Wed 11 Oct 2017

In the academic year 2017/18 we welcome 24 postdoctoral scholars from 14 countries to Berlin

As Fellows they have the opportunity to work on their research projects and to engage with colleagues on the reassessment of the Soviet and Iranian avant-garde, the political theology of the Arab postcolonial order, or the new and old borderlines in the societies of the Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe.

In the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME), that investigates entanglements and divisions between the Middle East and Europe, the historian Seda Altug (Istanbul) focuses on the politics of ethnic and religious difference in French-Madate Syria, the anthropologist Yektan Türkyilmaz (Istanbul) examines the context and heritage of the Armenian Genocide. The Lebanese social psychologist Lamia Mognieh works on the psychologisation of social change and political power in Lebanon, the Syrian Racha Chatta analyses the themes migration, war, and power in contemporary Arab graphic novels, and the American political scientist Wendy Pearlman centers on her new project on Syrian refugees in Germany and their experiences of exile and integration. Fatima Tofighi, a religious scientist from Qum, works on the project of a modern cultural history of the female body in Iran, and the Egyptians Alia Mossalam and Pascale Ghazaleh reconstruct alternative historical and community narratives.

In the program Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe two scholars form Eastern Europe will come to Berlin. The anthropologist Iuliia Buyskykh does research on the meaning of borders as imaginary horizons in Eastern Europe. The historian Olga Linkiewicz investigates the cross-border transfer of knowledge of ethnos and race in the first half of the 20th century.

In the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices Combiz Moussavi-Aghdam works on questions of an alternative modernism in Iran and Sanja Savkic on the reception of space and aesthetical experience in Maja rituals. The cooperation with the program »Connecting Art Histories in the Museum« (CAHIM) continues. The CAHIM Fellows investigate Quranic Manuscripts (Alya Karame), Deccan architecture in India (Subhashini Kaligotla), portrait painting in the late Imperial China (Ning Yao), the circulation and reproduction of art around 1900 (Max Koss), and the concept of / nkishi/ in Central Africa (Bruno Sotto Mayor).

The Fellows are, according to their specialization, associated with Berlin universities and research institutions. They present and discuss their works regularly in seminars, conferences, and workshops at the Forum. Our scientific blogs, and »TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research« ( in particular, debates, ideas, and research results are made accessible for the public. Dates and information can be found on our website and the brochure “Program and Fellows 2017/2018”.

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences.  It is dedicated to a research agenda that systematically links disciplinary approaches and the expertise of area studies by focusing on entanglements and interactions across national, cultural or regional borders. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in and outside of Berlin, it carries out research projects and initiatives that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. The Forum is sponsored by the The Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery Higher Education and Research. In the area of internationalization it cooperates with the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad. As of April 2013 the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been supporting this cooperation.

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