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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


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 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 a Form of Entertainment in Qajar Iran

February 5th, 2018,Dorota Woroniecka-Krzyzanowska(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 (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
Attention: This lecture has been cancelled!


Single Event

Monday, 9 July 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

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 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

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).