24.06.2019 - 25.06.2019 University of London; Institute of Musical Research (UK)

Confirmed keynote speakers: James Q. Davies (University of California, Berkeley), Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford)

Conference respondents: Gundula Kreuzer (Yale University), John Tresch (The Warburg Institute, London)

From the first human flight in 1903, to the aftermath of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, science and technology in the first half of the twentieth century veered between the utopian and the malevolent.

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Vos, Jelmer: Kongo in the Age of Empire, 1860–1913, Madison 2015
Rev. by Geert Castryck, Centre for Area Studies, Universität Leipzig

In his “Kongo in the Age of Empire, 1860-1913” Jelmer Vos provides an analysis of early colonization from an inside perspective in the Kongo Kingdom, in the North of present-day Angola. Kongo is not just any place in Africa on the verge of the colonial period; it is a kingdom that was Christianized as early as the sixteenth century, had maintained diplomatic relations with European states, and was still based on a Christian ideology when Portuguese conquerors encroached upon them in the mid-nineteenth century.

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By Lena Dallywater

The so-called "refugee crisis" has made clear that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments are rather common and even lead to political demands that are incompatible with the democratic requirement of religious freedom and EU anti-discrimination rules. With the increasing migration of Muslims against the background of globalization and conflicts in the Middle East, the increasing religious plurality and at the same time the threat perceived by parts of the Christian or non-religious majority population, the peaceful coexistence of people of different cultures and religions is in danger.

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Conference Reports
27.09.2018 - 29.09.2018 Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), University College London; School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES); Peking University (PKU)
By Paul Vickers, CITAS Center for International and Transnational Area Studies, Universität Regensburg

This conference formed part of the Institute of Advanced Studies’ (IAS) strategic initiative of “Area Studies Re-mapped”. Previously, its goal was to work towards "area studies without borders". But, as the organizers explained, in light of the clearly growing significance of borders and boundaries around the world today, the focus has shifted towards examining fluidity, contestation and boundary-making.

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15.01.2019 - 14.01.2020 University of Venice "Ca' Foscari"