23.04.2020 Baris Cayli Messina, University of Derby

The Sack of Palermo is a notorious term defining how the city was ruined through mafia-allied contracts in the 1950s and the 1960s. The loss of architectural distinctiveness in the capital city of Sicily and growing political-criminal nexus have augmented urban degeneration in the following decades. Yet Palermo is not an isolated case in the social decay of urban life.

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Rev. by Michaela Böhme, SFB 1199, Universität Leipzig

In recent years, perhaps nothing has stirred as much controversy in academic and media circles as the issue of “land grabbing”. Since the global food price crisis of 2007/08, sensational media reports, academic fact-finding missions, and studies by NGOs and other civil society organizations have turned the spotlight on the dramatic rise in interest by foreign investors to buy or lease farmland across the developing world and, in particular, Sub-Saharan Africa.

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By Stefan Telle

1. Populism, Citizenship, European Integration

The paper seeks to make a contribution to the debate[1] around explaining the recent surge in populism across the European Union (EU). To this end, it critically engages with the “supply- and demand-paradigm” in populism research.[2] The paper identifies several deficiencies (i.e.

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Conference Reports
29.08.2019 - 30.08.2019 Christof Dejung, Universität Bern; David Motadel, London School of Economics and Political Science
By Bastiaan Bouwman, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University

From 29 to 30 August 2019, a group of emerging and established scholars gathered at the London School of Economics and Political Science to reflect on the theme of ‘Global Social History: Class and Social Transformation in World History’. The conference sought to explore the possibilities and limits of ‘global social history’, a subfield still in the making, owing in part to the decline of social history during the global turn of the 1990s.

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Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)