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Lecture Series

Program summer term 2008
Program winter term 2008/09

Thursday, 29 January 2009, 6 pm, ZMO

Play It Again Saraswathi: Gramophone and Religion in Colonial South India PdfLogo

Lecture by Dr. Stephen Hughes, SOAS London


Thursday, 27 November 2008, 6 pm, ZMO

New Media and Political Dissent in Egypt PdfLogo

Lecture by Prof. Charles Hirschkind, University of California, Berkeley


Thursday, 30 October 2008, 6 pm

‘Rasta’ Sufis and Muslim Youth Culture in MaliPdfLogo

Dr. Benjamin Soares, Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden and Visiting Fellow


Donnerstag 18. September 2008, 18 Uhr

Al-Qa’ida Off Record: Toward a Description of
Bin Laden’s Audiocassette Archive

Lecture by Prof. Flagg Miller (University of California, Davis)

Prof. Flagg Miller in the latest media:
New York Times (11. September 2008)PDFLogo
Los Angeles Times (11. September 2008)PDFLogo
The Sacramento Bee (11.September 2008)PDFLogo


Thursday, 24 July 2008, 6 pm

Islamische Bürgerlichkeit: Das soziokulturelle Milieu der Muslimischen Minderheit in Deutschland 1918-1939
Lecture by David Motadel (Pembroke College, Cambridge)

Thursday, 26 June 2008, 6 pm

Manumission movement and slavery in the Persian Gulf in the 1920ies
Lecture by Prof. Jerzy Zdanowski (University of Warsaw)

Wednesday, 28 May 2008, 6 p.m.

History, Memory and Identity in Jordan
Lecture by Prof. Irène Maffi (University of Lausanne)
Typoscript. Not for quotation without prior consent of the author.

Thursday, 24 April 2008, 6 p.m.

The many Worlds of Science in Independent India: The Stages of an Experiment in Decolonisation and Development
By Prof. Dhruv Raina (z.Z. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)

Thursday, 03 April 2008, 6 p.m.

Die zwei Körper der Sarah Baartman. Restitution – Erinnerung – Nation Building
Vortrag von Prof. Gesine Krüger, Wissenschaftskolleg

Thursday, 28 February 2008, 6 p.m.

Crisis of Authority: Crisis of Islam
Prof. Francis Robinson , Royal Holloway, Professor of the History of South Asia

Annual lecture in honour of the 75th birthday of Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rothermund

Ottoman Urban Studies Seminar 2008/09 PdfLogo (every second monday)

November 17, 2008: Introduction: "Daily life in ottoman towns: historiographical stakes and new research fields" Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi

November 24, 2008: Vangelis Kechriotis (Bogaziçi University, Fellow of Europe
in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09): “ ‘Buy your Bread on
Saturday!’ Aspects of Everyday Relations between Christians and Muslims in Izmir
during the Second Constitutional Period”

December 8, 2008: Feras Krimsti (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der
Wissenschaften): “Daily Life Confl ictuality in Ottoman Aleppo: Confessional
Communities, Petitions and Social Regulation”

January 12, 2009: Cengiz Kirli (Bogaziçi University, Istanbul): “News and Popular
Opinions in Mid-nineteenth Century Ottoman Istanbul”

January 26, 2009: Mohsen Shuman (Zaqaziq University, Egypt): “Daily Life in
Ottoman Cairo: What Court Records Teach about Labour, Neighbourhood and
Family Relations”

February 9, 2009: Johann Büssow (Research Centre 586 “Difference and
Integration, “Universities of Leipzig and Halle-Wittenberg): “Street Politics in
Damascus: Popular Unrest during the Period of Egyptian Rule, 1831-1840”

February 16, 2009: Donald Quataert (State University of New-York at Binghamton):
“An Ottoman Rashemon and the Telling of History: the Coalfi eld Town of Eregli as
seen through a Corruption Court Case”

March 2, 2009: Fatiha Loualich (Algiers University): “Street Life in Ottoman
Algiers: Kinship, Property and Social Order”

March 16, 2009: Dalenda Largueche (Manouba University, Tunis): “Women’s
Daily Life in Tunis 18th and 19th Century: Gender Subordination and Justice

April 20, 2009: Johann Strauss (Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg): “Linguistic
Diversity and Everyday Life in Ottoman Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean and the

May 4, 2009: Selçuk Dursun (Istanbul, Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The
Middle East in Europe 2008/09): “Wood for Living and Timber for Fraud: Everyday
Politics of Corruption in Trabzon in the late 19th Century”

May 18, 2009: Ismael Montana (Northern Illinois University, Fellow of Europe in
the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09): “Ethno-Religious Contours
of West African Households in the Ottoman Regency of Tunis, 1738-1860s ca.”

