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Historisches Seminar

Research projects and collaborations


Since 2014, Martin Dusinberre has worked closely with Prof. Mariko Iijima (Sophia University, Tokyo) on a number of projects, most recently on "History of Empires in the Asia-Pacific Region" and "Global History of Cash Crops in the Asia-Pacific" (both funded by the Japanese Government Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Program). These collaborations led to joint publications in Historische Anthropologie (2019) and in 農業史研究 (2021). Both projects funded annual workshops in either Zurich or Tokyo (2015-19), including for PhD students. From April to November 2018, Prof. Iijima was guest professor at the Department of History, University of Zurich.

The Chair for Global History team has been working closely with Prof. Naoko Shimazu, Yale-NUS College, Singapore, since 2016. The collaboration has included scholarly exchange (workshops in Zurich and Singapore) and support for Global History PhD students. In May 2018, a group of Yale-NUS undergraduates participated in a four-day block colloquium in Zurich, studying together with BA history students at the University of Zurich.

The Chair for Global History team had a fruitful collaboration with the Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich, on a number of projects between 2016 and 2021. The last major collaboration was the exhibition "Ein Bild für den Kaiser. Japanische Arbeiter auf Zuckerplantagen in Hawai'i" / "A Painting for the Emperor: Japanese Labourers on Sugar Plantations in Hawai'i", in spring 2018. The exhibition was co-curated by Roger M. Buergel, Director of the Johann Jacobs Museum, Martin Dusinberre, and Prof. Dr. Hans Bjarne Thomsen, Chair for East Asian Art History at the University of Zurich. Events around the exhibition included themed tours, roundtable discussions, and university seminars and workshops.