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BGSMCS Lecture Series 2016 Poster

The Long Ninth Century in Arabic-Islamic Knowledge and Culture

Third Annual Lecture Series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, organised and moderated by Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler. The second lecture by Julia Bray, Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford, on “The New Psychology of Ninth Century Baghdad: Self-Concepts vs. Social Codes” will be held on 31 May 2016 at 6pm.

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Sidewalk Stories

Exhibition, film screening and panel discussion on gender dynamics and sexual harassment in the public space in Egypt - from 22 - 23 June 2016 at Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin, a cooperation of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and Mayadin al-Tahrir with the project 'Sidewalk Stories'

Ander(e)s Wissen: Kritische Betrachtungen globaler Wissensproduktion

Ander(e)s Wissen: Kritische Betrachtungen globaler Wissensproduktion

Lecture series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Institute of Islamic Studies as part of the lecture series programme "Open Lecture Halls" at the Freie Universität Berlin, organised by Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami and Ruth Streicher (alumna of BGSMCS). Since 21 April 2016, the lectures is held on Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm.

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Long Night of Science 2016

The next Long Night of Science, an annual event in Berlin and Potsdam, will be held on 11 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 "The Politics of Studying Muslim Cultures and Societies: Beyond Text and Context". The contribution of the BGSMCS combines reflections on both the chances that arise from the immense cultural, visual, geographical, political and socio-historical diversity of those societies in which Islam is a shaping force, and the pitfalls and methodological problems that come with conducting research in this field.

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"Universalizing the Province Europe in Early German Legal Anthropology"

New article by Ulrike Schaper in the discussion series “Provincializing Epistemologies-Reflections on Hegemonies of Knowledge Production and the Politics of Disciplinary Divisions”. 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.

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The Middle East and South Asia in Conversation: Interventions, Control, and Resistance in the 21st Century

Lecture series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, organised by Dr. Sanaa Alimia, Sadia Bajwa, Sarah Holz and Dr. Hanan Toukan. The next lecture will be held on 31 May 2016 at 6pm.

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New Journal: "ReOrient"

Ruth Mas, Visiting Research Fellow at Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, is member of the editorial board of the new peer reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal of Critical Muslim Studies, "ReOrient", which is published by Pluto Journals. "The journal is a sustained collective thought experiment that seeks to explore the consequences of producing knowledge that is no longer organized around the axis of West and non-West."

Associated Projects

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Dimitri Gutas will be Einstein Visiting Fellow at BGSMCS

Prof. Dimitri Gutas will be Einstein Visiting Fellow at BGSMCS from 2016-2019. He will lead a working group to produce a multilingual critical edition and study of Aristotle’s Poetics and its commentaries (I) and a study of its intellectual history, which bridges Islam and Europe (II). Work will be conducted in subteams for each language (Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, and Latin). Gutas is Professor for Arabic and Islamic Studies and Graeco-Arabic Studies at Yale University and a renowned specialist in Graeco-Arabic studies. Among his publications are "Greek Thought, Arabic Culture: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early ʻAbbāsid Society'" (1998), and the first editio maior of the Greek text of Aristotle’s Poetics (Leiden 2012) in collaboration with Leonardo Taran.

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Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making

The research project "Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making" is directed by Birgit Meyer (Prof. of Religious Studies, Utrecht University & Humboldt Award Holder of ZMO) and funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through an Anneliese Maier Research Award 2011. The research project is a collaboration between the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) and the University Utrecht. BGSMCS doctoral fellows Hanna Nieber and Murtala Ibrahim are members of this research project.

Doctoral Students' Blog

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"Signs of Solidarity"

Postdoctoral fellow Salma Siddique comments on the recent events in Egypt, India and Turkey.

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BGSMCS abroad

On 27 April 2016, Dina El-Sharnouby will take part in a discussion on the topic "Ägypten zwischen Heute und Morgen" during the literature festival READ!BERLIN.

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).