Urban Studies Seminar

urban studies seminar

Chairs : Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag and Dr. habil. Nora Lafi

The seminar is part of the activities of Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) and of the research program 'Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe' (EUME, research field 'Cities Compared: Cosmopolitanism in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions') of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin


What is the experience of cities in the former territories of the Ottoman Empire - in Asia, Europe and adjacent regions, the Middle East, and North Africa - in dealing with the impact of global changes and the transfor-mation from Empire to nation States? How did people of different cultural, social and religious backgrounds live together? How are examples of conviviality, conflict, migration, and urban regimes of governance and stratification conceptualized? And how have urban traditions been reinterpreted, and what bearing does this have on modern conceptions of civil society, multicultural societies, migration, or cosmopolitanism?
This year’s Seminar will focus on questions of Urban Violence. >>

February 13-15, 2013, London

Conference "URBAN VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: New Histories of Place and Event" - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

October 6–8, 2011, Berlin

18th International Congress of DAVO - Freie Universität Berlin

Panel “Urban Violence in the Middle East: Between Empire and Nation State”
Organized by Nora Lafi (ZMO) and Claudia Schröder (ZMO) >>

December 1-4, 2011, Washington, DC

MESA Annual Meeting 2011

Panel "Rethinking Public Violence in Modern Middle Eastern Cities", December 3, 2011 >>

December 8, 2011, 6 pm, ZMO

Hope, Violence, and the Urban Dimension of the Egyptian Revolution

Public Lecture by Professor Khaled Adham, United Arab Emirates University

December 9th-10th 2011, ZMO

Rethinking Public Violence in Modern Middle Eastern Cities

International workshop organized by Prof. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO), Dr. Nora Lafi (ZMO) and Dr. Nelida (SOAS, London) which aims at exploring the phenomenon of urban violence in the Middle East during the 19th and 20th centuries. Main questions will address the meaning of space, the impact of actors and policies, as well as different scales of violence. >>

Photos of the Workshop