16.11.2023 - 17.11.2023 DIMAS: Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies

The Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies (DIMAS) at the University of Regensburg (UR) together with the Leibniz-ScienceCampus Europe and America in the Modern World, a joint project of the UR and Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) are delighted to invite you to the 2023 CrossArea conference in Regensburg.

Rez. von Patrick Schmidt, Historisches Institut, Universität Rostock

Probably due to a language barrier, knowledge about Swedish maritime history is rather limited outside of Swedish academia. Thus, the publication of two books on Swedish maritime history in languages other than Swedish – one in English, the other in German – is welcome news.

Facing the Sea. Essays in Swedish Maritime Studies, a collected volume edited by Simon Ekström and Leos Müller, is not devoted to a specific, well-defined subject.


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

Von 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.

Conference Reports
01.12.2022 - 03.12.2022 Peter Becker / Julia Bavouzet, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Von 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.