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Figuring a Women’s Revolution: Bodies Interacting with Their Images

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By L[1] Translation by Alireza Doostdar[2] For Zhina, for Niloofar, for Elaheh, for Mahsa, for Elmira, and for those whose names I have yet to call.  Is the uprising in Iran a feminist revolution? This essay is an attempt to understand an intuition born…

Normalization of Violence Against Women in Iran

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Nassim Mehran  At the time when this text was written, the protests in Iran, with women on the frontline chanting “Woman, Life, Freedom”, were erupting, bringing together people of different social and political strata, unified in solidarity against the state’s systematic oppression of…

Normalization of Violence Against Women in Iran

By Nassim Mehran  At the time when this text was written, the protests in Iran, with women on the frontline chanting “Woman, Life, Freedom”, were erupting, bringing together people of different social and political strata, unified in solidarity against the state’s systematic oppression of women and the killing of Mahsa…

Everyone say ‘Brexit’…

From David Lawton, German Historical Institute London This post covers our project’s recent presentation of papers for the (De)Constructing Europe London Workshop, hosted at the German Historical Institute London. Presentations took place between Thursday,...

“A New Form of Evil Emerges Now” – A Conversation with Olha Honchar

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research Interview with Olha Honchar by Natasha Klimenko Olha Honchar. Photo by Alina Kindiak. In mid-March of this year, I interviewed Olha Honchar, the head of Territory of Terror Museum in Lviv and the initiator of the Museum Crisis Center. Since the escalation of Russia’s…

Digging Deeper: Contested Livelihoods and Sociocosmological Relations among Artisanal Miners in Laos

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Oliver Tappe When I first visited the Lao tin mining area by the river Nam Phathaen (Khammouane province) in 2019, I was struck by the image of local villagers digging small pits and tunnels next to the roaring excavators of a Chinese mining…

Trauma and the 1980s in Arabic Literary Studies

By Anne-Marie McManus What is a literary history of the present? There are many ways to imagine such a project and its debt to Foucauldian genealogy, from accounts of how literature writes history to how the notion of literature is a historical aspect of the present. This essay, part of…

Discussing European identity in Transylvania

From Dr. Olga Gontarska, German Historical Institute Warsaw From 17 to 19 May, the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj–Napoca (Romania) hosted the international conference “Cultural Pluralism and Identity...

Constructing Global Order – Book Review

Reviewed by Ulf Engel Amitav Acharya, Constructing Global Order: Agency and Change in World Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Four years after his ground-breaking presidential address to the International Studies Association (ISA) in 2014, in which the author called for decentring the Western-dominated field of international Studies, Amitav Acharya has produced…

The Russian War against Ukraine: Middle East Food Security at Risk

By Eckart Woertz As a region, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the world’s largest grain importer. Approximately 30 per cent of global exports of wheat and barley, 20 per cent of corn, and a whopping three-quarters of sunflower oil come from Ukraine and Russia. The aggression against…

The Digital Threat to Science and Academic Freedom

By Raffaela Kunz Portrait of Raffaela Kunz. Photo: private. The academic publishing system is in full transformation – but not in the way many had hoped for. Since the arrival of the Internet, it was predicted that the way knowledge is accessed and disseminated would undergo a fundamental change. The…

The End of Unity: How the Russian Orthodox Church Lost Ukraine

By Regina Elsner Since the end of the Soviet Union, dozens of theologians and scholars of religion elaborated on the complicated relationships within the church community of the so-called Holy Rus’. The Moscow Patriarchate defines its territory of spiritual responsibility as encompassing the former Soviet Union – except for the…

Spatial Formats under the Global Condition – Book Review

Reviewed by George White   Matthias Middell and Steffi Marung (eds.), Spatial Formats under the Global Condition, Volume 1 in the series Dialectics of the Global, Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2019. Through their work at the Collaborative Research Centre at Leipzig University, Steffi Marung, Matthias Middell and their collaborators have produced…
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