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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…

The Digital Transformation of Work: COVID-19 as a Taste of Things to Come?

By Lena Hipp After more than three months of working from home and school closures, many Germans are currently experiencing a return to what we considered “normal” before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in light of the digital transformation, the “normal” of the future may no longer be…

Viral Devotionality and Christian Solidarity In/Beyond Borneo

By Liana Chua As COVID-19 began to spread across Malaysia in early 2020, Jesus began to materialise with increasing frequency on my Facebook feed. A familiar figure with light skin, beard, long hair, and flowing robes, He appeared in many classic poses: praying, healing the sick, carrying a cross, crucified.…

Rewriting Histories of Care in the Times of Corona

By Eliska Bujokova The term ‘research impact’ has become a buzzword in funding applications across academia, but as the current crisis has shown, its use often seems rather hollow. Doing historical research during the pandemic has become difficult as a result of practical constraints, but mostly due to my own…

Rearticulating Globalization, Solidarities and Work in Ethiopia

By Constance Perrin-Joly In the spring of 2020, the coronavirus in Africa seems to be shaping up more as a social and economic crisis than as a health crisis, due to early measures decided by the governments, such as border closures. These measures have raised new awareness about the risks…

Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations

This article is part of the TRAFO series Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the conference “Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations”, which will take place on September 23 – 25, 2021 in Kingston, Ontario. We talked to the convener Swen Steinberg…

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…
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