Prof. Dr. Manja Stephen Emmrich (September 2016 - Januar 2017)
Manja Stephan-Emmrich studied Anthropology and Central Asian Studies at the University of Leipzig, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Free University Berlin.
2002 - 2006 she was member of the international projects "Civil Religion" at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale and "Islamic Education in the Soviet Union and its Successor States" at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the Martin-Luther University in Halle/Wittenberg (PhD title: "In Need of Balance: Moral Education, Islam and Being Muslim in Tajikistan Between Secularization and Religious Revival" (in German)).
Since May 2010 Manja Stephan-Emmrich has been Junior Professor for the cross-section Islam in Asian and African Societies at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Besides she is Principal Investigator (PI) at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (funded in the framework of the German Excellence Initiative, FU Berlin) since 2011.
Her research interests cover Islamic education, the transmission of religious and moral knowledge, the anthropology of religion, Islamic piety, urban religion, youth and family studies, and the entanglement of migration/mobility and religion. Her regional focus is on Central Asia (Tajikistan). She is doing fieldwork in Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates.
In her current research project Manja Stephan-Emmrich is investigating the complex entanglements of translocal Islamic educational networks, youth’ work experiences and lifeworlds that span Tajikistan and the Arab world.
Dr. Ayse Cavdar (Juni- Dezember 2016)
Ayşe Çavdar graduated with a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology with her dissertation entitled "the Loss of Modesty: The Adventure of Muslim Family from Neighborhood to Gated Community" from the European University of Viadrina. She is currently working as a researcher and field reporter for the "Human Security" project run by Citizens Assembly in Turkey and Western Balkans. In the frame of this project, she participates in field research, mainly in two topics: "Violence in white collar working environment" and “Community displacement". She spent two months at the ZMO in Berlin as visiting fellow in 2015.
Her academic interests include urban and religious studies with a
particular focus on middle-class living spaces and religiosity. She
gave courses at several Turkish universities on journalism, writing,
and research methodologies.
Prior to her academic career, she worked as a journalist covering political and social issues.
She co-edited two books: With Volkan Aytar, Media and Security Sector Oversight, Limits and Possibilities, TESEV, 2009; With Pelin Tan, The State of Exception in an Exceptional City, Sel Yayınlari, 2013.
In 2010, her interview with sociologist Nilufer Gole was published as a book by Hayy Kitap. In 2011, she edited the Neo-Islamism issue of Express magazine. During her fellowship with the Reconfigurations -June-July 2016-she will work on a research project on how the legal ambiguities related to the built environment reflect on the citizen's relationship with the social and physical landscape of the city.
Dr. Hania Sobhy (April - Juli 2016)
Dr. Hania Sobhy completed her PhD in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2012. Her thesis looked at secondary schools in Cairo as institutions where citizens encounter the state and are disciplined into gendered and classed subjects through relations of marketization, violence and humiliation. It examined the nationally unified textbooks and the schools themselves as spaces where national identity and citizenship were constructed and contested within the authoritarian, neoliberal and Islamist projects of the late Mubarak era. She has taught Middle East Politics, International Relations and Comparative Politics at SOAS, Exeter, and McGill Universities and presented and published on Islamist and post-Islamist discourses and different aspects of education policy and practice in Egypt. She has worked in development policy research and project evaluation in Egypt since 2004.
Dr. Perrine Lachenal (Oktober 2015 - Januar 2016)
Perrine Lachenal graduated from the “École des hautes études en sciences sociales” (EHESS) in Paris, where she majored in Political and Social Science. In 2015, she completed her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (Aix-Marseille University, France). Her topic was the transformations of the representations and uses of violence and the reconfigurations of gender and class relations in contemporary Egypt.
Her doctoral thesis is the result of an ethnographic study conducted between 2011 and 2012, primarily through participant observation, Lachenal analyzed certain defense practices that have emerged in recent years in Egypt and contributed to a "revolutionary" security market. Self-defense classes (see cover photo), the popularity of which has continued to grow since 2011 in socially affluent districts of Cairo, are at the heart of this research. Her dissertation conceives of self-defense trainings as not only revealing, but also producing "revolutionary" physical and technical repertoires in which emotional, gendered, social and moral dimensions of the period's political upheavals are embodied. Women, and even some men, come to the self-defense classes to acquire combat skills such as throwing kicks and punches, learning to face aggressors using specific objects, and implementing body techniques. The notion of "play" is used as a theoretical tool for drawing together and analyzing the different levels of meaning of the paradoxical experiences observed in these classes. The ethnography allows for a better understanding of the evolution of urban sociability, the transformation of representations and uses of violence, and the reconfiguration of gender and class relations in contemporary Egyptian society. Lachenal argues that self-defense constitutes a valuable vantage point from which to analyze the anthropology of the Egyptian revolution. Her thesis elicits the technical dimension of how individuals deal with power and the socially and sexually situated modalities by which categories such as "legitimacy" and "illegitimacy" are produced with respect to violence.
