In her last session, Corinna Riva speaks to Mara Albrecht, postdoctoral researcher at Erfurt university and UrbRel Fellow. Mara specialises in violence and policing in the British Empire in the late 19th and early 20th century. She works on Belfast and Jerusalem.
Open-Air Preaching and a Muslim Festival: Religious Rituals, Violence, and Urban Space in mid-19th Century Belfast and early-20th Century Jerusalem
Conflicts between different religious groups were a frequent occurrence in cities of the British Empire, particularly from the Victorian era to the interwar period. The imperial agents had a paternalist and orientalist perspective on these episodes of communal violence and assessed them as uncivilized manifestations of religious fanaticism…