Lecture Series | Single Events | Exhibitions | Conferences and Symposia
At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage
Organized by the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), the Institute for Asian and African Studies (IAAW) and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)
Poster with programme
27 October 2016, 6pm | TRANSPORT & GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORY | ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Baz Lecocq (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Planes, Prayers and Practicalities: Transport and the Transformations in the Pilgrims' Journey to Mecca
Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell University), Remembering Devotion: Oral History and the Pilgrimage to Mecca from Southeast Asia
Chaired by Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)
26 January 2017, 6pm | LAW & REGULATION | ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Saud Serhan (King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies), Political or Apolitical Hajj
Werner Ende (Emeritus, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Muslim Women and the Mecca Pilgrimage
Chaired by Chanfi Ahmed (IAAW)
23 February 2017, 6pm | PIETY, COSMOPOLITANISM, SCHOLARSHIP | IAAW, Room 315, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin
Chanfi Ahmed (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Hajj, Scholarship and Salafism. The Case of the Ethiopian Born, Shaykh Muhammad Aman al-Jami (1930-1995) and the al-Jamiyya Movement in Saudi Arabia
Irit Back (Tel Aviv University), From West Africa to Mecca: The Case of the Tijaniyya during the Colonial Period
Chaired by Manja Stephan-Emmrich (IAAW)
30 March 2017, 6pm | HAJJ & EMPIRES | ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Lale Can (City University of New York), The Dilemmas of a Muslim Empire: The Ottomans and Hajj at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
John Slight (University of Cambridge), The Hajj in Imperial Space and Time: The Case of the British Empire
Chaired by Katrin Bromber (ZMO)
27 April 2017, 6pm | NARRATING THE HAJJ | IAAW, Room 315, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin
Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Beyond the Authoritative Islamic Script: Hajj Stories of Mobile Tajik Muslims
Marjo Buitelaar (University of Groningen), Moved by Mecca: The Meanings of the Hajj for Present Day Dutch Muslims
Chaired by Katrin Bromber (ZMO)
29 June 2017, 6pm | CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE HAJJ | BGSMCS, Room 2.2059, Fabeckstraße 23-25, 14195 Berlin
Nile Green (University of California, Los Angeles), Spaces of Impiety: Hajj Narratives from the Age of Steam and Print
Eileen Kane (Connecticut College), European Empires and the Making of the Globalized Hajj
Chaired by Gudrun Krämer (BGSMCS)
Urban Studies Seminar 2016/2017
Organized by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO), PD Dr. Habil. Nora Lafi (ZMO) und Dr. Katharina Lange (ZMO)
Time and Location:
The events will take place in the rooms of ZMO every second Monday from 5-7 pm.
Rethinking Urban-Rural Relations in
an Age of Migration, Displacement, Environmental
Transformations and Fringe Urbanization
Poster with programme
21 November 2016, Peter Dirksmeier (Humboldt University): What is Still Relevant for Urban Theory Today in Williams The Country and the City?
1 December 2016, Thursday at 5 pm, Nikhil Rao (Wellesley College): Bombay's Urban
Edge: Villages, Suburbs, and Slums on the City's Fringe
5 December 2016, Steven Serels (ZMO): Impoverished Rural Displaced Populations in
Cities of the African Red Sea Littoral: Between Global History and Local Reconfigurations
16 January 2017, Patrick Schukalla (ZMO): Displacing the Displaced: Critical Thinking on
Urban Projects in Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
6 February 2017, Yücel Terzibaşoğlu (Boğaziçi University Istanbul): Town and Country
in Western Anatolia and the Balkans in the Long Nineteenth Century: Land, People and Work -canceled-
24 April 2017, Hilal Alkan (Istanbul, EUME/ZMO 2015-16): Between Neighbourliness and
Animosity: Emergence of new Polities during Syrian Migration to Turkish cities
8 May 2017, Astrid Meier (Orient Institut Beirut): Reflections on the Transformation of
Urban-Rural Relationships in Lebanon: A Critical Review of Research Methods and
22 May 2017, Sezai Ozan Zeybek (Bilgi University Istanbul): Security, Dispossession and Industrial Food Production in Turkey
12 June 2017, Koca Mehmet Kentel (University of Washington): Between Terkos and
Pera: Plural Ruralities and the Idea of Urbanity in Late-Ottoman Istanbul
26 June 2017, Simon Jackson (University of Birmingham) and Christèle Allès (Université
de Nantes): Rethinking Dichotomies: Concessions, Collectives and Continuities in the
Water Politics of Mandate Syria-Lebanon (cancelled due to illness)
10 July 2017, Elyssa Jalloul (Philipps-Universität Marburg): The Revenge of the Rurals?
Urban Trajectories around Ezzituna Mosque in post-2011 Tunis
Saturday, 9 September 2017, 1 pm, ZMO
Open Day - European Heritage Days
Poster | Flyer
Open day at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and Historische Kommision zu Berlin e.V.
