Berlin or Bust

Posted by sepoy on June 14, 2009 · 1 min read

Well, the Chicago adventure has run its course. Off to Berlin, where I will be joining the Freie Universität faculty as a Juniorprofessur of South Asia history in the Department of History and Cultural Studies and the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies.

Which means: Transitions!

The good news, I presume, is that CM will go on - perhaps with a stronger Eurabian focus. To shore up my U.S. base, I am bringing on a new guest writer on CM and will also persuade lapata and farangi to re-awaken from their long slumber.

The bad news is ... there is no bad news! It is 130bpm on ze kraftwerk machine all the way to Berlin!


Saba | June 14, 2009

Mabrook! :)

krishna | June 14, 2009

Congratulations! and the very best of luck. I hope you find the time and continue to write here. It has been very enjoyable and informative reading your blog.

Tenured Radical | June 14, 2009

Congratulations! I'm so glad you hung in there on the job market.

Yes man | June 14, 2009

What? a job? What is this 1998? 1. Make your blog your full time job, 2. write the occasional book on the side 3. ??? 4. Profit!

Mahmud | June 14, 2009

Mabrook/Shabash/Congrats! Best of luck.

Blake | June 14, 2009

வாழ்க வளமுடனே!

Harit Trivedi | June 14, 2009

A very warm welcome to Europe.

Qalandar | June 14, 2009

Wow, congratulations! You're the second friend (virtual or otherwise) in 3 weeks to move to Berlin... Best of luck for the future!

Jonathan Dresner | June 14, 2009

Wow! Mazel Tov!

ADM | June 14, 2009

That's fantastic! Congrats!

Szerelem | June 14, 2009

Congratulations! Or to add to the languages already here, Tebrikler!

biryanilady | June 15, 2009

mubarakbad, Sepoy. come back to the windy city now and again when you need your hair or feathers ruffled up. I know it will miss you. (we, insyallah and the creek don't rise, won't, I hope. ) may Berlin keep you in the best of health and spirits. Bon Voyage.

Daniel Pineu | June 15, 2009

Congratulations! As a long-time reader of your excellent blog, I am looking forward to see what the more Eurabian (lol) focus will bring. Also, as someone who has just moved to Germany as well after a PhD in the UK, I hope your transition goes smoothly indeed. Me and my wife live relatively close to Berlin, and it would be a pleasure to meet you, if you are ever up for it - she has done a fair ammount of work on (and in) Pakistan, and it would be lovely to chat with you. My email is Once again, congratulations! FU made an excellent decision, and I'm sure you'll have plenty of opportunities ahead of you in Berlin, where serious Pakiatn expertise is somewhat lacking. Cheers, and the best of luck, Daniel

Desi Italiana | June 15, 2009

Awesome news. Congratulations!

saadia | June 15, 2009

who? who? who's the new writer?

dacoit | June 15, 2009


maujkar | June 15, 2009

All the best.... good to have you a bit closer ...

Sonu | June 15, 2009

Congratulations and best wishes!

elizabeth | June 15, 2009

We really must start working on your Turkish, so I'll echo szerelem: tebrikler! I reiterate my call for a currywurst tag.

DK | June 15, 2009

नवीन नोकरीच्या शुभेच्छा!

sarahjane | June 16, 2009

du bist eine Berliner! i am totally moving to your couch, fyi. sjn

RobDP | June 16, 2009

Welcome to Europe! Avoid the Currywurst, it's not as interesting as it sounds... or rather it is interesting, but in the wrong way. But definitely attempt to look serious and hypermasculine while sipping on a bright pink Berliner Weisse!

Rohit Chopra | June 16, 2009

Congrats Manan! Wonderful news. Do stop by San Francisco on your trips back here, which I hope will be frequent. Cheers Rohit

Spencer L. | June 16, 2009

Be sure to waste no time in organizing some conferences over there, so we can come and show 'em how it's done!

sepoy | June 16, 2009

Thank you everyone. Looking forward to the adventures.

Conrad Barwa | June 17, 2009

Congratulations on moving to the civilised side of the Atlantic :D!

Dan | June 18, 2009

Congratulations! I'd say welcome to Berlin, but I'm moving out of the city next week. I'm sure you'll find something to love here.

Q | June 23, 2009

Congrates! Make sure you get a place in East Berlin, it's more happening.

slantgirl | July 21, 2009

i'm late in joining in the party -- shabash/mabruk! south asian studies is only growing stronger and more dynamic in Germany, and i have several friends on fellowships there now. you will undoubtedly find yourself in fantastic company!

ss | September 11, 2009

Congrats, they really need someone to set the record straight. Watch out for them bluffmasters at Humboldt!