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Welcome to the Pages of the ZMO

The Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) is the only German research institute devoted to an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia from a historical perspective. Current research focuses on the interaction between predominantly Muslim societies and their relations with non-Muslim neighbours.

ZMO was founded in 1996 as one of six independent, non-profit research centers, the Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren e.V. On 1 January 2017 ZMO was admitted to the joint research promotion by the Bund-Länder Commission and became a member of the Leibniz Association. Currently it is funded mainly by the Senate Chancellery Higher Education and Research of the Federal State of Berlin, the German Research Association DFG, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.

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Tenders and Calls

Workshop: Migration in the Making of the Gulf Space: Political, Social and Cultural Dimensions from 17-18 December 2019.

Abstracts can be submitted until 10 September 2019.

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Position as student assistant in research coordination assisting PD Dr. Stefan B. Kirmse (starting from October 2019, 20h/month).

Applications can be submitted until 13 September 2019.

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Eighth International Conference "Omani-German Relations during the 19th and 20th Centuries", 5-6 June 2020, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

Abstracts can be submitted until 16 September 2019. In case of acceptance, complete papers will be received until 16 March 2020.

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10 Doctoral Positions at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (starting from 1 October 2020)

Applications can be submitted until 7 October 2019.

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Workshop: Making Sense of Climate Change - Models, Cosmologies and Practices from North Africa and the Middle East

Abstracts can be submitted until 20 October 2019.

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Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

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Upcoming Events

12-13 September 2019, ZMO

Cinema and the City

Workshop organized by Khaled Adham (ZMO).

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12 September 2019, 4.30 pm, ZMO

In The Last Days of the City

Film screening and Q&A with director Tamer El Said.

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12 September 2019, 10 am, ZMO

Reconfiguring the Post-Colonial City through Filmic Documentation

Keynote Lecture von Viola Shafik im Rahmen des Workshops Cinema and the City.

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26 September 2019, 5 pm, ZMO

Re-thinking towards We-thinking. Reflections on Epistemic Decolonization

Lecture by Claudia Derichs (Institute for Asian and African Studies, HU Berlin) as part of ZMO-Colloquium.

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Latest Publications

Nitin Sinha, Nitin Varma, Pankaj Jha (Eds.)

Servants' Pasts. Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century
South Asia, Vol. 1

Orient BlackSwan, 440 p.

   

Bello Adamou Mahamadou

La Ville de Diffa face à Boko Haram et à l'afflux des réfugiés nigérians

L'Harmattan, 176 p.

   

Katrin Bromber, Jakob Krais (Eds.)

Shaping the "New Man" in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization

Comparativ, Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, 28. Jahrgang, Heft 5.

Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 138 p.

   

Burkhard Schnepel, Tansen Sen (Eds.)

Travelling Pasts.
The Politics of Cultural Heritage in the
Indian Ocean World

Brill 2019, 275 p.

With a contribution by Ulrike Freitag.

   

Antía Mato Bouzas

Kashmir as a Borderland.
The Politics of Space and Belonging across
the Line of Control

Amsterdam University Press 2019, 206 p.

   

Mathias Albert, Sonja Hegasy

(Politics. In: Dilemma of the Youth in the Middle East and North Africa)

Ed. by Ralf Hexel und Jörg Gertel.
Saqi Books 2019, 327-350.

   

Julien Brachet, Judith Scheele

The Value of Disorder.
Autonomy, Prosperity, and Plunder in
the Chadian Sahara

Cambridge University Press 2019, 273 p.

   

Sonja Hegasy, Norman Saadi Nikro (Eds.)

Special Issue: Memories of Violence, Social Life and Political Culture in the Maghreb and Mashreq

Memory Studies Vol. 12, Issue 3, June 2019

With contributions by Sonja Hegasy
and Norman Saadi Nikro.

   

Norman Saadi Nikro

Milieus of ReMemory. Relationalities of Violence, Trauma, and Voice

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2019, 207 p.

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Kai Kresse

Swahili Muslim Publics and
Postcolonial Experience

Indiana University Press 2018, 237 p.

   

Steffen Wippel, Andrea Fischer-Tahir (Eds.)

Jenseits etablierter Meta-Geographien

Nomos 2018, 354 p.

With contributions by Ulrike Freitag, Katrin Bromber, Britta Frede, Dietrich Reetz and Florian Riedler.

   

Anandita Bajpai

Speaking the Nation. The Oratorical Making of Secular, Neoliberal India

Oxford University Press 2018, 356 p.

   

Nora Lafi

Esprit civique et organisation citadine dans l'Empire ottoman (XVe-XXe siècles)

Brill 2018, 360 p.

   

Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Heike Liebau, Anorthe Wetzel (Eds.)

The Long End Of The First World War. Ruptures, Continuities and Memories.

Campus Verlag 2018, 296 p.

   

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