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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 50, 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
Proper Cinema and Progressive Politics: Masculinity and the Film Society Movement in Bangladesh
Lotte Hoek (University of Edinburgh)
Ali Nobil Ahmad (Discussant, ZMO, Berlin)
Thursday, 28 February 2019, 5 pm, ZMO
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 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.
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!
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
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
4 October 2018, bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin
Mothering From Afar - Short Film Program
Film screening and discussion with Hilal Alkan Zeybek (ZMO).
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 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).
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
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).