Entstanden aus einer Initiative zu stärkerer und langfristiger Kooperation von BMBF-geförderten Area Studies-Zentren und -Netzwerken mit entsprechenden universitären und außeruniversitären Instituten ist im Januar 2014 der Verein CrossArea e.V. in Leipzig gegründet worden. Dieser Verein versteht sich als ein Dachverband der in den Area Studies tätigen Forschungseinrichtungen, Vorhaben und Projekte. Ziel des Vereins ist es, den gemeinsamen Anliegen der Area Studies, die in so vielfältiger Form organisiert sind, eine Stimme zu geben, um so den Wirkungsradius zu erweitern und die Vernetzung zu intensivieren. Dimensionen, in denen dieses Ziel erreicht werden soll, finden sich in der Satzung des Vereins.


23-24.09.2015 – Jahrestagung CrossArea e.V. an der HU Berlin
Zum Platz transregionaler Verflechtungen in den Area Studies. Übersetzungen konzeptioneller Überlegungen in Studiengänge


Trafo – Beiträge zur transregionalen Forschung

Die gemeinsam vom Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin), von der Max Weber Stiftung (Bonn) und von CrossArea e.V. (Leipzig) kuratierte Diskussionsplattform TraFo veröffentlicht Nachrichten, Beiträge und Veranstaltungsankündigungen sowie Forschungsergebnisse aus dem Bereich der transregionalen Studien.

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News

Summary:
Following the successful and rewarding congresses of the European Congresses on World and Global History held in Leipzig, Dresden, London, and Paris, the next ENIUGH Congress will take place in Budapest, hosted by the Central European University (Department of History) and Corvinus University (Karl Polanyi Research Centre at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy), supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Centre for Humanities.

Under the overall theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we seek to discuss the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general.

All proposals must be received by 15 June 2016 and submitted electronically through the ENIUGH congress website.

Abstract:
In recent global history scholarship, the relationship between empire and revolution has been less explored than other topics. Furthermore, revolutionary upheavals have mostly been interpreted as caesuras in national histories and not as being situated in global dynamics. Considering still influential narratives, like the supposedly universal trend from “empire to nation”, we encourage such views to be challenged through a comparative and global perspective on empires and imperial societies. The chosen focus also has the potential to place centre stage as well as compare and explore the interconnectedness of uneven social and political change around the world, including both colonial as well as post-colonial settings. Against the backdrop, panel proposals will explore large-scale socioeconomic crises, changing labour and social regimes as well as economic orders, movements advancing social and political reforms, as well as the breakdown and the reconstruction of political orders, with the cultural, technological, and ideological underpinnings.

With Budapest as the venue of the next European Congress on World and Global History, we hope to attract colleagues particularly from and/or working on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Middle East/Western Asia at large to an already well-established pan-European network that has, as the past congresses have demonstrated, also been of interest to scholars from other continents. With the 5th ENIUGH Congress, we will continue to explore the relations, transfers, and entanglements between states, peoples, communities, and individuals situated in, or spanning, different regions of the world in a comparative and a longue durée perspective. The common emphasis of the 2017 congress is a commitment to transcending national and Eurocentric historiographies. The panels will not only deal with specific historical subjects but also with questions of method and theory in global history as well as those of teaching and other scholarly practices. The conference will include keynote sessions, roundtables, and a publishers’ exhibition.

We look forward to welcoming to Budapest scholars from all over Europe and beyond who are working on historical interactions and connectivity – whether conceived as micro- or macro-history – that consider and examine specific cross-border movements or intercontinental relations. Topics can include cultural and economic processes as well as the various aspects of material and social life, and can represent approaches from disciplines throughout the area studies, humanities, arts, and social sciences. Under the congress theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions”, we invite panel proposals addressing the following – but not to be considered exhaustive – list of topics: – histories of empire: formation, expansion, stabilization and reform, dissolution and legacies, in relation especially to their larges-scale repercussions – inter-imperial and international relations and forms of cooperation and competition, and in general actors, institutions, and issues of cross-border collaboration – continuities, discontinuities, and connections between imperial and national organization of politics, economy, culture, and society at large, including complex spatial arrangements – transnational, region-wide, and global ruptures – especially wars, violent transformation, and radical interventions in the distribution of ownership – and their connections resulting in new orders – actors, biographies, and mobility in relation to revolutionary history in a global perspective – the end of empire and its effects on international law and the reconfiguration of the international state order – comparison of revolutionary upheaval across areas and times with a special emphasis on the relationship between global processes and revolution in order to overcome the focus on isolated case studies within comparative revolutionary history; revolutionary times as crucial eras for transborder communication and cooperation – comparing and/or correlating representations and imginations of empires and revolutions in various media and arenas and how they circulated across empires and regions in efforts both to legitimize ruptures and revolutions as well as to combat the mobilization of actors for revolution; political, cultural, as well as historiographical strategies to relate past, present and future across ruptures

Proposals

We invite proposals for panels comprising up to 4 participants, or double-panels with 5–7 participants, in both cases including commentators. In addition to the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of the participants, proposals should include titles and abstracts of the panel as a whole (200–600 words) and of each individual paper (100–300 words). Please note that, at this stage, it is only proposals for whole panels, rather than for isolated papers, that are sought. After the Steering Committee of ENIUGH and the Budapest Congress Committee have selected panels by the end of June 2016, there will be a second call for individual paper proposals, which either can included in open slots in the already accepted panels or form additional panels. Submission All proposals must be received by 15 June 2016 and submitted electronically through the ENIUGH congress website: eniugh.org/congress Costs For the participation fee we offer an early-bird rate: 4 day-attendance 150 EUR (full); 120 EUR (students); 100 EUR (ENIUGH members), and 80 EUR (ENIUGH student members). There will also be a day-ticket of 50 EUR (full); 40 EUR (students). Unfortunately we cannot provide travel grants but we will organize accommodation suiting different needs and financial situations.

Dates and deadlines

June 2016: Call for panels closes; authors of panel proposals will be notified of the outcome.
September 2016 Call for papers announcement; opening of and review of individual paper proposals. November 2016: Call for papers closes; authors of individual paper proposals will be notified of the outcome.
March 2017: Conference registration announcement; publishing of programme, and opening of conference registration and accommodation reservation (through the ENIUGH Congress website). Accommodation will be available to suit different needs and financial situations.
30 November 2013: Publication of the Conference Program

Inquiries

For information about the 5th ENIUGH Congress, please contact us at: ENIUGH Headquarters Steffi Marung, Centre for Area Studies / SFB 1199, University of Leipzig Katja Naumann, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig E-mail: congress@eniugh.org

Organizing team in Budapest

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Institute of Advanced Study / Department of History, Central European University, Budapest Judit Klement, Department Atelier, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Attila Melegh, Institute of Sociology and Social Policy / Karl Polanyi Centre for Global Social Studies, Corvinus University

Members of the Steering Committee

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Central European University, Budapest; Gareth Austin, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Carlo Marko Belfanti, Department of Social Sciences, University of Brescia; Michel Espagne, ENS, Paris; Zaur Gasimov, Orient-Institut Istanbul; Giovanni Gozzini, University of Siena; Regina Grafe, European University Institute, Florence; Margarete Grandner, University of Vienna; Frank Hadler, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe at the University of Leipzig; Yuval Harari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Michael Harbsmeier, Roskilde University; Markéta Krížová, Charles University, Prague; Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Mikhail Lipkin, Russian Academy of Sciences; Barbara Lüthi, University of Cologne; Attila Melegh, Corvinus University, Budapest; Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig; Juan Carmona Pidal, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Hagen SchulzForberg, University of Aarhus; Alessandro Stanziani, EHESS/ CNRS; Eric Vanhaute, University of Ghent

The field of area studies (AS) as traditionally conceptualised, organised and taught at universities has long been subject to worldwide debates, especially since the end of the Cold War. Conventional approaches to AS have been criticised for ethnocentrism and methodological obsoletism, creating fixed geographical ‘areas’, and solidifying regimes of (Western) power and hegemony. Consequently, AS have been described as unsuitable for the study of the modern world, processes related to globalisation, and the increasing (im-)mobility of people, goods and ideas.

