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This innovative book explores the complexities and levels of resistance amongst the populations of Southeastern Europe during the Second World War. It provides a comparative and transnational approach to the histories of different resistance movements in the region, examining the factors that contributed to their emergence and development, their military and political strategies, and the varieties of armed and unarmed resistance in the region. The authors discuss ethical choices, survival strategies, and connections across resistance movements and groups throughout Southeastern Europe. The aim is to show that to properly understand anti-Axis resistance in the region during the Second World War historians must think beyond conventional and traditional national histories that have tended to dominate studies of resistance in the region. And they must also think of anti-Axis resitance as encompassing more than just military forms. The authors are mainly scholars based in the regions in question, many of whom are presenting their original research for the first time to an English language readership. The book includes contributions dealing with Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
Stream – Archive – Ambience
The ubiquity of digital images is an effect of their distributive versatility. They can be stored almost indefinitely, transmitted instantaneously, reproduced without transformations, visualized in many layers, dated and processed. Their mobilization does not take place randomly, but follows a complex media logistics of format standards, infrastructures and transport calculations. Digital images will be and are distributed: not as sessile objects, bindingly fixed entities, but as stream-like modulated processes. The study conceptualizes actors and agendas of image data traffic, examines retro-digitized archive image corpora in terms of media history and distribution histories, and deals with 'calmed' image sensor operations in intelligent environments.
Zur Aktualität einer kulturpolitischen Herausforderung für Europa
Wie dachten Intellektuelle und Schriftsteller:innen in historischen Krisenzeiten über Humanismus? In der Zeit zwischen den beiden Weltkriegen geriet der Humanismus nach dem Vorbild der Antike und der Renaissance in eine Krise. Die Beiträge des Bandes fragen nach einer Neubestimmung des Humanismus nach den Erfahrungen des Ersten Weltkriegs und unter dem Eindruck demokratischer und pazifistischer Vorhaben, aber auch angesichts des sich formierenden italienischen Faschismus und deutschen Nationalsozialismus. Das Spektrum der Antworten ist denkbar facettenreich, heterogen und ambivalent. Wissenschaftler:innen aus Italien, Österreich und Deutschland untersuchen in diesem Band Konzepte humanistischen Denkens bei Stefan Zweig, Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann und Erika Mann, Joseph Roth, Ernst Robert Curtius, Ernst Cassirer und eröffnen historische Perspektiven auf interkulturelle Diskussionen über Humanismus in der Weimarer Republik und im Exil.
Genius, Gender, and the Contemporary Biopic
„Screening the Creative Process“ examines how biographical films about painters and writers depict the notoriously unfilmable process of artistic creation and asks what role gender plays in the conceptualisation of creativity and genius. Through the discussion of three very different 21st-century biopics focused on heterosexual artist couples, „Pollock“, „Frida“, and „Bright Star“, the book follows the hypothesis that the paradigm of creative genius remains uniquely powerful in this film genre. This distinguishes the biopic from other contemporary media and discourses in which the idea of singular, inborn genius has largely been replaced by the concept of creativity as a universal, trainable skill. The biopic's adherence to an emphatic notion of genius - a notion that appears not only obsolete but also politically problematic due to its historical exclusion of women - is especially relevant in light of how deeply these popular films shape public notions about history and art.
The discourse of decolonisation, though littered with unresolved contestation in the university as an institution of higher learning, has often been blamed on the impact of neoliberal globalisation philosophy. The book volume focuses on unfinished project of decolonisation, with an aim on African knowledge and the historical question of canonicity by keeping the emancipative dialogue alive. The authors place great scrutiny on the quality of curriculum offered in universities arguing that a sound relevant curriculum, original to the continent, can save Africa’s citizenry from challenges bedevilling socio-economic development.

Through a decolonial approach to the curriculum universities in Africa, the book proposes, can contribute to the disruption and potential end to Western hegemonic epistemologies that continue to manifest in the neoliberal geopolitical terrain exhibited in the form of cultural imperialism, epistemicide, and linguicide. The volume interrogates and challenges the neocolonial entanglement in regional higher education policy processes coupled with the excessive dependence of regional stakeholders on western external actors for higher education policy and envisages a decolonial alternative future for the regionalisation of higher education in Africa. To that end, the book makes brings in a more philosophical and practical hermeneutic of knowledge production and dissemination that unyokes post-independence African universities from the bondage of erstwhile colonisers.