Blogs

Blogs 2017

Devolution, Uncertainty, and Unpredictable Electorates

Elena Gadjanova, August 2017

Kenyans go to the polls on August 7 in one of the most hotly contested elections in the country’s history. Voters will elect a president, senators, county governors, members of parliament, women’s representatives, and county assembly representatives on the same day. The stakes are very high because of the state of the economy, historical score-settling between the incumbent and opposition presidential candidates, and looming battles over future succession. ...

Giulia Carabelli, June 2017

‘Today my city is Sissi wearing a lycra body. It’s Sissi with piercings, blue hair and a salamander tattooed on her neck. Trieste still has the fingers of a princess, but also a nail-biting problem’. This is how Mauro Covacich, one of Trieste’s most renowned authors, captured, a decade ago, the complex interplay between Trieste’s imperial history, its nostalgic practices of preservation, and contemporary urban trends. If the past ...

Jeremy F. Walton, February 2017

Memories, their absence, and the political landscapes that both remembrance and amnesia inhabit are not merely the guiding concerns of our Max Planck research group, “Empires of Memory.” These themes constantly occupy me in quotidian ways, and have been sharpened by my various wanderings across the dense historical terrain of Southeast Europe. One particular voyage from Zagreb to Thessaloniki, in August 2014, was a direct inspiration for “Empires of Memory.” ...


Miloš Jovanović, August 2017

Géza Szuk, chief engineer of the Budapest Ganz tramway company, was hopeful about Austria-Hungary’s colonial success, as he proselytized the Empire’s Chinese possessions in the pages of the Vasárnapi Újság weekly. Writing of his visit to the 108-hectare Habsburg concession in Tianjin (天津), Szuk reported diligently on existing infrastructure and potential for expansion, noting ...


Piro Rexhepi, The Guardian, February 2017

It has become an article of faith among liberals that Donald Trump is the world’s biggest enemy to refugees and Muslims, while the EU somehow offers them a safe harbour. After all, with the words “We can do it” Angela Merkel invited a million Syrian refugees into Germany, while Trump’s travel ban has slammed shut America’s door to some of the world’s most vulnerable displaced people. In today’s liberal mindset, it is Brexit that has stirred up hostility against migrants, while ...