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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…

Writing the Histories of Death and Empire in Alexandria: A Conversation

By Hala Auji and Shana Minkin Shana Minkin,Imperial Bodies: Empire and Death in Alexandria, Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2019). After giving a talk on her book during the EUME Berliner Seminar in December 2021, Shana Minkin sat down with Hala Auji to chat about Imperial Bodies: Empire and Death in…

Cripping the Neoliberal University – We need a Politics of Care

By Anya Heise-von der Lippe Johann Hedva, “Sick Woman Theory”. Photo by Pamila Payne. In the summer and fall of 2021, academics across the German university system took to social media in unprecedented numbers to expose the precariousness of their employment situations and the struggles of working within a system…

Reconciling Care Work with an Academic Career at the Neoliberal University

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Alena Sander During the past four years of my PhD, I gave various presentations and speeches about the impossibility of reconciling motherhood and research, especially in times of Covid-19. I placed special emphasis on the inequalities that affect researchers who also either identify…

Navigating Socialist Encounters: Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Immanuel R. Harisch Eric Burton, Anne Dietrich, Immanuel R. Harisch, and Marcia C. Schenck (eds.), Navigating Socialist Encounters: Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War, Bostong, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021. Only recently, the decades-old debate regarding former Mozambican…

Entanglements of the Maghreb: Cultural and Political Aspects of a Region in Motion

The French version of this text can be found here. By Imen Louati and Julius Dihstelhoff Julius Dihstelhoff, Charlotte Pardey, Rachid Ouaissa, and Friederike Pannewick (eds.), Entanglements of the Maghreb: Cultural and Political Aspects of a Region in Motion, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2021. This anthology aims to generate a new…

Affective Readings: Emotion and Society in/of Egyptian Literature, 1990 to 2020

By Christian Junge What are the social functions of reading literature? While many studies approach Arabic literature primarily through the lens of authors, the literary field, or sociopolitical discourses, my interdisciplinary postdoctoral research project, “Affective Readings”, shifts the focus to the readers. I ask: What do readers read, and how…

The Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary Turkey: Reproduction, Maternity and Sexuality

By Ayşe Dayı and Hilal Alkan Hilal Alkan, Ayse Dayi, Sezin Topçu, and Betül Yarar (eds.), The Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary Turkey: Reproduction, Maternity, Sexuality, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021. The edited volume The Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary Turkey: Reproduction, Maternity and Sexuality illustrates and…

Of Death and Dominion – Interview with Mohammed Bamyeh

Mohammed Bamyeh, Tod und Herrschaft: Existentielle Grundlagen des Regierens, Verlag Turia + Kant: Vienna, 2020. Mohammed Bamyeh’s 2007 book, Of Death and Dominion: The Existential Foundations of Governance, was translated into German in 2020 and released by Turia + Kant. We spoke with the author about his research process, how…

The Strange Case of Portugal’s Returnees

By Christoph Kalter The year is 1975, and the footage comes from the Portuguese Red Cross. The ambivalence is there from the start. Who, or maybe what, are these people? The clip title calls them “returnees from Angola.” At Lisbon airport, they descend the gangway of a US-operated civil airplane called “Freedom.”…
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