By Julius Dihstelhoff & Tomaz Amorim. Global academic collaboration is a dynamic field, where it is important to deal with inequalities and build connections between institutions from different regions. Recent discussions have shed light on these pivotal issues.
Leaving the Mainstream of Modern Medicine and Following Women’s Pathways: The Case of Smallpox Vaccination in the Ottoman Empire
By Nihan Bozok. This essay, which is based on a letter written by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762), tells the story of a group of elderly women who collaborated to vaccinate their communities against smallpox in the 17th century in the Ottoman Empire.
The World in the Rearview Mirror of an Isuzu D-Max: Mohamed Bettaieb and the Tunisian Southern Imaginary
By Joshua E. Rigg. In Al-Janub Ya Kibdiyy (The South, My Dear Son; lit. The South, My Liver), Mohamed Bettaieb (b. 1985), offers an alternative vision. His work deals with everyday life in Tunisia’s south – its economy, culture, history and myth. Collected and edited by the journalist and North African correspondent, Bassam Bounenni, the book brings together a selection of Bettaieb’s satirical morality tales, comments on current events, personal memoir and confessions, and literary and philosophical discussions. A review.
Resilience and Connection. A field report on the international congress “Rethinking Ukraine and Europe: New Challenges for Historians”
By Denys Shatalov. In September, 2023, the international congress titled “Rethinking Ukraine and Europe: New Challenges for Historians” took place in Vilnius. This event was organized by the Lithuanian Institute of History, in collaboration with partner organizations from Germany, Ukraine, Poland, and Ukraine. Among these partners was Prisma Ukraïna. Vilnius University hosted the congress. A report.
The End of Ottoman Rule in Bosnia: Conflicting Agencies and Imperial Appropriations – An Interview with Hannes Grandits
Hannes Grandits is Professor of Southeast European History at Humboldt University in Berlin. He is the author of The End of Ottoman Rule in Bosnia: Conflicting Agencies and Imperial Appropriations (Routledge 2021). A conversation with Alex Favalli.
Cuerpos de Agua – Perspektiven aus Aktivismus und Kunst zur Bedeutung von Wasser in Lateinamerika und Europa
Die Ausstellung „Cuerpos de Agua“ in der Station Urbaner Kulturen in Berlin zielt darauf, die sich ausbreitende weltweite Wasserkrise zugänglich zu machen. Dem Ansatz geht, wie im Titel „Cuerpos de Agua“ (buchstäblich übersetzt „Wasserkörper“) angelegt, ein Vergleich zwischen Gewässern und dem menschlichen Körper voraus. Ein Bericht von Judith Sieber und Jacqueline Wagner.
Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East – An Interview with Adam Mestyan
Adam Mestyan is associate professor in the History Department at Duke University. He is the author of Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking The Ottoman Political Order in The Interwar Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2023). A conversation with Alex Favalli.
The Two-Edged Sea: Heterotopias of Contemporary Mediterranean Migrant Literature – an Interview with Nahrain Al-Mousawi
Nahrain Al-Mousawi is a scholar of Arabic and Anglophone literature of the Middle East and North Africa, primarily dealing with postcolonial, migration, and Mediterranean literature. She is the author of The Two-Edged Sea: Heterotopias of Contemporary Mediterranean Migrant Literature (Gorgias Press, 2021). A conversation with Alex Favalli.
“It was precisely the total absence of reports on the situation on the ground that attracted my attention” – 5in10 with Aleksandra Jolkina
Aleksandra Jolkina is a researcher in European and comparative migration and asylum law. Her academic interests currently concentrate on two broad areas: family migration and access to international protection. She is currently a visiting researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law. Her research project aims to provide a comparative analysis of Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish responses to the situation at the EU’s border with Belarus, focusing on access to the asylum procedure and compliance with the Rule of Law.
The Power of Maps and Geographic Imagery in Digital Communication: Narrating Russia’s War in Ukraine
By Alina Mozolevska. Visuals, used as information strategies or propaganda, have become a crucial instrument of war. Drawings, images, photos, posters, cartoons, or maps represent a powerful tool of both informing and mobilizing populations and consolidating political powers around a common goal. What, then, is the role of visuals in Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine? What messages do they convey? What are the main narratives expressed and symbols used during the Russo-Ukrainian War? And how is the visual landscape of the war created?
Moving Through Space, Sheltering Across Time: Alternate Realities in Contemporary Arabic Fiction of (Forced) Displacement
Annamaria Bianco’s contribution aims to show how Arab migration writings and future writings have increasingly ended up overlapping, in the wake of the “speculative turn” taken by contemporary fiction. Through a review of a few novels published after the so-called “refugee crisis” in 2015 and drawing on different studies as well as on the notion of “refugeedom”, the author will show how this literary genre juxtaposes the documentary function of prose with narrative strategies of estrangement and defamiliarization that aim to generate in the reader a desire to act on the present, to redeem the past and change the future of hospitality worldwide.
African Activists in a Decolonising World: The Making of an Anticolonial Culture, 1952–1966 – Book Review
In her new book, Ismay Milford presents a transregional history of how activists such as Abu Mayanja were crucial actors for the creation of a pan-African Anticolonial Culture.
By Julius Wilm. Quantitative approaches have fallen out of fashion in the discipline of history. If one goes back a few decades, this is a surprise. In the 1960s to 1990s, quantification was hailed as a key to the renewal of the discipline, which would finally satisfy scholarly criteria in representing historical reality on a large scale instead of relying on anecdotes.
Judith Sieber im Gespräch mit Andrii Portnov zu seinem neuerschienenen Buch “Dnipro. An Entangled History of a European City”.
By Friederike Pannewick. This essay focuses on a Syrian author who spent most of the 1980s in self-imposed silence: the dramatist Saadallah Wannous (1941-1997). This internationally acclaimed author belonged to a generation of Arab intellectuals and artists whose artistic self-understanding was strongly molded by the Palestine conflict. Deeply concerned about the political consequences of the Israel-Egypt unilateral peace treaty on Palestinians, Wannous stopped writing literature for a whole decade after Egyptian president Sadat’s visit to Israel in fall 1977.
This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the workshop “Russia’s 1990s: Global Perspectives” which will take…
By Isaac Gagne | Comparisons are invidious. I encountered this statement early in my anthropological training when reading classic ethnographies that were written within the framework of evolutionary anthropology.