Our programme offers excellent academic training and supervision, support structures for professional and personal development, and membership in a diverse and international group of doctoral researchers. Our graduates work in academica, political and cultural institutions, and civil society organisations.
Here is how our doctoral students summarise their experience.
With her article "The UAE is weakening it's partnership with the Saudis in Yemen" in the Washington Post, our doctoral fellow Mareike Transfeld provides an exciting background analysis on the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
In the latest issue of the IAAW newsletter #5 on "Mediated Politics and the Populist Political Style" you will find several articles by doctoral fellows, alumni and some PIs of the BGSMCS: Rosa Castillo, Sara Abbas, Salma Siddique, Saskia Schäfer, Claudia Derichs, Manja Stephan-Emmrich and Nadja-Christina Schneider.
Drawing on a combination of protest event analysis and discourse analysis, our fellow Jannis Grimm explores in this article how in early 2016 the transfer of the archipelago of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia became a catalyst for oppositional subject formation and the emergence of an unlikely protest coalition in Egypt. The case study illustrates how dissonance between the discourse and practices of nationalist regimes can trigger cross-ideological collaboration and protest in an otherwise closed context. This article is part of the special issue “Allying beyond Social Divides: Coalitions and Contentious Politics in the Middle East and North Africa”, edited by Marie Duboc and Yasmine Berriane.
"Egypt is not for sale! Harnessing nationalism for alliance building in Egypt’s Tiran and Sanafir island protests", Mediterranean Politics, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp. 443-466.
Our doctoral fellow Besnik Sinan recently published his article "Stresstest für Salafisten" in the zenith online magazine: Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman demands loyalty for himself and his reform course and shuts down religious scholars. What power does Saudi Arabia have over Salafists and Wahhabis around the world?
Die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung finanziert in den kommenden zwei Jahren die Einrichtung einer Postdoc-Stelle für Wissenschaftler*innen auf den Weg zur Habilitation an der Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. Damit ist die Fortsetzung des Programms zur Förderung von Postdoktorand/innen gesichert.
For the upcoming two years, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation will fund a Post-Doc scholarship at BGSMCS. It aims at supporting researchers on their way to their habilitation. Thus, the programme in support of PostDoc researchers at BGSMCS can continue.
This edited volume showcases a variety of innovative approaches to the study of Muslim societies and cultures, inspired by and honouring Gudrun Krämer and her role in transforming the landscape of Islamic Studies. With contributions from various scholars associated with BGSMCS, including our Alumna Alina Kokoschka, our former Managing Director Bettina Gräf and Principal Investigators Schirin Amir-Moazami, Birgit Krawietz, Kai Kresse and Cilja Harders.
"Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience" is an exploration of the ideas and public discussions that have shaped and defined the experience of Kenyan coastal Muslims. Focusing on Kenyan postcolonial history, our PI Prof. Kai Kresse isolates the ideas that coastal Muslims have used to separate themselves from their "upcountry Christian" countrymen. Kresse looks back to key moments and key texts—pamphlets, newspapers, lectures, speeches, radio discussions—as a way to map out the postcolonial experience and how it is negotiated in the coastal Muslim community. On one level, this is a historical ethnography of how and why the content of public discussion matters so much to communities at particular points in time. Kresse shows how intellectual practices can lead to a regional understanding of the world and society. On another level, this ethnography of the postcolonial experience also reveals dimensions of intellectual practice in religious communities and thus provides an alternative model that offers a non-Western way to understand regional conceptual frameworks and intellectual practice.
The book of our Alumna Juliane MüllerNahrungsmittel in der arabischen Medizin. Das Kitāb al-Aġdhiya wa-l-ašriba des Naǧīb al-Dīn as-Samarqandī was awarded the "26th World Award for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran" in Teheran on 5 February 2019.
The institutes of Islamic Studies and Arabic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin hold a lecture series on the "Configurations of Race, Religion, and Language in Modern Knowledge". The events are organized by Prof. Schirin Amir-Moazami (Islamic Studies) und Prof. Islam Dayeh (Arabic Studies).
Ist unabhängiges Dokumentarfilmschaffen im Kaschmirkonflikt möglich? Über den Fokus auf Mobilität zeigt Max Kramer neue theoretische und methodische Zugänge zur Erforschung von filmischen Praktiken in Konfliktregionen auf. Er argumentiert, dass die Herstellung von Zeugenschaft zunehmend auf verschiedene Momente von Mobilität bezogen ist. Mit einem praxeologischen Zugang zur filmischen Form wird die Schaffung und Aushandlung audiovisueller Zeugnisse des Konflikts analysiert.
For those studying the region, Matthew’s detention hardly came as a surprise. The case exposes the extreme limits on academic freedom in the UAE, but is no isolated incident. In an OpenDemocracy series on the new global repertoire of repression, Jannis Grimm highlights the growing difficulties of researchers in a post-Arab Spring Middle East and beyond.
Der Beitrag über die Repression von Wissenschaftler*innen und die erschwerten Forschungsbedingungen im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika nach dem Arabischen Frühling erscheint im jüngsten Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, Jg. 30, Heft 3, S. 84-92. Der Beitrag ist zudem als Freitext auf dem ipb-Blog verfügbar.
Our Alumna Saskia Schäfer has received the "Freigeist-Fellowship from Volkswagen Foundation for her research project "Secularity, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia and Turkey". The project analyses democratization processes in Indonasia and Turkey, wherefore Saskia Schäfer is working with her research team at the Institute for Asian and African Studies of Humboldt University Berlin.
Our Doctoral Fellow Laura Hindelang is Co-Editor of the edited volume "Into the Wild. Art and Architecture in a Global Context". The anthology consists of fourteen articles (German and English) and looks at 'art history in a global context' from different perspectives.
