Supplementary Research

Research group "Learning Intelligence: The Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East”

This research goup, headed by Dr. Sophia Hoffmann, analyses the exchange of secret service knowledge between German and Arab intelligence agencies between 1960 and 2010. The project is funded by a Freigeist Fellowship Grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

 

Normality and Crisis: Memories of Everyday Life in Syria as a Chance for a New Start in Germany

Normality and Crisis: Memories of Everyday Life in Syria as a Chance for a New Start in Germany is a joint research project based at ZMO with civil society partners from Berlin and Brandenburg. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research(BMBF) for a period of three years (February 2018 - January 2021).

 

Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds (HISDEMAB)

This international and collaborative project seeks to establish an innovative research network that connects three institutes of the Leibniz Association (ZMO, IEG, ZZF) with two research institutions in the Arab world (Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) in Amman, Jordan and Manouba University in Tunis, Tunisia), while also including guest researchers from the wider Arab and Muslim worlds. The project explores democracy and debates about democracy in the region from a historical perspective.

 

Liminal Spaces as Sites of Socio-Cultural Transformation and Knowledge Production in the Arab World

Liminal Spaces is a joint research project with partners in Morocco (Mohammad V University-Agdal/Rabat), Egypt (Prof. Randa Aboubakr) and Palestine (A. M. Qattan Foundation). The project is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung for a period of three years from January 2018 to December 2020.

 

The Evolution of Developmental Discourse in Bulgaria and Turkey in the Debate on Traffic Infrastructure (1908-1989)

With this DFG-funded project, Dr. Malte Fuhrmann will analyze developmentality as a specific discourse on progress by focusing on traffic infrastructure in Bulgaria and Turkey. Comparing the deeply entangled neighboring countries of Bulgaria and Turkey promises to yield a better understanding of the common roots and later divergences in the manifestation of developmentality in Southeastern Europe.

 

Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven, 1706-1989 (MIDA)

Die Reichhaltigkeit der Bestände deutscher Archive zur Geschichte des modernen Indiens ist bislang ebenso ungenügend erkannt worden wie das in ihnen schlummernde wissenschaftliche Potenzial. Zum einen kann ihre Erforschung den internationalen historischen Indienstudien Perspektiven eröffnen, die eine übermäßige Fixierung auf britische Kolonialarchive bisher weitgehend verstellt hat. Zum anderen ermöglichen diese weitgehend brachliegenden Ressourcen die Rekonstruktion deutsch-indischer Verflechtungsgeschichte seit dem 18. Jahrhundert und damit die Formulierung innovativer komparativer und globalgeschichtlicher Fragestellungen. Die somit mögliche doppelte Erweiterung von Forschungsperspektiven kann zudem neue Chancen für die Intensivierung von Kommunikation und Kooperation zwischen geschichtswissenschaftlichen Traditionen in Indien und Deutschland schaffen, die sich bisher gegenseitig kaum wahrgenommen haben. Das Langfristvorhaben „Das Moderne Indien in Deutschen Archiven“ (MIDA) soll hierfür Voraussetzungen schaffen.