28.08.2023 - 01.09.2023 The Gotha Research Centre, the Research Library and the Foundation Schloss Friedenstein Gotha.

Since the 16th century at the latest, the continents of the earth have been connected by global trade routes and economic flows; objects circulate across the globe. These are not only goods like metal, spices or weapons, but also small, mobile things like coins, cameos or gemstones.
The one-week seminar is aimed at advanced students working on their Master's thesis, doctoral and post-doctoral students as well as employees of museums and similar institutions.

Rez. von Ulf Engel, Institut für Afrikastudien, Universität Leipzig

The African Union (AU), as much as its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity (1963–2002), is trying to build up leverage in global politics through pursuing “strategic partnerships”. In his book on The African Union and African Agency in International Politics Tshepo Gwatiwa is interrogating two classic strategic partnerships – those between the AU and the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), respectively –, and two subordinated partnerships, one with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and one with the US AFRICOM.


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.