EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.
The program puts emphasis on three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) reexamining genealogical notions of
mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking
key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political
entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons
and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.
EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:
Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions
This research group is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner
Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the
historical experience of conviviality and social, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences and
conflict in the cities around the Mediterranean.
Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives
is directed by Gudrun Krämer, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. It analyzes
modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on authenticity, modernity,
secularity, and justice.
Perspectives on the Qur'an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History
is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin. This research group situates the
foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic
History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its
hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East.
Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures
is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, PhilippsUniversität Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements, translations and processes of canonization between the Middle East and other regions.
Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from
Middle Eastern Perspectives
is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts
to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of the
experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East.
EUME is interested in developing new fields of research that bridge the gap between social science
approaches and cultural studies in questions relating to the ongoing transformation processes
in Europe and the Middle East (in cooperation with Cilja Harders, Otto Suhr Institute of Political
Science, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Rachid Ouaissa, Political Science Department, Center for Near
and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Kader Konuk (Universität Duisburg Essen).
The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology,
political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research
projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and
should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity
to pursue research projects of their own choice within the overall framework of Europe in the
Middle East—The Middle East in Europe. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the
Forum Transregionale Studien and associate members of one of the university or non-university
research institutes listed below.
As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2018 and will end on 31 July 2019. Postdoctoral
fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal
situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows
are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related
to their research field. Scholars with their own funding are also invited to apply. The working
language of EUME is English.
An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
— the attached application cover sheet;
— a curriculum vitae;
— a project description (no longer than five pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if
granted a fellowship.
The application should be submitted by e-mail as three separate WORD documents or PDF files in English and should be received by May 15, 2018, sent to
Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)
Attn: Georges Khalil
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien e.V.
Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin
Fax +49 30 89 001 440
Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as
a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz
Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of
the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011 EUME is continued at the Forum
In scholarly terms EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of the following
persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of
Political Science, FU Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen),
Gudrun Kraemer (Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin), Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient,
Berlin), Angelika Neuwirth (FU Berlin), Rashid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern
Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern
Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University, Beer
Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).
The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the
internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. 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 Berlin and the rest of Germany, it
carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to
Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. It currently supports five research
programs and initiatives: Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Prisma Ukraïna –
Research Network Eastern Europe, Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual
Scholarship, the Academy in Exile, and Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in
For more information on the Forum please visit
For further information on EUME and for detailed information on the research fields, please visit
For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin
Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science
Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin
Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin
Museum for Islamic Art
Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, FU Berlin
Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Seminar for Arabic Studies, FU Berlin
Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies