Author: Forum Transregionale Studien

European textile production subcontracting…

By Goran Musić A young worker in the sock producing workshop of the Textind factory, Source: Udarnik, List radnog kolektiva fabrike čarapa, Zrenjanin, March 1973, p. 5. The effects that the emergence of “fast fashion” and textile production subcontracting have had on gendered labor in the European periphery is a…

Archaeology in Algeria: Challenges of Multidisciplinary Research and the Identity Question

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Nadia Bahra (Archaeology, University of Constantine, Algeria) Nadia Bahra. Photo: private The worrying condition of archaeological sites and monuments and the alarm bells about the looting and destruction of antiquities are periodically reported on by Algerian media and social media outlets. Such reports…

Shakespeare, History and ‘Cancel Culture’

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Sabine Schülting (English Philology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) Sabine Schülting. Photo by Judith Affolter. In an article published in September 2020, Peter-André Alt, Professor of German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and President of the German University Rectors’ Conference (HRK), complains that contemporary…

Disassembling Fordism from the Inside: Transnational Radicals in Detroit and Turin in the 1960s

By Nico Pizzolato In the post-war period, during the climax of Fordism, factories became the birthplace of a new political praxis that mixed Marxist social theory with the bustling energy and initiative of novel demographics of workers. Though unschooled in Das Kapital, it was often young migrants who came to…

Pluralities, Transfers, Memories: Some Reflections on the Humanities Today

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Daniel Weidner (Comparative Literature, University of Halle, Germany) Daniel Weidner. Photo: private. What can the role of the humanities be facing a world in crisis? However we describe that very crisis, it is clear that a lot of the assumptions that have, so…

Alternative Knowledge Production and Transmission in Turkey: Solidarity Academies (III)

By Noémi Lévy-Aksu Since the mid-2010s, the authoritarian turn of the Turkish regime has resulted in multiple violations of human rights and freedoms. Universities have been particularly affected by the process, with mass dismissals of academics, repeated attacks on academic freedom and autonomy, and repression of students’ initiatives and protests.…

Infrastructures of the Self in Late Ottoman Iraq

By Camille Lyans Cole On May 17, 1883, at 10:15 AM, the Tigris river steamship “Mejidieh” stopped in the town of Qal‘at Salih, where it picked up eighty skins of ghee (clarified butter) and dropped off three passengers. At 3:30 PM the same day, it stopped in al-‘Amara, disembarking 18.5…

Sharjah Museums: A Case Study on the Transfer of Knowledge in Society

تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Aisha Deemas (Director of Executive Affairs, Sharjah Museums Authority, United Arab Emirates) Aisha Deemas. Photo by Judith Affolter. The UAE’s 2021 Vision states that the nation strives to create “a knowledge-based and highly productive economy” (United in knowledge).[1] While the latter is definitely…

The Pen and the Sword: The Narrow Margin of Academic Freedom in the Arab World

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Sari Hanafi The initial Arabic version of this article was published in the editorial issue of the Arab Journal of Sociology “Idafat”, Issues 29-30, 2015, pp. 4-8. “Those who are afraid do not innovate.”(Zewail, 2005: 166). Sari Hanafi. Photo: private. By academic freedoms,…

Re-shaping the “Socialist Factory” in Egypt in the Late 1960s–1970s

By Malak Labib In January 2021, the Egyptian government decided on the liquidation of the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company (EISCO), one of the country’s oldest public-sector enterprises. While officials pointed to the company’s accumulated losses and its deteriorating production capacity, the decision was met with wide opposition. Workers conducted…

Tracks of Change: Labor, Nature, and the Izmir-Aydın Railroad

By Onur İnal On an October afternoon in 1857, a great crowd gathered at the Caravan Bridge in Izmir to witness an historic moment. Mustafa Pasha, the Governor of Izmir, the müftü, or chief jurist, of Izmir, the Greek and Armenian bishops, the chief rabbi of the Jews, Izmir-Aydın railway…

Challenges in Literary Studies and Gender Studies or Why I Began to Talk Publicly about Relevance

.تجد/ين هنا النسخة العربية لهذا النص. By Andrea Geier (Modern German Literature/Gender Studies, University of Trier, Germany) Andrea Geier. Photo by Judith Affolter. As a literary scholar specializing in gender studies, intercultural studies, and postcolonial studies at a German university, I experience positive challenges in my everyday research and teaching.…

Alternative Knowledge Production and Transmission in Turkey: Solidarity Academies (II)

By Noémi Lévy-Aksu Since the mid-2010s, the authoritarian turn of the Turkish regime has resulted in multiple violations of human rights and freedoms. Universities have been particularly affected by the process, with mass dismissals of academics, repeated attacks on academic freedom and autonomy, and repression of students’ initiatives and protests.…

Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

By Jeremy Adelman Middell, Matthias (ed.): The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies, Abingdon 2018 : Routledge. A few years ago, I organized a symposium at Princeton University. The theme was: does globalization mean that the social sciences (broadly defined) need to rethink their intellectual foundations? In the end, we came…

Training as a Gatekeeper at the Indo-German Factory

By Josefine Carla Hoffmann Vocational education and training was an important part of Indo-German technical collaboration from the mid-1950s onwards. Companies and other institutions all over India collaborated with the West German state and its companies, rhetorically stressing the priority of skilling the workforce, amongst other things. This essay highlights…

Alternative Knowledge Production and Transmission in Turkey: Solidarity Academies (I)

By Noémy Lévy-Aksu Since the mid-2010s, the authoritarian turn of the Turkish regime has resulted in multiple violations of human rights and freedoms. Universities have been particularly affected by the process, with mass dismissals of academics, repeated attacks on academic freedom and autonomy, and repression of students’ initiatives and protests.…
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