In 2011, the interdisciplinary research network Crossroads Asia was launched to tackle the question of how to conduct and position AS in the 21st century. In an effort to rethink AS ─overturn misconceptions of ‘the
Other’ and challenge epistemic regimes─ the network has scrutinised traditional concepts and methods of AS and has explored novel research approaches related to multiple spatial realities, (im-)mobilities and (im-)mobilisation, borders and boundary-making/-weakening, and positionality. With project culmination in 2016, the network intends to synthesise its research results into an interdisciplinary research approach
for the production of knowledge on a more interrelated world, and to enhance debate among scholars rethinking AS.

The 5th International Crossroads Asia conference provides a platform for sharing and discussing conceptual and methodological innovations in AS research that transcend traditional disciplinary approaches. How has the rethinking process changed AS? How do globalisation and migration challenge concepts of ‘areas’? How does digitalisation alter social space and identities? How can AS account for the Anthropocene? How can AS contribute to overcoming epistemic hegemonies? These are some of the questions that we want to address; thus, we encourage contributions related to the following non-exhaustive list of themes:

  • conceptualisations for mapping the spatial complexity of social and non-human interactions in the Anthropocene, as highlighted by climate change or digitalisation,
    • including the multidimensionality of space and flows (figurations, entanglements, frictions, assemblages, networks, scapes, etc.);
  • methodological and theoretical intersections between AS, post-colonial studies, future studies, gender and women’s studies, queer studies, and other critical approaches; and
  • positionality, power constellations and hegemonies of knowledge in AS research.

We invite scholars from AS and all other disciplines within the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, etc. to submit proposals for conference contributions. The conference will include panels, roundtables and smaller, more interactive discussion groups. Alternative forms of expression around the proposed topics are also welcome. Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and a one-page CV to crossroads@uni-bonn.de by March 31, 2016. The conference is free for all participants; limited funds are available to sponsor the travel of selected presenters. If you wish to be considered for sponsorship, please let us know and briefly explain your case.

The thematic group African history / histoire africaine, under the aegis of AEGIS – African Studies in Europe, organizes its third biennial conference on African history in Leipzig, from Sunday 20 till Tuesday 22 March 2016.

The conference format is built around eight thematic roundtables with three to five panelists each. Roundtables are opened by a series of brief essayist presentations by the roundtable participants, leaving ample time for general discussion. These roundtables do not serve as a space to present papers, they serve as platforms for discussion.

Conference participants get the opportunity to display a poster, presenting ongoing research projects.

The conference further includes a key lecture, “The Exciting Lecture on African History”, which will be held by Gareth Austin.

One of the purposes of this meeting is to achieve closer integration of teaching and research on African history, and we hope that the meeting will set a research agenda around which further collaboration and projects can be shaped.

The conference is hosted by the Institut für Afrikanistik at the University of Leipzig,
with support from the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig
and from AEGIS – African Studies in Europe.

Further information:
https://ahha2016leipzig.wordpress.com/

We are pleased to announce the Final Conference of the Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America desiguALdades.net that will take place in March, 3-4, 2016, at the Harnack-Haus (Ihnestraße 16-20) in Berlin, Germany.

The registration will be opening on December 1st, 2015.

A member institution of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities, the German Historical Institute Washington is a distinguished non-university affiliated historical research institute, conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research with a transatlantic focus. Its fellowship program promotes cutting-edge research in history and related disciplines and international exchange of scholars. . For this purpose, the GHI in cooperation with the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University is now offering German and North American scholars the opportunity to develop binational research tandems which link up two academics, one from Germany and one from North America, to work on projects which engage with global history or use transregional approaches and contain productive areas of overlap either in their topics or in their conceptional frameworks. The tandem program presents an excellent opportunity for scholars from Germany and North America to develop their expertise by collaborating closely, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields.

Areas of research the GHI is going to develop in the next years are „History of Knowledge,“ „Religion and Ethnicity,“ and „Spaces and Symbolic Boundaries.“ The institute has also developed a strong interest in „Digital history.“ Projects that address one of these fields or relate to them in any way are particularly welcome; we are, however, also happy to consider applications focusing on other topics.

The program is designed for postdoctoral, mid-career, and established historians from Germany and North America. We welcome applications both from individuals who would like to find a partner for collaboration and the sharing of ideas from the other country/region and from previously formed binational partnerships. Preference will be given to candidates doing original research for a new book project.

Starting in September 2016, the successful applicants will be in residence at the GHI and invited to participate in GHI activities and events. They will be expected to plan and convene a joint conference or workshop, which will be funded by the GHI, as well as to give a public lecture at Georgetown University. The fellows will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing their research agendas.

Funding will be provided for a 12-month stay at the German Historical Institute Washington, DC. The monthly stipend will be graded, depending on the academic status applicants will receive between 3.000 and 6.000 Euro per month (or the equivalent in USD; for specific amounts please visit the GHI website: www.ghi-dc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1590&Itemid=62.

In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip economy airfare to the US. The GHI regrets that it is unable to provide accommodation for its fellows.

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently achieved qualification, a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max), a one-page proposal for a conference or workshop, two samples of your academic writing (an article or a book chapter), and the names and contact details of two referees. While applicants may write in either English or German, we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Please submit your documents in a single PDF file to: fellowships@ghi-dc.org

All candidates will be notified in mid-February 2016 of the result of their application.

For more information, please contact: Bryan Hart (hart@ghi-dc.org)

Monday 9 November: Area Studies in the 21st Century

The first day of the conference brings together international experts to exchange views on the future of Area Studies through keynote papers and discussion.

It features academics working on a range of geographical ‚areas‘, including:
Mark Beissinger (Princeton University) on Russia
Theodore C. Bestor (Harvard University) on Japan
Wendy Bracewell (UCL SSEES) on Eastern Europe
Robert Gleave (University of Exeter) on the Middle East
Susan Hodgett (University of Ulster) on Area Studies

Area Studies cannot be grounded in the significance of specific geographical areas. All ‚areas‘ are historically contingent, with fluid and often contested boundaries; their very coherence as areas – whether geopolitical, socio-economic, or cultural-historical – shifts over time, often depending upon the perspective of who is viewing, from where, and for what purpose. The history of UCL SSEES exemplifies this point. Founded during the First World War, SSEES formed when powerful ideas about national identity and the right to ’national self determination‘ collided with the collapse of empires to produce a new map of Europe. Its raison d’être then evolved over the twentieth century, first within the context of ideological conflict and the Cold War and subsequently within the ‚post-Soviet‘ era of economic ‚transition‘ and political ‚integration‘ (or disintegration into ‚ethnic conflict‘). All of these paradigms – imperial, national, and post-colonial; geopolitical, strategic, and ideological; transitional and transformational – are not restricted to (our) area but encompass global processes. They define areas not just in terms of the ebb and flow of ‚relevance‘ (and funding streams), but also shape categories of perception and analysis. Although Area Studies often sit in an uneasy relationship with the disciplinary structures of modern universities (and journals), they also offer multi-disciplinary expertise and insight, as well as experimental arenas for cross disciplinary cooperation. The conference seeks to explicate an intellectual rationale for integrating ‚area‘ as a conceptual frame (and institutional framework) into academic structures (universities, centres and schools, research projects, teaching programmes) and intellectual life (disciplines, the production of nowledge).

