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Translation Award for Book on Colonial Concentration Camps

Cover »Ein trauriges Fiasko«
Porträt Jonas Kreienbaum

Jonas Kreienbaum’s book »›Ein trauriges Fiasko‹. Koloniale Konzentrationslager im südlichen Afrika 1900-1908« [»A sad fiasco«: Colonial Concentration Camps in Southern Africa, 1900–1908] has been selected by an independent jury to receive the translation funding award Geisteswissenschaften International.

The study addresses issues that have recently been the focus of controversy among historians, in particular the question of whether the colonial camps erected by the German authorities in Africa can be considered a prototype for the Nazi regime’s concentration camps. The English translation will be published by Berghahn Books.

The translation funding program Geisteswissenschaften International successfully promotes the dissemination of academic work originally published in German that warrants international attention. The program is a cooperative effort of the German Booksellers and Publishers Association, the German Foreign Ministry, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and the collecting society VG Wort. More information on the books selected by the jury and the program can be found here.

Read more information in English on Jonas Kreienbaum’s book.


Hamburger Edition mourns the loss of Zygmunt Bauman

It is with greatness sadness that we learned that our author Zygmunt Bauman died today at the age of ninety-one in Leeds. We mourn the loss of an outstanding sociologist and pioneering thinker in the social sciences.

In an essay on Zygmunt Bauman and his work that was published in German on the online platform Soziopolis and in the journal »Mittelweg 36«, Wolfgang Knöbl, director of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, wrote:

»Zygmunt Bauman is one of a the generation of Eastern European intellectuals who personally experienced the great catastrophes of the twentieth century. For them, sociology was not a career; it was a rather late ›calling‹ that came to them as a result of highly complex and in most cases tragic life circumstances.«

A brief biographical note on Zygmunt Bauman and a list of his works that have been published in German translation by Hamburger Edition is available here.