19.11.2021 - 20.11.2021 Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea - SISSCO with the support of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy - ASMI

This seminar aims to shed light on the possible interconnections between Italy and the post-colonial world in terms of political and economic relationships, mobility processes and cultural relations. We seek contributions dealing with political negotiations, themes, and processes concerning the implementation of aid and development cooperation programs, migratory flows of people with different expertise to and from recently independent countries and the establishment of Italian schools abroad.

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Rev. by Elizabeth Cross, Georgetown University

Although he eventually became an enthusiastic imperialist, Otto von Bismarck understood one of the core strategic problems of empire: its chronic unprofitability. In 1868 he wrote: “The advantages which people expect from colonies for the commerce and industry of the mother country are mainly founded on illusions, for the expenditure very often exceeds the gain” (p.

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By Jacqueline Nießer

There is a strange use of the word region in the countries of the former Yugoslavia as an interview with the author Predrag Lucić illustrates:
Lucić: Actually, how do you call the territory of the former Yugoslavia today?
Journalist: Region, of course.
Lucić: Mhm, in Yugoslavia it was clear what a region is: Istria, Kvarner, Sanjak, and Dalmatia […] Today, we are not all together a state anymore; we are the region [emphasis added]![1]
What seems to be so self-evident for the people in the countries on the territory of the former Yugoslavia might cause uneasiness within area studies.

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Conference Reports
07.10.2020 - 09.10.2020 Bettina Brockmeyer (Hamburg/Erlangen); Rebekka Habermas (Göttingen); Ulrike Lindner (Cologne); Auswärtiges Amt; Gerda Henkel Foundation
By Tristan Oestermann, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf / Ana Carolina Schveitzer, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The murder of George Floyd not only sparked demonstrations in the United States and Europe but also fanned the flames of an already ongoing debate about colonialism. Therefore, the conference, which was postponed and then digitized due to Covid-19, had very good timing.[1] It aimed at, as Bettina Brockmeyer put it, bringing together research, arts, and civil society in analyzing colonial memory in Germany as well as in the rest of Europe and, importantly, the Global South.

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, Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft & Fritz und Helga-Exner Stiftung