We are especially interested in the following themes:
Place
Area Studies is predicated upon the significance of place – the specificities of language, culture, demography, economy, and history. In challenging the hegemony of the nation and nation state (and methodological nationalism) as the de facto unit of spatial organization (and many academic structures), Area Studies highlights the contingency of any ‚area‘ and invites comparative and transnational projects. Furthermore, the contemporary world is witnessing the multiplying positions of globalization, a process that area studies is uniquely suited to address. The conference will examine the theoretical and methodological potentials of ‚place‘ as well as its historical framing in contemporary Area Studies.

Discipline
The interdisciplinary benefits conferred by Area Studies institutions are not inherent to Area Studies as such but are an often latent potential requiring cultivation. Scholars arrive with disciplinary expertise and are often pulled in the direction of discipline by professional structures, whether in academic publishing or promotions criteria. The conference considers the interfaces between Area Studies and the disciplines, including the benefits (and pitfalls) of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects as well as cross-disciplinary fertilization. We envisage several themes: How can Area Studies critique the production of knowledge? Rather than just considering how discipline can tame area, we seek to reverse the equation, exploring the often unacknowledged significance of area to discipline. How does area shape normative assumptions and ‚fundamental assumptions‘ of disciplines? Does the interface between area and discipline work differently across the humanities and the social sciences? Much of the humanities presupposes the importance of area, though the term ‚area‘ is generally occluded by other units of spatial organization, especially national history/literature/culture or areas not always perceived in such terms (‚Europe‘). Implicit hierarchies between and normative views of area often shape academic practice within these disciplines: scholars of some areas (e.g. French literature) can easily claim general disciplinary insight (Literature), whereas others (Czech literature) produce only local (national/area) knowledge. Do some areas generate more ‚translatable‘ insights than others? How does area intersect with the significant disciplinary cross-fertilization that has occurred in recent decades between history, literary and cultural studies, and anthropology? On the other hand, many of the social sciences (especially political science, neo-classical economics, and sociology) have come to rely on behavioural theorising that denies the relevance of area (cultural, historical, individual factors). Can Area Studies – attention to the local, specific, and contextual – allow these disciplines to interrogate (and modify) such claims to universal knowledge (laws)? How can the advancement of empirical quantitative methods serve less to mask the relevanc of area than to reintroduce the importance of area specificities and to give impetus to new theoretical methods and approaches?

Institutions
Area Studies exist formally on the level of institutions and take a range of configurations: long-established, regionally specific schools; university departments and centres; non-area-specific area studies schools; inter-university area organizations; area-specific research centres and groups; professional bodies; and academic journals. Scholars located in or affiliated with such institutions tend to identify themselves as discipline-specialists with an interest in area rather than area-specialists, and many institutions divide academics into discipline-based departments or clusters. The conference will consider two themes:

Research:
What is the practical ‚value added‘ of area studies institutions? How can and should they facilitate cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary dialogue but also attract funded research projects? How can such dialogue promote self-reflexivity?

Teaching:
Recent changes in the funding of Higher Education in the UK has favoured undergraduate teaching and potentially undermined post-graduate programmes (due to cuts in scholarship support). How can degree programmes incorporating Area Studies be made more attractive to undergraduate and post-graduate students? How should Area Studies be taught, especially in relation to disciplines? How should language be integrated into such programmes? How should the interface between Area Studies and discipline be negotiated at doctoral level, especially as most jobs are within discipline-based departments?

Tuesday 10 November: Eastern Europe Without Borders

The second day of the conference is devoted specifically to Eastern Europe. It will ask how East European studies can engage with a world of people, objects, ideas and practices in motion. How does attention to connections, transfers, and networks beyond the borders of states and nations enrich the possibilities of this field? What are the practical implications for research, teaching and training? And how does such work in East European studies speak to scholars in other fields?

Speakers include:
Michal Murawski (SSEES, UCL)
Carmen Popescu (Sorbonne)
Vladimir Kulic (FAU Miami)
Bernard Struck (St Andrews)
Jan Grill (Manchester)
Anca Parvulescu (Washington University St Louis)
Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)
Lukasz Stanek (Manchester)
James Mark (Exeter)
David Crowley (RCA London)
Diana Mishkova (Sofia)
Maciej Maryl (Warsaw)
Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld London)

The workshop will ask how East European studies can engage in a world of people, objects, ideas and practices in motion. How does
looking beyond geographically bounded nation-states and regions enrich the possibilities of East European studies? The workshop will
address the transnational turn in East European studies, with a focus on three topics: cities, travellers, and networks.

Veranstaltungsort:
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin

Die Tagung thematisiert Globale Modernismen der Kunst in den Jahren 1905-1965 in transregionaler Perspektive. Die kritische Diskussion von Verwandtschaften, Infrastrukturen und ästhetische Praktiken sollen Zugänge zu alternativen Sichtweisen auf Modernismus und Modernismen jenseits herkömmlicher Avantgardeverständnisse eröffnen. Wie können andererseits ästhetische Modernen global und plural beschrieben werden, ohne zugleich zum Symptom eines neuen »Westernism« zu werden?

Conference of the Research Network “Socialism Goes Global”
(http://socialismgoesglobal.exeter.ac.uk/ )
In contrast to public claims of the early 1990s, space and geographies have not lost their central role in defining an ever more globalized world. We still live in territorialized spaces: not only in the narrow sense of states and societies that reside within their borders, but also geographies and spatial formats on regional and world scales. Research in the aftermath of the spatial turn in the humanities and social sciences is increasingly drawing our attention to the importance of understanding large-scale spatial dynamics for global history. Many influential paradigms, often emerging from metropolitan cores or centres of the Cold
War, have emerged to make sense of an increasingly interconnected world. These have included Euro- and other ‘centric’ centre-periphery models, the idea of the Anglophone or Francophone worlds, the tricontinental model, World Systems Theory, or the division of the globe into the First, Second, and Third Worlds, or the ‘Global North and South’. Such ideas came not only from the academy (in e.g. geography, area studies, history, economics, anthropology) but also from the work of political, economic and cultural actors. This conference will explore such attempts to make sense of the world on a regional or global scale, and explore how such ideas have been used to make sense of, and organize, power relations, cultural encounters and economic connections. We wish in particular to encourage papers focussing on the ‘view from the periphery’. Despite the recent turn to studying global history from non-western perspectives, there is still little research done on visions of world order from other actors outside metropolitan cores or the West- from e.g. Latin America, South and Eastern Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. We invite contributions dealing with ways of conceptualising the world from areas that thought of themselves as peripheral (or semi-peripheral) on a global scale, or, indeed, challenged their definition as such. We wish to emphasise that we do not set an a priori definition of ‘periphery’ – the definition of where the periphery is located, how it is defined and who belongs to it shall be rather an element of the analysis. We also encourage contributions on those who conceptualised alternative visions of world orders, from a variety of political, religious, cultural or economic movements – regardless of their geographical location (i.e. also from critical or peripheral standpoints within the metropole/ core). The event aims to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines (e.g. history, sociology, geography, anthropology and others), working on various topics (colonialism, postcolonialism, socialism and radicalism), on different world regions or on a world scale. The time frame may range from the late 19th century – as an era in which global imaginations and political projects of a politico- and cultural-spatial organization of the world powerfully emerged in relation to late colonial regimes – through the transformations of the interwar, the Cold War and decolonisation, and up until the present day.

