ZMO News

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Positive vote on ZMO's application for admission

The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) and the Senet of the Leibniz Association issued their formal opinion to the initiative of ZMO's admission to the Leibniz Association. Both bodies come to a positive vote. On the basis of their evaluations the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz) will decide on ZMO's admission to the association in the course of this year. Please find more information in our German press release.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 5 pm, ZMO
Islamism and Producing a 'Modernist Islam'

Summer colloquium talk by Dr Humeira Iqtidar (King’s College, London)

The intellectual, political and social revolution that early Islamists envisioned at the turn of the 20th century was predicated on a new imagination of how religion was to be defined. This new definition of religion led many Islamists to rethink established norms and traditional practices in a dramatically different manner...


Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 5 pm, ZMO
From Asylum Activists to Community Leaders - How Palestinian-Lebanese refugees shaped the Arab community in West Berlin 1975-1989
Lecture within the Urban Studies Seminar "Refugees in the City" by Livia Gerster (FU Berlin)

During this lecture, Livia Gerster is going to present the results of a series of interviews she conducted with various community leaders of Palestinian-Lebanese origin in Berlin. All of them originally arrived in Germany as refugees after the massacres of Palestinians that occurred at the beginning of the Lebanese civil war in 1975/1976. In West Berlin – which refugees could easily access...

Monday, May 11th, 2016, 5 pm, ZMO
“Produce or perish”: The Crisis of the Late 1940s and the Place of Labour in Postcolonial India
Lecture by Prof Dr Ravi Ahuja (University of Göttingen), hosted by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO

A major strike movement emerged in India soon after the end of the Second World War extending into the early years of independence (1946-1950). Though it has rarely been discussed by historians, it was characterized, a decade later, as a period of ‘industrial strife unprecedented in the history of India’ (V.V. Giri). At its peak in 1946 and 1947, this strike movement was spread more widely than ever before across geographical space, involved many workers...

Tenders & Calls

Job Vacancy: Student Assistant at ZMO
Research group: "Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols", Deadline: 5 May 2016

ZMO research group "Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols" is looking for a student assistant. Master students or advanced Bachelor students can apply. Good language skills in English, German and French are required.

5 Postdoctoral Fellowships for the Academic Year 2016/17
Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe, Closing Date: 9 May 2016

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME). EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars...

Summer School: The Middle East and North Africa Today
Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon, 25-29 July 2016, Closing Date: 31 May 2016

The recent events in North Africa and Middle East have produced an impact that has widely transcended the local or regional scale, unveiling other historical fault-lines in the Mediterranean and beyond. This makes the comprehension of the ongoing processes of paramount importance for a deeper understanding of how the problems faced by the societies of the area represent common challenges for a shared future...

Travel Grants by the Volkswagen Foundation
Herrenhausen Symposium "The Long End of the First World War", Closing Date: 1 Nov. 2016

The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for PhD students researching on the First World War in an outer European perspective. Appli-cants can win one of six travel grants to take part in the Herrenhausen Symposium "The Long End of the First World War" in Hanover, Germany...

New Publications

Sarah Jurkiewicz
Cultural Activism through Spatial Practices:
Walking Tours and Urban Gardening in Kuwait City


ZMO Working Paper No. 4, 2016, 12 p.

Nora Lafi
Book review: A History of Modern Morocco, written by Susan Gilson Miller

Islamic Africa, 7:1, 2016, pp. 124-26.

Nora Lafi
Retour à Alexandrie: une communauté citadine avant Ilbert?

In Étudier en liberté les mondes méditerranéens: Mélanges offerts à Robert Ilbert, ed. by Leyla Dakhli and Vincent Lemire, Publications de la Sorbonne: Paris, 2016.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

ZMO Summer Collquium
Gegen die alten Fesseln vom Osten und Westen

Sadik al-Azm in interview with Philipp Schnee in the following of his talk "Occidentalism: Uses and Abuses" in the framework of the ZMO summer colloquium, Deutschlandradio Kultur, April 24, 2016.

With Hanna Nieber
Heilungspraktiken auf Zanzibarxxx xxxx xxx xxxxx

Hanna Nieber in interview with Constanze Fertig on her PhD project "Drinking the Written Qur’an: Scripture and Healing in Zanzibar Town", Podcast Islamwissenschaft (FU), April 19, 2016.

With Ulrike Freitag
Islam und Grundgesetzxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxxxx

Ulrike Freitag in interview on the debate on the compatibility of the religion of Islam and the German constitution, ZDF heute+, April 18, 2016.

ZMO and the Leibniz Association
Wissenschaftsrat bewertet Berliner Zentren positiv

Tilmann Warnecke and Amory Burchhard on the positve vote by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) and the Senet of the Leibniz Association on ZMO's apply for admission to the latter, Der Tagesspiegel, April 18, 2016.

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