Transcultural Exchanges from the Middle Ages to Modernity - 2.-3.12.2016

Doctoral Workshop of the School of History at the Queen Mary University of London and the Basel Graduate School of History


The School of History at Queen Mary University of London and the Basel Graduate School of History organise their fourth common workshop (2-3 December 2016, Basel). A distinctive aspect of the institutional exchange is that both QM and Basel favour chronological spread and to think about common theoretical problems of concern to historians whatever their temporal or regional specialisms. From this perspective, the workshop focuses on human interaction across cultural borders. Transcultural exchanges in respect of knowledge, commodities, material culture, religion, etc. are topics that currently attract a great deal of interest. PhD students at Queen Mary and Basel working on such issues are encouraged to offer papers for discussion and debate.

Faculty participants: Prof. Saul Dubow (African and global history); Prof. Christina von Hodenberg (Modern German and European history); Dr. Eyal Poleg (Medieval History); Dr. Simon Layton (18th and 19th centuries sea power and piracy); Prof. Benjamin Schenk (Eastern European History); Prof. Caroline Arni (19th and 20th centuries); Prof. Susanna Burghartz (Early modern); Prof. Erik Petry (Jewish History); Dr. Anna Becker (Early modern); Dr. Roberto Sala (20th century) 


FRIDAY 2nd December

12.15 – 1.15 pm: Welcome lunch

Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, Common Room „Quelle“ (3rd floor)

1.15 – 1.30 pm: Welcome addresses

Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, Seminar Room 4 (1st floor)

Christina von Hodenberg, Benjamin Schenk

1.30 – 3.15 pm: Social Conflicts in Southern Africa

Brian Ngwenya: Blurring the Blue Line:  African Police, Emergency and the Struggle for Independence in Colonial Northern Matabeleland, 1959-1980

Kai Herzog: Locating Violence in a 'Global Age': On Violence in Southern Africa of the 19th and early 20th Century

Rodney Reznek: The ‘revealed truth’ of Afrikaner attitudes to Jews and Jewish. Immigration in 1930s South Africa

Chair: Roberto Sala

Discussant: Saul Dubow

3.45 – 5.00 pm: Transatlantic Exchanges

Jenny Adlem: Learning to live in the human home: Dog training as a cultural exchange in 1960s/1970s Britain and America.

Emily A. Steinhauer: The Frankfurt School between America and Germany

Chair: Christina von Hodenberg

Discussant: Caroline Arni

5.15 – 6.30 pm: Jewish Cultures between East and West

Magdalena Janosikova: Are They Teachers or Rebels?: Competing with the Rabbinic Circles Sixteenth-Century East Central Europe

Florence Largillière: A one-sided exchange? Patriotic French, German, and Italian Jews and their nation in the interwar years.

Chair: Benjamin Schenk

Discussant: Erik Petry

7.00 pm: Dinner

Restaurant Prima Basel: Aeschenvorstadt 48 | 4051 Basel:

SATURDAY 3rd December

Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, Seminar Room 4 (1st floor)

9.30 – 10.45 am: Global entanglements

Alycen Mitchell: Hong Kong: from Art Trading Backwater to International Art Entrepôt 1968-2008

Ousmane Seydi: Voyages, correspondances et construction du savoir scientifique à l'époque moderne: Les naturalistes de la Compagnie francais des Indes (1730-1815) (working title)

Patrick Sonnack: Global Networks to solve local problems. The ICRC and Medical Relief during the Congo Crisis 1960/1961

Chair: Anna Becker

Discussant: Simon Layton

11.15 am – 12.30 pm: Images and Representations in the Early Modern Period

Hannah Lee: Inheritance and Imitation: The Development of the Image of Africa in Venetian Printed Maps of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Richard Häni: Self-Representation of Modernity : „Querelle“ and „Championnat“ in the Italian Renaissance

Chair: Susanna Burghartz

Discussant: Eyal Poleg

12.30 – 2.00 pm: Lunch

Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, Common Room „Quelle“ (3rd floor)

2.00 – 3.30 pm: Sightseeing in Basel (optional)