Papers might address:
– conceptualizations and spatializations of the world: how have actors accepted or critiqued dominant visions of global spatial visions; what ‘alternative visions’ have been proposed e.g. ‘socialist world’, ‘anti-imperialist world’, ‘Afro-Asian world’, ‘global South’, ‘majority world’; how have actors worked to make such reconceptualisations authentic, or new interconnections a reality?
– the relation between political projects and practices to these conceptualizations – either as producers of these or through instrumentalizing them.
– the clashes between such conceptualizations and practices, paying attention to the web of power relations inherent in these conflicts.
– the roles of expert cultures (e.g. area studies institutes, agricultural specialists, economists, sociologists, fiction writers) and non-academic actors (e.g. activists); institutionalisations based on spatial imaginaries; the intellectual production of spatialized knowledge; the role of trans-regional exchange in the production of spatial models.
– the production of authenticity in new geographical imaginaries (how have these new imaginaries been made real? How have imagined distances between world regions been collapsed, or new borders and frontiers between world regions produced? How and why have alternative visions failed in the face of dominant models?).
– the conceptualisation of the periphery and semi-periphery (how did actors relate themselves to the concept? How did internal peripheries within regions or countries shape how actors conceptualised peripheries on a global scale?).
– relations between ideological camps and geographical spaces (e.g. imperialism, antiimperialism and spatialized visions; shifting and rival definitions of the globe as a set of large geocultural units by the Cold War powers; contested visions of world mapping).
– the role of world mapping in domestic cultures in different ideological systems and regional settings (e.g. political uses; global spatial mappings as ‘disciplining tools’ for home populations; representations of world orders in e.g. maps, culture, political discourse; the political and cultural interpreters of spatialized visions for popular audiences).

Please send a brief abstract of 300-500 words, as well as a brief CV, by 27 July 2015, to Catherine Devenish at the University of Exeter (C.Devenish@exeter.ac.uk ). The conference will take place in Leipzig from 12 to 14 November 2015. Some funding opportunities for travel and accommodation are available, but we ask that potential contributors explore funding opportunities at their home institutions.

3. bis 5. Dezember 2015, Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Die gegenwärtige Forschungslandschaft fördert und fordert geteilte Forschung: intensive Zusammenarbeit in Forschergruppen, gemeinsame Publikationen, interdisziplinäre und transnationale Kooperationen. Trotzdem sind das Selbstverständnis und die alltägliche Forschungspraxis in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften meist von individueller Arbeit geprägt. Neben den veränderten Rahmenbedingungen der Forschungsförderung implizieren jedoch auch die Forschungsgegenstände selbst neue Arbeitsteilungen; transnationale und transregionale Verflechtungen werden multilokal und mobil erforscht. So stellt z.B. die Erforschung von Logistiknetzwerken, politischen Foren oder Erinnerungspraktiken zwischen Afrika und Asien Forscher vor neue methodologische Probleme. Müssen wir also lernen unsere Forschung zu teilen? Welche Konsequenzen hat das für unser wissenschaftliches Tun? Geht geteilte Forschung zu Lasten wissenschaftlicher Tiefe? Oder ist geteilte Forschung nicht halbe sondern doppelte Forschung?

In den Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften gibt es eine lebendige, jedoch oft nur sporadisch reflektierte Tradition des gemeinsamen Forschens und Schreibens, von Expeditionen bis zu Ehepartnern im Feld. Während die Zusammenarbeit mit Erforschten intensiv problematisiert und neu entworfen wurde, wird die Zusammenarbeit mit Kollegen und Kolleginnen bisher selten thematisiert. Der Workshop soll daher den Teilnehmenden ermöglichen, auf Grundlage eigener Erfahrungen die Potentiale und Risiken dieser epistemologischen Praktiken zu reflektieren.

Wir freuen uns über Beiträge, die gemeinsames Forschen in den Blick nehmen, sich mit gemeinsamen Schreibprozessen auseinandersetzen oder das Arbeiten mit institutionellen Kooperationspartnern beleuchten. Wie sehen geteilte Forschungspraktiken konkret aus? Wie werden Forschungserfahrungen gemeinsam erlebt, interpretiert und geschrieben? Welche Arbeitsteilungen und Hierarchien bringen sie mit sich? Wie kann Forschung mit internationalen Kooperationspartnern gestaltet werden? Ziel des Workshops ist es, diesen und weiteren Fragen nachzugehen und dabei neue Formen akademischer Wissensproduktion intensiv zu diskutieren, im Sinne sozialwissenschaftlicher Science Studies zu reflektieren und gemeinsame Forschungen als ein aktuelles Experimentierfeld der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften weiter zu entwickeln.

Wir bitten um die Zusendung von Abstracts (max. 300 Wörter) bis 15.07.2015 an Jan Beek (beek@em.uni-frankfurt.de) und Julia Verne (verne@geo.uni-frankfurt.de). Wir bitten eingeladene Teilnehmende um die Zusendung des ausformulierten Beitrags bis zum 15.11.2015. Anfahrt, Verpflegung und Übernachtungskosten werden übernommen.

Das Forum Transregionale Studien und die Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (MWS) laden Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ein, innovative Forschungsfragen und Projektideen unter transregionaler Perspektive im Rahmen von internationalen Workshops und Sommer/Winterakademien auszutesten und weiterzuentwickeln. Wir bieten offene und flexible Veranstaltungsformate, starke wissenschaftliche Netzwerke sowie konzeptionelle, organisatorische und finanzielle Unterstützung.

Explorative Workshops dienen der Identifizierung und dem Ausprobieren neuer Themen und Fragestellungen in kleineren Kreisen von maximal 15 Teilnehmer/innen. Die Akademien erweitern diese Diskussionsräume und erlauben es, auch mit Blick auf umfangreichere Projekte, Forschungsvorhaben mit einer größeren internationalen Gruppe zu diskutieren (10-14 Tage und bis zu 25 Forschende). Im Rahmen dieser Akademien erhalten Postdoktoranden und Promovierende die Gelegenheit, ihre eigenen Forschungen in einem internationalen Rahmen zu diskutieren. Die wissenschaftliche Leitungsgruppe der Akademien sollte international besetzt sein. Erforderlich ist ausgewiesene Expertise in mindestens einer Disziplin und Weltregion, die systematisch mit anderen Disziplinen und Regionen in Verbindung gebracht werden sollen.

