Mohammed Bamyeh’s 2007 book, Of Death and Dominion, was translated into German in 2020 and released by Turia + Kant. We spoke with the author about his research process, how death played out within historical power structures, and the role of mortality in contemporary society.
“The workshops are seedbeds for degeneration”: Forms of Exposure and Protection of Workers’ Bodies in Vardar Macedonia
By Ivana Hadjievska. Between 1918 and 1941, Vardar Macedonia was the southernmost region in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. It represented the Ottoman legacy in the kingdom, with its diversity of religions and ethnicities, and a population that predominantly subsisted on agriculture.
By Nurçin İleri. In January 1936, İzzettin Muhittin Apak, a journalist from Akşam Postası (Evening Post) decided to visit the Silahtarağa Electrical Power Plant, the main electric power supplier of Istanbul, a city with a population of 900,000. What most attracted Apak’s attention was the hospital-like cleanliness of the power plant, and that almost everything was being automated in this vast industrial place.
By Deniz Bozkurt-Pekár. Let me set the scene: A rich meadow expanding by the bountiful river, a gentleman leaning on the white column of the porch of a haint-blue mansion, a pale-white lady in flamboyant attire sitting on a rocking-chair behind him, away from them yet within their eyesight are the cotton, corn, or tobacco fields hiding behind their crop the tired bodies of black men, women, and children.
By Katja Rieck. In his most recent monograph, Exile and the Nation – The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran (2020), Afshin Marashi provides a new perspective on Iranian nationalism.
Von Hans-Christian Günther. Philipp Ammon stellt sich in seinem Buch ,Georgien zwischen Eigenstaatlichkeit und russischer Okkupation‘ die Aufgabe, einen hochaktuellen geopolitischen Konflikt in seinen historischen Kontext zu stellen.
Interview with Sana Tannoury-Karam. Founded in Brussels in 1927, the League Against Imperialism attracted anticolonial activists like Nehru, Sukarno, and Kenyatta, as well as figures like Einstein and Madame Sun Yat-Sen. Its immediate goals were to develop solidarity between communists, socialists, and anti-colonial nationalists worldwide.
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.
“The Ideological Deportation of Foreigners and ‘Local Subjects of Foreign Extraction’ in Interwar Egypt” – Interview with Rim Naguib
In this interview, Rim Naguib (EUME Fellow 2019-21) discusses her research interests, her recent article published by the Arab Studies Journal, and the complex relationships between colonial legacies and processes of national independence in (interwar) Egypt.
Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş, Research Fellow at the GHI Washington, published her first monograph titled “Verflochtene Nationsbildung. Die Neue Türkei und der Völkerbund 1918–38” this summer. Here, she gives us some insights into her recent publication.