By Shehab Ismail. The city of Cairo was surrounded by human-made mounds composed of rubbish and debris that had been piling up on the same spots for centuries. This blog post narrates how the author encountered the rubbish mounds during his research on the history of sanitation in Cairo. It explores two materials that were commonly found in the city’s dumpsters: archeological finds and organic fertilizers.
Category: Emerging Topics
Which topics are currently debated in the academic community, which ideas are contemplated, tried out, and discussed? Which questions do transregional studies tackle at the moment, which fields are expanded and which aspects are or will be central to this emerging research?
Our series “Emerging Topics – Insights from behind the scenes” attempts to answer these questions and puts the spotlight on current issues within transregional research. By highlighting selected academic events, new projects and themes, we are making research practice visible and show what is debated within the field of transregional studies at the moment.
By Zeynep Türkyilmaz. Entering my usual keywords randomly to see what is out there in my areas of interest, I came across a diary of a Turkish soldier kept during the year 1938. Ego-documents are a rare source in Ottoman-Turkish studies, but the content of this particular diary made it unique and almost unreal beyond my wildest expectations.
In October 2020, the five-year research project “Refugees and Revolution in the Atlantic World (1770s–1820s)” started. The project will undertake a systematic exploration of the period as an age of...
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.
In October 2020, the five-year research project “Lebanon’s Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of artists and artworks in/from Lebanon since 1943” will begin. The project will investigate the...
On 20-21 January 2021, the conference “Understanding Childhood and Construction of National Identities” will take place at the branch office of the German Historical Institute Warsaw in Vilnius. We talked to the convener Gintarė Malinauskaitė about the upcoming event.
This article is part of the TRAFO series Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the conference “Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations”,...
Today, we put the spotlight on the conference “Hidden Economies of Slavery” which will take place on December 10-11 2020 at the German Historical Institute in London. We talked to the conveners Melina Teubner (University of Bern) and Felix Brahm (German Historical Institute London) about the upcoming event.
Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation: Emigration Agents, Coyotes, Rescuers, and Human Traffickers
This article is part of the TRAFO series Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’. Today, we put the spotlight on the symposium “Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation: Emigration Agents,...
On May 29-30, 2020, the conference “Mainstream! Popular Culture in Central and Eastern Europe” will take place. We talked to one of the conveners, Ondřej Daniel, about the upcoming event.