Antragsverfahren:
Für einen Workshop reichen Sie bitte einen 1-2-seitigen Themenvorschlag ein, für eine Akademie 2-3 Seiten. Der Vorschlag sollte deutlich machen, wie Ihr Projekt mit der transregionalen Forschungsagenda des Forum Transregionale Studien und der MWS zusammenhängt und auf welche Weise er die genannten Kriterien erfüllt. Fügen Sie eine Liste von Wissenschaftler/innen bei, die an der Leitung und Durchführung beteiligt sind (keine Teilnehmerliste), sowie deren akademischen Lebensläufe von jeweils 2-3 Seiten. Bitte senden Sie diesen Vorschlag bis zum 1. Juli 2015 als ein einziges PDF-Dokument an initiatives@trafo-berlin.de.

Bei positiver Begutachtung werden Sie eingeladen, die Veranstaltung in Zusammenarbeit mit uns weiterzuentwickeln. Das Forum bietet finanzielle und organisatorische Unterstützung, begrüßt aber, wenn sich kooperierenden Institutionen an den Kosten beteiligen. Workshops werden im Normalfall in den Berliner Räumlichkeiten des Forums durchgeführt. Akademien können deutschlandweit und auch im Ausland, ggf. an den Instituten der MWS, durchgeführt werden.

Das Forum und die MWS verfolgen eine Open-Access-Publikationsstrategie. Teil des Veranstaltungskonzeptes sollte sein, dass Ergebnisse der explorativen Workshops und Akademien über die Publikationsplattform perspectivia.net und andere digitale Kommunikationskanäle des Forums und der MWS der wissenschaftlichen Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht werden. Forum und MWS werden Sie dabei unterstützen.

Die Vorschlagenden verpflichten sich, innerhalb von drei Monaten nach Ende der Veranstaltung einen wissenschaftlichen Ergebnisbericht einzureichen.

Es wird empfohlen, sich auf der Webseite des Forums über die Formate und schon durchgeführte explorative Workshops und Sommer/Winterakademien zu informieren.

Antragsberechtigung:
Vorschläge können von promovierten Wissenschaftler/innen der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften eingereicht werden, die einer deutschen Universität oder außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtung (auch im Ausland) angehören. An den Veranstaltungen können auch Promovierende teilnehmen. Die Veranstaltungen sind Teil des Verbundprojekts „Transregionale Forschung“ des Forum Transregionale Studien und der Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland und werden vom BMBF gefördert.

Kontakt:
Dr. Botakoz Kassymbekova
initiatives@trafo-berlin.de
Tel.: +49 (0)30 89001 428
www.forum-transregionale-studien.de

The Center for InterAmerican Studies of Bielefeld University invites scholars to participate in the 7th International Postgraduate Forum that takes place at Bielefeld University from June 25 – 27, 2015. This three-day conference addresses an international community of postgraduate and early-career researchers with perspectives from across the humanities and the social sciences. The conference is integral part of the project “The Americas as Space of Entanglement”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). We welcome paper proposals that address the overarching theme of the conference: Politics of Entanglement in the Americas. Thereby we want to explore entanglements in their diachronic and/or synchronic dimensions and to contribute to a relational and historically grounded thinking of hemispheric Area Studies in a global context.

Description:
The Americas manifest a long history of (often enforced) entanglements that materialized – amongst others – in the transatlantic slave trade, plantation slavery, migration, uneven economic networks, and political institutions of colonialist origin. In the Americas, this diachronic dimension is profoundly infused with the persistent inequalities shaped by coloniality. Indigenous movements in the Andean region frame their demands in a narration of anti-colonial resistance since times of conquest that opens perspectives towards new political projects as it is expressed in the debate on the alternative cosmovision of BuenVivir. African American movements like the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power movement created inter-American networks in order to encourage and enforce historically informed race consciousness in politics. The reference to history in recent projects regarding the reinvention of the social is exemplarily displayed by politicians who rely on political icons: Rafael Correa on Eloy Alfaro, Obama on Abraham Lincoln, Chávez on Bolívar, and Daniel Ortega on Sandino. This also finds its expression in cultural productions such as film, museum, art, and music. Nevertheless,
the use of history is by no means limited to supposed progressive politicians. Even conservative movements, such as the Tea Party or regional movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, make use of history to justify their demands. We intend to explore the ways diverse political actors narrate their stories of the past and how these narrations changed over time in order to construct their own present identities and to create political imaginaries that shape their political projects and create geopolitical imaginaries.

Entanglements also matter in the synchronic, present political, cultural, economic and social constellations. The recent Chilean students protest movement created via cultural flows through new social media a veritable counter-public, while Obama’s election campaign highlighted the intersection of politics, economics, culture, and media. In what ways can we analyze the entanglements and their changes in the course of time that link actors from different social and cultural fields?

Most protest movements cannot be understood without a closer look at their social and spatial networks. Protests for the defense of livelihoods against economic mega-projects – such as the Yasuní-oil-pipeline in Ecuador or the Xingu-dam in Brazil – emerge from specific environments and are characterized by alliances of a broad array of different actors across national state’s borders, while transnational corporations are often framed as common adversaries. New dimensions of transnational and translocal entanglement are expressed in the alter-globalization movement and hemispheric indigenous networks that often react to economic entanglements such as Free Trade Agreements, as well in early 20th century Pan-American movements. How can the multi-layered
spatial dimension of entanglement be understood, historicized and conceptualized? Trying to overcome national limitations of mobilization efforts, socio-cultural entanglements also matter in the local sphere. Civic movements against violence in Mexico and Colombia are increasingly shaped by their multi-class and multi-ethnic composition, while even “old” single issue movements – such as feminist, workers or indigenous movements – are analyzed in terms of the intersectionality of multiple forms of oppression. Chicano/a activists highlight the importance of ethnicity, race, citizenship, gender, and class – and racism, sexism, homophobia, immigration, and border regimes, respectively. In which ways can we conceptualize and also study changes these articulations of
different social and cultural patterns and their changes in the course of time?

Organizer: Prof. Dr. Olaf Kaltmeier

For further information also contact
Dr. Lukas Rehm
Center for InterAmerican Studies
Bielefeld University
P.O. Box 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld
cias@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone: ++49 (521) 106-6956

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies has established itself as a center of academic and research excellence in Comparative Area Studies (CAS). Therefore, the GIGA has decided in 2013 to establish a biannual award for the Best Scholarly Article in the field of CAS, including contributions to political science, economics, contemporary history or any other social science discipline that relates to the CAS concept as outlined on the GIGA webpage:

http://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/comparative-area-studies

The award ceremony for the second CAS prize will take place at a prestigious event/conference in early 2016. Aside from the honor, the winning article will be awarded €2,500 in prize money, and the author will be invited to attend the award ceremony.

Eligibility: Submissions should have been published in English sometime between 2013 and 2015, be located in the field of CAS, and contribute to developments and advancements in the theory or practice of comparative area studies. A relevant article of which the status is „accepted“ or „forthcoming“ may be accepted at the discretion of the committee chair. For these hitherto unpublished contributions, authors must arrange for the given journal to confirm both the article’s status and the projected year of publication. GIGA staff is excluded from eligibility. Articles may be single-authored or co-authored.

Nomination: The award committee will consider both journal editors’ recommendations and peer nominations. Scholars who wish to nominate a peer are requested to shortly disclose their relation to the nominee. Please submit the article you wish to nominate, along with your and the (main) author’s full contact details, to Gabriele Tetzlaff at cas@giga-hamburg.de by 15 September 2015. The subject matter should read „GIGA CAS Award“.

