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Slavery’s Past and Present: Challenges to Academic Research and Museum Work in Germany and Britain

By Dana Hollmann The association of Great Britain with the transatlantic slave trade and the enslavement of people of African descent is a common one. However, this is very different in the case of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE). Despite existing research in this field, there are still voices from…

“I was fascinated by all the places I could experience in a book” – 5in10 with Shailka Mishra

Shailka Mishra holds a doctorate from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is a post-doctoral fellow of Art Histories and Aesthetics Practices, a research program of the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien. From 2015 to 2018, Shailka was Assistant Curator at Mehrangarh Museum, Jodhpur, where she contributed significantly to a travelling…

The Chaldeans: Politics and Identity in Iraq and the American Diaspora

By Yasmeen Hanoosh. When articulating their identity in the United States, Iraqi Catholic immigrants and refugees often reference an association between their monumental history, the progress of modernity, and the identity label “Chaldean.” These identity benchmarks are often exported back home through various political and social networks of remittance. Among…

Entangling the Pacific & Atlantic Worlds: Past & Present

This article is part of the TRAFO series Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the symposium “Entangling the Pacific & Atlantic Worlds: Past & Present” that took place March 25-27th 2019 at the GHI-Washington’s Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley / GHI West in…

“Authoritarian regimes apply the epithet ‘historic’ to every simple policy.” Interview with Burak Onaran

Burak Onaran is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar University, Istanbul. He received his PhD in History from the EHESS, Paris. His research interests cover mainly the social, political and culinary history of the Ottoman Empire and Republican Turkey. During the years 2019-2020, he…

From the Ruins of Preservation: A Symposium on Rethinking Heritage Through Counter-Archives

This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the event “‘From the Ruins of Preservation’: A symposium on rethinking heritage through counter-archives”, which will take place on July 11–12, 2019 in London. The symposium is co-organized by…

„I have always been interested in environmental topics“ – 5in10 with Nicole Wiederroth

Foto: Bärbel Düsing Nicole Wiederroth received her PhD in Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In her thesis, she analysed the reproduction and legitimisation of the colonial order in South African media during the Second World War. Prior to that she studied African Studies and Gender Studies…

Drink and Power. Alcohol and the Making of Illiberal Regimes in the Long 20th Century

This article is part of the TRAFO series Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the workshop “Drink and Power. Alcohol and the Making of Illiberal Regimes in the Long 20th Century” that will take place March 15-16th 2019 at the Forum Transregionale Studien in…

Provincializing European Jewry: R. Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad and Ottoman Modernity – Interview with Avi-ram Tzoreff

Avi-ram Tzoreff is a EUME Fellow at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studienin 2018-19. He wrote a dissertation entitled Jewish-Arab Coexistence against the Secular Discourse: Theology, Politics and Literature in the writings of Yehoshua Radler-Feldman (R. Binyamin, 1880-1957) at the department of Jewish history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er…

“I was and still am particularly interested in the mobility of people and texts” – 5in10 with Christopher Bahl

Christopher Bahl received his PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in September 2018 with a thesis on Histories of Circulation – Sharing Arabic Manuscripts across the Western Indian Ocean, 1400-1700. He holds a MA in Historical Research Methods from SOAS and…

Why China Did Not Have a Renaissance – And Why that Matters

By Thomas Maissen and Barbara Mittler The r/Renaissance is often characterized as a particular epoch in European history and an important element in the traditional narrative of the rise of the West. Thomas Maissen and Barbara Mittler present different approaches to the question whether the European r/Renaissance offers new possibilities to the…

Book Review: The Medieval Invention of Travel

By William Kynan-Wilson Shayne Aaron Legassie, The Medieval Invention of Travel (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2017) Recent years have seen a series of studies concerning medieval travel cultures, of which Shayne Legassie’s The Medieval Invention of Travel is the latest significant offering; it follows the notable…

Professional Managerial Class Liberalism and Global Migration

A Response to “Migration and Mobility” at the Annual Conference 2018 of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung, “Knowledge and Society in Times of Upheaval”, Berlin, 20-21 November 2018. By Thomas Jessen Adams “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what…

Restitution of Art Objects: Bringing in African Perspectives

By Wazi Apoh and Andreas Mehler The debate on the restitution of colonially-‘acquired’ art objects from Africa is boiling in Paris and Berlin, but in other quarters of the world it has not even started. The silence in the United Kingdom and also in many of the concerned African countries is…

Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age

By Tarek El-Ariss When looking at the Arab world since 2010, we experience both exhilaration and complete despair. Whereas the Arab uprisings initially brought about great hope with the initial fall of dictators, they soon led to foreign military interventions, civil wars, refugee crises, the entrenchment of authoritarianism, and tribalism…

„I learned to become a person who excavates the past in order to understand the present“ – 5in10 with Diana Abbani

Diana Abbani received her PhD in Arabic studies from the Sorbonne University with a dissertation entitled, “Music and Society in Beirut during the Nahḍa Period”. She holds an MA in History from the Sorbonne University and an MA in Political Science from Saint-Denis University (Paris). Her work focuses mainly on…