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The Strange Case of Portugal’s Returnees

By Christoph Kalter The year is 1975, and the footage comes from the Portuguese Red Cross. The ambivalence is there from the start. Who, or maybe what, are these people? The clip title calls them “returnees from Angola.” At Lisbon airport, they descend the gangway of a US-operated civil airplane called “Freedom.”…

A Small Rift in the United States Regarding Palestine: A Shift in Rhetoric, But What About Foreign Policy?

By Jeffrey G. Karam For decades, the United States’ steadfast support for Israel has been one of the pillars of its foreign policy in the Middle East.[1] This has allowed successive Israeli governments to act with impunity and evade accountability for crimes against Palestinians. President Joseph Biden and his administration’s…

Refugees and Religion

By Birgit Meyer Birgit Meyer and Peter van der Veer (eds.), Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories (London, New York, Oxford, New Delhi, and Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). The volume Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories (co-edited by Birgit Meyer and Peter van der Veer, and…

Mozambique’s borders

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research By Adérito Júlio Machava   During the period prior to the setting up of the Portuguese colonial administration in southeast Africa, there were important waves of forced migrations caused by, firstly, the Mfecane, and secondly the defeat of King Ngungunhane in 1895, and the subsequent…

Café Saqafat – Sufi Music Heritage in the Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Rafique Wassan Initiated in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Café Saqafat is a new online social media broadcasting cultural work – mediated through FaceBook live streaming and later on a recorded version uploaded on YouTube. Started in November 2020 in Karachi, the Café Saqafat livestreamed initiative is launched…

Book Review: Between East and South

Reviewed for Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists by Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen, Department of Contemporary History, University of Vienna. First published at Connections. Research on the global history of Cold War Eastern Europe is flourishing.[1] This edited volume stems from two home-bases of the endeavor, Exeter and Leipzig, where…

Who compares? The commodification and decolonization of comparison

By James D. Sidaway and Franz Waldenberger Knowing from comparing German gate – part of the former French fortress in the city of Landau, constructed between 1688 and 1691 under the guidance of Vauban, military engineer of Louis XIV | Picture: F. Waldenberger. The German gate of the fortress in…

Passing as a Refugee

By Keren Weitzberg Names and details have been changed to protect anonymity. Mahad’s story is a composite of interviews by the author with more than one person. Mahad was born in Kenya – a fact that neither his passport, nor carefully scripted biography suggests. For decades, Kenyan Somalis (citizens of…

Social Distancing: an Ancient Hindu Public Health Measure?

Girl with Anjali greeting in Chandighar (North India), Photo: Steve Evens By William S. SaxFollowing the rapid spread of social distancing to slow the spread of the Corona virus, Hindu nationalists developed the thesis that the rest of the world was merely adopting practices developed thousands of years ago by…

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…
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