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Gaza/Israel - On Our Own Behalf

"We stand in unwavering solidarity with all those who suffer from the ongoing violence in Israel-Palestine. We do not give credence to one-sided narratives and stand against punitive measures that limit plurality of voices.  We stand in solidarity with our academic colleagues, family members, and friends in Israel, Palestine, in Germany and around the world affected by the current violent events, who struggle to find their voices and make them heard.  "We emphasize the urgent need for a discussion that is both pluralistic and deeply rooted in local context and history. This discussion must recognize and honor the fundamental liberties guaranteed by German Basic Law, among others, the freedom to assemble, free speech, and the inherent dignity of every individual.  As fellows at BGSMCS, we draw strength from our diverse and global background, which enriches the very essence of our graduate school. We are united in condemning the violence committed by Hamas on October 7 against Israeli civilians. Nor can there be justification for the killing of civilians in Gaza and the collective punishment of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli government as well as for human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. In the wake of October 7th and its subsequent events, we express our deep concern for the fears and uncertainty endured by both Israelis and Palestinians in the diaspora.  Additionally, we strongly condemn the rising antisemitic and racist attacks in Berlin and Germany that have followed.  We resolutely stand against any forms of violence, the killing of innocent lives, collective punishment, human rights violations, antisemitism, and racism!" (35 fellows of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies signed this letter anonymously) ***** "At the BGSMCS we mourn the escalation of violence in the Middle East, we observe with worry its repercussions in German society, and we empathize with everyone personally affected. We hope all peoples reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and we wish to emphasize that, now more than ever, our diversity is our strength. We do not give credence to one-sided narratives. And we remain steadfast and true in our recognition that, although we may come from different backgrounds, we are united in the shared bonds of our humanity. The Graduate School is a scholarly institution committed to providing a forum for academic exchange, and we deeply believe in the importance of keeping this as a safe space for all members. We refrain from making political statements, even more so as our members differ in their political views, and as no statement evaluating political events could possibly represent this diversity of views, as internal discussions made clear."  (Directors Professor Florian Zemmin/Professor Toral-Niehoff)

Feb 20, 2024

German Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology (GASCA) on Academic Freedom in Germany

Since the BGSMCS is a home to several social and cultural anthropologists, we draw attention to the following Statement of the Board of the German Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology (GASCA) on Academic Freedom in Germany:  https://www.dgska.de/stellungnahme-des-vorstands-zur-wissenschaftsfreiheit-in-deutschland/ .

Feb 19, 2024

Award for Kai Kresse

On 1 January 2024, our PI Kai Kresse received the prize for his research work on the language, culture and society of Swahili at the Muslim University of Morogoro in Tanzania. The award ceremony and two interviews in Swahili were even broadcast on television! 

Feb 08, 2024

Musik und Spiel im Museum für Islamische Kunst

BGSMCS doctoral researcher Philip Geisler co-curated the music display and concert program of the exhibition “Rhythm and Color: Music Scenes on Indian Album Paintings from the 16th to 18th Centuries” at Berlin’s Museum of Islamic Art. From April to June 2023, he will present three music interventions in the gallery around the themes of “Equilibrium,” “Entanglements,” and “Festivals and Seasons.” 

Oct 15, 2023

Rain Rain Rain...

BGSMCS doctoral researcher Philip Geisler developed a cultural program to mark the 20 years that have passed since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. After a screening of short films by Bassim al-Shaker and Sarah Munaf, the Trickster Orchestra, which Philip co-directs, will present a requiem that builds on the poetry of Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, Sinan Antoon, and Anwar Shaul and incorporates the tuning systems of al-Farabi into contemporary, trans-traditional music.

Oct 15, 2023

Visit from the Gerda Henkel Foundation at the Villa

Dr. Angela Kühnen and Thomas Podranski from the Gerda Henkel Foundation visited us at our Grad School at Hittorf-18 on May 11 to have a lunch talk with our GHS fellows.

Mar 23, 2023

Birgit Krawietz receives DRS Supervision Award 2022

Congratulations to our PI Birgit Krawietz for winning the DRS Supervision Award 2022!

Mar 20, 2023

Student Assistant Position at the BGSMCS

Apply as a Student Assistant at the BGSMCS until April 15, 2023

Mar 01, 2023

Olly Akkerman receives MELA Book Award 2022

Congratulations to Olly Akkerman for winning the MELA Book Award 2022! She was honoured for her book "A Neo-Fatimid Treasury of Books: Arabic Manuscripts among the Alawi Bohras of South Asia" (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).

Feb 23, 2023

Philip Geisler receives Krupp Foundation Fellowship for Visiting Researchers at Stanford

We warmly congratulate Philip Geisler to receiving a fellowship from the Krupp Foundation.

Feb 19, 2023

Prof. Beatrice Gründler Awarded with Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University

We warmly congratulate our PI Beatrice Gründler to receiving an honorary doctorate from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Nov 08, 2022

Postdoc Position at the BGSMCS

Apply as a Research Assistant at the BGSMCS until November 21, 2022

Oct 11, 2022

Book presentation "Charity in Saudi Arabia: Civil Society under Authoritarianism" by Nora Derbal

On October 11, 2022, 5 pm, our alumna Nora Derbal will discuss her new monography with Elad Giladi and Inken Wiese at ZMO. Moderated by Ulrike Freitag. You are cordially invited to join us for the book presentation!

Sep 26, 2022

Panel discussion with Gudrun Krämer: "Between Islamism and Western modernity"

Panel discussion of the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)", September 12, 2022.

Sep 09, 2022

Public lecture by Lewis R. Gordon (8 July) and workshop "What is it to be human?" (7-8 July)

You are cordially invited to attend the public lecture by Prof. Dr. Lewis R. Gordon entitled “The Human Question”. The lecture will be held in person and NO registration is required . Time & location of the public lecture : Friday, 08 July 2022, 6.00 pm, Freie Universität Berlin Auditorium, Hörsaal 1b, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin.  Find more details about the public lecture and the speaker here . This lecture is organized in the framework of the Replito international workshop on “ What is it to be human? Engaging the possibilities of living together ” . Find the detailed program here . The workshop will be held in person atBerlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Address: Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin . To register for the workshop, please contact: ( m.alzayed@fu-berlin.de )   For more information about these and other Replito events/activities, please click here .

Jul 05, 2022

Jannis Grimm Receives APSA MENA Dissertation Award 2022

Congratulations to our alumnus Jannis J. Grimm for winning the APSA MENA Dissertation Award 2022! He was honoured by the MENA section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for his dissertation "Contested Legitimacies. Repression and Revolt in Post-Revolutionary Egypt".

Jun 21, 2022

Lecture Series: Researching Asia - Digital Research Methods in (Post-)Pandemic Times

Your are cordially invited to a lecture series coordinated by the Working Group "Researching Asia in Times of a Pandemic" by Andrea Fleschenberg (HU), Sarah Holz (HU) and Salman Khan (King's College).

Jun 07, 2022