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.



Programme Research Colloquium FS2018

Programme Geschichtskontor FS2018

​The programme of the Geschichtskontor (PDF, 437 KB) is now available. The first session, 20.02.2018, is held at Kino Toni: flyer (PDF, 60 KB).


"A Painting for the Emperor"

The new exhibition "A Painting for the Emperor – Japanese Labourers on Sugar Plantations in Hawai'i" at the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich will open on 8th February 2018. For further information about the exhibition and special events, please download the flyer (PDF, 269 KB).


"The Pacific and the Modern World" – programme online

The new lecture series of MAS in Applied History is starting on 18th December 2017 and the programme (PDF, 1507 KB) is now online. The series has been coordinated by Martin Dusinberre and it will focus on the historical significance of the Pacific Ocean.


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