Out Now: “Trust, but Verify”

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The Politics of Uncertainty & the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991

Edited by Martin Klimke, Reinhild Kreis, and Christian Ostermann
Washington, DC/Redwood City, CA: Wilson Center Press/Stanford University Press, forthcoming November 2016

U.S. President Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, “Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed. They are armed because they mistrust each other.” Yet although Cold War angst (e.g., of nuclear annihilation) shaped the relationship between the ideological blocs, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, the final two decades of the era—from the period of détente starting in the late 1960s to the gradual rapprochement between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1980s—saw Cold War policy grow more flexible and diverse as each side sought to escape the orthodoxy of mutual assured destruction and deterrence.

These transformations profoundly affected relations between the two superpowers and caused uncertainties within both blocs, so that the second half of the Cold War was characterized by a complex mixture of fear and trust, which manifested itself, among other things, in confidence-building and risk-taking.

This volume uses the categories of trust and confidence to explore and reevaluate these dynamics for the final two decades of the Cold War.

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“Revisiting 1968 & the Global Sixties”

As the fiftieth anniversary of 1968 approaches, this series of conferences will reassess the global causes, themes, forms, and legacies of that tumultuous period. While existing scholarship continues to largely concentrate on the U.S. and Western Europe, our initiative will focus on Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Topics range from the economy, decolonization, and higher education to forms of protest, transnational relations, and the politics of memory.

March 13-15, 2016: NYU Shanghai
September 19-21, 2016: NYU Abu Dhabi
December (TBD): NYU New York

Co-convened by Jian Chen, Joanna Waley-Cohen (NYUSH), Mary Nolan, Marilyn Young (NYUNY), Masha Kirasirova, Martin Klimke (NYUAD)

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Out Now: Protest Cultures: A Companion

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Edited by Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Martin Klimke, and Joachim Scharloth
New York: Berghahn Books, forthcoming March 2016
552 pages, 21 illus., 1 table; ISBN  978-1-78533-148-0

Protest is a ubiquitous and richly varied social phenomenon, one that finds expression not only in modern social movements and political organizations but also in grassroots initiatives, individual action, and creative works. It constitutes a distinct cultural domain, one whose symbolic content is regularly deployed by media and advertisers, among other actors. Yet within social movement scholarship, such cultural considerations have been comparatively neglected.

Protest Cultures: A Companion dramatically expands the analytical perspective on protest beyond its political and sociological aspects. It combines cutting-edge synthetic essays with concise, accessible case studies on a remarkable array of protest cultures, outlining key literature and future lines of inquiry.

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Out Now: Ein Hauch von Freiheit?

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Afroamerikanische Soldaten, die US-Bürgerrechtsbewegung und Deutschland

Maria Höhn & Martin Klimke
Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, April 2016
320 Seiten, kart., zahlr. Abb.; ISBN 978-3-8376-3492-1

Die Geschichte der in Deutschland stationierten, afroamerikanischen Soldaten ist bislang wenig beachtet worden. Maria Höhn und Martin Klimke zeichnen nach, wie sich das Land im Laufe des 20. Jahrhunderts als wichtiger Bezugspunkt im afroamerikanischen Kampf um die Gleichberechtigung und zur Beendigung der Segregation in den USA herausbildete.

Von den beiden Weltkriegen und der Besatzungszeit bis in die späten 1970er Jahre schildern sie die Proteste in den US-Militärbasen und Garnisonsstädten in der Bundesrepublik, den Besuch von Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Berlin 1964, die Allianz der Studentenbewegung mit der Black-Power- und GI-Bewegung sowie die Angela-Davis-Solidaritätskampagnen in Ost- und Westdeutschland.

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Conference: Islam in Global Perspective

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This conference brings together scholars to explore the nature and salience of Islam and Muslim communities from a global perspective. While journalists and political pundits often describe transregional Islamic movements as primarily political or militant, this conference will explore cultural, social, and scholarly aspects to transregional and global Muslim communities.

Invited scholars will approach this question through the lenses such as migration, transregionalism, transmission of scientific knowledge, while acknowledging the conceptual tension between global and local, and universal and particular identities and practices.

Location: New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Date: November 1- 3, 2015

Convened by: The Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Arab Crossroads Studies Program, NYUAD
History Program, NYUAD

In cooperation with: Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYUNYU

Supported by: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JPSP)New York University Abu Dhabi Institute

Organized by: Sadashi Fukuda, Keiko Sakurai, Takayuki Yoshimura (Waseda University), Nasrudin Bin Md Akhir, Siti Rohaini Binti Kassim (University of Malaya), Martin Klimke & Justin Stearns (NYUAD)

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The Berlin Wall: 25 Years After The Fall

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With Eugen Ruge and Gabriele Landwehr

2014 marked the silver anniversary of the end of a historical symbol: the separation between East and West Germany. Award-winning German author Eugen Ruge (In Times of Fading Light) and Dr. Gabriele Landwehr, General Director of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, discuss the impact of this turning point on the German identity.
Host: Dr. Martin Klimke, Associate Professor NYUAD

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2015
ADNEC, The Tent
11 May 2015, 6:45 – 7:30pm

Organized by Goethe Institut
In cooperation with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

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Conference: Rethinking Historical Space

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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)

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Workshop: The Great War & the Great Prohibitions

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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)

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Out Now: Historians across Borders

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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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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/