September 25, 2024 is the day! We are starting the semester with a new format!

The first Basel History Factory invites all researchers, whether doctoral students, postdocs or professors, to meet intellectually and socially at an all-day event, hosted at the Ostquai in Basel’s harbor district.

We have invited Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper (both NYU), distinguished historians of Russia and modern Africa respectively, and the event will be framed by their latest co-authored book, Post-Imperial Possibilities: Eurasia, Eurafrica, Afroasia (Princeton University Press, 2023). We will combine input from our guests around their scholarship with small-group source work and discussions of ongoing research at the Department.

This innovative format is designed to facilitate maximum interaction across research areas, periods and themes.

We’ll conclude the day with our customary Semestereröffnungsapéro and some music.

Join us at the Basel History Factory!

Organising Team:
Julia Tischler, Benjamin Schenk, Max Hufschmidt, Danelle van Zyl-Hermann, Ettore Morelli, Henri-Michel Yéré, Kai Willms, Botakoz Kassymbekova, Olena Palko and Christina Panizzon

Please register by 5 August 2024

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Basel History Factory 2024

September 25, 2024
Ostquai, Basel

Hafenstrasse 25, 4057 Basel
www.ostquai-events.ch    

It’s a factory, so be prepared to work!

Prof. Julia Tischler, Head of Department

The programme consists of two plenary sessions, which revolve around Jane Burbank and Fred Cooper’s Post-Imperial Possibilities and other aspects of their work. In addition, there are two small-group workshops, during which we will discuss sources (workshop session I) and engage with each other’s research (workshop session II). 

Programme

10:00 – 10:15          Welcome
10:15 – 10:45          Plenary I – introduction
10:45 – 11.00          Break: Divide into groups, re-arrange chairs, coffee and snack
11:00 – 12:30          Workshop I – source discussion
12:30 – 13.30          Lunch
13.30 – 15:00          Workshop II – research presentations
15:00 – 15:30          Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00          Plenary II – book discussion Post-Imperial Possibilities
17:00                       Apéro

Registered participants (whole day or parts) will be divided into small groups, in which students and lecturers of different areas of expertise and career stages will work together during the two workshop sessions. You will receive the sources to be discussed in your group prior to the event.

If you are interested to discuss (aspects of) your own research in your group, please tick the respective box in the registration form and prepare a short input (c. 10 minutes). Your input can be informal and engage with some of the central themes of the event, such as empire, nation-states, or other forms of statehood; notions of citizenship and belonging; colonialism/coloniality and decolonization; political imagination and alternatives; sovereignty and emancipation; race and ethnicity.

How to prepare:

You will receive a source and accompanying materials from your group moderator.

Burbank/Cooper’s Post-Imperial Possibilities can be accessed here: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9780691251509/html#contents

Their previous work on Empires in World History is here: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9781400834709/html#contents

Programme

Programme

10:00 – 10:15          Welcome

10:15 – 10:45          Plenary I – introduction

10:45 – 11.00          Break: Divide into groups, re-arrange chairs, coffee and snack

11:00 – 12:30          Workshop I – source discussion

12:30 – 13.30          Lunch

13.30 – 15:00          Workshop II – research presentations

15:00 – 15:30          Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00          Plenary II – book discussion Post-Imperial Possibilities

17:00                         Drinks

18:00                         Dinner

19:30                         Party starts in central hall