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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sunday, September 11th, 2016, from 12 noon, ZMO
Open House Day - Tag der offenen Tür
European Heritage Days

As last year ZMO organizes its open house day in cooperation with the Historische Kommission zu Berlin. Visitors get an insight into the research of the two institutions in different lectures under the title "Migration and Diversity". Additionally the program offers a concert of Anatolian folk music by singer and musician Petra Nachtmanova and her band (Deniz Mahir Kartal and Engin Işık), a children program, oriental street food by Koshary Lux, as also guided tours through ZMO's working place, the more than 100 years old Mittelhof, built by famous German architect Hermann Muthesius. The open house day takes place in coordination with the nationwide Tag des offenen Denkmals in the framework of the European Heritage Days. Click on the image above or here to see full program.


Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 5 pm, FU-Universitätsbibliothek, Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin
Lives from a Global Conflict: Cultural Entanglements during the First World War
Exhibition of the collaborative research project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict

Widely and generally known as a phase of cruel battles, destruction and enormous suffering, the exhibition sheds fresh light on the First World War as a generator of imposed and voluntary encounters. Not only for Europeans but also for more than one million Asians and Africans, who fought on the side of the Entente in the battles of the Western front. The exhibition showcases the life trajectories of 16 individuals–some famous, some not–who lived through these extraordinary times, and whose experiences illustrate the global and varied nature of the Great War. The exhibition is one outcome of a three-year collaborative research project entitled "Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals, and Belligerents during the First World War”, partly hosted at ZMO.

September 5th-30th, 2016, Handelskammer Hamburg, Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg
Hamburg – India: An Entangled History
Exhibition organized by the collaborative research project Modern India in German Archives

People, commodities, scientific objects, and ideas have been traveling back and forth between the port city of Hamburg and India with increasing frequency for many centuries. But little is known about the nature of these exchanges or the imaginations, aspirations and interests of the historical actors shaping them. On the occasion of the Historikertag 2016, the exhibition presents traces of the entanglement between the Hanseatic City and the Indian Subcontinent. Based on findings from the Hamburg archives and scientific collections, it provides a fascinating insight into these economic, intellectual, political and migrational connections, and indicates promising fields of research.

Friday, September 9th, 2016, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
Digging Deep, Crossing Far_ 3rd Encounter: Berlin
Exhibition - opening reception

Digging deep, crossing far presents contemporary artistic positions on lesser known narratives from the First World War. These positions add a global perspective to Western history, and begin in a Great War camp at Zossen-Wünsdorf (Germany) where non-European prisoners of war were held. This camp is the exhibition’s sounding board for further discourse and artistic engagement...

Digging Deep, Crossing Far_ 3rd Encounter: Berlin will be shown from September 10 to November 13, 2016, in the arts space Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.

New Publications

Ali Nobil Ahmad
Disaster governance at the urban-rural interface: the 2010 floods in Pakistanʼs smaller cities


ZMO Working Paper No. 15, 2016, 14 p.

Nora Lafi
Historische Perspektiven auf den Maghreb

In Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 66, 33-34, 2016, pp.  4-10.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

Warum Halil Yenigün in der Türkei keine Zukunft mehr hat

Amory Burchard on the difficult situation of academics in Turkey and ZMO's new guest researcher Halil Yenigün, Der Tagesspiegel, August 26, 2016.

With Ulrike Freitag
Nahost-Historikerin: Nikab hat an deutschen Schulen nichts verloren

Ulrike Freitag on the recent debate about a ban of full-face veils in public institutions, Stern, August 23, 2016.

With Ulrike Freitag
History on Tape - Interview with Ulrike Freitag xx xxx xxx xx

Ulrike Freitag on her research on the Ottoman Empire and 20th century Syria and its relation to present day issues affecting Germany and different parts of the world, History on Tape, August 22, 2016.

With Dietrich Reetz
Islamic Education in Europe: Faith of our fathers xxx xxx xx xx

Dietrich Reetz comments on work opportunities for "home-grown" Islamic scholars in Germany, The Economist, August 20, 2016.

Nitin Sinha
Cultures of Liberalisation: Between Raj and Raja of the 1990s

Nitin Sinha on two Indian feature films of the and their  "versions of liberalisation" for the Indian Middle Class, The Wire, August 6, 2016.

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