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Welcome to the Pages of the ZMO

The 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 centres. The core funding of ZMO is provided by the Senate of Berlin and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.

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Zentrum Moderner Orient will join the Leibniz Association

As of January 1, 2017 Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin will join the Leibniz Association. The final decision was taken by the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz) on June 24, 2016. ZMO is the only German research institute devoted to an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia from a historical perspective. The Centre´s international profile and its focus on non-European developments will contribute to the Association’s profile regarding global issues. ZMO’s admission is based on a positive evaluation by the German Council of Science and Humanities as well as by a positive statement by the senate of the Leibniz Association.

More information in the official press release

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Tenders and Calls

Three year doctoral research positions (50%) at ZMO
open from 1 January 2017

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Call for Papers: Appropriations, Representations, Productions: Engagements with 'Nature' in the MENA region from the 19th century till today
(Conference, ZMO, 25-26 January 2018, Deadline: 15 December 2016)

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Call for Papers: 'New Man' in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization, c. 1910-1960
(Conference, ZMO, 27-29 September 2017, Deadline: 15 January 2017)

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

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, 8 December 2016, 7 pm, nGbK, Oranienstraße 25
10999 Berlin

Selections from a provisional archiv

Opening of an exhibition by the group Necessità dei volti (aka informal collective on Western Sahara).

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Saturday, 10 December 2016, 10 am - 5 pm, nGbK, Oranienstraße 25
10999 Berlin

A dialogical procedure

Public dialogue with five invited guests on the exhibition by the group Necessità dei volti (aka informal collective on Western Sahara).

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 6 pm, Sharehouse Refugio, Lenaustraße 3-4, 12047 Berlin

"Arrived? Search for identity and self-organization after the escape"

The event is organized by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in cooperation with ZMO, Qantara.de and the Friedrlich Naumann Foundation. The event will be held in German and Arabic, and simultaneously interpreted. Registration requested until 12 December 2016.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016, 5 pm, ZMO

Non-Western Humanitarian Aid in the 20th Century: Reflections and Examples from India and Egypt

Double Lecture by Dr Maria Framke (University of Rostock) and Dr Esther Möller (Leibniz Institute of European History) in the framework of the ZMO-Colloquium

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Latest Publications

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Kulturen im Dialog
Das HERA-Förderprogramm „Cultural Encounters“

 

   

Paolo Gaibazzi, Alice Bellagamba, Stefan Dünnwald (eds.)

EurAfrican Borders and Migration Management: Political Cultures, Contested Spaces, and Ordinary Lives

Series in African Borderlands Studies,
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 302 p.

 

   

Abdoulaye Sounaye

Islam et modernité: à l'analyse de la ré-islamisation au Niger

L'Harmattan, 2016, 168 S.

   

Sigrid Faath, Sonja Hegasy, Volker Vinnai, Achim Vogt

Herausforderungen in arabischen Staaten. Die Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung im Nahen Osten und in Nordafrika

Table of Contens

Verlag J.H.W. Dietz, 2016, 408 p.

   

Andrea Fischer-Tahir, Katharina Lange (Ed.)

Ethnographien des Wandels im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika

Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2016, 271 p.

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Erdem Evren, Cemil Aksu and Sinan Erensü (Ed.)

Sudan Sebepler: Türkiye’de Neoliberal Su-Enerji Politikaları ve Direnişleri

İletişim, 2016, 528 p.

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Nelida Fuccaro (Ed.)

Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East

Stanford University Press, 2016, 312 p.

With contributions by Prof Dr Ulrike Freitag, Dr Nora Lafi and Claudia Ghrawi.

Contents
Rev.: Middle East Policy Council, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, 2016

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