Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions


Directors: Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient)

Cities Compared is associated with the Zentrum Moderner Orient.

Concept and objective of the program is to bring together research on cosmopolitanism in order to compare cities of different regions bordering on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, from various disciplinary perspectives, from history to political sciences or political philosophy. A focus will always be the city. The aim is to confront theories of cosmopolitanism and civil society with concrete historical urban case studies in a comparative way. Thus the attempt will be made to push forward the theoretical discussion of the concepts beyond Eurocentrism and at the same time to connect recent research on Mediterranean cities to ongoing theoretical debates.

Please find a complete description of the research field here.

(Ottoman) Urban Studies Seminar


In cooperation with EUME the Zentrum Moderner Orient organized a colloquium with lectures. Please find here the programs of the past years:

2016-17: Rethinking Urban-Rural Relations in an Age of Migration, Displacement, Environmental Transformations and Fringe Urbanization
2015-16: Refugees in the City

2014-15: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Marginality in Africa, the Middle East and Asia

2013-14: The City and its Margins

2012-13: Cities as Laboratories of Change

2009-10: Post-Ottoman Cities

2008-09: Daily Life in Ottoman Towns

2007-08: Cosmopolitanism in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond

2006-07: Ottoman Urban Studies Seminar

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