Houssine Alloul is an Assistant Professor of Modern Global History at the University of Amsterdam. He specializes in international history with a focus on Modern Europe and the Late Ottoman Empire.
He is currently working on a monograph, tentatively entitled The Business of Diplomacy: Ottomans and Belgians in the Age of Capital. The book retraces the extensive but forgotten histories of intense interaction between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Ottoman Empire, from the 1800s up to 1923. It looks in particular at how small power diplomacy, the global circulation of capital, and transnational sociabilities interlaced.
He is also preparing, together with Jan Vandersmissen (Ghent University) and Michael Auwers (CegeSoma), an annotated English translation and critical edition of the future king Leopold II’s 1864-65 diaries of his voyage through British-occupied India, Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong. He is also working on an article-length study of Leopold’s lifetime ‘fixation’ (speculative/Orientalist/imperialist) with the Ottoman lands. His latest research project is a comparative cultural and social history of Ottoman diplomats in Europe in the period 1834-1914 and seeks to question standard historical narratives of the development of ‘European’ diplomacy (as practice, culture, and institution) at a time of Western colonial expansion and increasing military and technological dominance.
Prior to coming to UvA, he was an FWO visiting fellow at Boğaziçi University, a Fulbright visiting scholar at Columbia University, and a junior research fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz. He obtained his PhD, MA and BA degrees in History from the University of Antwerp and did undergraduate work at the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice.
His publications can be accessed through Academia.edu.
New History of Capitalism, consular history, (post-)Ottoman diasporas in Western Europe, Netherlandish travel literature on the Islamicate Mediterranean, vulgar Orientalism(s), the Congo Free State, modern-day legacies of European colonialism, and European and Ottoman encounters with the Maghreb (after 1700).
Een Mondiaal Midden-Oosten, 1798-1939