June 8, 2009: Christoph Herzog (University of Bamberg): “Trivia of Late Ottoman
Daily Life”


Ottoman Urban Studies Seminar 2007/08 (every second Monday)

June 02: Prof. Fred Halliday (London School of Economics): Cosmopolitanism, Ethnicity and Nationality

May 19: Carl Bethke (Universität Leipzig): The Austro-Hungarian Administration in Bosnia-Hercegovina, 1878-1918:"Colonialism" and/or "Enlargement"

Apr. 21: Prof. Steven Vertovec (Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften, Göttingen): Exploring Socio-cultural Dimensions of Cosmopolitanism

Apr. 14: Apr. 14: Prof. Henk Driessen (University of Radboud, Nijmegen): Cosmopolitanism in a Comparative Mediterranean and Historical Context

Mar. 31: Dr. Bojan Aleksov (University College London): Balkan Cities 1878-1912: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalisms

Mar. 10: Prof. Dr. Astrid Debold-Kritter (TU Berlin): Istanbul/Constantinople. Multi-ethnic life in the Capital of the Ottoman Empire in the time of Selim III., as seen through Antoine Ignace Melling's illustrated documentation on Constantinople and the Bosphorus, Paris 1819

Feb. 25: Dr. Gergana Georgieva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Fellow EUME 2007-2008): Cosmopolitanism and the Urban Governance of a Balkan Town –
Sofia in the Late 18th - Early 19th Centuries

Feb. 11: Dr. Muhammad Sabri al-Dali (Helwan University, Fellow EUME 2007-2008): Foreigners in Ottoman Alexandria: Coexistence and Discords

Jan. 28: Prof. Suraiya Faroqhi (Istanbul, University of Munich): Muslim and Non-Muslim Craftsmen in Istanbul at the End of the 18th Century: Reflections on Cosmopolitanism in an Urban Ottoman Context

Jan. 14: Dr. Marc Aymes (Paris, Fellow EUME 2007-2008): The Cosmopolitan Within: Compounds of Ottoman-ness In and Around a Modern Mediterranean
Quasi-City. Cyprus in the 19th Century

Venue: Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33, Berlin-Nikolassee

Kolloquium des SFB 640 „Repräsentationen sozialer Ordnungen im Wandel“ (HU-ZMO)
Every Thursday 6 p.m. Venue: Mohrenstraße 40/41, Raum 311 (HU, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie)

Thursday, 22 May 2008, 6 p.m.

"Einen Holocaust hat es bei uns nie gegeben": Narrative über das jüdisch-muslimische Verhältnis in Marokko
Lecture by Sophie Wagenhofer, MA (ZMO)

Thursday, 08 May 2008, 6 p.m.

"Wer das Mahnmal anrührt, dem breche ich die Hände!" - Genozid, Gedächtnis und die Sprache männlicher Herrschaft in Irakisch-Kurdistan
Lecture by Dr. Andrea Fischer-Tahir (ZMO)

"Großstadtkultur im Film" Arabisch und islamisch geprägte Welt

Lecture series in WS 2008/09 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:
Insider und Outsider - Soziale Ein- und Ausgrenzung in Geschichte und Gegenwart Südasiens

Next lecture:
Monday, 12 January 2009, 6 pm, Dorotheenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Room 1.506.

Inder in Berlin - Lebenswege, Erfahrungen und Weltsichten zwischen
Kaiserreich und Nationalsozialismus

Lecture by Dr. Heike Liebau und Dr. habil Joachim Oesterheld


Monday, 8 December 2008, 6 pm, Dorotheenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Raum 1.506.

