Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre

The Chair for Global History brings the contributions of both history and area studies to the still developing field of global history. Its temporal frame is roughly the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Areas of research include socioeconomic transformations in Japan and Asia from the mid-nineteenth century onwards; Japanese imperialism and imperial rivalries in and across the Asia-Pacific region; the history of Japanese and Chinese overseas diaspora communities; the movement of knowledge and goods across the Asia-Pacific region; the relationship between maritime histories and traditional land-based histories; and the wider challenges of studying connections and entanglements in the modern world.



New "Ad fontes" module online

The Department of History at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce the publication of a new "Ad fontes" module in global history. "Isaak Iselin in Hawai‘i, 1807" follows a Basel merchant's sojourn in Hawai‘i only thirty years after the arrival of Europeans on the islands. Although Isaak Iselin-Roulet (1784–1841) prepared an edited account of his world circumnavigation for eventual publication, the module introduces both Iselin's original handwritten diary and letters to his brother. These valuable, rare sources come from the Iselin private archive in Basel, whose support we gratefully acknowledge. As in other Ad fontes modules, these texts offer users transcription exercises (here for the first time using English-language sources); other exercises introduce both the nature of private archival research and ways of reading Pacific encounters from a global history perspective.

"Isaak Iselin in Hawai‘i" is the result of a research collaboration between David Hänggi-Aragai M.A. and Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre. Like all Ad fontes modules, it is freely accessible after an initial user registration: Website Ad fontes


Book Prize for Birgit Tremml-Werner

​We are delighted to announce that Birgit Tremml-Werner has received the EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize 2017 for her monograph Spain, China and Japan in Manila, 1571–1644. Local Comparisons and Global Connections (Amsterdam University Press 2015). As postdoctoral researcher in our HERA project “East Asian Uses of the European Past”, Birgit Tremml-Werner currently works on early modern transcultural diplomatic relations in Asia.


Programme Geschichtskontor HS2017

​The programme of the Geschichtskontor (PDF, 1763 KB) is now available.

Please note that the first session will take place at the Collegium Helveticum,  Schmelzbergstrasse 25, Zurich, and will start at 17.15.



Programme Research Colloquium HS2017