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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…

The Mythical Medieval: Periodization, Historical Memory and the Imagination of the Indian Nation

Preprint Anubhuti Maurya   Introduction <1> This discussion emerges from my experience of teaching medieval Indian history in an undergraduate classroom in Delhi University.[1] The classroom has been the space of contestation between the discipline of history, produced by us, the historians, and an intuitive historical sensibility which the undergraduate…

5in10 with Nora Kottmann

Nora Kottmann Nora Kottmann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Weber Foundation’s German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) since September 2018. From 2008 to 2018 she has been working at the Institute of Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Düsseldorf. She there received her PHD with a…

“I found myself drawn to history in search of an answer”—5in10 with Nir Shafir

Nir Shafir is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire. His research explores how shifts in material culture and religious practice shaped the intellectual and scientific life of the Middle East between 1300 and 1800. He received his doctorate in History from University of California, Los Angeles in 2016…

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…
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