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“Seen Through a Spatial Lens … ”: Interview with Benjamin Tallis

This interview is part of the series “Seen Through a Spatial Lens … – Spatializations in Global Times”. The series presents the guests invited by the Collaborative Research Centre 1199 “Processes of Globalization Under the Global Condition” at the University of Leipzig. The short interviews combine a peek at the…

Subjects, Citizens, and Others – Administering Ethnic Heterogeneity in the British and Habsburg Empires, 1867–1918

by Benno Gammerl British nostalgia for an imperial past imagined as heroic and fabulous has been a persistent feature of culture and politics in the UK since the 1960s, from the early Doctor Who episodes to the ongoing debates about Brexit. A longing for bygone imperial grandeur can also be…

Globe, Region, and Periphery: The Spatialization of the American West in Nineteenth-Century US Literature

by Steffen Wöll What kind of spatial imaginations and place-making processes can be identified in nineteenth-century American literature from and about the western peripheries? What is the relationship between local, regional, national, and transnational imaginations? How do fictional stories confirm or subvert the dynamics between actors in areas with divergent…

The First of the Modern Ottomans – The Intellectual History of Ahmed Vâsıf

by Ethan L. Menchinger Years ago, several mentors warned me against writing a biography. “Don’t do it,” they said. “You will get bogged down in the details and life-story.” I can see now that they wished to spare me from a good deal of effort and technical challenge, but also…

Secularities. Freethinkers in the Context of National Movements and the Rise of Nation States in Europe, 1789–1920s

This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the workshop “Secularities. Freethinkers in the Context of National Movements and the Rise of Nation States in Europe, 1789–1920s”, which is organized by Carolin Kosuch in cooperation with both…

“The Russian Position on Climate Change Matters” – 5in10 with Benjamin Beuerle

Benjamin Beuerle. Picture: Evgeny Markov/ GHI Moscow Benjamin Beuerle is currently a research fellow at the German Historical Institute Moscow. He holds a PhD from Humboldt University (Berlin) where he graduated in 2014 with a study on “Russia’s West. Orientation towards the West and Reform Legislation in the Late Tsarist…

In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt – From Literary Artifacts to Reading Cultures

by Michael Allan When I first set out to write In the Shadow of World Literature, I had every intention of exploring the place of Arabic literary traditions in discussions of world literature. The generic formulation of something called world literature, I was tempted to argue, does little to confront…

Talking Periodization, or: Too Short a Blanket

A comment on the Annual Conference “Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context”, Berlin, 7-9 December 2017. by Lorenzo Andolfatto When the organizers of Chronologics asked Milinda and me if we were interested in writing a commentary that would “sum up the central questions of the event,” what I initially pictured…

Jews in Muslim Majority Countries – Interview with Yasemin Shooman and Achim Rohde

    This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the International Conference on “Jews in Muslim Majority Countries – History and Prospects”. The event will take place on October 24-27, 2017 in the Jewish Museum Berlin.…

2nd of June 1967 – a German-Iranian-German Event

by Birgit Schäbler   This article highlights a public event that was organized by Birgit Schäbler, professor of history of the Middle East, on June 1st 2017 in the cinema Arsenal in Berlin. It brought together outspoken 1967 contemporary witnesses such as the writer Bahman Nirumand, politician Hans-Christian Ströbele and…

Uganda’s Budget and Kampala’s Houses. On architecture as a sign of internationalized rule

by Klaus Schlichte This article is part of the TRAFO series “Doing Global International Relations”. Probably in all capital cities, architecture tells us something about the history of government. Washington DC, London and Moscow, as well as Vienna or Madrid exhibit impressive buildings that denote an imperial past. Upon this,…

Reading the “1979 Moment” in the Middle East

    This article is part of the TRAFO series ‘Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the workshop „Reading the ‚1979 Moment‘ in the Middle East“. The workshop is convened by Amir Moosavi and will take place at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin on…

„All things transregional?“ in conversation with… Martin Dusinberre

What does Transregional Research mean? Who can learn from its insights? What are its limits? The interview series “All Things Transregional?” addresses these issues to launch an open discussion. We invite researchers to share their experiences, assess key issues and future perspectives of transregional research. Martin Dusinberre, Professor for Global History…

Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field

This article is part of the TRAFO series ‚Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on „Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field: A Conference“. The event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the German Historical Institute London and the UCL Institute of Archaeology and will take place…

„On Heritage, Culture and Trading Zones“

by William Carruthers William Carruthers at the Annual Conference 2016 in Heidelberg I gave a paper at a conference (“Making, Sustaining, Breaking —The Politics of Heritage and Culture”) in Heidelberg last month. I kept pretty quiet otherwise, but wanted to write down some thoughts I had regarding the final roundtable…

“Everything has been said about the Mediterranean”

Introductory remarks to the Transregional Academy “De-Framing the Mediterranean from the 21st Century”, 19–29 September 2016, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno (Crete). by Leyla Dakhli As an introduction to the Transregional Academy “De-framing the Mediterranean from the 21st Century”, my objective is to open the discussions and  create a space of exchanges…