Elliot Young reminds us to consider migrants not only as victims, as the objects of others‘ actions, but also as subjects with their own agency. This shift in perspective has implications for how we understand migration facilitation.
By Graham Auman Pitts. Capitalism had it seasons in late-Ottoman Mount Lebanon. Each spring, the families that tilled orchards of mulberries purchased the eggs they needed on credit. Mulberry leaves nourished the eggs, which hatched and began to spin their cocoons once the temperature was reliably above 16° Celsius.
By Sabine Behrenbeck (Head of Department for Higher Education, German Council for Science and Humanities, Germany). There are many common problems and complaints regarding the humanities in anglophone nations and Germany, but there is also one important difference: In Germany the disciplines dealing with culture and language, religion and history are “sciences among sciences” (Wissenschaften unter Wissenschaften).
By Benan Grams. On June 30th, 1903 Sultan Abdulhamid II approved a project to bring potable water to Damascus from the Ein el-Fijeh spring. The project was presented to the central government by Nazim Pasha, the governor of Syria, during a persistent cholera epidemic that afflicted Damascus throughout that year.
With this post, Johanna Gehmacher returns to the issues of tradition-building and historicization within women’s movements. Using a book that combined trans-temporal and transnational strategies to legitimise and incite feminist activism in West German…
In 2018, the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto created, through a collective process, a monumental textile installation in the main station of Zurich called Gaia mother tree that was organised by the Fondation Beyeler. The textile object looks like a twenty-meter high plant, that reaches up to the ceiling of the station building and fills the entrance hall with bright and warm colours. Its translucent structure is made of mainly yellow, orange, red and light green hand-knotted cotton strips. On closer inspection, the meticulous knotting of the fabric becomes visible.
Threads of Tradition: Textile practices and material culture of Sufism in Istanbul. Some field notes
4 JUNE 2021 | Author: Esther Voswinckel FilizThe above quoted lines of a song lingered in my thoughts while going through field notes on textiles and religious practices in Istanbul’s Sufi tradition.
By Sabine Schülting. In an article published in September 2020, Peter-André Alt, Professor of German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and President of the German University Rectors’ Conference (HRK), complains that contemporary culture seems to have lost any interest in history.
By James D. Sidaway and Franz Waldenberger | The German gate of the fortress in the city of Landau, the hometown of one of the authors of this blog entry, shows the head of Louis XIV of France depicted as the sun with the Latin inscription “nec pluribus impar”.
Bis heute wird die Emanzipation der jüdischen Minderheit im Zuge der Gründung des italienischen Einheitsstaates 1861 als große Erfolgsgeschichte erzählt. In ihrer Forschung zu jüdischen Frauennetzwerken zwischen Risorgimento und Faschismus nimmt die Historikerin Ruth Nattermann einen innovativen Blickwinkel ein und korrigiert so das tradierte Narrativ…
By Noémi Lévy-Aksu. Since the mid-2010s, the authoritarian turn of the Turkish regime has resulted in multiple violations of human rights and freedoms. Universities have been particularly affected by the process, with mass dismissals of academics, repeated attacks on academic freedom and autonomy, and repression of students’ initiatives and protests.
In this two-part piece about Jewish refugee photographers, the authors „travel to another historical context to inquire about what migrants and refugees ‚knew‘ and how they choose to communicate their knowledge in their photographic work.“
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30 APRIL 2021 | Author: Roxana ComanOttoman material culture in Romania underwent significant paradigm changes with many symbolical implications during the 18th and 19th centuries, most notably if we take into consideration the westernization and nation building processes.
Ein Workshop des Orient-Instituts Beirut im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts „Innenperspektiven der libanesischen Volksbewegung vom 17. Oktober 2019“ versucht die Geschichte des libanesischen Volksaufstands zu ergründen – und kommt zu dem Schluss: Es geht weiter.
Editorial note: Allison Ruman received her Bachelor of Arts in German, Political Science, and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State University in 2020 and will be studying European History, Politics, and Society (Master of Arts) at Columbia University this fall. Her primary focus is on interwar Germany, and she is especially interested in studying religious divisions and their role in the rise of far-right extremism. She is currently completing her remote internship at the GHI. The biggest project of my undergraduate career was, … Continue reading A Strong Connection: How Digital History Makes the Past More Accessible
By Marcia C. Schenck. In 1969, the OAU proposed its own refugee convention to reflect African values. Why did it not become policy across the continent?
Using oral history, the author explores how a Polish Jewish family „used knowledge as a strategy not merely to survive but to build a new life“ in what turned out to be a highly contingent transit process.
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