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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Thursday, December 15th, 2016, 5 pm, ZMO
Non-Western Humanitarian Aid in the 20th Century: Reflections and Examples from India and Egypt
Winter colloquium talk by Dr Maria Framke (University of Rostock) and Dr Esther Möller (Leibniz Institute of European History)

Humanitarianism is often understood as a ‘western’ concept that contains both, the diffusion of ideas and the provision of aid from the ‘west’ to a passive ‘rest’. In the last decade, however, research has started to focus increasingly on humanitarian initiatives of non-western individuals, groups and organizations. This research addresses, among others, the question of nonwestern encounters with travelling ‘global’ humanitarian ideas and models and the latter’s interaction with local traditions and practices in times of crises. The presentation adds to this new strand of research by examining Egyptian and Indian humanitarianism after 1945...


December 8th and 10th, 2016, nGbK, Oranienstraße 25 10999 Berlin
A dialogical procedure and Selections from a provisional archive
Exhibition by the group Necessità dei volti (aka informal collective on Western Sahara)

For more than three decades, the occupation of Western Sahara has helped destabilize North Africa and fundamentally challenged the norms of international order. In this work the Necessità dei volti working group (aka informal collective on Western Sahara) has consistently explored the question of why, for all its importance, one of the world’s longest unresolved conflicts remains invisible. Over the course of 2016, the group has conducted research and reflected on its long history working on Western Sahara. On December 8 the group will open its display of a selection of research material and group-made publications in the nGbK exhibition space. Two days later, on December 10, the Necessità dei volti working group has organized a public dialogue with five invited guests, to be held at nGbK’s first floor event space. You are cordially invited to join in reflecting on the Western Sahara conflict and the group’s activities in an encounter structured with active participation in mind...

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, 6 pm, Sharehouse Refugio, Lenaustraße 3-4, 12047 Berlin
Arrived? Identity and self-organization in the context of escape
Event of the CrossCulture Programme of the ifa

What does it mean to arrive? How does escape affect identity? Which possibilities and perspectives do refugees have in Germany? These topics will be discussed by civil society representatives, journalists, politicians and refugees from Syria, the latter participated in the CrossCulture Programme of the ifa. The event finalizes their fellowship and offers the opportunity to exchange experiences with journalists and activists and will as well provide a personal insight into their arrival in Germany...

The event will be held in German and Arabic, and simultaneously interpreted. The entrance is free, please use the online form below to register. Registration deadline: 12 December 2016.

New Publications

ZMO research project Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict
Kulturen im Dialog: Das HERA-Förderprogramm "Cultural Encounters"

Publication of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, 2016.

Paolo Gaibazzi, Alice Bellagamba, Stefan Dünnwald (eds.)
EurAfrican Borders and Migration Management: Political Cultures, Contested Spaces, and Ordinary Lives

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

Nitin Sinha
Law, agro-ecology and colonialism in mid-Gangetic India, 1770s–1910s

In Gunnel Cederlöf and Sanjukta Das Gupta (eds.) Subjects, Citizens and Law: Colonial and independent India, Routledge India, 2017, 218 pp.

Katrin Bromber
Review of Axel Fleisch / Rhiannon Stephens (eds.): Doing Conceptual History in Africa

In sehepunkte: Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaften, 16, 11, 2016.

Norman Saadi Nikro
In Proximity: Said, Marxism and Postcolonial Studies

In dialog, 28, Autumn 2015.

Nora Lafi
Urban Open Spaces and the Revolutionary Events of 2010–2011 in Tunis: a Tentative Typology

In Christoph Bernhardt (ed.), Städtische öffentliche Räume / Urban Public Spaces, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016, 313p., pp. 279-291.

André Chappatte, Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund, Sandra Staudacher
Mobilities – In and Out of Africa

Basel Papers on Political Transformations, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, October 2016.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

Nitin Sinha
From ‘Naihar’ to ‘Sasural’, How Folk Songs Map a Woman’s View of Marriage and Migration

Bhojpuri folksongs have evocatively captured how the lives of women are unevenly spread across two homes – naihar (natal) and sasural (that of the in-laws), The Wire, December 03, 2016.

With Dietrich Reetz
„Einfluss südasiatischer Muslime nicht zu unterschätzen“

Dietrich Reetz in interview with Florian Beißwanger on the situation of Muslims in India and their influence on a global scale, Cicero, November 23, 2016.

ZMO wishes merry Christmas and a good start into a happy and successful new year 2017!

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