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Café Saqafat – Sufi Music Heritage in the Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Rafique Wassan Initiated in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Café Saqafat is a new online social media broadcasting cultural work – mediated through FaceBook live streaming and later on a recorded version uploaded on YouTube. Started in November 2020 in Karachi, the Café Saqafat livestreamed initiative is launched…

Book Review: Between East and South

Reviewed for Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists by Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen, Department of Contemporary History, University of Vienna. First published at Connections. Research on the global history of Cold War Eastern Europe is flourishing.[1] This edited volume stems from two home-bases of the endeavor, Exeter and Leipzig, where…

Who compares? The commodification and decolonization of comparison

By James D. Sidaway and Franz Waldenberger Knowing from comparing German gate – part of the former French fortress in the city of Landau, constructed between 1688 and 1691 under the guidance of Vauban, military engineer of Louis XIV | Picture: F. Waldenberger. The German gate of the fortress in…

Passing as a Refugee

By Keren Weitzberg Names and details have been changed to protect anonymity. Mahad’s story is a composite of interviews by the author with more than one person. Mahad was born in Kenya – a fact that neither his passport, nor carefully scripted biography suggests. For decades, Kenyan Somalis (citizens of…

Social Distancing: an Ancient Hindu Public Health Measure?

Girl with Anjali greeting in Chandighar (North India), Photo: Steve Evens By William S. SaxFollowing the rapid spread of social distancing to slow the spread of the Corona virus, Hindu nationalists developed the thesis that the rest of the world was merely adopting practices developed thousands of years ago by…

Hello? How Can I Help You Today? : Mental Health Concerns for LGBTQIA+ People During Covid-19

By Joshua Muyiwa While the common global refrain has been that we live in unprecedented times, it shouldn’t be remembered to mean the worst alone. It has also engendered the exposure of the egregious systemic violence faced by many, many communities across the world. Speaking from the context of India,…

“‘Urban Culture’ Really Is Best Seen as a Pan-European Phenomenon” – 5in10 with Marcus Meer

Marcus Meer is a historian of communication and visual culture. He completed his PhD at the University of Durham as a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Durham and King’s College London. In May 2020, he joined the German Historical Institute in London. His research…

The Digital Transformation of Work: COVID-19 as a Taste of Things to Come?

By Lena Hipp After more than three months of working from home and school closures, many Germans are currently experiencing a return to what we considered “normal” before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in light of the digital transformation, the “normal” of the future may no longer be…

Viral Devotionality and Christian Solidarity In/Beyond Borneo

By Liana Chua As COVID-19 began to spread across Malaysia in early 2020, Jesus began to materialise with increasing frequency on my Facebook feed. A familiar figure with light skin, beard, long hair, and flowing robes, He appeared in many classic poses: praying, healing the sick, carrying a cross, crucified.…

Rewriting Histories of Care in the Times of Corona

By Eliska Bujokova The term ‘research impact’ has become a buzzword in funding applications across academia, but as the current crisis has shown, its use often seems rather hollow. Doing historical research during the pandemic has become difficult as a result of practical constraints, but mostly due to my own…

Rearticulating Globalization, Solidarities and Work in Ethiopia

By Constance Perrin-Joly In the spring of 2020, the coronavirus in Africa seems to be shaping up more as a social and economic crisis than as a health crisis, due to early measures decided by the governments, such as border closures. These measures have raised new awareness about the risks…

Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations

This article is part of the TRAFO series Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the conference “Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations”, which will take place on September 23 – 25, 2021 in Kingston, Ontario. We talked to the convener Swen Steinberg…

To Steward Unruly Imperial Pasts

On Ambivalent Legacies: Political Cultures of Memory and Amnesia in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Lands, special issue of History & Anthropology, Volume 30, No. 4, October 2019. By Jeremy F. Walton The current special exhibition at the Zagreb Ethnographic Museum, “Hats Off! The Story of (Un)Covered Heads” (Kapa dolje! Priča…

Neighborhoods as Propertied Landscapes: Lessons from Beirut’s Reconstructions

Part of the TRAFO series “Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War” By Mona Fawaz and Nada Moumtaz Too often, planners reduce the neighborhood of intervention to a map layered to reflect the scientific disciplines or dimensions through which they can contain the spaces of intervention. In this process, stakeholders are typically identified…

The Reconstruction of Warsaw: Between Abhorrence and Acceptance

Part of the TRAFO series “Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War” By Piotr Korduba The post-war reconstruction of Warsaw was an unprecedented undertaking. As Jarosław Trybus, director of the Warsaw Museum, aptly diagnoses the current situation: This is one of the most famous arguments that I know. It has been going on…

Neighbors at War in 1975-77 Beirut

Part of the TRAFO series “Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War” By Mazen Haidar When it comes to retracing the urban history of Beirut, the long-established narrative often considers the war as a compact parenthesis confined by two distinct actions: destruction and reconstruction. While focusing mainly on the division of the city…
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