21-24 September 2017, Moviemento Cinema, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin
Film and Climate Justice in Asia and Africa
A film festival organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), curated by Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO).
More detailed information on programme and a trailer will follow soon on our website.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 4 pm, ZMO
Book Launch: Amit Das Gupta - Serving India: A Political Biography of Subimal Dutt (1903-1992), India's Longest Serving Foreign Secretary
Book Launch with author Amit Das Gupta (Universität der Bundeswehr München).
Thursday, 22 June 2017, 6 pm, ZMO
Libanons konfessionalistisches System und ausländische Interventionen
Lecture by Prof Dr Abdel Raouf Sinno (Université St. Joseph Beirut). The talk will be in German.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 4:30-6 pm, Seminaris Conference Center, Takustraße 38, 14195 Berlin
Research under Pressure - Responses and Responsibilities
Event hosted by Junges Wissenschaftsforums Dahlem with a contribution by Nazan Maksudyan (ZMO). Due to the limited number of seats available, please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 9, 2017 the latest.
Thursday, 11 May 2017, 6 pm, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Altensteinstraße 48, 14195 Berlin
Islam in China's Hong Kong: A Triple Muslim Heritage and Future Challenge
Lecture by Prof Dr Ho Wai-Yip (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies/ Education University of Hong Kong).
Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 6 pm, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften (IAAW), Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin, Raum 415
Book Launch: New Perspectives on Islam in Africa
- Roman Loimeier: Islamic Reform in 20th Century Africa (Edinburgh University Press, September 2016)
- Abdoulaye Sounaye: Islam et Modernité: contribution à l'analyse de la ré-islamisation au Niger (Edition L'Harmattan, November 2016)
Booklaunch with Roman Loimeier (Universität Göttingen) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO).
An event of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO e.V.
Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5 pm, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL), Schützenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin
The New Iraqi Protest Movement (2015-2016): From Identity to Issue Politics and Beyond
Lecture by Dr Faleh Abdul-Jabbar (Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Beirut). Please register with:
Monday, 9 January 2017, 6 pm, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Auditorium, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin
Die Entdeckung historischer Authentizität als Identitätsressource auf der arabischen Halbinsel?
Lecture by Prof Dr Ulrike Freitag (ZMO) in the framework of the lecture series Die Sehnsucht nach dem Echten - Historische Authentizität in Museen, Stadträumen, Wissenschaft und Erinnerungskultur.
Exhibitions / Performances / Films
31 March - 7 April 2017
8. ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin
11 January 2017 - 19 March, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Atrium Georgenstr. 47, 10117 Berlin
Lives from a Global Conflict. Cultural Entanglements during the First World War
Poster | Flyer
Exhibition organized by HERA, ZMO, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 8-11 pm, Hackesche Höfe Kino, Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, 10178 Berlin
"Le Puits/The Well" (Engl. Subs) with Director Lotfi Bouchouchi in Attendance
Filmscreening and subsequent discussion with director Lotfi Bouchouchi and Nora Lafi (ZMO). Hosted by AfricAvenir International and ZMO.
Conferences and Symposia
5 April 2017, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Paris Nord
Les chemins buissonniers de la démocratie participative en Afrique
Workshop organized by Giovanni Allegretti (CES, University of Coimbra) and Joseph-Désiré Som-I (ZMO). To participate, please register with:
22-24 March 2017, ZMO
Modalities of Co-Existence Across Religious Difference. Critical Terms for the Study of Indigenous Religion, Christianity and Islam in Plural Settings in Africa and Beyond
Closed conference organized by Kai Kresse (Columbia University/ visiting fellow BGSMCS), Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University/ZMO) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO). If you would like to participate, please register with:
16-18 February 2017, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29, Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054, India
Servants' Pasts, 16th to 20th Century
Conference organized by Charu Gupta (University Delhi), Ravikant (CSDS), Nitin Varma (Re:Work, Humboldt University) und Nitin Sinha (ZMO).
3-5 February 2017, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Altensteinstraße 48, 14195 Berlin
Entangled Muslim Networks in Europe, South Asia, and the Arab Middle East in the First Half of the 20th Century
Workshop organized by Oriana Gaetaniello (BGSMCS) and Razak Khan (Goettingen University) in cooperation with ZMO and Utrecht University.