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Lecture Series

ZMO-Colloquium: Winter Term 2018-2019

Performing Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

Organized by Nazan Maksudyan, Ali Nobil Ahmad and Philipp Liegmann.

Time and Location:
All lectures are held at ZMO and start at 5 pm sharp, with the exception of the talk on 12 December 2018. This event will take place at bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin


Annual Theme: Performing Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

Poster with programme




Thursday, 27 September 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Performing Critique in Chaza Charafeddine's "Divine Comedy"
Charlotte Bank (Berlin)

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Köçeks in the "Culture of Beloveds": Gender, Love, and Dance Performance in the Late Ottoman Empire
Mustafa Avcı (Altınbaş University, Istanbul)

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 5 pm, ZMO
Hymens, Sex, and Money: Interrogating the Economics of Virginity in the Middle East
Ebtihal Mahadeen (University of Edinburgh)

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 5 pm, bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin-Wedding
Pembe Hayat KuirFest: A Queer Film Festival from Ankara to Berlin
Selim Özadar (bi'bak, Berlin) & Esra Özban (Pink Life KuirFest)

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 5 pm, ZMO
Gender, Sexuality and the Socialist Interlude: Pakistani Cinema’s Long 1960s and Turbulent Seventies
Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO)

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 5 pm, ZMO
Queer Futures
Henriette Gunkel (Goldsmiths College, London)


Urban Studies Seminar 2018-2019

The Urban Spatialities of Religion in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia

Organized by Jan Brauburger, Claudia Ghrawi und Nora Lafi.

Time and Location:
The events will take place in the rooms of ZMO every second Monday from 5-7 pm. On 13 May, the seminar will begin at 6 pm.


Annual Theme:
The Urban Spatialities of Religion in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia



19 November 2018, Yahia Shawkat (Co-founder 10 Tooba, Berlin): Pacta Sunt Servanda: Socialism, Islamism, Neoliberalism and Rent Conflicts in Egypt

3 December 2018, Susanne Rau and Jörg Rüpke (Project leaders of the Religion and Urbanity DFG Programme, Erfurt): Religion and Urbanity: A Research Agenda

17 December 2018, Menashe Anzi (Ben Gurion University, Beersheba - Bi’r al-Sab’, EUME Fellow 2014-15): The Jewish Neighborhood in Sanʿāʾ and the Relationship between Jews and Muslims: Physical Separation and Cultural Closeness

14 January 2019, Himmat Zoubi (EUME Fellow 2018-19, Berlin): Forming Space and Collective/Religious Identities in post-1948 Haifa

28 January 2019, Farhan Karim (University of Kansas): Islamic Pop: A Postcolonial Invention of Islamic Architecture 

11 February 2019, Magdi Guirguis (Kafrelsheikh University, Cairo): Reconstructing Eastern Christianity under Ottoman Rule: Cairo's Christian Spatialities

25 February 2019, Lucía Cirianni Salazar (Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies): (Un)closed Lodges: Sufism and Space in “Post-Secular” Turkey

8 April 2019, Ahmed Saadaoui (Université de la Manouba, Tunis): Islam and the Urban Space in Ottoman Tunis

13 May 2019, 6 pm (!), Nora Cherfan (ENSA, Strasbourg): Changing Confessional Boundaries in Contemporary Beirut

20 May 2019, Mohamed Dali (Helwan University, Cairo, EUME Fellow 2007-8): Historical Observations on the Relationship between Politics and Religion in Modern Egypt

3 June 2019, Rahal Boubrik (Centre des Etudes et des Recherches Sahariennes, Rabat) : Religiosity and Spatial Configurations in Pre-Colonial Saharan Cities 

17 June 2019, Johara Berriane (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin): ‘Conquering New Territories for Jesus…’: Displacement and Place-Making of Christian Migrants in Moroccan Cities

1 July 2019, Tika Ramadhini (ZMO, Berlin): The New Spatialities of Islam in Urban Indonesia

15 July 2019, Ebtisam Al-Gerafi (National Center for Documentation, Sanaa): A Map of Urban Religious Landmarks in Sana’a during the Ottoman Era


Single Event

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 6 pm, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Room Hannover, 5th floor, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin

Was sind muslimische Welten? Fragen an den globalen Norden

Panel discussion with Charlotte Wiedemann (journalist, Berlin), Prof Mamadou Diawara (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Prof Claudia Derichs (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Prof Bekim Agai (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt). Moderiert von Prof Ulrike Freitag (ZMO).
The event will be held in German. Registration is required:


Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 6 pm, ZMO

Muslim Cosmopolitanism and the Writing of World History

Keynote lecture by Prof. Seema Alavi (Delhi University) in the framework of the conference Making and Claiming Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and the Global.


Thursday, 14. März 2019, 14 Uhr, ZMO

The Goodells: Towards a Global History of a Missionary Family

Lecture by Dr. Owen Miller (Bilkent University, Ankara).


Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 2 pm, ZMO

Shabbiha: Assad's Paramilitaries and Mass Violence in Syria

Lecture by Dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör (Utrecht University).


Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 2:30-6 pm, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstraße 32, 12049 Berlin

Changing Neighbourhoods

Workshop with Hilal Alkan (ZMO), Nazan Maksudyan (ZMO) und weiteren Gästen.

Exhibitions / Performances / Films

Currently there are no upcoming events in this category in 2019.

Conferences and Symposia

3-5 April 2019, ZMO

Claiming and Making Muslim Worlds: Across and Between the Local and
the Global

Conference organised by Ulrike Freitag (ZMO), Jeanine Dağyeli (ZMO), Paolo Gaibazzi (ZMO), Claudia Ghrawi (ZMO), Norman Saadi Nikro (ZMO) und Dietrich Reetz (ZMO). Contact and enquiries: