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Imagining a Transnational and Transhistorical Movement Against Violence

As a college student in the U.S. in the 1980s, I first became aware of Take Back the Night. In countless cities, towns, and campuses across the U.S., feminist organizations coordinated these annual events to protest violence against women. Participants—typically women (and often intentionally and exclusively women)—gathered for night-time marches…

The impact of Ireland’s relations with the United States and Britain on the emergence and development of Irish revolutionary unionism, 1907-1914.

Revolutionary unionism, also known as industrial unionism, gradually emerged in Ireland between 1907 and 1910, reaching its peak during the Lockout of 1913 — a key moment in Irish labour history, sometimes considered its high watermark. Its rise was characterised by the emergence of important movement leaders, but also by…

Coptic Magical Papyri on the Road: Letters, Archives and Communication in Late Antiquity

a conference report by guest author Markéta Preininger Rodney Ast and Loreleï Vanderheyden of the sub-project of SFB 933, A02 “Antique Letters as a Means of Communication,” organized a hybrid conference in Heidelberg on the 8th and 9th of November 2021 focused on letters, archives, and communication in Late Antiquity. As…

A Reflection on the Connection between Facebook and Anti-Refugee Violence in Germany

#Onlinehatecrime #Socialmedia #Migrants #refugees #Germany #attacksonmigrants By Anosh Samuel Editorial note: The author completed a virtual internship at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, in the fall/winter of 2021/22. Anosh Samuel hails from Islamabad, Pakistan and is currently studying for a Master in Roads to Democracies at the University of…

Civil Rights & Civil Wrongs

How the Right Responded and Responds to Demands by Civil Rights Activists[i] By Georg Wolff In an academia where fetishized innovation breeds sensationalist mediocrity, where ‘new’ and ‘good’ are used interchangeably, it is a rare occurrence that a historiographic work achieves the appropriate half-life to be considered a true classic.…

Medieval Martyrologies: Previous Approaches and New Understandings

Dr. Ekaterina Novokhatko, Technische Universität Dresden Zusammenfassung: Martyrologien offenbaren uns zahlreiche Aspekte des religiösen Lebens im Mittelalter. Bei der Erörterung der möglichen Herangehensweisen an die Martyrologien werde ich ihre Funktionen als hagiographische Lehrbücher, als Gedächtnisspeicher mittelalterlicher Gemeinschaften und schließlich als Medien aufzeigen, die nicht nur der Übertragung neuer Kulte und Feste…

We are family! (Case Study: Resident Evil 7)

by Arno Görgen The game begins with a cutscene that has the feel of a video recording: a woman, Mia, stands on a ship against the railings and cheerily greets her husband. She tells him that she is there working as a babysitter. The video cuts off abruptly; we see…

Long-distance activism

Carlotta Kramer interviews Zeynab Peyghambarzadeh about queer-feminist transnational activism. Zeynab Peyghambarzadeh (they/them) is a queer-feminist activist from Iran living in the UK and identifies as a gender-fluid non-binary female. Carlotta Kramer (CK): Zeynab, you live in the UK. Do you consider yourself an exile? Zeynab Peyghambarzadeh (ZP): In some respects yes, I…

Reconciling Care Work with an Academic Career at the Neoliberal University

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Alena Sander During the past four years of my PhD, I gave various presentations and speeches about the impossibility of reconciling motherhood and research, especially in times of Covid-19. I placed special emphasis on the inequalities that affect researchers who also either identify…

Perspectives on Political Parties in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Since the emergence of the first nation states in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, political parties have become one of the most important and influential actors in Western political systems. It is hard to imagine a functioning Western democracy without the presence of political parties, yet they have…

Chapter 18. On breath between voice and sound, signifier and signal in Jonas Eika’s After the Sun

In Jonas Eicka’s Short story Rachel, Nevada (part of the book After the Sun) the reader becomes witness of a strange ritual: Antonio  „[] set the suitcase upright, spread a paper tablecloth over it and laid out the implements in front of his right hand. The scalpels lay there, looking indifferent to the…

Gods and Outcasts: Ambivalent Attitudes towards Health Workers in India during the Coronavirus Pandemic

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Gautam Liu Gautam Liu. Photo: private. The COVID-19 pandemic in India generated a strange phenomenon in how health workers were perceived. On the one hand officials were not tired in proclaiming doctors and nurses as gods, on the other hand health workers were…

Dusty Frames: Looking at 19th and 20th Century Art in the Courtauld Gallery.

Fig.1 The Courtauld Gallery staircase. (Photograph by author) Ascending the semi-circular staircase of the Courtauld Gallery, with its freshly coated electric blue bannisters (Fig.1), the visitor undertakes a physically demanding and intellectually exhilarating climb through centuries of artistic production that are carefully arranged across three floors. The Gallery has recently…

How to Map Concepts with the PySem Library

Mapping concepts to common concept identifiers across resources has become an important task for the aggregation of lexical data from different sources. With the Concepticon, this task has been facilitated due to a specific mapping algorithm by which a concept list can be automatically mapped to the concept sets in…

MiQua & Kolumba Köln: “Into the Expanse. Aspects of Jewish Life in Germany.”An exhibition as a historical-aesthetic approach

by Dr. Laura Cohen (English/Deutsch) On the occasion of the anniversary of 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany, MiQua, LVR Jewish Museum in the Archaeological Quarter of Cologne, together with Kolumba, Art Museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, conceived an exhibition that can be seen in Kolumba until 15…
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