Mobility and Belonging
Mobility and BelongingMobility makes otherness particularly visible. The movement of people and concepts calls into question existing political, social, religious, and regional differences and affiliations and transforms them. Mobile actors and the societies they encounter must continually (re)define and (re)negotiate differences and belonging. At the same time, changing affiliations and forms of belonging also affect the mobility of actors. This research area examines the interplay between mobility and belonging in modern Europe and its global relations from the 15th to the 20th centuries. How did mobility affect the political, social, cultural and religious »belonging« of actors who crossed borders in modern Europe? What effect did the construction of belonging have on mobility potential? To what degree did the interplay of mobility and belonging change perceptions and concepts of difference? The research area’s projects seek to answer these questions by studying the interplay between mobility practices and the construction of belonging from three complementary and overlapping perspectives – actors, texts and spaces.
- Workshop »Post-Conquest Materiality: Objects in the Histories of the Ottoman and Spanish Expansions«, organized by Denise Klein, Thomas Weller, Barbara Henning, and Richard Herzog, Mainz, May 12–13 2023. Programme.
AUST, Cornelia/Klein, Denise/Weller, Thomas (ed.): Dress and Cultural Difference in Early Modern Europe, München/Wien 2019 (European History Yearbook 20). DOI.
FRIEDRICHS, Anne/Severin-Barboutie, Bettina (ed.): Migration. Dossier, Paris 2021 (Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales 76/3). Open Access.
GRIGORE, Mihai (ed.): Orthodoxy on the Move. Mobility, Networks, and Belonging from the 15th to 20th Century, Cluj‐Napoc 2023 (Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa 68/1). DOI.
KLEIN, Denise/Vlachopoulou, Anna (ed.): Transottoman Biographies, 16th-20th c., Göttingen 2023 (Transottomanica 3). Open Access.
KÜHNEL, Florian/Sciuto, Ruggero (ed.): Gender and Diplomacy in the Early Modern Period, London 2022 (The International History Review, 44,5). Open Access.
PANTER, Sarah/Paulmann, Johannes/Weller, Thomas (ed.): Mobilität und Differenzierung. Zur Konstruktion von Unterschieden und Zugehörigkeiten in der europäischen Neuzeit, Göttingen 2023 (VIEG Beiheft 139). DOI.
PAULAU, Stanislau/Tamcke, Martin (ed.): Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity in a Global Context. Entanglements and Disconnections; Leiden 2022 (Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 24). DOI.
SING, Manfred: Arab Feminism and Islamic History. The Transnational Life and Work of Lebanese-Syrian Writer Widad Sakakini (1913–1991), Göttingen 2022 (VIEG 255). DOI.
Projects of "Mobility and Belonging"
The Antislavery Discourse
Belonging in Transition. A European History of the "Ruhr Poles", 1860-1950
Difference in Everyday Life. Diplomacy as a Collective Practice in Early Modern Istanbul
Hygienic Enclosure and the Construction of Modern Egypt, 1883–1936
Istanbul: A City of Migrants, 1453-1800
Legal-Bureaucratic Categorization in the Postwar Period. From "Displaced Persons" to "Refugee"
Lives on the move. Mobile identities and belonging in the Iberian Atlantic, 1580–1700
Multiple denominational belonging? Reception and censorship of the Mainz cathedral preacher Johann Wild OFM, 1495-1554
On the edge of Europe? – perceptions of borders and mobility in German island representations, 1648– approx. 1763
Secularization in Egyp between Border Crossing and Border Drawing
Self-Determination under Occupation? The Formation of Modern Egypt, 1879–1956
Transatlantic Families. The Lives of German Revolutionary Emigres,1848/49–1914
Transconfessional Mobility. The Russion Orthodox Mission and East Syrian Christianity in Iran, 1898-1918
Ways of the Monks - Ways of Power. The Danubian Principalities as Nodes in the Transimperial Space