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The First of the Modern Ottomans – The Intellectual History of Ahmed Vâsıf

by Ethan L. Menchinger Years ago, several mentors warned me against writing a biography. “Don’t do it,” they said. “You will get bogged down in the details and life-story.” I can see now that they wished to spare me from a good deal of effort and technical challenge, but also…

Secularities. Freethinkers in the Context of National Movements and the Rise of Nation States in Europe, 1789–1920s

This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the workshop “Secularities. Freethinkers in the Context of National Movements and the Rise of Nation States in Europe, 1789–1920s”, which is organized by Carolin Kosuch in cooperation with both…

“The Russian Position on Climate Change Matters” – 5in10 with Benjamin Beuerle

Benjamin Beuerle. Picture: Evgeny Markov/ GHI Moscow Benjamin Beuerle is currently a research fellow at the German Historical Institute Moscow. He holds a PhD from Humboldt University (Berlin) where he graduated in 2014 with a study on “Russia’s West. Orientation towards the West and Reform Legislation in the Late Tsarist…

In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt – From Literary Artifacts to Reading Cultures

by Michael Allan When I first set out to write In the Shadow of World Literature, I had every intention of exploring the place of Arabic literary traditions in discussions of world literature. The generic formulation of something called world literature, I was tempted to argue, does little to confront…

Conundrum Ruthenicum – Versuch einer Erhellung der ukrainischen Kalamität

Von Philipp Ammon „Tschuesch, mij drusche, slawnij junatsche, jak Ukraina stogne i platsche“ – „vernimmst du, mein Freund, du ruhmreicher Recke, wie die Ukraine wehklagt und aufstöhnt“, intonierte in der Nacht vom 18. auf den 19. Februar 2014 auf dem Maidan Taras Kompanitschenko, ein aus einer Kosakenfamilie stammender Kobsar (Barde),…

Europas Erbe, Menschen und Grenzräume – Russisch-türkische Verflechtungen im Spiegel der Zeit

Von Zaur Gasimov Europa war spätestens seit dem 18. Jahrhundert Inspirationsquelle für russische und osmanische Modernisierer; die Geschichte des Beziehungsgefüges zwischen Europa, den Osmanen und den Russen ist Gegenstand zahlreicher Abhandlungen. Wie sich die beiden Gesellschaften am Rande Europas selbst sehen, wurde bis heute deutlich spärlicher beleuchtet. Dabei ist das…

2nd of June 1967 – a German-Iranian-German Event

by Birgit Schäbler   This article highlights a public event that was organized by Birgit Schäbler, professor of history of the Middle East, on June 1st 2017 in the cinema Arsenal in Berlin. It brought together outspoken 1967 contemporary witnesses such as the writer Bahman Nirumand, politician Hans-Christian Ströbele and…

Entdecker der verlorenen Texte

von Peter Schraeder Auf der internationalen Konferenz „What was Philology in Arabic? Arabic-Islamic Textual Practices in the Early Modern World“, die vom 13.-15. Juli 2017 an der Freien Universität in Berlin stattfand, diskutierten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus den USA, Europa, Afrika, Indien und dem Nahen Osten über die lange unbeachtete…

Reading the “1979 Moment” in the Middle East

    This article is part of the TRAFO series ‘Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the workshop „Reading the ‚1979 Moment‘ in the Middle East“. The workshop is convened by Amir Moosavi and will take place at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin on…

Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field

This article is part of the TRAFO series ‚Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on „Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field: A Conference“. The event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the German Historical Institute London and the UCL Institute of Archaeology and will take place…

„On Heritage, Culture and Trading Zones“

by William Carruthers William Carruthers at the Annual Conference 2016 in Heidelberg I gave a paper at a conference (“Making, Sustaining, Breaking —The Politics of Heritage and Culture”) in Heidelberg last month. I kept pretty quiet otherwise, but wanted to write down some thoughts I had regarding the final roundtable…

“Everything has been said about the Mediterranean”

Introductory remarks to the Transregional Academy “De-Framing the Mediterranean from the 21st Century”, 19–29 September 2016, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno (Crete). by Leyla Dakhli As an introduction to the Transregional Academy “De-framing the Mediterranean from the 21st Century”, my objective is to open the discussions and  create a space of exchanges…