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Advisory Board

MH Nov 2017 Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch

Madeleine Herren

Madeleine Herren is full professor of modern history and director of the Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland. From 2007 to 2012 she co-directed the cluster of excellence “Asia and Europe in a global context” at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. She has written several books, book chapters and journal articles on European and global history of the 19th and 20th centuries, internationalism and the history of international organizations, networks in historical perspective, historiography and intellectual history.

Among others, she is the author of (with Martin Rüesch and Christiane Sibille), Transcultural History. Theories, Methods, Sources (Berlin: Springer, 2012),  Internationale Organisationen seit 1865. Eine Globalgeschichte der internationalen Ordnung (Darmstadt: WBG 2009), Gender and International Relations through the Lens of the League of Nations (1919-1945), in: G. Sluga, C. James (eds.), Women, Diplomacy and International Politics since 1500, Routledge: London 2016, 182-201, and the editor of Networking the International System. Global Histories of International Organizations (Berlin: Springer, 2014). Among the publications recently published are:  Strength through Diversity? The Paradox of Extraterritoriality and the History of the Odd Ones Out, in Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d’histoire du droit international  (https://doi.org/10.1163/15718050-12340153) , Foreign Residents and Global History, in: Editing History #743 (https://www.india-seminar.com/2021/743.htm), and co-authored with Susanna Burghartz, Building Paradise. A Basel Manor House and its Residents in a Global Perspective, in print.

zeynep kuban

Zeynep Kuban

Zeynep Kuban (1964) is a professor in History of Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University with an undergraduate education in archaeology and art history. She is the head of the Master and PhD Programs in Art history at ITU. Apart from ITU she taught at TU Berlin, BTU Cottbus and LMU Munich as guest professor. She has been active in different archaeological field work missions and is the vice director of the excavation in Limyra- Turkey.


Merging education, field work and social engagement she organized summerschools and workshops with her architecture students for the children of the local village of Limyra to help them developing a bond towards archaeological heritage and natural environment. In her understanding of education outside of the university frame she, together with a team of colleagues, organizes summerschools for the education of architects as active agents at archaeological sites.

She is also active in workshops with students and refugee children in primary schools in Istanbul. She has been a Visiting Fellow in Princeton, is a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, Member of Koldewey Gesellschaft, Member of ICOMOS Turkey National Committee.


General fields of publications and research are Archaeology in context, Institutional History, early 20th century art and architecture, urban history. She is currently working on the Istanbul diaries of exile architect Bruno Taut.


Most recent book publication: with Simone Wille, André Lhote and His International Students, Innsbruck University Press 2020.

Premesh Lalu (Prof.)

Premesh Lalu

Premesh Lalu (Prof.) is a founding director of the Centre for Humanities Research, and Principle Investigator of the DSI-NRF Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities, at the University of the Western Cape (http://www.chrflagship.uwc.ac.za/).


Lalu has published widely in academic journals on historical discourse and the study of the humanities, and is a regular contributor of public opinion pieces on the arts and humanities. His articles have appeared in History and Theory, Journal of Southern African Studies, Critical Times, Kronos: Southern African Histories, Economic and Political Weekly and the South African Historical Journal. His book, The Deaths of Hintsa: Post-apartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts (2009) was included in the Alan Paton longlist in 2010.

He is also co-editor of Remains of the Social: Desiring the Post-apartheid (Wits University Press, 2017), co-editor of Becoming UWC: Reflections, Pathways, and Unmaking Apartheid’s Legacies, and a forthcoming edited volume with Patricia Hayes and G. Arunima, Love and Revolution in the Twentieth-Century Colonial and Postcolonial World (Palgrave, forthcoming). A current book project, Undoing Apartheid, is under review at Polity Press in the UK. Lalu is a board member of the International Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes, Advisory Board Member of Kate Hamburger Kollegs in Munich, Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, and past chairperson of the Handspring Trust for Puppetry in Education.

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Sumathi Ramaswamy

Sumathi Ramaswamy, James B. Duke Professor of History and International Comparative Studies, is Chair of the Department of History at Duke University, and President of the American Institute of Indian Studies.  She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan, and worked from 2002 to 2005 with the Ford Foundation in New Delhi as Program Officer for Education, Arts and Culture. She has published extensively on language politics, gender studies, spatial studies and the history of cartography, visual studies and the modern history of art, and more recently, digital humanities and the history of philanthropy.

She is the winner of numerous national and international awards including from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.  In 2016, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany honored her with an Anneliese Maier Research Award.  Her published writings in global history include Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe and Empires of Vision (co-edited). She is a co-founder of Tasveerghar: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture (www.tasveerghar.net).  Her most recent works are Gandhi in the Gallery: The Art of Disobedience (New Delhi: Roli Books) and the digital project B is for Bapu: Gandhi in the Art of the Child in Modern India (https://sites.duke.edu/bisforbapu/).  She is currently working on a new project on educational philanthropy in British India.


Glenda Sluga

Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History, and ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow at the University of Sydney. From 2020-2024, she is seconded as Professor of International History and Capitalism at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2013, she was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship for ‘Inventing the International’, working to reconnect historical and economic research and establish the foundations for the new history of capitalism in Australia, and to elaborate its international historical dimensions. In 2020, she is the recipient of a European Research Council Advanced Grant, overseeing a five-year research program on ‘Twentieth Century International Economic Thinking and the complex history of globalization.’

Professor Sluga’s most recent books include Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) and with Patricia Clavin, Internationalisms, a Twentieth Century History (Cambridge University Press, 2017). The Invention of International Order, a study of how an international political culture was established in the wake of the Napoleonic wars, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2021. She is currently completing a number of other studies: a history the early years of the UN; an edited volume ‘Sites of International Memory’ (with Madeleine Herren and Kate Darian Smith); and a study of ‘Climate and Capital’, looking at the role of business in the history of global environmental governance. Professor Sluga is involved in a number of multi-disciplinary initiatives, particularly working with Shanghai Jiaotong, Geneva, and Utrecht universities, as part of a major initiative on the futures of the international order and ‘International Thinking’.


In 2002 Professor Sluga was awarded the Max Crawford Medal by the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2006 she was appointed a member of the International Scientific Committee for the History of UNESCO. In 2009 she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and in 2021 of the Royal Society of NSW. In 2012 she won the inaugural Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Mentoring Award. She has been a visiting fellow at All Souls Oxford, the University of Vienna, Centre for History and Economics, and Charles Warren Centre, Harvard University, the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, the University of Bologna, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, Leiden University, the European University Institute, Monash University and the ANU. She is a member of the boards of the Toynbee Prize Foundation, and the Journal of World History, among other journals.