Each year re:work invites 10—15 researchers from different academic disciplines and nationalities and offers them a forum for the discussion of central questions and thereby promotes exchange between established and young academics. re:work organises workshops, international conferences and summer schools and fellows are given the opportunity to discuss their research with various institutions in Berlin.
On April 19th Jürgen Kocka celebrates his 80th birthday.
We'd like to congratulate him from the bottom of our hearts!
Andreas Eckert at SCAS Talks Podcast
The Swedish Collegium is pleased to present the most recent episode of the SCAS Talks Podcast, "Where have the workers gone? Labour in postcolonial Africa", featuring Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert.
Announcement due to the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
Due to the serious developments in regards to the Corona virus and in an attempt to slow down the spread of the disease, the Senate of Berlin has decided to cancel all academic conferences, workshops and public lectures for at least the winter semester 20/21. Unfortunately, our scheduled events at re:work are all affected and will have to be postponed.
Please check for news and updates on the Humboldt University website.
56th ITH Conference
‘Migration Worldwide: Left-wing Strategies, Migrant Actors and Capitalist Interests’
International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH)
23 – 25 September 2021, Linz, Austria
Geschichte der Sklaverei
by Andreas Eckert
Even today approximately 40 million people live in «modern slavery». In his profund volume Andreas Eckert traces the dark history of an institution, that can be frequently be observed in different pecularities since the ancient world and in all parts of the world. At the same time he observes questions about the motifs of slavetraders and -holders, scopes for the enslaved and causes for the gradual transformation of slavery as an accepted evil to an outlawed abomination.
Reviews (Selection / German):
"Eckerts Einführungstext ist hervorragend strukturiert und mit einer klaren Sprache leicht zugänglich für ein breites Lesepublikum.“
"Eckerts Buch bietet eine komprimierte Darstellung auf knappem Raum und öffnet die Augen für erzwungene Abhängigkeitsverhältnisse bis in unsere Gegenwart.“
Mademba Sèye. Fama de Sansanding
by Richard Roberts
Roberts Book deals with Mademba Sèye - Mademba Sy, who with the aid of his French patrons, worked his way from a telegraphist up to the rank of an African king of the Sansanding states (in Bambara fama) on the shores of river Niger. In 1899, Fama Mademba, born in Saint-Louis, Senegal, was placed under house arrest in Kayes on charges of abuse of power, ritual murder, rape and extortion. Despite the seriousness of the accusation, he was exonerated and returned to his 'throne'. The Mademba case already reveals the negation of the principles of the rule of law in the face of the interests of the colonialism under construction.
Corona and Work Around the Globe (De Gruyter)
Edited by Andreas Eckert and Felicitas Hentschke
This book provides a global perspective on the transformations in the world of work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection of essays by former fellows of the research center from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe will break down the general statistics and trends into glimpses of concrete experiences of workers during pandemic, of workplaces transformed or destroyed, of workers protesting against political measures, of professions particularly exposed to the coronavirus, and also of the changing nature of some professions.
The Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE), an initiative of the Berlin University Alliance, funded a substantial part of the production costs. Without the support of BCGE, this project would not have succeeded!
The book presentation with the following panel took place on March 25th, 2021 via Zoom:
- Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University Berlin
- Felicitas Hentschke, Humboldt University Berlin
- Bridget Kenny, Roskilde University and re:work
- Preben Kaarsholm, University of the Witwatersrand
Please find the recording here.
Please find a selection of publications by our fellows here.
Journal of Modern European History (JMEH)
International Social History Association (ISHA)
Former re:work fellow Benedetta Rossi (University College London) holds an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council on African Abolitionism: The Rise and Transformations of Anti-Slavery (AFRAB) between October 2020 and September 2025. Congratulations!
Former re:work fellow Dmitri van den Bersselaar (University of Leipzig) and former Guest of the Director Michel R. Doortmont (University of Groningen) have been awarded the 2019 ASA Service Award by the American African Studies Association (ASA). They receive the award together with their colleagues Jan Jansen (Leiden University) and John Hanson (Indiana University) for their "outstanding dedication to the ASA’s mission of encouraging the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present.”