Soziale Grenzen und Emotionen – das Beispiel des Hindi-Kinos

Lecture by PD Dr. Margrit Pernau und Bettina Engster


Monday, 10 November 2008, 6 pm, Dorotheenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Raum 1.506.

Queeres Südasien – Sexualität jenseits der Norm

Lecture by Dr. Urmila Goel


Monday, 3 November 2008, 6 pm, New venue: Room 2002 at the main building of "Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin", Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin-Mitte

"Caste, Class and Religious Community: Understanding the Dynamics of Class and Caste Polarization"

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Radhika Desai, University of Manitoba and Visiting Research Fellow at the ZMO


Single Events

Wednesday, 3 December 2008, 5 pm

Slavery and Abolition in Tunis PdfLogo
Black Slavery, its Abolition and Demographics in Tunis: Imprints and Implications

Lecture by Ismael Montana; Northern Illinois University, Fellow of Europe in the Middle
East – The Middle East in Europe 2008/09
Venue: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Villa Jaffé, Wallotstr. 10, 14193 Berlin


Tuesday, 28 October 2008, 4 pm, ZMO

Mahdhra face aux défis PdfLogo

Meeting and discussion with Prof. Dr. Mohamedou Ould Mohameden, Université Nouakchott (Mauritanie) / UNESCO and fellow at the ZMO


Tuesday, 21 Oktober 2008, 7 pm, ZMO

Die Türkei und die arabische Welt als Nachbarn Europas PdfLogo

Bookpräsentation and discussion with the authors Dr. Heinz Kramer, Dr. Alfred Schlicht und Dr. Maurus Reinkowski in cooperation with the publisher W. Kohlhammer LinkLogo


Thursday, 10 July 2008

4:30 pm: Swahili Poetry by Ustadh Ahmad Nassir
6:15 pm: “Kenyan Muslims and the Righting of Historical Injustices: the Case of Mwambao” Lecture by Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir

New Documentation with Audio, Photo and Video Link

Saturday, 5 July 2008, 2 pm to 7.30 pm

Open Day 2008
Vernissage 'Die Erfindung Essad Bey'

Wedesday, 25 June 2008, 6 p.m.

Anti-colonial revolt in Bilad al-Sham: Mustafa Kemal as model
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Laila Parsons (McGill University, Montreal)

Monday, 09 June 2008, 5 pm

Cosmopolitanism Off the Beaten Track.
A Round Table Discussion Presenting Recent Publications at ZMO with Lars Amenda, Malte Fuhrmann, Elisabeth Boesen, Laurence Marfaing and Kai Kresse

Wednesday, 28 May 2008, 6 p.m.

Irak- Fünf Jahre nach dem Sturz Saddam Husseins

Venue: Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms- Universität Bonn, Hörsaal I, Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn

Friday, 23 May 2008, 7 p.m.

Old Shaykhs, Young Women, and the Internet: The Rewriting of Women‘s Political Rights in Islam
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Barbara Stowasser (Georgetown University)

Venue: BBAW - Einsteinsaal, Jägerstr. 22/23, 10117 Berlin

Tuesday, 20 May 2008, 5 p.m.

Hope Dies Last In War
A movie by Supriyo Sen. Followed by a discussion with the director.

Wednesday, 07 May 2008, 6 p.m.

Purposes/Maqasid of Islamic law and Current Islamic Renewal
Lecture by Dr. Jasser Auda (Al-Maqasid Research Centre London

Tuesday, 29 April 2008, 2 p.m. Uhr

"Young and Invisible: African Domestic Workers in Yemen:"
A movie by Marina de Regt. Followed by a discussion with the director

Tuesday, 12 February 2008, 6 p.m. c.t.

Frau Prof. Dr. Aloka Parasher-Sen: Notion of the others in India, in a historical perspective

Venue: Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften in den Edison-Höfen, Room 217, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin

Thursday, 31 January 2008, 4 p.m.

