Announcements
05.07.2021 - 07.07.2021 Transatlantic Studies Association

The TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): history, politics and international relations, and literary studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.

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Reviews
Rev. by Ulf Engel, Institut für Afrikanistik, Universität Leipzig

The events surrounding the Congo’s independence from Belgian colonisation in June 1960 are still academically debated within the field which has been consolidated as Cold War Studies. The outbreak of a civil war which ended when General Joseph-Désiré Mobutu finally consolidated power through a coup d’etat in November 1965, the short-lived secession of Katanga and South Kasai (1960–1963), the deployment of a United Nations peace-keeping mission ONUC, the proxy war between the United States and the Soviet Union, the murder of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba (1961) and the shoot-down of the airplane of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and his mediation team (1961) have inspired numerous pieces of research over the past few decades.

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Journals

Special Issue: Pandemics that Changed the World. Historical Reflections on COVID-19

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Articles
By Elkhan Nuriyev

Introduction
The last two decades have seen the emergence of new regional cooperation initiatives, which include the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) [1], the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP)[2] and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).[3] Although they all are at various phases of their implementation, each one of them seems to entail bigger geopolitical visions promoting competing ideas of regionalisms.

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Conference Reports
28.09.2020 - 29.09.2020 Agnes Bresselau von Bressensdorf, Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg am Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin; Silke Mende, Centre Marc Bloch; Caroline Moine, Université Paris-Saclay, CHCSC/MPI für Bildungsforschung; Bernd Rother, Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung
By Christopher Seiberlich, Seminar für Zeitgeschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

References to solidarity have been extremely popular in political discussions in the last months and the term has experienced an even greater boom than during the early months of the large-scale arrival of refugees in Europe in 2015. In their introduction to the workshop, Caroline Moine and Silke Mende (both Berlin) took up the common parlance as a starting point for a scholarly analysis of practices of solidarity.

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