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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…

Book Review: Ottoman Children and Youth during World War I

By Karen Vallgårda Nazan Maksudyan, Ottoman Children and Youth during World War I, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2019. Series: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East. 211 pages. ISBN: 9780815636458 The history of childhood was long dominated by scholarship on children in Europe and North America, and changes in childhood…

The Importance of Being Earnest About Neighborhoods

An Introduction to the TRAFO series “Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War” By Birgit Schäbler The blog series that is about to start with this contribution assembles the presentations of the 3-day international and interdisciplinary conference, ‘Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War’, held from 29 November to 1 December 2018 at the Orient-Institut Beirut,…

“When you work with objects that were globally translocated, mobility is crucial” – 5in10 with Anna-Carolin Augustin

Anna-Carolin Augustin(c) Nora Hilgert Anna-Carolin Augustin joined the German Historical Institute Washington as a research fellow in April 2019. Her main fields of interest are modern German-Jewish history and culture with an emphasis on women’s and gender history, as well as Jewish material culture. From 2011-2014, she was a fellow…

“Hikes and pilgrimages to peaks and temples only increased my desire to learn more” – 5in10 with Nachiket Chanchani

Nachiket Chanchani (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012) is a tenured associate professor jointly appointed in the Department of the History of Art and in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Concurrently, he is an adjunct professor at the Law School at the…

Postmodern Architecture and Political Change – Poland and Beyond

This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the conference “Postmodern Architecture and Political Change – Poland and Beyond” which will take place on September 12-14, 2019 at the German Historical Institute Warsaw. We talked with two…

Barbara Törnquist-Plewa’s and Rory Finnin’s Concluding Remarks at the ‘Rethinking Ukrainian Studies’ Conference

On 16-17 May 2019, the Prisma Ukraïna conference ‘Rethinking Ukrainian Studies: Locally, Regionally, Transnationally’ took place at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice. Ten junior researchers from Eastern and Western Europe received travel grants to attend the conference. One of these researchers, Ivan Kozachenko (University of Cambridge),…

News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900–1945

By Heidi Tworek Our current information environment seems unprecedented to many. Attempted Russian interference in the Brexit referendum and the 2016 US election still dominates headlines. Outlets like Al Jazeera, the Chinese news agency Xinhua, or RT (Russia Today) are challenging more established European and North American media networks around…

Beyond Trauma? A Transregional Perspective on Trauma and Aesthetics

By Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier and Afonso Dias Ramos. A report of the symposium, “Beyond Trauma? A Transregional Perspective on Trauma and Aesthetics”, held on 13–15 June 2019 in Berlin, and organised by Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier and Afonso Dias Ramos (both Art Histories Fellows 2018/19). It was an event of the Art Histories…

“I am interested in how one could study history beyond text” – 5in10 with Jing Zhu

Jing Zhu is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of History, University of Warwick, sponsored by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation from July 2018 to July 2020 and is a Research Fellow of Art Histories and Aesthetics Practices, a research program of Forum Transregionale Studien from October 2018 to July 2019. She…

The Feminist Novel is on the Rise in the Arab Gulf: An Interview with Mona Kareem

By Salwa Benaissa Mona Kareem is the author of three poetry collections in Arabic, a translator, and a literary scholar whose research is offering new critical perspectives on feminist novels in the Arab Gulf. She is currently a EUME fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. In this interview with Salwa Benaissa,…

Healing Hands: Sickness, Healthcare, and Remedies from the Colonial Period to Today – Interview with Dorit Brixius and Nayeli Urquiza

This article is part of the TRAFO series Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the Explorative Workshop “Healing Hands: Sickness, Healthcare, and Remedies from the Colonial Period to Today”, which will take place on 12–13 September 2019 at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin.…

‘Pickled’ infrastructure and connectivity: Locating community engagement in Northeast India’s infrastructural transformation

The local communities remain trapped between the interplay of the past developmental lag of the region and the current development impetus. By Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman The pace of life in rural Arunachal Pradesh, where local people use such bamboo suspension bridges to connect from their remote villages to the main…