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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…

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…
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