Dr. Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab (September 2015 - März 2016)
Dr. Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab is a scholar of philosophy of culture, both Western and postcolonial. She is the author of Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010). In this book, she examines post-independence Arab debates on cultural malaise and cultural critique and compares them to similar debates in Africa and Latin America. The Arabic version of the book won the 2013 Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the category “Development of Nations”. Dr. Kassab is currently working on a new book entitled Critique, Enlightenment, and Revolution: Arab Intellectuals and the Uprisings. Columbia University Press will publish it. The book analyzes critical intellectual debates regarding enlightenment and revolution with a special focus on Egypt and Syria.
During her stay at the Re-Configuration Network of the CNMS, she hopes to complete the Egyptian part of the book. Her research for the book started in Berlin. Here, she was a research fellow in the spring and fall of 2011 at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies of the Freie Universität. Further work as a research fellow was done during the academic year 2013-1014 at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg.
Dr. Nina Studer (April - August 2015)
Dr. des. Nina Salouȃ Studer wrote her Ph.D. in general history at the University of Zürich on the descriptions of Muslim North African women in the publications of French colonial psychiatrists. Her dissertation will be published by Böhlau Verlag in autumn 2015. She was awarded a two-year SNF (Schweizerischer Nationalfond) scholarship for the Advancement of Scientific Research (Scholarship for Prospective Researchers) in order for her to study for her doctoral degree at St Cross College, Oxford. Her current research is on the medicalization of drinking habits in the colonial Maghreb. She conceptualises the descriptions of drinking habits in medical and psychiatric sources as a new perspective on lived, everyday colonialism, which will allow her to study such diverse topics as assimilation and civilisation, the pathologisation of North African customs, the supposed threat posed by North Africans, as well as questions of gender and class. Her fellowship at the research network Re-Configurations from April to August 2015 allowed her to focus on the question of the use of coffee (both practically and metaphorically) in the conquest of Algeria, and will result in an article as well as furthering her research project.
Dr. Mohamed Wildan (April 2015 - Juli 2015)
Dr. Muhammad Wildan is a lecturer at the State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta. Having finished his undergraduate at UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta in 1995, he obtained his master degree at Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1999 and then completed his Ph.D. at National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2009. Amidst completing his PhD, he experienced as research fellow at International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) the Netherland (2007) and also Asian Research Institut (ARI) at National University of Singapore (2007). His expertise is on modern Islam Indonesia is proved by several works on political and radical Islam, and popular culture. His concerned with radical Islamism brought him to be involved in some projects on mainstreaming moderate Islam among some conservative and radical pesantrens (religious schools) in Java, Indonesia. Besides teaching at a university, he is also involved in Muhammadiyah, one of the biggest NGOs in Indonesia.
Dr. Sigall Horovitz (März 2015 - Juli 2015)
Dr. Sigall Horovitz is a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions. Her research areas include transitional justice and international criminal law, with a special focus on Africa and Israel-Palestine. Dr. Horovitz holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University (LL.M.2003,with honors), and a Doctor of Laws from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.D. 2014). Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on national reconciliation in Rwanda. It forms part of the larger ERC-funded research on the Effectiveness of International Courts. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Horovitz worked for the UN as a legal advisor at the ICTR (in Tanzania) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (in Sierra Leone and The Hague).
Dr. Horovitz directs university projects on transitional justice, and she initiated the transitional justice programs at both Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also develops and teaches courses on transitional justice and on election and party law. Dr. Horovitz is a recipient of the Arthur Helton Fellowship of the American Society of International Law (2013), the Rabin Scholarship of the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013-2014), and the Vodoz Prize of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2012). She is a member of the New York and Israeli Bar Associations, and a founding member of ALMA - the Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law.
Dr. Noga Efrati (März 2015 - Juni 2015)
Dr. Noga Efrati is a historian of the Middle East. Her research focuses on the social, legal, and political history of Iraq. She is the author of Women in Iraq: Past Meets Present, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012 - A social and political history of Iraqi women during the periods of British occupation and the British-backed Hashimite monarchy (1917 - 1958). Between 2006 and 2011 she headed the Post-Saddam Iraq Research Group at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is now a Senior Lecturer at the Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel. During her stay at the CNMS, Philipps-Universität Marburg she will research her next work titled "Law and Society in Iraq: Family Law Contested and Reconstructed, 1914-2014".
