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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.…

Ambitious yet Ambivalent: Electrical Infrastructure and Inequality in Early Republican Turkey

By Nurçin İleri Figure I. The cover page of newspaper Hakimiyeti Milliye, 29 October 1933. The year 1933 was particularly significant in the history of Turkey. Following a long preparation process, the tenth-year anniversary of the Republic, which ran day and night on 29 October, was held more gloriously than…

“#systemrelevance in one word? women” – The Need for Analyzing Gender(ed) Media Discourse

By Margreth Lünenborg, Wolfgang Reißmann, Miriam Siemon and Moe Kinoshita The above quote is taken from a German tweet by Jeannette Gusko from March 18, 2020. Gusko works for the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, is co-founder of the Network 3rd Generation East Germany, and an experienced campaigner. Under the…

Covid-19 and Radical Self-Care

By Chia Longman   “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde (1988) In this short blog, I introduce the idea that we urgently need to radicalize ‘self-care’ from a feminist intersectional perspective. Imperatives towards self-care and well-being practices,…

The Virtue of Stopping

Towards Learning Journeys That Build Bridges Rather Than Schooling in Bubbles By Alia Mossallam On the first day of school after the lockdown, my second-grade daughter was beside herself with excitement. She was up at 4am, dressed and ready to go. We had 6 hours to kill. She re-read a…

‘Rethinking Ukrainian Studies’: Serhy Yekelchyk’s keynote lecture ‘Writing the history of revolution in the time of war’

A report by Sophie Schmäing, Universität Gießen Struggles over the interpretation of historical events have always been a salient issue in independent Ukraine. Since the Maidan protests in 2013–14, the annexation of Crimea and the start of the war in Donbas, these contestations, which are closely linked with questions of…
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