World Expositions as Transimperial Nodal Points and/or Dead Ends: Bogdanov in Paris (1878) and Rostock´s Anatomy in Chicago (1893)

Introduction In 1893, the Anatomical Institute of the University of Rostock, by the German Baltic Sea Coast, participated in the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and was awarded a bronze medal, as well as a certificate for its exhibition of “preparations of the human skeletal elements”.[1] The certificate has recently been rediscovered in the collection of that very institute and … Read More

Ein Wettlauf um Swahili-Manuskripte im Kenia der 1930er Jahre: Plädoyer für einen transimperialen Blick auf die Afrikalinguistik

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I. Wissenschaftsgeschichte transimperial In den letzten Jahren wurde vermehrt eingefordert, Wissenschaftsgeschichte aus transimperialer Perspektive zu untersuchen. National-imperiale Container müssten aufgebrochen werden, denn sie verdeckten oft mehr Entwicklungen als sie erklärten. Somit reiche die klassische Forderung Ann Laura Stolers und Frederick Coopers, Kolonie und Metropole in einem analytischen Raum zu betrachten,[1] nicht mehr aus. Sie sei dahingehend zu erweitern, dass Kolonien … Read More

Book Spotlight: “Nordics in Motion: Transimperial Mobilities and Global Experiences of Nordic Colonialism, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 51/ 3, (2023)”

This special issue on Nordic transimperial careers and experiences investigates Nordic people operating in the world of empires ranging from Southeast Asia to Africa, and from Europe to the Caribbean and North America.[1] It focuses on border-crossing individuals, addressing inter-imperial questions of race, otherness, and the civilizing mission, and tying into existing networks, while seeking to create new ones. Nordics … Read More

Japanese Past, Nepalese Future: Pan-Asian Diplomacy and Japan-Nepal Relations, 1931–1939

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“Nepal is a closed country.” These were the first lines penned by Byodo Tsushō, a Japanese Buddhist monk who published an account of his travels in Nepal in the 1935 issue of the Pan-Asianist journal, Dai Ajiashugi.[1] Three years earlier, Byodo Tsushō was sponsored by the Hongan-ji sect of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to study in India and traveled throughout Burma, … Read More

Book Spotlight “Creolizing the Modern: Transylvania across Empires, Ithaca 2022”

Born in 1885 into a modest Romanian-speaking family in Transylvania, Liviu Rebreanu needed to learn both Hungarian and German to acquire a basic education in what was then the Kingdom of Hungary, and part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After getting higher education, he also learned the “foreign languages” taught through the imperial school system. To become a Romanian-language writer, he … Read More

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