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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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Obituary

ZMO mourns the death of the Austrian filmmaker and artist Daniela Swarowsky. From 2010-2014 Daniela was research fellow at ZMO for the research/art project In Search of Europe (ISOE). Daniela was the artistic curator in a group with six researchers who examined inter alia what if invoking or moving to “Europe” were in fact not about Europe? In this framework she developed together with Samuli Schielke “Our Foreign Agenda” in Alexandria (Egypt) and Dakar (Senegal) consisting of different films and audio-pieces. As a cultural producer she brought together tandems of researchers and artists mostly from the countries of the researchers' focus. Daniela moved many of us to think about the worlds of art and research and re-think twice the all too frequently used term ‘auf Augenhöhe’ (at eye level). She remained an always interested and outgoing colleague for many at ZMO and beyond. On June 1st, Daniela Swarowsky died at home after a long illness. She has left us too early. We deeply empathize with her husband and her family.

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Tenders and Calls

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

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Upcoming Events

20-22 June, Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstraße 14, 14193 Berlin

Women and the Transregional Circulation of Knowledge, 1800-1950

Workshop organized by Heike Liebau (ZMO), Tika Ramadhini (ZMO) and Thiago Pinto Barbosa (ZMO). The event is closed.

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Monday, 24 June, 3 pm, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Altensteinstraße 48, 14195 Berlin

Columbus the Muslim

Roundtable with Prof. Alan Mikhail (Yale University) and Prof. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO).

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Thursday, 27 June, 5 pm, ZMO

Maids in Movement: Domestic Workers and Trade Unions in India

Lecture by Samita Sen (University of Cambridge) as part of the ZMO-Colloquium.

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Monday, 1 July, 5 pm, ZMO

The New Spatialities of Islam in Urban Indonesia

Lecture by Tika Ramadhini (ZMO) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar.

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Monday, 15 July, 5 pm, ZMO

Islam and the Urban Space in Ottoman Tunis.

Lecture by Ahmed Saadaoui (Faculté des Lettres, des Arts et des Humanités de l'Université de La Manouba, Tunis). Please note: The presentation will be in French with an English powerpoint presentation.

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Latest Publications

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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