For more see: http://huji.academia.edu/NogaEfrati
Dr. Pooya Alaedini (Februar 2015 - März 2015)
Dr. Pooya Alaedini is an associate professor of social planning at the University of Tehran. His areas of focus include socioeconomic development, urban and regional planning. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the UN, the International Labor Organization, and the International Organization for Migration. His publications, including a dozen peer-reviewed articles, two books and several published reports, have focused on high-impact development issues as well as evaluation of major development programs. Dr. Alaedini holds an undergraduate degree in mathematical sciences from Ohio State University and master’s degrees in civil/transportation engineering and economics from Ohio State University and University of Delaware. He wrote a noted dissertation on oil-based industrialization in Iran for his Ph.D. in urban planning and policy development at Rutgers University, and conducted research on urban development and industrialization in the Middle East and East Asia at the United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies in Tokyo as a post-doctoral fellow.
Expertise: Urban planning; regional/industrial development;
social policy, employment and labor migration; impact evaluation/social
Country Experience: Worked in the US, Middle East, Central Asia/Caucasus, East Asia, and Africa
Languages: Bilingual in English and Persian; basic knowledge of German, Japanese, and Arabic
Dr. Jonathan Kriener (September 2014 - März
Jonathan Kriener graduated with a doctoral degree in Oriental Studies about the Lebanese school system from Ruhr University of Bochum, where he is working as the coordinator of the research project ‘Local, Regional and International “Borrowing and Lending” in Social Sciences at Arab Universities’. He has been a research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and at the Orient Institute Beirut, and taught courses about the 20th century histories of Lebanon, Israel, and the Palestinians, as well as recent Arab educational thought and reform at Ruhr University and Tübingen University. His publications deal comparatively with history, civics, and religious instruction at Lebanese, Palestinian and Israeli schools, and higher education in Egypt and Lebanon.
Dr. Abdelkarim Daoud (Januar 2015)
Abdelkarim Daoud is a Professor at the Department of Geography at University of Sfax-Tunisia. He earned his masters and PhD degrees from the University of Bordeaux III specializing in “Territorial planning and analysis”. He currently teaches master students of “Geographic information and territorial planning” at the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of Sfax, as well as “Environment and planning engineering” at the Engineering school of Sfax. Throughout his career, Dr. Daoud earned extensive experience in the fields of Urban geography, Climatology, Biogeography, Water resources planning, Territorial planning, and Natural hazards in urban areas.
Dr. Natalia Ribas-Mateos (Juni-Dezember 2014)
Natalia Ribas-Mateos is currently a research associate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona –CERAO- and at IFEA-Istanbul.
She has taught in diffferent Spanish Universities and has been twice a Marie Curie Fellow (UK-US and France) and once a Ramon y Cajal Fellow (Spain). Her latest scholarly work includes the books: Movilidades Adolescentes (Bellaterra 2014 ed. with S. Laiz), Mobilités au Féminin (Karthala 2014 ed. with V. Manry), Rutas Damascenas (Mellen Press 2014), The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism (Edward Elgar, 2013, ed. with L. Oso) and How Filipino Immigrants in Italy Send Money Back Home (Mellen Press 2013, written with C. Basa).
She is preparing for 2015 a publication on Tangier (Mellen and Litograph), a rural ethnography on Jebala in Northern Morocco (Cantarabia), and a manuscript on border transformations for Palgrave Macmillan.
Her project at the Reconfiguration network involves first, a critical analysis of globalization overcoming Western-Eastern cleavages. Secondly, at the empirical level it is focused on two brief fieldworks in the neighborhood of Balat (Istanbul) and in the medina of Tangier, concerning memory, mobilities and mobilization. She is the coordinator of the conference “Guests and Aliens. Re-configuring mobilities in the East Mediterranean post-2011” (9-10 Dec. 14).
Dr. Souhail Belhadj (Dezember 2014)
Souhaïl Belhadj holds a PhD in Political Science, at Sciences Po Paris. His current research concentrates on the political transition process in Syria and Tunisia, with a focus on the recomposition of political institutions. He previously worked on Syria's political leadership, on which he published the book La Syrie de Bashar al-Asad. Anatomie d'un régime autoritaire (Belin 2013). Other areas of his research include the structures of authoritarian states in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the question of rules in the political and procedural context of Baathi Syria, in particular the Syrian Parliament. During his Master's studies in History, he wrote on the mobilisation of clerics by Tunisian nationalist leaders during the time of the French protectorate. See more: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/research/centresandprogrammes/ccdp/who-we-are/staff/souhail-belhadj.html