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The Holocaust and the Nakba: Intersecting Traumas

By Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg The Holocaust and the Nakba were very painful and traumatic events in Jewish and Palestinian history. Both events, which differ in nature and in degree, have had a decisive impact on the subsequent history, consciousness, and identities of the two peoples. The Holocaust has…

The French Language in Russia: A Social, Political, Cultural, and Literary History

By Gesine Argent Many accounts of life in the Russian empire, especially the empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, express the idea that French was a universal language for the higher echelons of Russian society. French, so the story goes, was adopted by the Russian nobility in the eighteenth…

Workshop Report: Out of the Archives … New Archival Practices: Towards Alternative Historiographies, Voices, and Spaces

By Rasha Chatta, Pascale Ghazaleh, Lamia Moghnieh, and Alia Mossallam From 12 to 14 July 2018, the Exploratory Workshop “Out of the Archives … New Archival Practices: Towards Alternative Historiographies, Voices, and Spaces” was held at Archive Kabinett Berlin-Wedding. It was convened by Rasha Chatta, Pascale Ghazaleh, Lamia Moghnieh and…

Sense and Essence. Heritage and the Cultural Construction of the Real

By Birgit Meyer and Mattijs van de Port The past is present in the present in many ways and shapes, from barely marked traces to cherished treasures. In this spectrum, cultural heritage is qualified as a valuable resource that underpins a sense of personal and collective (ethnic, national, religious) identity…

Celebrating One Year GHI West in Berkeley

The GHI Washington’s Pacific Regional Office has quickly established itself as trans-regional hub for historical research and cooperation Background and Structure Due to its pivotal role in global academia the United States remains an important partner for the German research community. Renowned ivy league universities along the American East Coast…

Book Review: Carola Lentz and David Lowe, Remembering Independence

By Katrin Bromber, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Lentz, Carola; Lowe, David: Remembering Independence (Remembering the Modern World, vol. 6), London, New York: Routledge 2018, ISBN 978-1-138-90573-3, pp. 244. Remembering independence is a contested field. It influences current debates about the past, present and future in Africa and Asia. Thus, the theme…

“I Aim to Ask Big Questions: About Inequality, Injustice, and Power Structures” — 5in10 with Juhi Tyagi

Juhi Tyagi (Picture: private) Juhi Tyagi has a PhD in Sociology from Stony Brook University, New York where she worked on resilience in armed movements. She is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie EU Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt, Germany. Before starting her…

Child Custody in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice in Egypt Since the Sixteenth Century

By Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim This monograph takes as its central theme the following paradox: while Muslim jurists canonized most of the laws of child custody in the eighth-eleventh centuries, changes in socio-economic structures were not matched by clear shifts in later juristic discourse. I thus ask how the law kept…

African Historiography and the Challenges of European Periodization: A Historical Comment

By Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee Abstract African historiography has been following divisions, schemes, and sequences set by the Europeans who in the past claimed that there was no such thing as African history and that the history of Africa began with the history of the Europeans in Africa. With this mind-set,…

Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA-1984/87

By Esra Akcan As I was writing this book on the relation between migration, citizenship and urbanism, the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War came about. In the United States, my country of residence, individuals from certain countries have been subject to travel bans, and immigrants have…

The Forlorn Arab as Foil in the Curriculum of Postrevolutionary Iran

By Shervin Malekzadeh As was the case for many of her neighbors, Iran’s path to salvation ran through the source of her perdition. The trauma of military defeat and the loss of large swaths of territory to the Russian and English armies during the nineteenth century spawned an indigenous reform…

“I want to explore the contribution of Eastern Europeans to the debates on colonialism and racism” – 5 in 10 with Olga Linkiewicz

Olga Linkiewicz is Assistant Professor at the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences. She specializes in social history of modern Poland, history of social sciences, and memory studies which include fieldwork experience in Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland. She earned her PhD in history from the Polish Academy…

Maras and the Darker Sides of Globalization

By Marlon Carranza In 2006 Arjun Appadurai published his book Fear of Small Numbers: an Essay of the Geography of Anger, to evaluate “the darker sides of globalization” (p.3). Appadurai’s main argument was that material goods and ideologies circulate now with such intensity across national boundaries that “a new order…

Workshop Report: “Constructions, Representations, Productions. Exploring Historical and Contemporary Imaginations of Land”

By Michaela Böhme Workshop Impressions, Photo: SFB 1199. Recent dynamics in the global food system – such as large-scale farmland acquisitions by corporate and state investors, processes of farmland financialization and assetization, or the increasing use of digital technologies – have drawn renewed attention to questions of land use and…

Official History in Eastern Europe. Transregional Perspectives

This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the conference “Official History in Eastern Europe. Transregional Perspectives” that will be held 13–14 June 2018 at the German Historical Institute Warsaw in cooperation with Prisma Ukraïna – Research…

Global Capitalism from the South. The Mediterranean, Africa and the Rise of the Atlantic

Mr. Taviani, your project is looking at the dynamics of capitalism from a historical perspective. You are focusing on two topics which are at the core of capitalism, the slave trade and the famous joint stock companies. Why do we need to look at the past to face the urgency…