Announcement: The winner will be notified of the award committee’s decision by mid December 2015. Shortly thereafter the GIGA will make public the announcement via its media channels.

The Award Committee: Andreas Mehler, GIGA, Scott Gates, PRIO, Rudra Sil, University of Pennsylvania

For further inquiries please contact cas@giga-hamburg.de with the subject matter „inquiry“.

To the Call for Nominations (online): http://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/news/call-for-nominations-for-giga%E2%80%99s-cas-award

Date: May 26-28, 2016
Venue: Philipps-Universitat, Marburg, Germany
Further information: U Marburg

Contact between Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), mostly through merchants and missionaries, dates back to the early days of Islam. During the 20th century, connectivity based on shared religious beliefs between Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and the MENA intensified. Participation in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca from Asian countries has soared, and tourism is growing along historical south-south routes. In Southeast Asia, transregional economic ties (e.g. in the field of Islamic banking, the insurance sector and pilgrimage logistics) have grown stronger. In Central Asia, religious educational networks have been established by graduates of universities in MENA countries. Informal educational practices like Islamic counselling services and advice literature are spreading across both regions, partly through trans-1-networks. Unlike relations between Asia and Europe, these ties are not burdened by a legacy of colonialism.

This conference therefore aims to take a closer look at the transregional and translocal – abbreviated here as ‚trans-1‘ – developments in Asia and the MENA, specifically focusing on the inten-elated phenomena of religious education and Islamic popular culture. Interaction in both sectors is growing due to technological progress, which facilitates mobility and communication. Partly reflecting the appeal of the epistemological project of an Islamization of knowledge, attendance of institutions of religious education (including higher education) in Asia has greatly increased in recent years. Traditional and reformist concepts of Islamic education co-exist, intermingle and from time to time clash on the local level. Local pious traditions are challenged by transregional modem religious movements like the Tablighis or the Salafis. These various trends have also triggered civil society activism. The relationship between (religious) education and (popular) culture is an immediate one, translating religious knowledge into an Islamicized lifestyle, including the production and usage of faith-based clothing, attire, music, online activism and consumer practices of transregional/translocal Muslim civil societies. While some of these phenomena have been examined in single case studies and intra-regional comparative works, our approach extends the view and takes the transnational flow of religiously-inspired identity formations into closer consideration.

The conference forms part of the activities of the research network „Re-Configurations: History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa“, an interdisciplinary research unit at the Philipps-Universitat Marburg funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, located at the Centre for Near and Middle East Studies (http://www.uni-marburg.de/cnms/forschung/re-konfigurationen/welcome?set language=en).

We invite submissions from a broad range of disciplines, such as Social Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Educational Sciences, Islamic Studies, Musicology, Political Science, Sociology, and Study of Religions which address one or several of the following topical clusters in and between the Middle East and North Africa, Central, South and South East Asia: A- Circulation of knowledge through Islamic education: curricula, teaching materials, methods of dissemination, language use, translations, formation of teachers I trainers; B- Transregional Islamic educational institutions I networks: structures, financing, communication, mobilities of actors, conflict and cooperation between different players (local and transregional NGOs, traditional institutions, states); C- Corresponding cultural practices: fashion, music, advice literature, consumer practices, counseling services, online activism; D- Impact and reception: influence of various Islamic currents within and across societies in both regions, representation of various Islamic currents in political sphere, access of Islamic trans-1-actors to local political elites.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st October 2015. Please send an abstract including your affiliation and a brief biographical note (max. 300 words) to cnms-transl@staff.uni-marburg.de.

Travel and accommodation will be fully covered.

Organizing committee:
Prof Dr. Claudia Derichs (Political Science),
Prof. Dr. Edith Franke (Study of Religions),
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Fuess (Islamic Studies),
Dr. Pierre Hecker (Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies),
Igor Johannsen (Islamic Studies, Hip-hop Studies),
Dr. Achim Rohde (History, Middle East Studies)

»Auf dem Weg zum Humboldt-Forum« ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Unter dem Titel »Transregionale Studien: Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften unter den Bedingungen der Globalisierung« laden wir gemeinsam mit der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz am 15. April 2015, ab 18:30 Uhr in die Rotunde des Alten Museums auf die Museumsinsel ein. Craig Calhoun, Direktor der London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), wird mit einem Impulsvortrag in die Diskussion einführen, die sich der Bedeutung der Regionalwissenschaften, der Fernkompetenz und transregionalen Perspektiven in einer zunehmend vernetzten Welt widmet: Welche Rolle spielen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften für eine Orientierung unter den Bedingungen der Globalisierung? Es diskutieren außerdem: Andreas Eckert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Forum Transregionale Studien), Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin) und Hermann Parzinger (Präsident der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz).

Anmeldungen bitte unter: humboldt-forum@hv.spk-berlin.de

Research context of the Summer School:
Over the past decade, the Leipzig PhD Summer School has established itself as an important meeting place for the interdisciplinary discussion of transnationalization and transculturalism as well as emerging trends in the research of globalization. The 2015 edition of the Summer School is organized by the Graduate School Global and Area Studies of the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences at the Research Academy Leipzig in cooperation with the PhD programme „Global and Area Studies with a Special Emphasis on Peace and Security“ (Addis Ababa University/ University of Leipzig) and the bilateral research project „Repositioning Greece in a Globalizing World“ (University of Athens/ University of Leipzig).

The Graduate School – based upon structured doctoral training programmes – currently comprises 143 PhD students with backgrounds ranging from the social sciences to the fields of history and cultural studies. The annual Summer School is an integral component of the overall programme as well as interdisciplinary training. The Summer School occupies a special place within the educational concept of the Graduate School by providing PhD students with a forum to present the results of their respective research to their peer group, including fellow PhD candidates from abroad. Thus, the invitation is open to all PhD students whose research is related to the focus of this year’s Summer School.

Thematic focus of the Summer School:
States cluster such as the O5, BRICS, N-11, V4, and other acronym associations testify to a reorganization of the world after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, many countries have faced challenges to their foreign as well as economic policies. As these challenges prompted a reorientation, it is no wonder that geopolitics have gained increasing prominence in the last two-and-a-half decades. One could argue that such adaptation to the current circumstances is a permanent process that is occurring endlessly. But what we would like to address when analyzing processes of repositioning is the synchronicity of such processes in certain world regions that are perceived as zones of crisis, thereby raising concern far beyond the immediate neighbourhood. Europe, which seemed to be a continent of relative stability after the wars in the Balkans during the 1990s, is today again confronted with the effects of more than one crisis emerging out of processes of repositioning that are multifaceted and motivated by different factors. Such a situation invites not only for investigation in itself but also for comparison, both synchronically and diachronically. To this end, we welcome submissions dealing with the current European crisis as well as with other larger zones of crisis, instability, and repositioning. Additionally, contributions that deal with political reorientation and with its intellectual foundations in geopolitical thinking are also welcome, including topics on the (geopolitical) repositioning of economic and cultural actors.
The XIII Summer School of the Graduate School offers the opportunity to each participant to contribute to such debates in a forum structure with their own research and findings.
PhD candidates should propose contributions that are advanced in the research phase and that can presented, including the results from empirical studies as well as theoretical framing of their investigation.

