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Besnik Sinani Wins DAVO Dissertation Award 2021

Congratulations to our alumnus Besnik Sinani for winning the DAVO Dissertation Award 2021! He was honoured by the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) for his dissertation "The Ba Alawi Sufi Order in Saudi-Arabia: State, Orthodoxy, and Deviance in Contemporary Islam". .

Sep 21, 2021

Jannis Grimm Receives the GPSA Dissertation Prize 2021

Jannis Grimm was awarded the 2021 dissertation prize of the German Political Science Association (GPSA) for his dissertation titled "Contesting Legitimacy: Protest and the Politics of Signification in Post-Revolutionary Egypt" which was submitted in 2020. We warmly congratulate!

Sep 06, 2021

Philip Geisler at Berlin’s International Literature Festival

Our doctoral fellow Philip Geisler will host various events at Berlin’s International Literature Festival. On September, 14, at 6 PM, he will host a discussion about "Decolonizing Worlds: Loot, Booty, Art“ with Götz Aly, Bénédicte Savoy, and Nana Oforiatta Ayim that addresses current debates about the political and institutional treatment of colonial looted art, restitution, as well as practices of exhibiting objects in new contexts.

Sep 03, 2021

Online World Café: "Path to the PhD. Which funding suits me?"

The  WorldCafé on "Wege in die Promotion. Welche Stiftung passt zu mir?"  is jointly organised by BGSMCS and  Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien (FSGS) . The series aims at providing an overview on the scholarship opportunities of German research foundations, and to start a dialogue between foundations and students interested in doing a PhD. In the webinar meetings, you have the opportunity to ask your questions to officials of different foundations. The webinars will be in German. Participation is possible without registration. Please find further information  here  (in German).

May 12, 2021

Philip Geisler's Lecture "Display and Performativity: Theorizing the Agency of Islamic Art in the Museum" at the Louvre

On June 15, 2021, our doctoral fellow Philip Geisler will give a talk titled "Display and Performativity: Theorizing the Agency of Islamic Art in the Museum" at the conference "Le musée en scène : regards critiques sur la muséographie 1969-2019." The two-day conference is organized by the Musée du Louvre and the École du Louvre in Paris.

May 12, 2021

New BGSMCS Directors in April

Prof. Isabel Toral and Prof. Ulrike Freitag will take over the office of directors at the Graduate School in April 2021. A big thank you to Prof. Konrad Hirschler for serving as director in the past three years.

Mar 10, 2021

6 short-term postdoc scholarships

Up to 6 short-term postdoc scholarships are available in the research group " Authoritarianism and Global Capitalism: Emancipatory Counter-Strategies in and from the Middle East", funded and organised by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Successful applicants will be affiliated with BGSMCS, EUME or the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Politics at Freie Universität Berlin. Deadline is on 1 March, 2021. Read the call here:  https://www.rosalux.de/en/news/id/43721 . 

Jan 29, 2021

2nd Southern Theory Lecture with Prathama Banerjee

December 10, 2020, at 5 pm CET Please see the link below for information about how to join the event.

Nov 16, 2020

Web Q&A for applicants

We will have a short introduction and Web Q&A on October 7 and 9.

Sep 22, 2020

Applications will open on September 30, 2020

We will publish a new call for applications on 30 September. The application deadline is on November 11, 2020. 

Sep 02, 2020

Ken Chitwood joins the BGSMCS

Dr. Ken Chitwood has joined the BGSMCS as our new Fritz Thyssen Foundation Post-doctoral Research Fellow.

May 28, 2020