By Balázs Trencsényi. The attacks on the autonomy of universities and the attempts to curb the independence of research institutes, especially in the humanities and social sciences, have been central features of authoritarian political projects.
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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 Marina Rudyak, Maximilian Mayer and Marius Meinhof. “We need not be at this point.” Such was the verdict of virologist Isabella Eckerle commenting on the second lockdown in the German talk show “Hart aber fair (Tough but Fair).”
Libora Oates-Indruchová. Communist regimes recognized the political importance, and therefore danger, of the social sciences and the humanities. That is why they elevated them to the order of utmost societal importance, but chained them to the ruling ideology.
“Historicizing the refugee experience is crucial to understanding that refugees are not exceptions but integral to the rise of nation-states.” An interview with Marcia Schenck, Professor of Global History at the University of Potsdam, on her newly founded H-Net cross-network project “Refugees in African History”.
By Prem Poddar. As the uncertainty of the interregnum stretches and seems as pliable as a virus-stained concertina, I cannot go anytime soon to my cottage in the multikulti hills of the Himalayas on the Indian side. It is a fortune shared by a considerable number of folks stuck elsewhere and everywhere on this beleaguered planet.
By Francesco Anselmetti. A Flood in Baʿath Country, the 2003 documentary by Syrian filmmaker Omar Amiralay, opens with a stark confession on the director’s behalf. His career had begun in the early 1970s with a panegyric to the Baʿathist project of modernisation glorifying the construction of the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates, near the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
By Stas Gorelik. When mass demonstrations erupted in Belarus in August 2020, Russia supported President Alyaksandr Lukashenka with a loan of around 1.5 billion dollars. Yet, the question of how international players can influence protest mobilization has not been researched in earnest.
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.
How does populism reshape pluralism and marginality in liberal democracies? – 5in10 with Felipe Hernández
What was intriguing to you when you were a child? What is it that you always wanted to know about the world? I grew up surrounded by an ethnic, linguistic...