Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag


Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-0
Current research: Translocal Networks in the Indian Ocean, Urban and Cultural History of the Modern Middle East
Regional focus: Arab countries (notably Arabian Peninsula and Bilād al-Shām), Indian Ocean

Dr. Sonja Hegasy

Vice Director

Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-223
Research project: Transforming Memories: Morocco in the Aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Instance
Regional focus: Middle East and North Africa 

Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse

Vice Director

Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-230
Current research: Anthropology and philosophy; intellectual culture and social practice; regional literatures; local thinkers; religion and society; muslim living environment; postcolonial experiences; anthropology of texts; culture- and social theory; mobility and transregional research
Regional focus: Africa, especially East Africa and the Swahili coast, also Southern Africa; transregional connections, especially in the Indian Ocean; Muslim world

PD Dr. Stefan B. Kirmse

Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator

Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-220 E
Research project: Between Nationalism and Internationalism: Youth in the Soviet South, 1956-1982; 'Minorities' in Imperial Space

Dr. Hilal Alkan


Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-120
Current research: Migration and welfare provision On-going project: Dyad of Care and Discipline: Aiding Syrian Migrants in Turkey and Germany
Research project: The Dyad of Care and Discipline: Aiding Syrian Migrants in Turkey and Germany (Juli 2018 - Juni 2020)
Regional focus: Middle East and Europe, particularly Turkey, Syria and Germany

Dr. Ahmet Asker

Affiliated Researcher

Research project: German Cultural Influences in Turkey, 1871-1945 (Dezember 2018 - September 2020)

Dr. Anandita Bajpai

Research Fellow

Current research: Entangled Wavelengths: Translocal Affect and Affiliation among Radio Broadcasters and Listeners of East and West German International Radio Stations in Cold War India, 1964-1990.
Research topic: South Asia, especially India; India–The German Democratic Republic–The Federal Republic of Germany entanglements