The following superordinate panels are currently under consideration:
1. Repositioning of the Global and European South Compared
2. Repositioning of Eastern Europe from the 18th Century to the Present
3. Repositioning of East and West as South and North in the World of the 21st Century
4. New Regional Policies Compared: The Mediterranean, the Greater Sahara, and the Great Lakes Region

Sequence of events of the Summer School:
The Summer School combines two parts: scholarly talks and presentations within panels. In the first, scholarly talks will be given by internationally recognized researchers whose work influences the field of transnationalization (or a significant component thereof). In the second, participating PhD students will present and discuss their ongoing research.
The assignment of individual sections and days will be determined by the organizers of the Summer School. Preferences of the participants will be taken into consideration. In addition, active participation in the discussions of the Summer School is expected. Talks and project presentations can be conducted in English or German. The discussions are generally held in English and/or German.

Application:
All interested PhD students are cordially invited to submit a paper for application to the Summer School. The application should include:
– Personal details, as well as academic status, including the relevant academic affiliation.
– An abstract of 300-500 words, together with an explanation of its connection to the ongoing dissertation.
via post and via e-mail to:

Leipzig University, Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Martina Keilbach
Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1
04105 Leipzig
E-mail: keilbach@uni-leipzig.de

Registration and application deadline: 30 April 2015

The final acceptance of the submitted papers will be decided by a preparatory committee no later than 10 May 2015. A maximum of 25 papers will be selected. In order to prepare for academic commentary, submission of the actual paper (10 pages) is expected by 31 May. The paper will be pre-circulated and should fit within a 15-20 minute presentation.

Participation fee:
The participation fee is 50 Euro. This fee covers all costs for conference material (including the reader), refreshments during the breaks, lunch meals, as well as participation in the welcoming reception and the cultural events that will be held during the Summer School.
Upon request, reasonably priced accommodation in Leipzig can be arranged by the conference office.
With successful participation in the Summer School, it will be possible to receive a certificate from the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences. Further information can be found under: www.uni-leipzig.de/ral/gchuman

Childcare:
For all events, childcare will be provided. Registration is requested (until 31 May 2015): Saskia Steszewski (saskia.steszewski@uni-leipzig.de).

In the framework of the research program Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung– German Humanities Institutes Abroad in cooperation with the University of Cape Town and the French Institute South Africa invite applications for an international Summer Academy to take place at the University of Cape Town, September 4—14, 2015, entitled World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective.

The Summer Academy is conceptualized and steered by members of the
Zukunftsphilologie collegium. It builds on two previous Zukunftsphilologie Winter Schools: Textual Practices Beyond Europe, 1500-1900 (Cairo, 2010), and Philologies Across the Asias: The Translation, Transmission and Transformation of Knowledge in the Early Modern World (Delhi, 2012).

This Summer Academy will explore, from a comparative and global perspective, the vocabularies and typologies of writing in various philological traditions and the role of script as a technology in the production, diffusion, archiving and exchange of knowledge. Hosted at the University of Cape Town, the Summer Academy will focus on the experience of writing and the technologies of script on the African continent, and will especially explore comparative cases and entangled histories that connect Africa to the Arabophone world, the Mediterranean region and through the Indian Ocean to South and Southeast Asia.

Please find more information in the Call for Applications (pdf)

In global comparison, Southeast Asia stands out as a region marked by a particularly diverse religious landscape: various “ethnic religions” interact with so-called “world religions”, all which find representation in the region. From the popularity of Thai ghost movies in Malaysian cinemas to the growth of the so-called halal industry, it is clear that sweeping modernization in the region has not been accompanied by processes of secularization as predicted by classic modernization theory. Yet the diversity of cosmological ideas and practices present in the region raises the question as to how these phenomena have been interpreted, classified and regulated in the wake of colonialism, nation-state building and globalization: from the purification of “animist” elements to the categorization of ancestor worship as “tradition”, research into Southeast Asian conceptualizations of “religion” reveal that these have both absorbed and contested concepts of “religion” emerging from the context of European modernity.

Over the past three years, the research network “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” has carried out empirical, historical and comparative research into different manifestations of “religion” and its various “others” – including “secularism”, “animism” and “tradition”. Sociologists, anthropologists, linguists and historians have explored how “religion” is materially and discursively constructed in various Southeast Asian contexts, including in Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

With the conference „Kaleidoscopes of Religion: Southeast Asia and Beyond“, the research network wishes to engage with scholars who have worked on “religion” beyond the Southeast Asian region by focusing on three thematic fields: religion and politics, religion and media, and religion and space. Ultimately, the aim is to discuss whether there is a particular quality to the “religious” – and, maybe more importantly, to the study of the “religious” – in the region, and if so, what that would be and how insights from Southeast Asia can contribute to stimulate broader theoretical debates on religion.

Dates:
23 January – 24 January 2015

Location:
Festsaal an der Luisenstr. 56, Humboldt-Universtät zu Berlin
Luisenstr. 56, 10117 Berlin

Organizers:
Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
BMBF-funded Network of Competence „Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia“ (DORISEA)

For more information, visit the DORISEA Conference Website.

The research network Crossroads Asia: Conflict, Migration, Development, funded by the Area Studies Initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research since March 2011, questions the validity of the conventional ‘world regions’ of Central and South Asia as defining bases for Area Studies as conceptualized, organized and taught at German universities. The increasing mobility of people, goods and ideas along Asia’s crossroads – so the network’s assumption – does not justify a division of the world in territorially fixed ‘areas’, defined by certain character traits to be found on the ‘inside’, but instead demands for concepts that take these dynamisms into account. The network chose Norbert Elias’ concept of figurations to generate knowledge transgressing conventional areas and brought together researchers trained in Central, South Asian and Iranian Studies with geographers, political scientists, sociologists, linguists and social anthropologists.

The conference on ‘Crossroads Studies’ as research programme will bring together the empirical research conducted by the network members with empirical, conceptual and methodological debates on the rethinking of Area Studies – from Asia just as much as from other parts of the world. It is the explicit aim to identify several empirically based common lines of thought and emic patterns of defining socio-cultural and physical spaces relevant for the rethinking of disciplinary constructs of those, namely for Area Studies.

Questions about the conference? Send us an e-mail at crossroads(at)uni-bonn.de.

A conference programme will be published soon.

For further insight into ‚Crossroads Studies‘ please check the newly published discussion paper by Katja Mielke & Anna-Katharina Hornidge.

The Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology is part of Crossroads Asia; a research network that focuses on the area which spans from Northern India to Central Asia and from Eastern Iran to Western China. Our main interest is to crosscut the conventional boundaries of area studies and to think across established demarcations of regions like South, West, or Central Asia. The research also focuses on societal processes that crosscut social boundaries. Border areas and processes of mobilization are among the network’s research topics in which such crosscutting processes come to the fore.

Within the theoretical framework of Crossroads Asia (see Concept Paper Conflict Research on Crossroads Asia), we regard conflicts as a normal and universal aspect of society. Nevertheless, the areas, which the Crossroads-Project focuses on, are characterized by a particularly high incidence of often violent conflicts. Bearing in mind questions of scale, conflicts also combine global, national, regional and local levels. Thus, an international cross-border conflict may have significant impact on the daily life in villages or urban neighborhoods. Even though our focus is not on “the state”, state actors have to be taken into consideration as they are frequently involved in the everyday of conflicts, and “the state” may be an important aspect of the environment in which conflicts take place.

