


Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 2 pm, ZMO

The Ethiopian labour movement, 1960-2010

Lecture and ZMO work talk with Samuel Andreas Admasie.


Thursday, 26 April 2018, 6 pm, ZMO

Book Launch - Michael Provence: The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Book Launch with Michael Provence (University of California, San Diego).


Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8 pm, Bumiller Collection Studio for Islamic Art, Naunynstraße 68, 10997 Berlin

Berliner Nachtungen #7: Moralities of Odienné by Night: an anthropology of light and darkness

Lecture by André Chappatte (ZMO) in the framework of the interdisciplinary seminar series Berliner Nachtungen.


Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 5 pm, Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstraße 14, 14193

A Cultural History of the Body in the Work of Modern Iranian Religious Intellectuals 1960-1980

Lecture by Fatima Tofighi (University of Religions Qom) chaired by Katrin Bromber (ZMO).


Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 4-7 pm, Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin, Seminarraum 1

Islam in Berlin - der Faktencheck

Information event with Reinhard Fischer (Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung) and Nushin Atmaca (ZMO).

Exhibitions / Performances / Films

18-19 December 2018, Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin

La Bataille d'Alger - A film in History

Two-day event about Gillo Pontecorvo's film La Battaglia Di Algeri hosted by Kino Arsenal in cooperation with ZMO and the department of Cultural History and Theory of Humboldt-Universität Berlin. With screenings and a Q&A session with Nora Lafi (ZMO) and Malek Bensmaïl.


Thursday, 29 November 2018, 7-9 pm, Kutschstall, Am Neuen Markt 9A, 14467 Potsdam

Halbmond über Brandenburg. Die Mark, der Nahe Osten und der Islam

Film screening and subsequent discussion with the directors Kristoffer Born and Christoph Wunicke. The film was realized with scientific assistance by ZMO fellows Ulrike Freitag, Sophia Hoffmann and Jan Brauburger.


Thursday, 4 October 2018, bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin

Mothering From Afar - Short Film Program

Film screening and discussion with Hilal Alkan Zeybek (ZMO).


Friday, 18 May 2018, Moviemento Kino, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin

Benim Varoş Hikâyem (My Suburban Stories)

Film Screening and Q&A with director Yunus Ozan Korkut, moderated by Sezai Ozan Zeybek (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin).


3 - 6 May 2018, Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin

The Past in the Present. Neue Filme aus Algerien

Film serie of the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Algerien and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.


11 - 18 April 2018

Arab Film Festival Berlin



Conferences and Symposia

11-12 December 2018, ZMO

Religion, Morality and Boko: Students Training for a Good Life
What to look for? How?

Workshop organized by Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO).


6-7 December 2018, ZMO

BAK-OFF Project Workshop

Workshop organized by Ergün Özgür (ZMO) and Stefan Kirmse (ZMO).


11-12 October 2018, ZMO

Islam as an Epistemic Field: Imperial Entanglements and Orientalism in the German-Speaking World since 1870

Conference organized by Nils Riecken (ZMO) and Larissa Schmid (FU Berlin/ Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin).


11-12 October 2018, Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin

We All Wanna Change The World. The Revolutionary Sixties in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

International Workshop organized by Leyla Dakhli (Centre Marc Bloch), Nazan Maksudyan (Centre Marc Bloch, ZMO) and Jakob Krais (FU Berlin).


27-28 September 2018, Institut für Afrika- und Asienwissenschaften, Invalidenstraße 118, Berlin

Entangled Archives: Perspectives from Modern India in German Archives

Conference organized by the Institute for Asian and African Studies and Modern India in German Archives (MIDA).


25-26 September 2018, ZMO

The Land Question in North Africa in an Era of Global Resource Grabs and Ecological Crisis

Workshop organized by Joseph-Désiré Som-I (ZMO), Mathilde Fautras (Villers-lès-Nancy University), Mohammed Benidir (Ecole Nationale d'Architecture de Tétouan) and Guilio Iocco (DISPeS and CeSSR, University of Calabria).


16-22 July 2018, Seville, Spain

WOCMES - World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies 2018

International conference. ZMO research fellows contribute to WOCMES 2018 with numerous panels and lectures listed below. For the complete program of the conference please visit the WOCMES 2018 Website.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

9:00 am-11:00 am, PA-066. The intricacies of the Turkish political system.

  • Ilkay Yilmaz (ZMO): The Land of unburied deaths: Turkish politics over death in a historical perspective.

