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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

ZMO invites applications for a student assistant to support its research coordination (20h/month, Applications can be sent in until 15 July 2016)

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Workshop for junior researchers: "Young Research on the Horn of Africa"
(organized by ZMO and the Horn of Africa Research Association, Applications can be sent in until 27 July)

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ZMO and BGSMCS are inviting applications as Visiting Researchers for the calendar year of 2017
(Applications can be sent in until 14 August 2016)

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The Graduate School "Global Intellectual History" invites applications for 12 doctoral fellowships and 1 postdoctoral fellowship
(Applications can be sent in until 15 September 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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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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Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

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The Middle East And North Africa Today: Crises, Mobilities and Paths to the Future
(Summer School, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon, 25-29 July 2016)

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Christians and Muslims in Africa. Towards a Framework for the Study of
Multi-Religious Settings

Summer School (ZMO, 14-20 July 2016. Call closed)

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 - Thursday, 25 August 2016

TV program tip: Der Erste Weltkrieg im Orient

Three-part documentary including interviews with Heike Liebau (ZMO) and former ZMO director Peter Heine

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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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