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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.
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
Tenders and Calls
Six Travel Grants for the Herrenhausen-Symposium "The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, continuities and memories" (8-10 May 2017)
(Applications can be sent in until
1 November 2016)
Leibniz Fellowships "Historical Authenticity" for the academic year 2017
(Applications can be sent in until
15 November 2016)
Call for Papers: Servants' Pasts, 16th to 20th century
(Conference, Delhi University, 16-17 February 2017, Deadline:
30 September 2016)
Call for Papers: Appropriations, Representations, Productions: Engagements with 'Nature' in the MENA region from the 19th century till today
(Konferenz, ZMO, 25.-26. Januar 2018, Deadline: 15. Dezember 2016)
Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
Thursday, 29 September 2016, 5-6:30 pm, ZMO
Mahatma Gandhi und der Islam
Lecture by Prof Dr Gita Dharampal-Frick (Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg) in the framework of the ZMO-Colloquium in the Winter Term 2016/17
7 September - 4 November 2016, Universitätsbibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin, Garystraße 39, 14195 Berlin
Lives from a Global Conflict. Cultural Entanglements during the First World War
Poster | Flyer
Exhibition organized by HERA, ZMO and the Free University of Berlin
5-30 September 2016, Handelskammer Hamburg, Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg
Hamburg - Indien: Spuren einer Verflechtungsgeschichte
Info poster | Announcement
Exhibition in celebration of the 51st Biennal Meeting of German Historians 2016 at the University of Hamburg
Thursday, 6 Oktober 2016, 7 pm, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
Gangaram Gurung - Begegnungen eines Inders in Europa (1914-1918)
Panel discussion with the artist Sonya Schönberger and Heike Liebau (ZMO) in the framework of the exhibition Digging Deep, Crossing Far, 3rd Encounter: Berlin.
Andrea Fischer-Tahir, Katharina Lange (Ed.)
Ethnographien des Wandels im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika
Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2016, 271 p.
Erdem Evren, Cemil Aksu and Sinan Erensü (Ed.)
Sudan Sebepler: Türkiye’de Neoliberal Su-Enerji Politikaları ve Direnişleri
İletişim, 2016, 528 p.
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.
Rev.: Middle East Policy Council, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, 2016
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