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Lecture Series | Single Events | Exhibitions | Conferences and Symposia


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

Thursday, 28 June 2018, ZMO
Giving Life: The Hidden Labor of Malagasy Marriage Migration
Jennifer Cole, University of Chicago


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 (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, 2 May 2018, 2 pm, ZMO

The Ethiopian labour movement, 1960-2010

Lecture and ZMO work talk with Samuel Andreas Admasie.


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)


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

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).