Dr. Isa Blumi was awarded a research fellowship for the program entitled “Cultural Encounters and Political Orders in a Global Age” at the Center for Area Studies (CAS) at the University of Leipzig from August 2011 to May 2012 to pursue research on “How Itinerate Ottomans Shaped the Modern World in a Transitional Era.” Dr. Blumi intends to address a series of issues related to the transformations experiences in the so-called Islamic World since the nineteenth century, ultimately emphasizing the “Collaborative” dynamic of imperialism while questioning the reading of late ottoman institutional reforms as exclusive markers of “Western-Inspired” modernity. He will also explore factors of migrate between two or three “Homelands.” The CAS was founded in 2009 as an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research unit at the University of Leipzig which was a special emphasis on the cooperation between area studies and so-called systematic disciplines in social science and humanities.
Dr. Ghulam Nadri has been awarded the Newton International Fellowship by the Royal Society and the British Academy, London. This research award lasts two academic years (2011 and 2012) and allows him to continue to do research and complete the book he intends to publish on the history of indigo in South Asia. From January 2011, he will be a fellow at the Economic History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK.
Dr. Nadri’s research project explores the politico-economic and social dynamics of the indigo industry and trade in pre-colonial and colonial South Asia. This study is mainly based on the records of the Dutch and English East India Companies and other primary sources preserved in the archives and libraries of the UK, the Netherlands, and India. The fellowship enables him to stay in London with its archival and library facilities at his beck and call, which is vital for the timely completion of his research project.
Dr. Allen Fromherz was awarded the Gerda Henkel Stiftung Grant of €52,000 for 2011 to complete a book on “Constructing Medieval Myths of the nation in the Modern Middle East.” Dr. Fromherz conducted preliminary research in Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier, Morocco using travel funds awarded this Grant.