Our Alumna Nora Derbal has received the 2. Award (Deutscher Studienpreis 2018) in the section humanities and cultural studies of KörberStiftung. The price will be officially awarded by Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble on 10 December 2018.
Our doctoral fellow Heba Y. Amin exhibits her latest art works on the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art!
What if Africa and Europe converge? A new supercontinent called Atlantropa emerges...
In Heba's work the lines between past, present and future as well as between truth and fiction are blurred.
The 10th Berlin Biennale will take place from June 9 to September 9, 2018.
The doctoral thesis of our Alumna Sarah Albrecht has just been publishes at Brill (Series Muslim Minorities, 29). Albrecht explores the variety of ways in which contemporary Sunni Muslim scholars, intellectuals, and activists reinterpret the Islamic legal tradition of dividing the world into dār al-islām, the “territory of Islam,” dār al-ḥarb, the “territory of war,” and other geo-religious categories.
Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami, BGSMCS Principal Investigator, has just published an edited volume "Der inspizierte Muslim: Zur Politisierung der Islamforschung in Europa". The volume invastigates the current political discourse and knowledge production of Muslims in Europe.
Our alumn Alina Kokoschka just published the beta version of her website "hawass". Hawass is an image based open science platform on current aesthetic phenomena of Muslim cultures and societies. This project was supported by BGSMCS.
Our doctoral fellow Jannis Grimm is one of the project coordinators of the SAFEResearch project as well as author of the SAFEResearch Handbook. This book is aimed at supporting researchers at all career levels who are preparing for or engaged in on-the-ground research in challenging environments. The handbook provides a guiding framework that will enable higher-education staff and students to undertake fieldwork as safely as possible.
Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Aleksandra Lewicki has just published a new edited journal collection with Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen that engages with the question whether and how the recent volunteering on behalf of refugees constitutes a broader social movement.
BGSMCS Fellow Nicola Verderame has received the Benno Geiger Award for Poetry Translation 2017, special award for the first publication by a young translator, organized by the Fondazione Cini in Venice. The book of poems by Tugrul Tanyol Il vino dei giorni a venire (The wine of the days to come, Ladolfi editore, 2016), curated by Verderame.
Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Aleksandra Lewicki has just published a new article with the peer reviewed international journal Patterns of Prejudice. The piece sets out how current discourses of citizenship and integration policy have blind spots on issues of racism and inequality, and therefore set the stage for the rise of right-wing populist parties and their anti-Muslim racist agenda. They thus enabled the success of the AfD or developments like Brexit.
Numerous of our current and previous doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and principal investigators will present their research during the 33rd German Oriental Studies Conference, which will take place from 18-22 September 2017 at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena.
At its New Year reception on 18 January 2018, the Einstein Foundation Berlin awarded the Graduate School the Einstein Prize for Doctoral Programmes. The award honours outstanding structured doctoral programmes.
The art historian Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw and the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies portraited as one of the success stories of cooperation amogn universities in Berlin on the website "Berliner Universitäten im Verbund"
Earlier this month, Egypt’s President Al-Sissi was reconfirmed in office after a presidential campaign that largely centered on his ability to safeguard national security. His nationalist discourse has largely been understood as an efficient tool to coopt pressure from below. In his contribution for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog, Jannis Grimm contests this unidirectional reading and highlights how Egyptian nationalism may also carry the seeds of popular resistance.
In this article Jens Heibach and Mareike Transfeld invastigate the opposition dynamism under authoritarianism in Yemen from 1990 to 2011. They show that opposition dynamism peaks when the strength of the opposition is nearly on par with that of the regime.
New article by our doctoral fellow Jannis Grimm in collaboration with our Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders
The lecture, by Dr. Nayanika Mathur (University of Oxford, UK), presents an ethnography of the developmental Indian state through a methodological grounding in the everyday life of law and bureaucracy.
Beatrice Gründler, Principal Investigator at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, receives an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The most prestigious funding awarded for scientific projects in Europe honors her project for a critical, annotated digital edition of the “Kalila wa-Dimna,” a collection of fables, considered one of the earliest Arabic prose works and a central text of Arabic wisdom literature.
Although scholars increasingly become victims of repression, concise catalogues that systematize the global restrictions of academic freedom are conspicuously absent from the literature. This recent article by our doctoral fellow Jannis Grimm for the peer-reviewed journal Interdisciplinary Political Studies intends to fill this gap by outlining the conceptual architecture of a comprehensive Academic Freedom Index (AFI).
The next Long Night of Science, an annual event in Berlin and Potsdam, will be held on 24 June 2016. Researchers from all the departments and institutes at Freie Universität are on hand to explain their innovative research. The BGSMCS will participate under the title "Trajectories of Discovery".
This discussion series on TRAFO - Blog for Transregional Reserach is edited by Schirin Amir-Moazami and Ruth Streicher and pursues a set of events and conversations held at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies since 2013.
Muhammed Niyas Ashraf, Nadja Danilenko, Rosa Castillo und Clemens Holzgruber
Cover of "Mediterrannean Politics"
Saskia Schäfer Freigeist Fellowship 2018
Albrecht Dar al Islam
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33. Deutscher Orientalistentag
Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw
Source: The Washington Post
Social Movement Studies
Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler
BGSMCS Long Night of Science 2017
On March 11, 2019, the colloquium Politics from Below will take place under the topic facing the growing risks of protest research. Our doctoral fellow Jannis Grimm and his colleague Ilyas Saliba will give the input: Safer research in hostile environments: designing a handbook for human and digital security in social sciences.
Doctoral students at BGSMCS try to facilitate the arrival for refugees in Berlin. We help through the extensive knowledge of languages at the graduate school (Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish).