Representations of the Past

In times of social crises and upheaval, as well as a lack of utopias and visions for the future, pasts often become a contested resource. Under which circumstances and with which political goals can representations of the past become a mobilising social force? Which ideas of social justice and the right to speak about and for the past are linked to it? These are core questions of the research unit. Empirical research concentrates on (post-)colonial or (post-)socialist societies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The aim is to identify translocal connectivities between discourses and practices of representations as well as to compare struggles over images of the past in different periods of time. Thematic foci are the relationship between historically operating sciences and politics, the significance of memory politics as well as practices of interacting with historical images in everyday life.


Research Projects

Dr. Heike Liebau

Missionaries, Scholars, Politicians and Journalists: Life Trajectories and World Views of the Brothers Kheiri

Dr. Antía Mato Bouzas

Emerging Transnational Spaces: Migration and Development Networks Between North-Eastern Pakistan and the Gulf (DFG)

Dr. Veronica Ferreri

Paper Trails and Dislocated Bureaucracies (BMBF)

Reyazul Haque

Movements and Concepts: Production of Images of India in GDR Newsreels (DFG)

PD Dr. Norman Saadi Nikro

Edward Said: Intersecting Pathways, Knowledge and Biographical Inventories in a Geographical Register

Inana Othman

Conviviality in Homs between Space, State Institutions and Interconfessionality: Schools as an Interactive Shared Space (BMBF)

Tika Ramadhini

Jawah Women between South East Asia and Mecca: Networks of Knowledge in the 19th and 20th Century

Dr. Hilal Alkan Zeybek

The Dyad of Care and Discipline: Aiding Syrian Migrants in Turkey and Germany (AvH)

Dr Ergün Özgür

The Impact of Multicultural Policy Implementations and Acculturation Strategies on the Adaptation of Muslim and non-Muslim Immigrants from Turkey (Humboldt-Stipendium)

Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989 (MIDA)

Long-term project supported by the German Research Council (DFG) with the participation of Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahuja, Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Universität Göttingen, Dr. Heike Liebau, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Michael Mann, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften (IAAW), HU Berlin.