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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…

Conference Report “Reconfigurations and Connectivities of the MENA Region: Contextualizing Upheavals, Transformations, and Lasting Crises”

By Igor Johannsen A report of the Final Conference of the Research Network “Re-Configurations – History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa” at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at the Philipps University of Marburg, November 14-16th, 2018. A full program of the conference can…

The Holocaust and the Nakba: Intersecting Traumas

By Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg The Holocaust and the Nakba were very painful and traumatic events in Jewish and Palestinian history. Both events, which differ in nature and in degree, have had a decisive impact on the subsequent history, consciousness, and identities of the two peoples. The Holocaust has…

The French Language in Russia: A Social, Political, Cultural, and Literary History

By Gesine Argent Many accounts of life in the Russian empire, especially the empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, express the idea that French was a universal language for the higher echelons of Russian society. French, so the story goes, was adopted by the Russian nobility in the eighteenth…

Workshop Report: Out of the Archives … New Archival Practices: Towards Alternative Historiographies, Voices, and Spaces

By Rasha Chatta, Pascale Ghazaleh, Lamia Moghnieh, and Alia Mossallam From 12 to 14 July 2018, the Exploratory Workshop “Out of the Archives … New Archival Practices: Towards Alternative Historiographies, Voices, and Spaces” was held at Archive Kabinett Berlin-Wedding. It was convened by Rasha Chatta, Pascale Ghazaleh, Lamia Moghnieh and…

Sense and Essence. Heritage and the Cultural Construction of the Real

By Birgit Meyer and Mattijs van de Port The past is present in the present in many ways and shapes, from barely marked traces to cherished treasures. In this spectrum, cultural heritage is qualified as a valuable resource that underpins a sense of personal and collective (ethnic, national, religious) identity…

Celebrating One Year GHI West in Berkeley

The GHI Washington’s Pacific Regional Office has quickly established itself as trans-regional hub for historical research and cooperation Background and Structure Due to its pivotal role in global academia the United States remains an important partner for the German research community. Renowned ivy league universities along the American East Coast…

Book Review: Carola Lentz and David Lowe, Remembering Independence

By Katrin Bromber, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Lentz, Carola; Lowe, David: Remembering Independence (Remembering the Modern World, vol. 6), London, New York: Routledge 2018, ISBN 978-1-138-90573-3, pp. 244. Remembering independence is a contested field. It influences current debates about the past, present and future in Africa and Asia. Thus, the theme…

“I Aim to Ask Big Questions: About Inequality, Injustice, and Power Structures” — 5in10 with Juhi Tyagi

Juhi Tyagi (Picture: private) Juhi Tyagi has a PhD in Sociology from Stony Brook University, New York where she worked on resilience in armed movements. She is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie EU Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt, Germany. Before starting her…

Child Custody in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice in Egypt Since the Sixteenth Century

By Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim This monograph takes as its central theme the following paradox: while Muslim jurists canonized most of the laws of child custody in the eighth-eleventh centuries, changes in socio-economic structures were not matched by clear shifts in later juristic discourse. I thus ask how the law kept…

African Historiography and the Challenges of European Periodization: A Historical Comment

By Ihediwa Nkemjika Chimee Abstract African historiography has been following divisions, schemes, and sequences set by the Europeans who in the past claimed that there was no such thing as African history and that the history of Africa began with the history of the Europeans in Africa. With this mind-set,…

Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA-1984/87

By Esra Akcan As I was writing this book on the relation between migration, citizenship and urbanism, the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War came about. In the United States, my country of residence, individuals from certain countries have been subject to travel bans, and immigrants have…

The Forlorn Arab as Foil in the Curriculum of Postrevolutionary Iran

By Shervin Malekzadeh As was the case for many of her neighbors, Iran’s path to salvation ran through the source of her perdition. The trauma of military defeat and the loss of large swaths of territory to the Russian and English armies during the nineteenth century spawned an indigenous reform…

“I want to explore the contribution of Eastern Europeans to the debates on colonialism and racism” – 5 in 10 with Olga Linkiewicz

Olga Linkiewicz is Assistant Professor at the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences. She specializes in social history of modern Poland, history of social sciences, and memory studies which include fieldwork experience in Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland. She earned her PhD in history from the Polish Academy…