Author: Max Weber Stiftung

Seasons of Capitalism: Human and Non-Human Nature in the Making of Lebanon’s Silk Industry

Graham Auman Pitts Capitalism had it seasons in late-Ottoman Mount Lebanon. Each spring, the families that tilled orchards of mulberries purchased the eggs they needed on c­­­­­redit. Mulberry leaves nourished the eggs, which hatched and began to spin their cocoons once the temperature was reliably above 16° Celsius. In June,…

“I Was Inspired by the Work of Many Feminist Theorists, Historians and Activists” – Interview with Maya Caspari

We regularly introduce scholars that work in the project by letting them answer three short questions. Today, we talk to Maya Caspari. Maya is Curator at the German Historical Institute in London. She is also Postdoctoral Research and Engagement Fellow at the University of Leeds. What will you be working…

Urban Parks in Late Ottoman Istanbul

By Mustafa Emir Küçük People have used green spaces for recreational purposes throughout history, yet the concept of the park as a designed green space for people’s recreation in the middle of the city developed on an international scale in the nineteenth century. In Istanbul, the construction of urban parks…

Urban Agriculture in Pre-Modern Istanbul

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Ayşe Nur Akdal Today, one can find it bizarre to come across a rural element in cities. However, historically, there was not a clear distinction between urban and rural. Agricultural and urban space existed together. Due to a lack of sufficient preservation and…

Seasons of Capitalism: Human and Non-Human Nature in the Making of Lebanon’s Silk Industry

By Graham Auman Pitts Capitalism had it seasons in late-Ottoman Mount Lebanon. Each spring, the families that tilled orchards of mulberries purchased the eggs they needed on c­­­­­redit. Mulberry leaves nourished the eggs, which hatched and began to spin their cocoons once the temperature was reliably above 16° Celsius. In…

The Fijeh Water Project and the Cholera Epidemic in 1903 Damascus

By Benan Grams On June 30th, 1903 Sultan Abdulhamid II approved a project to bring potable water to Damascus from the Ein el-Fijeh spring.1 The project was presented to the central government by Nazim Pasha, the governor of Syria, during a persistent cholera epidemic that afflicted Damascus throughout that year.…

New Questions for Studying Plague in Ottoman History

By Nükhet Varlık Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It is known to have affected human societies for at least the last five thousand years. During its long history, it sparked countless local epidemics and three known pandemics, which spread the bacterium to practically every…

The Feminist Histories Podcast Series

The institutes of the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) regularly present their research to an interested public and contribute to the exchange with the scientific community in the host countries. Due to the COVID‑19 pandemic, they now implement their lectures, seminars, book presentations and panel discussions as virtual formats. In this…

Studying Comparisons

By Simon Rowedder If we remember that those we study are also studying us as well as themselves, and that they are all engaged in the human exercise of understanding the play of cultural difference and similarity, we may be able to contribute to making comparison the fruitful, congenial, and…

German Heritage in Letters: Understanding knowledge transfers by migrants and their networks

German Heritage in Letters is a project to create a digital collection of German-language correspondence currently held in private hands, or by archives, libraries, museums, and other institutions. The project is managed by the German Historical Institute of Washington DC, and it is made possible by generous funding from Deutschlandjahr…

The Logic of Transformation – Media and the Constitution of the Political

By Laila Abu-Er-Rub Interview with Ravi Vasudevan and Srirupa Roy, co-directors of the M. S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies: “Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century” (ICAS:MP) in New Delhi. ICAS:MP is one of the “Merian Centres” funded by the German…

Where do the things in European museums come from? – 5in10 with Mirjam Brusius

Mirjam Brusius. Picture: private. Mirjam Brusius holds an MA in Art History (Berlin 2007) and a doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science (Cambridge University 2011). She joined the German Historical Institute London as a research fellow in 2017. Her research interests concern the history of collecting and visual culture…

„Ethical Consumerism Is a Transregional Phenomenon and Thus Cannot Be Analyzed Within a National Framework“ – An Interview with Benjamin Möckel

In the series „Feldman Fellows Revisited“ we regularly interview former and current Feldman fellows on aspects of mobility in academia, transregional approaches abroad and where they stand on definitions of transregional studies as voiced in our series “All Things Transregional”. The Feldman fellowships allow young researchers to pursue research in two to…

„Many Countries – One World“: How Flight Was Explained to Students

By Ekaterina Vasileva On 28th of April 2016 in the exhibition rooms of “7x jung” something magical took place. Dozens of German high-school students gathered to ask questions that are highly topical in the modern European society: What is a refugee? How do people survive being forced to leave their…

Interview: “Contemporary Theatre is an Instrument of Social Change”

Which role does theatre play in a country or region that is subject to distinct regional and transregional conflicts? How does it develop by facing societal and political changes? Oksana Dudko, historian and theatre curator for international theatre festivals including New Drama, and currently fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute…

Interview: “What Role do National History and Identity play in the EU Integration Process?”

To what extent does a member state of the European Union have to find a balance between merging with a comprehensive European identity and emphasizing its own individual history and collective memory? How is the development of a nation and its interpretation influenced by the integration process? Ana Milosevic, a…
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