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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.”…

A Small Rift in the United States Regarding Palestine: A Shift in Rhetoric, But What About Foreign Policy?

By Jeffrey G. Karam For decades, the United States’ steadfast support for Israel has been one of the pillars of its foreign policy in the Middle East.[1] This has allowed successive Israeli governments to act with impunity and evade accountability for crimes against Palestinians. President Joseph Biden and his administration’s…

Refugees and Religion

By Birgit Meyer Birgit Meyer and Peter van der Veer (eds.), Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories (London, New York, Oxford, New Delhi, and Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). The volume Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories (co-edited by Birgit Meyer and Peter van der Veer, and…

Mozambique’s borders

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Adérito Júlio Machava   During the period prior to the setting up of the Portuguese colonial administration in southeast Africa, there were important waves of forced migrations caused by, firstly, the Mfecane, and secondly the defeat of King Ngungunhane in 1895, and the subsequent…

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…
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