DRS Postdoc Fellowships

Call for Application: Dahlem Postdoc Fellowships 2017

DAHLEM POSTDOC FELLOWSHIPS provide funding for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows with at least six months of international research experience to conduct their own research within one of the university’s outstanding collaborative research projects. In addition, international research stays are supported in order to allow researchers to build up a full year of international research experience by the time they complete their DAHLEM POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP.

Hajj Lecture Series 2016/2017 Poster

At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

Lecture series organised by the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Zentrum Moderner Orient. The fourth session on "Hajj and Empires" with lectures by Lale Can (City University of New York) and John Slight (University of Cambridge) will be held on 30 March 2017 at the Zentrum Moderner Orient.


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.


Weisheiten aus der Kalifenzeit

This articles deals with the work of Beatrice Gründler, who recently received the prestigious Leibniz Prize by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).


"From Muslims to Turks. Consensual demographic engineering between Interwar Yugoslavia and Turkey"

New peer-reviewed article by our doctoral fellow Thomas Schad in the Journal of Genocide Research.

Associated Projects


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.


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


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

"The civil society in Egypt is facing a disastrous suppression and realignment by the government. By returning to normal foreign policy operations this weakening condition for civil society could be even strengthened," argues Jannis Grimm in this article.



BGSMCS abroad

On 11 March 2017, Laura Hindelang will give a lecture on "Transnationale Stadtplanung am Persischen Golf. Kuwait City als Beispiel einer städtebaulichen Debatte zwischen Modernisierung und identitärer Relokalisierung nach 1945" during the Deutscher Kunsthistorikertag.

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).