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Special Lecture: "Decolonising Knowledge: Theory and Practice"

Join us for this special lecture with Singapore-based scholars Prof. Syed Farid Alatas and Dr. Leon Moosavi on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 2pm–4pm. 

Feb 03, 2022

Online Panel "Global Displays of Islamic Art Today: Agency, Identity, and Politics"

Our doctoral fellow Philip Geisler will talk about "Configuring Multiculturalism: Heritage and Narrative at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum and Granada’s Museo de la Alhambra" as part of a virtual panel and discussion sponsored by the Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC), Toronto.

Jan 28, 2022

Philip Geisler becomes Max Planck Fellow

Our fellow Philip Geisler will become a doctoral 4A_Lab-Fellow of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max Planck Institute) in 2022. 4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics is a research and fellowship program designed in cooperation with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Institute for Art History in Florence) – Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Max Planck Society) and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), including their respective museums and research institutions. Further partners are the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Forum Transregionale Studien.

Jan 28, 2022

Nora Haakh receives the "Anerkennungspreis" of the Tiburtiuspreis

The prize is awarded by the Landeskonferenz der Rektoren und Präsidenten der Berliner Hochschulen (LKRP). 

Dec 20, 2021

Hilde Domin Programme for students / doctoral candidates at risk

Doctoral Candidates at risk can apply for a nomination in the DAAD's hilde Domin Programme. Please see the link for all details. 

Dec 06, 2021

New board members & new PIs

Prof. Claudia Derichs (HU Berlin) and Prof. Claudia Liebelt (FU Berlin) have been elected as new board members.  Prof. Elke Hartmann (FU Berlin) and Prof. Florian Zemmin have joined BGSMCS as PIs/supervisors. 

Dec 06, 2021

Hanna Nieber receives the Steppat-Prize for her dissertation

The award is for her dissertation "Drinking the Written Qur’an: Healing with Kombe in Zanzibar Town"

Dec 06, 2021

Nora Haakh receives the special award in "Culture" from the city of Augusburg

The award is for her doctoral thesis on "Majnun und Layla in der Contact Zone: Übertragungen aus dem Arabischen ins Deutsche im zeitgenössischen Theater". 

Dec 06, 2021

Hale Sasmaz Presents Her Paper at International Conference

Our doctoral fellow Hale Sasmaz is going to present her paper about Turkish journalist Sabiha Sertel's years in exile at an international conference titled "Narrating Exile in and between Europe and the Ottoman Empire/Modern Turkey". The conference is organized by the Turkey Studies Network (TSN) and will be held in Amsterdam on 11-12 November 2021.

Nov 08, 2021

Philip Geisler at MESA’s 2021 Annual Meeting

Our doctoral fellow Philip Geisler co-organizes the panel "Islamic Art and the Politics of Museum Display" at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). The panel explores the politics of curatorial practices, museum displays, and art discourses in public and private museums including the Malek National Museum (Tehran), the National Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (Istanbul), the Louvre Museum (Paris), the Alhambra Museum (Granada), and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto from 2000 until today. Philip Geisler will contribute a paper titled "Islamic Art as a Multicultural Mythology in Spain and Canada.“ The panel is sponsored by the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) and will take place online on November 30th, at 11:30 AM (EST). 

Oct 25, 2021

Virtual Stories: Digital Artistic Agency of Middle Eastern Children and Youth

Call for art works of young Middle Eastern digital artists

Oct 12, 2021

"The Study of Islam & Muslim Communities in Latin America and the Caribbean in Transdisciplinary Perspective"

Registration for the online colloquium on October 20−21 is open now. Join us for one or all of the panels, the launch of Ken Chitwood's new book "The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean" and Aisha Khan's keynote.

Sep 28, 2021

Call for Applications for scholarships and places in our doctoral programme 2022

We are happy to announce a new  call for applications  for grants and places in our doctoral programme for the calendar year 2022/2023. Please note that the application deadline is November 1, 2021, 12 noon CET.

Sep 22, 2021

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