Engaging with Contemporary Philosophy in the Middle East and Muslim South Asia: Themes, Approaches, and New Perspectives

This BGSMCS lecture series, organised by Roman Seidel (BGSMCS) and Nils Riecken (ZMO) highlights the liveliness and complexity of contemporary philosophical debates in the Middle East and Muslim South Asia. The next lecture will be held on 10 December at 6 pm.


Zones of Being and Non-Being in the Post-Colony

Lecture at the Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften (IAAW) on Tuesday, 24 Novmeber 2015, by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Qalandar Bux Memon to explore why the writings of Frantz Fanon are making a comeback in contemporary times and how Fanon's ideas of colonialism and power are being applied, read, and understood in the context of Pakistan.The lecture was co-organised by BGSMCS postdoctoral fellow Dr. Sanaa Alimia and doctoral fellow Sarah Holz.


Provincializing the Social Sciences

The conference "Provincializing the Social Sciences" was held at Freie Universität Berlin on 4 - 6 June 2015. Here you can find a conference report written by its two organisers, Ruth Streicher and Schirin Amir-Moazami, and another report in German by Nils Riecken:


"Shifting the Gaze: A Plea for Other Questions"

"Can Islam be reformed? Can it fit in with the secular orders of European societies? Are Muslims integrated into Europe? Can't Muslims take a joke? These are however the wrong questions, since they fail to recognise, let alone break down, the hegemonic framework within which they are posed; a framework that measures the compatibility, or lack of it, of Muslims with a liberal and secular order," argues Shirin Amir-Moazami in her recent article in the "Eutopia: Ideas for Europe Magazine"

Doctoral Students' Blog


"Yemen’s transition to political stability was doomed to fail. Here’s why."

Mareike Transfeld on the intricacies of the failed political transition in Yemen.



BGSMCS abroad

On 4 December, Neda Soltani will speak about “Remembering the 1980s Mass Execution of Political Prisoners in Iran: ‘We Neither Forgive; Nor Do We Forget!’” at the annual network conference "The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence, and Contested Memories of the Past".

Refugees in Berlin

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).