2:30 pm-4:30 pm, PA-106. Dealing with climate change in the Middle East.

  • Juliane Schumacher (ZMO): Forests north, forests south: Mediterranean forests in times of climate change and regional separation.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

9:00 am-11:00 am, PA-146: Nationalism, resistance and coexistence during colonization.

  • Jakob Krais (FU Berlin/ZMO): North African national teams: from colonial algérianité to anticolonical nationalism.
  • Nora Lafi (ZMO): Women resisting colonization: Female rebels in late-19th and early 20th c. Tunisia and their exile in ottoman Tripolitania.

11:30 am-1:30 pm, PA-4102: Living abroad. Insights into migration from and to the Middle East. Organised by Ergün Özgür (ZMO).

  • Ergün Özgür (ZMO): The impact of multicultural politcy implementations and acculturation strategies on the values of Muslim immigrants from Turkey-cases. Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

2:30 pm-4:30 pm, PA-973: Good living and home-building. Co-organised by Dalila Ghodbane (University of Italian Switzerland) and Samuli Schielke (ZMO).

  • Katharina Lange (ZMO): Shifting Grounds: On the precarities of being at home in Duhok, Kurdistan Iraq.
  • Samuli Schielke (ZMO): The homely utopia of the migrant house, its moral structure and paradoxical success.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

9:00 am-11:00 am, PA-207: Tourism to and from the Arab world: Challenges, potentials, risks. Organisiert von Nadine Scharfenort.

  • Annegret Roelcke (ZMO): Changing branding strategies for the quarter of Eyüp in Istanbul.

2:30 pm-4:30 pm, PA-1602: Interactions in The Gulf-South Asian space: Pakistani migration to the Gulf. Organised by Antía Mato Bouzas (ZMO) and Gennaro Errichiello (Loughborough University).

  • Antía Mato Bouzas (ZMO): Migrants from Pakistan and patrons from the Gulf: building transnational spaces.
  • Dietrich Reetz (ZMO): The ex-territorial extension of Pakistan in the Gulf: plural life-worlds of Pakistani migrants in the UAE.

2:30 pm-4:30 pm, PA-3784: Coping with uncertainty: a study of youth In the Arab world. Organised by David Kreuer (University of Leipzig).

    Sonja Hegasy (ZMO): Politics.

5:00 pm-7:00 pm, PA-4009: Cities in the public imaginary. Organised by Hala Sami (Cairo University).

  • Norman Saadi Nikro (ZMO): Between memory and history: a tale of two Beiruti tents.

5:00 pm-7:00 pm, PA-272: Music in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Nazan Maksudyan (ZMO): If the city can speak: street sounds in Istanbul ca. 1900.

Friday, 20 July 2018

2:30 pm-4:30 pm, PA-2672: Une réflexion sur l’exclusion dans les grands centres urbains: le cas de quatre villes maghrébines. Organised by Gueliane Jedidi Nora Emna (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales).

  • Joseph Som I (ZMO): Budget participatif et politique de ville dans la Tunisie post-révolutionnaire.


2-3 July 2018, ZMO

Libya between Saharan Routes, Urban Wars, Migration and
Local Reconfigurations

Workshop organized by Suaad Al Ghafal, Adam Benkato and Nora Lafi. Hosted by VolkswagenStiftung.


17-18 May 2018, ZMO

Neighbourhoods at Times of Change and Crisis

Workshop organized by Hilal Alkan (ZMO, Alice Salomon Hochschule) and Nazan Maksudyan (ZMO).


11-13 April 2018, Senatssaal, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Servants' Pasts - 2nd International Conference

Conference organized by Nitin Varma (Re: work, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Nitin Sinha (ZMO).


9 February 2018, 7 pm, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Schützenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin

Cooperation between Central Asian Studies and Foreign Policy: Challenges and Perspectives

Final panel discussion of the workshop Central Asian Studies Inside Out, organized by Florian Coppenrath, Lena Heller, Kyara Klausmann and Elizaveta Kucherova.


8-9 February 2018, ZMO

Central Asian Studies Inside Out: Engaging with Knowledge Transfer Between Academia and Actors in Society and Politics

Workshop organized by Florian Coppenrath, Lena Heller, Kyara Klausmann and Elizaveta Kucherova.


25-27 January 2018, ZMO

Appropriations, Representations, Productions: Engagements with "Nature" in the MENA Region from the 19th Century until Today

Workshop organized by Juliane Schumacher (University of Potsdam) and Katharina Lange (ZMO).