Global and International History, History of Migration and Mobility, History of Communication
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Valeska Huber is head of the Emmy Noether Research Group Reaching the People: Communication and Global Orders in the Twentieth Century, funded by the DFG (German Research Council). She joined the Freie Universität Berlin in October 2017 after working as Research Fellow in Colonial and Global History at the German Historical Institute London and as Assistant Professor at the University of Konstanz. Her work has been supported by various scholarships and she has spent time as a visiting fellow at the History Department of Harvard University and at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg Konstanz. She holds a PhD in Modern History from the University of Konstanz, an MPhil from Cambridge University and a BSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Valeska Huber’s first book Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond 1869-1914 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 (paperback 2015). Drawing on archives in five countries and telling the stories of tourists, troops, workers, pilgrims, stowaways, caravans, dhow skippers and others, it reveals that the history of globalisation is not simply a history of acceleration, but instead it was characterised by the channelling of mobilities through the differentiation, regulation and bureaucratisation of movement.
Valeska Huber has published articles on the history of mobility and migration more generally, on epidemics and international health policies and on the history of development and education, which have appeared in journals such as the Historical Journal, Geschichte und Gesellschaft, the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and the Journal of Contemporary History. More recently, she has turned to the history of communication. Her current book project explores how conceptions of global order incorporated new modes of mass communication which found reflection in literacy campaigns and language reforms.
Freie Universität Berlin
Reaching the People: How to Write Global Histories of Communication (2019-2020)
The World in Global History: Themes and Perspectives (2018-2020)
Global History Colloquium (co-convenor with Sebastian Conrad, 2018-2020)
From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (2014-2015)
International History since 1890 (winner of the Martin Abel Gonzalez Teaching Prize) (2013-2014)
University of Konstanz
Introduction to Historical Methodology (winter term 2009-2010)
European Colonialism 1880-1920 (winter term 2009-2010)
Global Localities: World Fairs in the 19th and 20th Centuries (summer term 2009)
The History of Human Rights (summer term 2009)
European Metropoles in the 19th Century: London, Paris, Berlin (winter term 2008-2009)
The Mediterranean: Boundary or Connection? (winter term 2008-2009)
Europe on the Move: Explorers, Tourists, Emigrants (summer term 2008)
London, Imperial City (interdisciplinary seminar (history and literature) with excursion to London, summer term 2008)
Cities between East and West: Cosmopolitanism and Urban Renewal in the Middle East 1850-1950 (winter term 2007-2008)
The Spatial Turn in History and Literature (interdisciplinary seminar (history and literature), summer term 2006)
A historian of global and international history with a focus on the Middle East, Valeska Huber is particularly interested in the question how global connections resulted not only in greater integration but also in new attempts to control and contain movements and flows. Such movements could relate to the migration of people of course, but also to the spread of disease or the exchange of concepts and ideas. Her publications to date cover three interrelated fields, namely epidemics and international health policies, migration and mobility, and education and development.
More recently she has turned to the history of communication in the age of decolonization and Cold War. Her current book project deals with mass communication and literacy campaigns at the end of empire. This work is part of the larger research agenda of the Emmy Noether Research Group Reaching the People: Communication and Global Orders in the Twentieth Century.
For more on her work, please see her interview with the Toynbee Prize Foundation.
Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond, 1869-1914 (Cambridge University Press 2013, paperback 2015)
Special Section Journal of Contemporary History: Social Planning in Late Colonial and Postcolonial Societies, 52/1 (2017)
German Historical Institute London Bulletin (Coordinating Editor 2011-2015)
“Global Histories of Social Planning”, in: Journal of Contemporary History 52/1 (2017), pp. 3-15.
“Planning Education and Manpower in the Middle East, 1950s-60s”, in: Journal of Contemporary History 52/1 (2017), pp. 95-117.
“Multiple Mobilites, Multiple Sovereignties, Multiple Speeds: Exploring Maritime Connections in the Age of Empire”, in: International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 48/4 (2016), pp. 763-766.
“International Agendas and Local Manifestations: Universities in Cairo, Beirut and Jerusalem after World War I”, in: Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education (2015), pp. 77-93.
“Connecting Colonial Seas: The ‘International Colonisation’ of Port Said and the Suez Canal during and after the First World War”, in: European Review of History – Revue européenne d’histoire 19/1 (2012), pp. 141-161.
“Multiple Mobilities: Über den Umgang mit verschiedenen Mobilitätsformen um 1900”, in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft 36 (2010), pp. 317-341.
“1869: Un canal entre Orient et Occident”, in: Patrick Boucheron et al. (ed.), Histoire mondiale de la France (Paris: Seuil, 2017), pp. 507-511.
“International Bodies: The Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Emergence of International Health Regulations”, in: Eric Tagliacozzo and Shawkat Toorawa (ed.) The Hajj: Pilgrimage in Islam (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 175-195.
“Les universités du Caire, de Beyrouth and de Jérusalem après la Première Guerre Mondiale: politiques internationals et manifestations locales“, in: Joelle Droux and Rita Hofstetter (ed.), Globalisation des mondes de l’éducation: Circulation, connexions, refractions XIXe siècles (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015), pp. 233-257. [Translation of: International Agendas and Local Manifestations: Universities in Cairo, Beirut and Jerusalem after World War I, in: Prospects: Quarterly Journal of Comparative Education 45 (2015), pp. 77-93.]
“Education and Mobility: Universities in Cairo between Competition and Standardization 1900-1950”, in: Liat Kozma, Avner Wishnitzer and Cyrus Schayegh (ed.), A Global Middle East: Mobility, Materiality and Culture in the Modern Age, 1880-1940 (London: IB Tauris, 2015), pp. 81-108.
“Eine Sprache für alle: Basic English und die Grenzen der Globalgeschichte”, in: Boris Barth, Stefanie Gänger, and Niels P. Petersson (ed.), Globalgeschichten: Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven (Frankfurt/Main: Campus, 2014), pp. 175-204.
“Pässe, Papiere, Konsulate: Medien und Orte der Identifikation”, in: Jörg Dünne and Kirsten Kramer (ed.); Weltnetzwerke – Weltspiele: Jules Vernes In 80 Tagen um die Welt (Konstanz: Konstanz University Press, 2013), pp. 57-60.
(with Michael C. Frank) “Raumfiktionen: Kartographie und Literatur um 1900”, in: Michael Neumann und Kerstin Stüssel (ed.), Magie der Geschichten: Weltverkehr, Literatur und Anthropologie in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts (Konstanz: Konstanz University Press, 2011), pp. 239-263.
“Highway of the British Empire? The Suez Canal between Imperial Competition and Local Accommodation”, in: Jörn Leonhard, Ulrike von Hirschhausen (ed.), Comparing Empires: Encounters and Transfers in the Long Nineteenth Century (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), pp. 37-59.
Interview Toynbee Prize Foundation, Global History Forum (7/2016)
Weltkrieg und Weltstraße: Die Eröffnung des Panamakanals am 15. August 1914, zeitgeschichte-online (8/2014)
Suez, Lampedusa, Djibouti City: Border Zones of Globalisation, fifteen eightyfour: Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press (6/2014)
Interview Jadaliyya (4/2014)
‘Channelling: The Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar’, Atopia 11 (2007).