By Malak Labib. In January 2021, the Egyptian government decided on the liquidation of the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company, one of the country’s oldest public-sector enterprises. While officials pointed to the company’s accumulated losses and its deteriorating production capacity, the decision was met with wide opposition.
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
Interview with Pierre France What question can the reader of your book answer after reading it?There are two questions. One could be framed as a response to a classic debate in comparative political science…
The Spaces Between: Interstitial Archives and Childbirth Activism in 1970s West Germany and the United States
Most people who know me will tell you that I enjoy fewer things more than foraging in archives. I have been an archive rat since my days as a researcher on a national historical commission. My love of unusual nuggets (an asbestos sample), dust-encruste…
By André Weißenfels. In the south of Tunis, around 450 Tunisians work at an offshore French electronics factory. Even though the majority of them work on the shop floor and have what is traditionally called “working class” jobs, they consider themselves to be middle class.
By Sandra Richter. The history of the university and the history of academic freedom are intertwined but not identical. In certain historical situations they have even differed radically – whether it be for political, economic, or administrative reasons, or because of personal failure.
By Marcus Meer. Almost two weeks later, recordings and photographs of the attack on the Capitol are still making newspaper headlines, flicker across screens, and fill the feeds on social media. Countless commentators described the attack as an extraordinary event in t…
By Žilvinas Švedkauskas. As rightly noted by Dr. Anna Hofmann in the introduction to this TRAFO series, the boundary between Europe and its neighborhood has historically been and remains highly ambiguous, though little questioned.
By Anna Hofmann. The revolutionary moments of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the Ukrainian “Euromaidan” in 2014 called for a remarkable rise of public and academic attention towards regions in the east and south of the European continent.
From Hoyerswerda to Welcome Culture: Asylum and Integration Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany
Annette Lützel explains the FRG’s very different responses to the large numbers of refugees who came in the early 1990s and in 2015. Citing recent employment and job-training numbers, she sees an ongoing positive trend.
Lorella Viola and Machteld Venken at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History seek applications for a large panel on „Doing Historical Research on Migration in the Digital Age.“ Deadline: November 20, 2020.
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Late Soviet Assessments on International Organizations and Climate Change – Two Documents From Russian Archives
While there is a growing number of insightful studies on Soviet and Russian debates and attitudes on climate change, we still know relatively little about how the nascent climate change diplomacy was assessed internally by Soviet actors.
Since at least ten years, we have often heard speaking about biometric technologies and their promises in various fields: distributing state finances and public subsidies to citizens, allowing the poor access to financial services…
Where are you from. Here we go again, I thought, and answered: Tricky question! It depends on what you mean by where. The geographic location of the hillside on which the maternity ward stood? The national borders at the time of the last contractions? …
Für die zweite Folge unserer Interviewreihe „Schöne neue Welt? – Chancen und Grenzen medizinischen Fortschritts in Geschichte und Gegenwart“ hat der Wissenschaftsjournalist Dr. Jan-Martin Wiarda mit Dr. Axel Jansen und Dr. Claudia Roesch gesprochen. Das Interview gibt’s nun zum Anschauen hier auf dem Blog.
On March 18–19, 2021, the workshop “Perestroika and the ‘Wild’ 1990s: State, Society, and the Individual in Eastern Europe, 1985–2000,” will take place at the German Historical Institute in Moscow. We talked with the convener Alexey Tikhomirov.
By Philip Geisler During a seminar trip to Cambodia last year with the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, our group continuously encountered people engaged in creative practices –…