Doctoral Students' Blog

The blog gives a vivid insight into the areas of research being undertaken by doctoral students at the BGSMCS. Accounts of daily life as a PhD student in Berlin are just as relevant as reports from the field. Individual perspectives play a critical role – these are the product of day-to-day experiences in various parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe. The blog reflects the sometimes huge challenges faced by researchers on a variety of levels ranging from the personal to the ethical, political, and aesthetic. We combine the familiar with the unknown, adopt standpoints, and discuss controversial and alternative news. In addition, we offer individual views of current publications and activities such as exhibitions, conferences, and meetings.


Besnik Sinani: "Entertainment as a Marker of Religious Reform in Saudi Arabia"

Jul 30, 2019

Silvia Ilonka Wolf: "Commemorating and Thinking with Clifford Geertz in Rabat: the comparative study of Islam in Morocco and Indonesia fifty years after 'Islam Observed'"

Nov 19, 2018

Mareike Transfeld: "Der Jemen-Krieg: Ein Nationalstaat zerfällt"

Feb 28, 2018

Jannis Grimm: "Menschenrechte in Ägypten: Die ausgeblendete Krise"

Nov 07, 2017

Soheb Niazi: "Reclaiming 'Manliness'"

Sep 04, 2017

Soheb Niazi: "The Politics of Imagining (in) Urdu in Contemporary India"

May 18, 2017

Jannis Grimm: "Convergent Authoritarianisms in Egypt and Turkey"

Apr 28, 2017

Bahar Baser & Aleksandra Lewicki: "The Turkish referendum thwarts civil rights struggles – in Europe and in Turkey"

Apr 12, 2017

Mareike Transfeld: "Soziale Medien - Befreiungstechnologie oder Propagandainstrument?"

Dec 02, 2016

Jannis Grimm: "Repression and restriction: Egypt's civil society on the defensive"

Sep 26, 2016