Category Archives: Colloquium

Invitation HZK Colloquium on 08. February 2021, 2 pm, online

The next colloquium of the HZK will take place on 08. February 2021 at 2 pm and all interested parties are cordially invited!
The event will be held digitally and in English.
Access data for the videoconference can be obtained on request by e-mail from oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de.

The lecture will be given by Alia Mossallam. She is a visiting scholar at the Lautarchiv as EUME fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

“They call it a ‘World War’, but it is actually their own…”

From the battle fronts of WWI to the revolutionary fronts of North African colonies. Tracing a cartography of struggle through a trail of songs.

Records of the Egyptian peasants who were taken to WWI as part of the British Military Labor corps, are as fragmented and dispersed as what is known of their experiences at war. Ranging from tens to hundreds of thousand of workers were posted in Egypt, Palestine, Greater Syria and as far as the fronts in France, leaving behind them a trail of archives that is as diverse in genre as it is in voice.
In this presentation I try to trace their ‘voices’ – I trace the growth of discontent among the workers through songs, jokes, and stories that appear through military reports, village memoirs, informant records, LP discs and popular Upper Egyptian memory.
The ‘trail of voices’ and one particular recurrent song, appear in the locations of different posts creating an alternative cartography of the war based on the experiences of these workers. This cartographic trail challenges imperial war cartography in documenting the workers’ association and political interaction with their North African counterparts – subalterns in the French Military – to discuss homeward longings, strikes and forms of resistance to military superiors.
In tracing these voices, I reveal the experiences of war, and the political consciousness and strategy that resulted in a pivotal but little known revolt culminating in the summer of 1918 in Egypt.
Methodologically, I ask, how do subaltern voices travel through time, space, technology and archive, and how can they be understood 100 years later? What of the biography of the 1918 uprising, can be traced through these cross-cutting geographies of struggle? How could the interaction between subalterns on the front in France, in prisoner of war camps in Germany, have contributed to the uprisings of 1917-1918 in Egypt, Algeria, Upper Volta and other colonies towards the end of the war? What new legacy do these forms of peasant entitlement, resistance and uprising create for the revolutionary years of 1917-1918?

Invitation HZK Colloquium on 14. December 2020, 2 pm, online

The next colloquium of the HZK will take place on 14 December 2020 at 2 pm and all interested parties are cordially invited!
The event will be held digitally.
Access data for the videoconference can be obtained on request by e-mail from oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de.

In her lecture, Katrin Glinka will present a working status from her dissertation “Structures of Similarity – Representation and Reference in Digital Collections”.
Her work follows the hypothesis that a mere change of media (from analog systems for collection exploration and representation to software) does not lead to a transformation of the cultural technique of collecting.
Katrin Glinka illustrates this with an analysis of the structures and processes of analog and digital collection techniques and their effects on the prevailing understanding of objects in museums and the forms of representation associated with them.
Katrin Glinka – Culture & Digitisation

Invitation HZK Colloquium on 30. November 2020, 2 pm, online

The next colloquium of the HZK will take place on 30 November 2020 at 2 pm and all interested parties are cordially invited!
The event will be held digitally.
Access data for the videoconference can be obtained on request by e-mail from oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de.

Christian Kassung is going to present his latest publication “Fleisch. Die Geschichte einer Industrialisierung” about cultural techniques of industrial pork production from breeding, keeping, slaughtering to distribution and preparation.

Invitation HZK Colloquium on 28. September 2020, 2 pm, online

The next colloquium of the HZK will take place on 28 September 2020 at 2 pm and all interested parties are cordially invited!
The event will be held digitally.
The access data for the video conference can be obtained on request by e-mail from oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de.

Sarah Wagner will present the virtual research environment of the project “The Window on Nature and Art – A Historical-Critical Re-appraisal of the Brandenburg-Prussian Chamber of Art”. The aim of the project is the research and documentation of the historical collection holdings and the publication of the results. After a short introduction to the project and to the software WissKI, on which the research environment is based, its mode of operation and previous contents are presented.

Invitation HZK Colloquium on 07 September 2020, 2 pm, online

The next colloquium of the HZK will take place on September 7, 2020 at 2 pm and all interested parties are cordially invited!
The event will be held virtually.
You will receive the access data for the videoconference by mail on request: oliver.zauzig@hu-berlin.de

The topic of this session is the research center The Technical Image. Katja Müller-Helle will introduce the project in general and then give a lecture on the topic “Technical Image Censorship”. In the following, Paul Brakmann and Lea Hilsemer will speak from their doctoral projects on the changed reception situation in exhibition spaces by cell phone cameras and the connection between photography and historical imagination.

Note on the next appointment:
September 28, 2020 at 2 pm
Sarah Wagner will present the digital research environment WissKi (scientific communication infrastructure) as part of the research project “Window on Nature and Art“.