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 Later Ottoman Empire. His principal research interests are diplomatic milieus and the private-public nexus in interstate relations. 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 in History from the University of Antwerp. For his dissertation he examined the relations between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Ottoman Empire, looking in particular at how small power diplomacy, the global expansion of Belgian capital and transnational sociabilities interlaced. Expanding on his thesis, he is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Business of State: Belgium, the Ottoman Empire and Diplomacy in an Age of Capital, 1814-1914.
He is also preparing (with 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. Other ongoing projects include an article-length study of Leopold’s lifetime ‘fixation’ (speculative/Orientalist/imperialist) with the Ottoman lands, as well as a comparative history of foreign consuls in Salonika at the intersection of national representation, global capital, and local affinities during the period 1878-1912.
His publications can be accessed through Academia.edu.
Finance capitalism, (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).