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Successful dissertation defense by Ngozi Edeagu

Congratulations to Ngozi Edeagu on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis on "Coalition and Competition in the West African Pilot: The Elite Capture of Nigerian Decolonization (1937-60)".
She completed her dissertation with the grade "Summa cum Laude".
Supervisor: Prof. Joël Glasman.
Commission: Prof. Alexander Stroh, Prof. Emma Hunter, Prof. Dmitri van den Bersselaar and Dr. Cassandra Mark-Thiesen

Book review of Prof. Joël Glasman's book "Petit manuel d'auto-défense à l'usage des volontaires"

The journal Humanitarian Alternatives publishes a review of Prof. Joël Glasman's latest book. The review by Sylvain Pénicaud is titled "Humanitarian humanities: a combat sport?"

To the review

New bookreview by Perseverence Madhuku   05.04.2023  

The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe. By Siukai Chigudu.

Successful Dissertation Defense          15.01.2024                                                                                                                                           Ibrahima Sene finished his doctoral defense successfully in the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal) on the 29th of december 2023 with the best grade. After the Presentation of his study “Die Geschichtserfahrung des deutschen Kolonialismus in der deutschsprachigen  Gegenwartsliteratur (1978-2015)” he championed the enquiry by the committee (picture).


New Blogpost by Perseverence Madhuku      07.12.2023

The Medicalisation of Exhaustion: Kruschen Salts in Early Twentieth-Century Southern Africa

The article explores the increasing demand of so called "Exhaustian Cures" in southern Africa in the early twentieth century and embedds it in into the broader historical colonial background.

New article by Prof. Joël Glasman                       27.09.2023

Petit manuel d'auto-défense à l'usage des volontaires.

Humanitarian action involves difficult choices. Should you accept the conditions of access imposed by jihadists? Should you leave refugee camps when aid is diverted? Can you accept donations from any private company? Should humanitarian organisations make the fight against global warming their priority?

The first Humanitarian Humanities textbook offers a time of reflection. From the history of humanitarian action to the anthropology of global health and the sociology of massacres, this textbook offers an overview of the most useful research for thinking in emergency situations. An introduction to the humanities for those who help others to save their lives and dignities.

The introduction is open access here.

New Article by Prof. Joël Glasman and Brendan Lawson:      

Ten Things We Know about Humanitarian Numbers

The modern humanitarian sector is gripped by a data frenzy. How can we take a step back and critically engage with what datafication means?
 After outlining three broad theoretical positions within the literature, this introduction to the special section points to ‘ten things we know about humanitarian numbers’. These points, taken together, offer different springboards from which academics can launch into critiques of data in the humanitarian sector.

In: in Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Volume 5, Issue 1.
Online available here.

Neuerscheinung von Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman und Marcia C. Schenck
Nehmt endlich die Welt in den Blick!
Ein Vorschlag, wie die provinziellen deutschen  Geschichtswissenschaften globaler werden können

(Newspaper article in German)
"China hat die größte Armee der Welt, Afrika das schnellste Wirtschaftswachstum, Indien ist die bevölkerungsreichste Demokratie. Es ist an der Zeit, das Studium dieser Gesellschaften als strategische Priorität zu definieren. Um zu entscheiden, wie man zu unserer Welt stehen möchte, muss man sie kennen. Das ist keine Option, es ist unabdingbar im 21. Jahrhundert."

In: Die Zeit N°39, S. 36.
Kostenlos online hier zugänglich.

New exhibition opening
20. April 2023

"Kugali and the Art of Bonzo"

The exhibition opens on the 12th May at 9pm in the Erika Fuchs Haus in Schwarzenbach an der Saale. The exhibition presents great pieces of African storytelling through comics and art. The exhibition was developped in cooperation with students of the University of Bayreuth in the context of a seminar lead by Robin Frisch.

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