News Archive

Martin Dusinberre awarded fellowship at the DSI

Martin Dusinberre will be a Fellow at the University of Zurich's Digital Society Initiative (DSI) in the autumn semester of 2019. He will generally be working in the DSI offices on Thursdays. For further information, please see:


Greeting the new Era in Japan

Read Martin Dusinberre's new article Greeting the New Era in Japan on Geschichte der Gegenwart. The German Version you find here.


15past15 Podcast Series

Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml Werner have launched a new podcast series, 15past15, as part of their ongoing HERA project, East Asian Uses of the European Past.

Link to the episodes


Martin Dusinberre at «Zürich liest'18»

Talk with Martin Dusinberre and David Armitage, Harvard, at the Zurich Book Festival: 24 October, 19:00.

For further information and tickets, please visit the official festival website.


Japanese review of exhibition "A Painting for the Emperor"

The Japanese website of has published a review of the exhibition "A Painting for the Emperor – Japanese Labourers on Sugar Plantations in Hawai'i" at the Johann Jacobs Museum.


"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, 1 MB) 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


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.


Interview TRAFO

Please follow this link for the interview with Martin Dusinberre on TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research.


Flyover History

Read Martin Dusinberre's new article Flyover History. Trumpism and the Challenge for Historians on Geschichte der Gegenwart.


Dr. Birgit Tremml-Werner appointed as HERA postdoc

We are delighted that Dr. Birgit Tremml-Werner has joined the Chair of Global History team as HERA postdoc.


Inaugural lecture, 2 May 2016

You can now watch Martin Dusinberre's inaugural lecture online.