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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

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)

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Leibniz Fellowships "Historical Authenticity" for the academic year 2017
(Applications can be sent in until 15 November 2016)

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Call for Papers: Servants' Pasts, 16th to 20th century
(Conference, Delhi University, 16-17 February 2017, Deadline: 30 September 2016)

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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)

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

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Upcoming Events

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

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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

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Exhibition organized by HERA, ZMO and the Free University of Berlin

 

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5-30 September 2016, Handelskammer Hamburg, Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg

Hamburg - Indien: Spuren einer Verflechtungsgeschichte

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Exhibition in celebration of the 51st Biennal Meeting of German Historians 2016 at the University of Hamburg

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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.

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Latest Publications

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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