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The Map and the Territory

The Seventh International Road Congress, Germany 1934

Kristina Skåden

In transnational history of traffic, transport, and mobility, historians have been arguing for studying organizations as “transnational system builders” in the establishment and modification of transnational infrastructure. Emphasis has been placed on examining human actors. Here, I argue that the role of material objects, the nonhuman actors, should also be taken into account by investigating how a particular map matters. The major research issue is, therefore: How can we understand and analyze how the Nazi regime put the map Deutschlandkarte displayed at the exhibition Die Strasse (Munich, 1934) into play? In addition, how did the map figure in transnational system building during and after the seventh International Road Congress arranged by the Permanent International Association of Road Congresses? Insights from transnational history in the fields of traffic, transport, and mobility as well as material cultural studies, critical mapping, and actor-network theory inform this article.

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British Indians in colonial India and Surinam

Transnational identification and estrangement

Ellen Bal and Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff

The authors present a case study of Indian nationalists who drew from a discourse on ‘exploited overseas Indian migrants’ to serve their own political interests. At the same time, overseas British Indians, in this case in Surinam, advocated the continuation of transnational relations between (British) India and Surinam in order to strengthen the position of their community locally. Clearly, for some time, transnational identification served the (national) interests of both groups in the two different nations. Yet the authors also show that when such transnational ‘solutions’ did not serve any longer to solve local problems, estrangement between the two communities followed. Theoretically, this article constitutes a synthesis of approaches that connect identities to specific places and theories that have abandoned the study of geographically-based national societies. It demonstrates how the politics of place is dominant even within the field of transnational alliances.

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Internet, arts and translocality in Tanzania

Paula Uimonen

This article explores Internet development and use at an Arts College in Tanzania in relation to translocal and transnational linkages. Chuo Cha Sanaa Bagamoyo, or Bagamoyo College of Arts, is the only institute for training of arts professionals in East Africa. The College has a high status on the national art scene and is well known throughout the region and internationally. In this article, the introduction and subsequent use of the Internet is analysed in relation to the social composition and cultural positioning of Chuo Cha Sanaa Bagamoyo. I will argue that the social embeddedness of the Internet represents an intensification of translocal and transnational relations and imageries, while underscoring a sense of locality and national identity.

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Rethinking “new regionalisms” out of Africa 2020

Timothy M. Shaw and Abigail Kabandula

” is being rediscovered and rehabilitated ( Dingwerth, 2008 ; Hale & Held, 2012 ), following marginalization after its initial articulation by Robert O. Keohane & Joseph S. Nye (1972) : they first identified major varieties of transnational relations

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Whose Austria?

Muslim Youth Challenge Nativist and Closed Notions of Austrian Identity

Farid Hafez

’s transnational relations had on the group’s construction of Muslim identity ( Hafez 2013 ), and point to religious identity within the frame of generational contestations. Lastly, I discuss the political dimensions of this identity politics, especially how the

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Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Julian Pänke, and Jochen Roose

attention to look beyond the nation and consider the ways in which national politics, culture, and society define, but are also defined by, inter- or transnational relations. In this “transcultural turn,” the nation cannot be considered in isolation; rather

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Transitions Within Queer North African Cinema

Nouri Bouzid, Abdellah Taïa, and the Transnational Tourist

Walter S. Temple

transnational relations? Figure 1 Trésor national, Bezness (Flach Film, 1992) . Near the beginning of the film, the dialogue provides an initial clue as to one possible meaning of “bezness” 17 in Tunisia. This brief but important moment captures the

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Discreet Diplomacy

Practices of Secrecy in Transnational Think Tanks

Christina Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom

into how transnational think tanks both create and use secrecy as a resource for gaining leverage as discreet non-state diplomatic actors with a potential to play significant roles as soft-power actors in foreign and transnational relations. Secrecy

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Federica Gatta, Mario Katić, Svea Larson, Vanessa Maher, and Danilo Trbojević

ideology (Okely, Jakoubek, Herzfeld, Verdery). In their introduction Eriksen and Jakoubek list some of the new topics of study: the state and nationalism, Indigenous politics, urban ethnicity, migration and transnational relations, hybridity and the ‘fuzzy

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Appalling Tehran

Translation of the French Serial Story and Its Effect on the Persian Serial Story

Manizheh Abdollahi and Ehya Amalsaleh

inform us of the ways sociocultural elements have been popularly viewed and suggest implications for long-term effects on popular attitudes. In the case of Iran, its turbulent history and complicated transnational relations provide complex and informative