Dr. Joseph Bara: Schooling the truant tribe. Colonial compulsion and educational evolution in India (Chotanagpur, 1870-1939)

Venue: Mohrenstrasse 40/41, Room 212 (Institut fr Europische Ethnologie)


Der Mensch im Mittelpunkt – Impressionen aus Oman und Marokko PDFLogo
18 November 2008 - 31 January 2009

Photoexhibition by Eckhard Pfeiffer in Cooperation with the "Deutsch-Arabische Freundschaftsgesellschaft" (DAFG)

Reservation by phone: 030/20648888, DAFG-Geschäftsstelle, Friedrichstr. 185,
10117 Berlin


Wissensstädte - Bibliotheken in Afrika PDFLogo
20. October to 20. November 2008

An exihibition about the history and the present of libaries in african Cities

Venue: "Juristische Fakultät" of "Humboldt Universität zu Berlin"


30. August to 12. Oktober 2008
Vernissage 29. August 2008

Images, Imaginations and Imaginery of a Contemporary Mega City

Venue: Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien and other venues, Berlin

Illustrated catalogue of the exhibition as well as related articles among others by Ulrike Freitag, Sonja Hegasy and Samuli Schielke published by argobooks, Berlin, 2009 Link

Press review about Cairoscape PdfLogo


In the context of 'Cairoscape - Images, Imagination and Imaginary of a Contemporary Mega City':

Thursday, 18. September 2008, 8 pm, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien

“Going to Cairo Changed my Life,” or The Province, the Capital of Cairo PDFLogo

Lecture by Dr. Samuli Schielke, ISIM


Wednesday, 8. October 2008, 6.30 pm, Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung

"Salata Baladi" PDFLogo

Movie screening and panel discussion with director Nadia Kamel


Thursday, 9 October 2008, 7 pm, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien

Die Kunst des ‘tuql’ – Betrachtungen zur Liebe in Ägypten PDFLogo

Performative Lecture by Steffen Strohmenger

'Die Erfindung Essad Bey'
5. July to 30 September 2008, Mo-Fr 10 am to 4 pm.

An exhibition from Jasmin Bölling in Cooperation with the ZMO, GI Tiblissi and the German Embassy in Baku

Venue: Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33, Berlin-Nikolassee

Made in Teheran - 6 Frauen-Blicke
November, 21 to January, 19th 2008

An event in cooperation with Artefakt Kulturkonzepte and the Cicero-Galery for political Photography

Venue: Rosenthaler Str. 38, 10178 Berlin-Mitte

Conferences and Symposia

6. to 7. December 2008, ZMO

Contemporary Modes of Global Muslim Missionary Activity:
The Tablighi Jama'at Revisited

Workshop by Dr. Dietrich Reetz und Dr. Marloes Janson


14. to 16. November 2008, ZMO

Sports in Africa and Asia between Identity Politics, Body Cultures and Secular Ritual PDFLogo

Workshop by PD Dr. Birgit Krawietz (ZMO) and Dr. Katrin Bromber (ZMO)


17 - 19 October 2008, ZMO, Freie Universität Berlin

The Sijill in Perspective: Mapping Similarities and Differences Across the Empire

Workshop by Dr. Nora Lafi (ZMO) and Christian Sassmannshausen (FU Berlin)


21 - 28 September 2008, Istanbul

EUME Summer Academy 2008 PDFLogo

The Summer Academy will be chaired by a group of scholars: Professor Asef Bayat (ISIM), Professor Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul), Professor Ulrike Freitag (ZMO, Berlin), Dr. Nora Lafi (ZMO, Berlin), Dr. Stefan Weber (Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London), and Dr. Modjtaba Sadria (Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London)


18 -19 June 2008

EUME Workshop: Forging Administration
Convened by Marc Aymes (Fellow of Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe, Berlin), Benoît Fliche (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, “Études turques et ottomanes”, Paris)

29 - 30 May 2008

Reconfiguring the Past - Politics of Memory in the Middle East and North Africa since the 1990s

Venue: Asien- Afrika-Institut, Universitity of Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Flügel Ost, Room 221, 20146 Hamburg.

Thursday, 17 April 2008,

Violence, memory and dealing with the past in Iraq. 20 years after the Anfal operations in Kurdistan - the perspective of the survivors

11 p.m. to 5 p.m. Workshop (in English). For participation we kindly ask for previous registration.
p.m. Public Discussion (in German)

Venue: Galerie der Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Rosenthaler Str. 40/41, 10178 Berlin.