Upcoming events

Cultivating Fraud: How Imperial Agents Harvested Anti-Ottoman Knowledge and its Consequences on the Islamic World – Public lecture by Isa Blumi (Stockholm University)

Date and time: 24 November 2022, 16.00-17.30
Place: University of Groningen, Institute of Archaeology, Poststraat 6, and online

No registration is needed, unless you want to participate online. In that case, send an e-mail to: info@globalintellectualhistory.org.


The British, Italian, Spanish, French and American Empires adopted an array of contradictory policies towards their respective Muslim subjects scattered throughout the world. As they managed often conflicting agendas that targeted Muslim polities with still strong associations with the Ottoman Empire, a growing repertoire of intelligence gathering and academic “knowledge” production informed these relations at the turn of the 20th Century. Strategies that sought to recruit potentially key socio-economic, cultural, religious, and political allies implicated many who originated from within the Ottoman Empire. By the turn-of-the-century, Britain, Italy, Spain, France and the United States all sought to expand their influence among these previously recruited clients. In the case of Britain, the outbreak of the Great War produced a number of reliable alliances with Arab/Muslim intellectuals based in Cairo and India. Likewise, their strategic partnerships with various merchant-cum-political leaders in Ottoman territories availed to France and Italy leverage over their Muslim subjects throughout Africa. The Spanish and United States’ imperial administrations engaged Ottoman subjects in the South China Sea islands, inhabited by Muslim polities often violently resisting their rule. The lecture will shed light on the consequences of these cultivated alliances that effectively induced dissent, turmoil, revolt, and structural transition. The intersecting histories of cooperation/alliance-making and resistance in three distinctive areas formally resisting foreign administration will be read comparatively within the larger context of modern empires facing disparate and contradictory challenges from local responses to the contingencies created by war. As these events regularly upset imperialist/capitalist ambitions, they demand that historians focus on a multiplicity of factors contributing to the modern world’s (dis)order including the complex relations Ottoman subjects had with the larger world.


Isa Blumi (Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Stockholm University) researches societies in the throes of social, economic, and political transformation. He compares how European imperialist projects in the Islamic world intersected with, and were thus informed by, events within the Ottoman Empire. His latest work covers the late Ottoman period and successor regimes, arguing that events in the Balkans and Middle East are the engines of change in the larger world. His research into migration as a primary lens to understand such processes have resulted in numerous articles and the books: Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World. (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) and Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia tells us about the World (University of California Press, 2018).

Antiliberal Internationalism in the 20th Century: Beyond Left & Right? – International conference

Date and place: Amsterdam, 11-13 January 2023


Glenda Sluga (European University Institute)

Marlene Laruelle (The George Washington University)

António Costa Pinto (University of Lisbon/ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon)

Benjamin Teitelbaum (University of Colorado, Boulder).

Conference jointly organized with the Amsterdam school for Regional, Transnational and European Studies, the University of Groningen and the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies.

Convening committee: Marjet Brolsma (University of Amsterdam), Robin de Bruin (University of Amsterdam), Stefan Couperus (University of Groningen), Matthijs Lok (University of Amsterdam), and Rachel Johnston-White (University of Groningen)

More practical information, full programme and a link to register will follow.

Public lecture by Lisa Regazzoni (Bielefeld), title t.b.a.

Date and time: 14 March 2023, 16.00-17.30
Place: Utrecht, Janskerkhof 13, 0.06

No registration is needed, unless you want to participate online. In that case, send an e-mail to: info@globalintellectualhistory.org.




Lisa Regazzoni is full professor in Theory of History at the University of Bielefeld. Previously, she was a ‘Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter’ at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, held fellowships at, among other places, the IAS Princeton, German Historical Institute London and the EHESS Paris, and lectured at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In 2020 she published her ‘Habilitationsschrift’ entitled Geschichtsdinge. Gallische Vergangenheit und französische Geschichtsforschung im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert. Her research interests include the history and theory of historical studies, material culture and history of collecting and French intellectual history of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Public lecture by Jeanne Morefield (Oxford)

Date and time: 9 May 2023, 16.00-17.30
Place: Utrecht, room t.b.a.

Public Lecture by Tanika Sarkar (New Dehli)

date and time: June 2023, 16.00-17.30
Place: Groningen, room t.b.a.


Tanika Sarkar is a historian of modern India based at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Dehli). Sarkar’s work focuses on the intersections of religion, gender, and politics in both colonial and postcolonial South Asia, in particular on women and the Hindu Right. Her books include Rebels, Wives, Saints: Designing Selves and Nations in Colonial Times (2010), Words to Win: The Making of a Modern Autobiography (2014).