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Michael Ferguson: Izmir as a City of Displacement

Izmir as a City of Displacement, 1875-2015 This project is premised on the argument that the history of Izmir is an ideal case-study for inquiry into the evolution of the political, social, cultural, and legal history of displacement. In focusing on Izmir, this study decenters prevailing Ottoman, Turkish, and even…

Dichtung, Flucht und Exil. Ein Gespräch über den palästinensischen Dichter Mahmud Darwish

Der 2008 verstorbene Lyriker Mahmud Darwish gilt als „poetische Stimme Palästinas“ und wird sogar als palästinensischer Nationaldichter bezeichnet. Doch lässt sich das europäisch geprägte Konzept des Nationalautors so einfach auf die Verhältnisse der arabischen Welt übertragen? Darüber sprachen wir mit Darwishs Übersetzer, dem Islamwissenschaftler Stefan Weidner, der im Rahmen der…

Modernisms News IV: Museu de Arte de São Paulo – Lina Bo Bardi’s glass easels

MASP, view from the Avenida Paulista. Copyright: Richard (CC BY 2.0) On July 21st, the sixth day of the program, the participants and the steering group members of the Transregional Academy on “Modernisms: Concepts, Contexts, and Circulation” visited the Art Museum of São Paulo (Museu de Arte de São Paulo…

Notes on Christianity, Empire and Provincialising Secularism in the Study of Islam

  by Ruth Mas  What does it mean to “provincialise”? In his introduction to the 2007 edition of Provincialising Europe, toward which this discussion is orientated, Dipesh Chakrabarty tells us that “To ‘provincialise’ Europe was precisely to find out how and in what sense European ideas that were universal were also,…

Camila Maroja: The First Mercosul Biennial

The First Mercosul Biennial: Showcasing an Abstract and Political Latin America Rubens Gerchman, A Nova Geografia / Homenagem a Torres-García (The New Geography / Homage to Torres-García), 1971-79. Image courtesy of Instituto Rubens Gerchman licensed by inARTS.com. Maroja proposes to examine the curatorial project of the I Bienal de Artes…

Conference: Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture

    Introductory remarks to the conference “Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture” (University of Heidelberg, October 12-14, 2016) The Annual Conference 2016 will be convened by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” / University of Heidelberg, the Forum Transregionale Studien…

Ukraine Rethinks Complex WWII Past

An Homradske.TV interview by Nataliya Gumenyuk (Visiting Fellow Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative, Hromadske.tv) with Andrii Portnov (Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative) and Jan C. Behrends (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam)8 May 2016 On May 8th, 1945 Nazi Germany surrendered its armed forces, officially marking the end of WWII. The date would later be…

Nadine Siegert: Utopian Modernism

MAAN – Memorial Dr. Agostinho Neto, Luanda, 2015. Photo: Nadine Siegert Utopian Modernism – The Aesthetics of Socialism in Africa Nationalism in socialist Africa was expressed in a form of utopian modernism that was directed to a socialist future but at the same time linked to nostalgic notions of the…

Replacing the Yardstick and Changing Perspective

 “To overcome methodological nationalism means to ensure that the determination of the space of relevance becomes part of every new research project.” Ravi Ahuja (photo: Florian Müller for Volkswagen Foundation) In close cooperation with international partners, Professor Ravi Ahuja from Göttingen University has initiated “A Global Network for Global History”…

With Flexibility, a Sense of Responsibility, and Patience

Cooperative research on developments in the Arab world is a challenge for all concerned The transformation processes in the Arab world triggered by the ‘Arab Spring’ 2010/2011 are also an important topic for research. The Volkswagen Foundation soon offered scholars from Germany and the Arab region opportunities to engage in…

Varieté transatlantisch – Transregionale Perspektiven auf die Entstehung einer modernen Kulturindustrie

von Antje Dietze (Universität Leipzig) Internationale Stars im Berliner Varieté Wintergarten, 1903 (Wikimedia commons) Was kann eine transregionale Perspektive zur Erforschung der modernen Metropolenkultur und der kulturellen Globalisierung in den Jahrzehnten um 1900 beitragen? Das ist eine der Fragestellungen, denen das Forschungsprojekt „Kulturunternehmer zwischen urbaner Massenkultur und transnationalen Verflechtungen, 1880–1930“…

Provincializing the Social Sciences – Workshop Report by Ruth Streicher and Schirin Amir-Moazami

The three-day workshop ‘Provincializing the Social Sciences’ took place in June 2015 at Freie Universität Berlin from (here you find the complete program and a workshop report in German). The workshop was explicitly framed as an exploratory exercise: the notion to ‘provincialize the social sciences’ (see also Burawoy 2005, Mitchell…

Transnational und translational: Zur Übersetzungsfunktion der Area Studies

Welche Übersetzungsfunktion haben die Area Studies? Was für eine Rolle spielen kulturelle Differenzen bei einer Übersetzung? Inwiefern unterscheiden sich aktuelle und historische Übersetzungsfunktionen der Area Studies? Welche Vorteile verspricht diese selbstreflektierte, neue Perspektive? Translate | Public Domain Diese Fragen diskutiert die Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftlerin Doris Bachmann-Medick, Permanent Senior Research Fellow am International…