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.

January 10
Rebels and their Rivals in a Syrian Town (1920s) by Michael Provence (Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, ZMO)

January 24
A Glimpse into Infanticide Cases in Nineteenth Century Ottoman Cities by Gulhan Balsoy (Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2010/11

February 7
The March 1909 Riots in Istanbul: Reform, Reaction, Islam and Clashing Political Strategies by Zeynep Turkyilmaz (Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2010/11)

February 21
Fluid Identities and Violent Alliances: Localism versus Class in the Urban Violence of Interwar al-Mahalla al-Kubra – Egypt by Hanan Hammad (Texas Christian University; Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2010/11)

March 7
From Shanghai to Yug-2: Violence and the Urban Youth of a Bishkek Neighbourhood by Philipp Schröder (MPI für Ethnologische Forschung, Halle)

March 21
Urban Mobs in Early 19th Century Istanbul: the Beşiktaş Rebellion (September 1807) and the Çardak Incidents (May 1808) by Aysel Yıldız (Sabancı University)

April 11
Urban Violence in Shihr (Yemen): Space and Identities by Sylvaine Camelin (Université Paris X Nanterre)

May 2
To Whom Belong the Streets? Investment in Public Space and Popular Contentions in Late Ottoman Damascus by Till Grallert (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies)

May 16
The Civic Domestication Process of Urban Factional Violence in Late Middle-Ages Italian Cities by Patrick Boucheron (Université Paris I Sorbonne)

June 6
Conclusion by Nelida Fuccaro (SOAS, London), Ulrike Freitag (ZMO) and Nora Lafi (ZMO)