08.02.2024 - 09.02.2024 João Figueiredo, Sebastian M. Spitra

This workshop calls for original contributions to the restitution debate by framing the expropriation, acquisition, and return of material culture as historical and contemporary epistemic processes that create and erase local, regional, and global (normative) knowledge.

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Rev. by Ellinor Morack, Institute for Oriental Studies, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

More often than not, the establishment of new borders within formerly Ottoman territories led to decades of violence and forced migration, which is why such border zones have been described as “shatter-zones”.[1] Refugees were often settled along new borders in order to boost the number of ethnically desirable people, a policy exposing them to a high risk of violence and repeated forced migration.[2] Over the last two decades there has been an increased interest in post-Ottoman borders established in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Every Book an Adventure: The Walter Markov Prize Turns 30
Ed. by Katja Castryck-Naumann and Matthias Middell

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By Victoria Kravtsova, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Between the post-s

Russian theorist Madina Tlostanova describes the ex-Soviet space as a “void”[1] in the structure of global knowledge production, in which the Global South has a symbolic right to postcolonialism and the Global North, to postmodernism. For her, post-socialism or post-communism as a theoretical lens is insufficient to grasp the “postsocialist, postcolonial and post imperial overtones [that] intersect and communicate in the complex imaginary of the ex-Soviet space.”[2] Tlostanova believes that the Soviet approach to creating “its own New Woman in her metropolitan and colonial versions” implied that “the gendered subjects of the ex-colonies of Russia and the USSR are not quite postcolonial and not entirely postsocialist.”[3] However, this specificity, as well as “presocialist local genealogies of women’s struggles and resistance, tend to be erased.”[4]

Postcolonial theory becomes increasingly popular in the post-Soviet contexts as processes of decolonization continue in the former ‘periphery’ of the former USSR.

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Conference Reports
01.12.2022 - 03.12.2022 Peter Becker / Julia Bavouzet, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
By Daniel Gunz, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien

Bereits zum 15. Mal veranstaltete das Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung der Universität Wien seine Jahrestagung. Die Organisator:innen ermöglichten durch die Schwerpunkte empire, state und global einen breiten thematischen Zugang zur Imperienforschung der Habsburgermonarchie.

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