Out Now: The Third World in the Global 1960s

The Third World in the Global 1960s (Volume 8: Protest, Culture and Society)
Edited by Samantha Christiansen & Zachary A. Scarlett
Foreword by Arif Dirlik

Decades after the massive student protest movements that consumed much of the world, the 1960s remain a significant subject of scholarly inquiry. While important work has been done regarding radical activism in the United States and Western Europe, events in what is today known as the Global South – Asia, Africa, and Latin America – have yet to receive the requisite attention they deserve. This volume inserts the Third World into the study of the 1960s by examining the local and international articulations of youth protest in various geographical, social, and cultural arenas. Rejecting the notion that the Third World existed on the periphery, it situates the events of the 1960s in a more inclusive context, building a richer, more nuanced understanding of the Global 1960s that better reflects the dynamism of the period.


Workshop: The Peripheries of World War I


“The Peripheries of World War I: New Methodological and Spatial Perspectives”
Workshop at the New York University, NYC / NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, Abu Dhabi
Convener: Valerie Deacon (NYUNY), Martin Klimke (NYUAD), Andrew Patrick (Tennessee State University)
Date: May 15-16, 2014 / November 30-December 2, 2014
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Out Now: “Entrüstet Euch!”

Nuklearkrise, NATO-Doppelbeschluss und Friedensbewegung

Hg. von Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Martin Klimke,
Wilfried Mausbach und Marianne Zepp (unter Mitarbeit v. Laura Stapane)
(Schöningh Verlag: Paderborn, 2012)
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Documentary: Breath of Freedom


“Breath of Freedom – Black Soldiers and the Battle for Civil Rights”
Documentary narrated by Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Featuring John Lewis, 
Colin Powell, Dieter Hildebrandt, etc.
MDR/ARTE, Smithsonian Network
Broadview, 2013, 90 min
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Premiers February 17, 8pm ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

Germany and the Black Diaspora

Points of Contact, 1250-1914

Edited by Mischa Honeck, Martin Klimke and Anne Kuhlmann-Smirnov
(New York: Berghahn Books, Volume 15 of Studies in German History, July 2013)

The rich history of encounters prior to World War I between people from German-speaking parts of Europe and people of African descent has gone largely unnoticed in the historical literature—not least because Germany became a nation and engaged in colonization much later than other European nations.

This volume presents intersections of Black and German history over eight centuries while mapping continuities and ruptures in Germans’ perceptions of Blacks. Juxtaposing these intersections demonstrates that negative German perceptions of Blackness proceeded from nineteenth-century racial theories, and that earlier constructions of “race” were far more differentiated.


New Website: Family Business Histories

Family Business Histories is a collaborative research project between NYU Abu Dhabi  & Tharawat Family Business Forum. This research initiative is the first project mapping family business legacies in the MENASA region. It features a unique approach to understanding the multi-faceted impact of family-owned businesses in the regional economy, society and culture while preserving the history of individual entrepreneurs and collective business activities.

This understanding will not only offer significant insights into historical transformations of business cultures and socio-economic environments in the GCC as well as the MENASA region but also create an empirical repository in cooperation with NYUAD’s Archives & Special Collections.

For more information on the project, please visits its new website at https://www.familybusinesshistories.org/

Out Now: Historians across Borders


Historians across Borders
Writing American History in a Global Age

Edited by Nicolas Barreyre, et al. (UCal Press, March 2014).

In this stimulating and highly original study of the writing of American history, twenty-four scholars from eleven European countries explore the impact of writing history from abroad. Six distinguished scholars from around the world add their commentaries.

Arguing that historical writing is conditioned, crucially, by the place from which it is written, this volume identifies the formative impact of a wide variety of institutional and cultural factors that are commonly overlooked. Examining how American history is written from Europe, the contributors shed light on how history is written in the United States and, indeed, on the way history is written anywhere.

The book is the result of the “You, the People” research network.
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Workshop: The Great War & the Great Prohibitions


Temperance and Alcohol Regimes in Russia, Canada, the USA and the Islamic World

The Great War that changed the world also changed regimes of alcohol consumption and production in many places at once.This workshop brings together international scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds to present a transnationally informed appraisal of these national moments.

It focuses on shared patterns, such as anxieties of class, gender, and public order that informed all temperance movements, religious movements, emerging welfare regimes, and matters of state revenue.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: New York University Abu Dhabi
Organized with the NYUAD History & Arab Crossroad Programs, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and the NYU History Department
Co-conveners: Martin Klimke (NYUAD), Yanni Kotsonis (NYUNY)

For more, please see here.

Conference: Rethinking Historical Space


Attention to questions of space and geography are integral to the discipline of history, which is fundamentally concerned with the contexts of human lived experience. Over the course of the twentieth century, the most common approach to contextualizing the spaces and areas of the past has involved designating and mobilizing teaching and research around particular fixed and clearly delineated areas, specifically those of nation-states, western vs. nonwestern civilizations, and cold war regions (Africa, MENA, Central/East/South or Southeast Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe).

From inside the borders of these national, civilizational, and cold war regional areas, historians have explored a range of political, economic, social, and cultural questions and produced richly contextualized works that have greatly enhanced our understanding of the past.

In recent decades, it has become increasingly apparent that this approach to space, and with it all three kinds of areas, had certain limitations. Despite different challenges inherent in these new concepts, historians have nonetheless begun to work very productively with the notions of the global and the transnational. They have done so not to suggest an all-encompassing spatial unit of analysis or a homogenous scale of historical processes and human experience, but rather to re-focus and re-frame historical studies and courses on understanding connections among and comparisons between different places over time.

Importantly, this global approach has opened up some exciting possibilities for thinking about and through space in much more fluid, complicated, and contingent ways. Previously invisible (or at least ignored) dense patterns of interconnection have been studied, illuminating new historically-significant spatial formations and areas of historical activity. In the process, global historians have also highlighted the significance of scale and the need for thinking with and moving among multiple scales in the process of investigating historical questions; the value of inter-disciplinarity and methodological breadth; and the necessity of developing genuinely collaborative models of teaching and research.

This conference will take stock of current efforts to redesign history’s spatial framing and to explore new ways to think about “areas” of history.

Date: May 19-May 21, 2015
Location: New York University Abu Dhabi
Co-organized by the NYUAD & NYU History Departments
Co-Conveners: Martin Klimke (NYUAD), David Ludden (NYUNY), Lauren Minsky, Mark Swislocki (both NYUAD)

For more, please see here.