In this sense, we understand conflicts as ‘figurations’ that branch out from particular issues and, via networks, coalitions and oppositions, meander through different levels, sites and affairs. A conflict may start over a religious issue, yet most probably will not remain purely religious but shift towards political and economic spheres. And conversely, different conflicts may intersect at particular sites. Conflicts are not only divisive but also conjoin people in coalitions and forge crosscutting ties.

The Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology organizes a conference that aims at focusing not so much on the contents of conflicts – what they are about – but rather on the how of conflicts: the ways and modes of action and mobilization, the imaginaries and narratives, the structures and linkages created through conflicts. As research itself becomes often part of conflicts, conflicts may therefore have a direct impact on research. We are thus also interested in methodological issues and the politics of research on conflicts, and in conflict situations.

The conference takes place on October 11, 2014. Participation is free of charge but advance registration is required as space is limited. In order to register please write to: crossroads[at]ethnologie.lmu.de

The conference is generously funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research

Downloadable information:

Programme (PDF)

Book of Abstracts (PDF)

Downloadable information
Programme (PDF)

Summary
In collaboration, the Imre Kertész Kolleg (U Jena), the Centre for Area Studies (U Leipzig), and the Centre of Imperial and Global History (U Exeter) will hold a conference on ‚alternative encounters‘ in the post-war period. As decolonization accelerated, new linkages opened up and existing ties were remade between the so-called ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the German Democratic Republic) and the ‘Global South’ (from Latin America to Africa to Asia). The conference seeks to address the lacuna concerning interaction between these areas by bringing together specialists working on forms of exchange, intervention, and subjugation. In doing so, it seeks to provide new insights into the global circulation of ideas during the Cold War and explore ‘the socialist world’ as a dynamic hub of global interactions during the second half of the twentieth century. Enquiries about attendance should be sent to: imre-kertesz-kolleg@uni-jena.de.

 

Abstract
In the post-war period, as decolonization accelerated, new linkages opened up, and existing ties were remade, between the so-called ‘Second World’ (from the Soviet Union to the GDR) and the ‘Global South’ (from Latin America to Africa to Asia). Contacts multiplied through, for instance, the development of political linkages; economic development and aid; health and cultural and academic projects; as well as military interventions. Yet these important encounters, and their impacts on national, regional and global histories, have hitherto only played a marginal role in accounts of late 20th century globalization, which have mainly focused on links between the West and former colonies, or between the countries of the ‘Global South’. There is still little study of the interaction between these areas, where commonly shared – and contested – beliefs in the power of socialist modernization and anti-imperial culture opened up possibilities of meaningful transfers during the Cold War and its aftermath. This conference seeks to address this lacuna, by bringing together specialists working on forms of exchange, intervention and subjugation. In doing so, it seeks to provide new insights into the global circulation of ideas during the Cold War, and explore ‘the socialist world’ as a dynamic hub of global interactions during the second half of the twentieth century.

How did civilians live and work at the home front? How did artists and writers document their experiences in the trenches? How did the war influence people outside of Europe?

The Max Weber Stiftung and the Forum Transregionale Studien would like to kindly invite you to the WeberWorldCafé „Narrating the First World War – Experiences and Reports from Transregional Perspectives“ hosted at and in cooperation with the Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM) in Berlin on September 16, 2014.

During the afternoon experts and participants will discuss the events of the First World War from an interdisciplinary and transregional perspective. With the help of primary sources the guests will be given the opportunity to explore the impact of the war on everyday life of contemporaries all over the world. The WeberWorldCafé will take place at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, from 2-6 p.m. It will be introduced by a 45-minute guided tour through the First World War exhibition of the DHM.

Join the discussions whether you know everything or nothing about the First World War – everybody is welcome! There is only a limited number of places available. Please register until August 15, 2014 via schifferdecker@maxweberstiftung.de.

Following the WeberWorldCafé there will be a panel discussion „Im Gedenkjahr nichts Neues? – Der Erste Weltkrieg und die Zukunft Europas“ which all participants are welcome to attend.

In cooperation with the École normale supérieure and partnering with labex TransferS, CNRS, Collège de France, and Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University, ENIUGH organizes the 4th European Congress on World and Global History under the theme “Encounters, Circulations and Conflicts”, seeking to challenge the problematic opposition of centres and peripheries, which is still influential in historical research.

The congress will stimulate a discussion on the meaning and relevance of relations, comparisons, transfers, and entanglements between states, peoples, communities,and individuals as well as the destructive effects of international and global connectivity in a ‘long durée’ perspective.

After an impressive response to the Call for Panels and Papers participants from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas in about 750 contributions in 19 sessions and 158 panels will present recent research on the growing and diversifying agenda of global and world history.

For more information visit:
www.eniugh.org/congress

Tagung des Geisteswissenschaft lichen Zentrums Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas Leipzig (GWZO) an der Universität Leipzig und des Herder-Instituts für historische Ostmitteleuropa forschung – Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft Marburg in Verbindung mit dem Collegium Hungaricum Berlin und der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (DGO)

OSTMITTELEUROPA galt lange Zeit als klassische Region der Auswanderung und Zwangsmigration. Weniger bekannt ist, dass die Länder dieses Teils Europas auch immer wieder Ziel von Migrationsbewegungen waren, die – ob politisch, ökonomisch oder kriegsbedingt motiviert – bis heute die Entwicklung dieser Staaten prägten. Die Tagung versucht daher, für das 20. Jahrhundert
einen neuen Blick auf Ostmitteleuropa zu entwickeln. Sie fragt nach Motivationen und sozialen Strategien von Migrantinnen und Migranten ebenso wie nach der Reaktion der Entscheidungsträger und Zielgesellscha en. Thematisiert werden auch
Migrationspolitiken und -ideologien und der behördliche Umgang mit Ein- und Rückwanderern sowie mit Flüchtlingen, desgleichen die vielfältigen Formen der Erinnerung an Migration, auch über Generationen- und Geschlechtergrenzen hinweg, in individuellen wie familiären Erinnerungskulturen und staatlichen Geschichtspolitiken.

KONZEPTION
Peter Haslinger (Herder-Institut)
Stefan Troebst (GWZO)

VERANSTALTUNGSORT
Collegium Hungaricum Berlin – Balassi Institut
Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin

ZEIT
11. Juli 2014, 10:00–18:00 Uhr
Die Vorträge finden auf Deutsch und Englisch statt.
Tagungstelefon (0174) 916 40 61

ORGANISATION
Ines Rößler (GWZO)
E-Mail: gwzo-oe entlichkeit@uni-leipzig.de
Tel.: +49 / (0)341 / 973 55 75
(Dienstag–Donnerstag)
Kontakt Collegium Hungaricum Berlin:
Jan-Gunnar Franke
E-Mail: franke@hungaricum.de
Tel.: +49 / (0)30 / 21 23 40-420 / -0

ZUSÄTZLICHE INFORMATIONEN
Programm (PDF)

Exzellenzcluster 16 „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“: Doktorandenkolleg „Europa in der globalisierten Welt“ 04.07.2014-05.07.2014, Konstanz

Die wissenschaftliche Beschreibung von Institutionen und ihrem Handeln war durchzogen von idealtypischen Vorstellungen. Die Mängel dieser Herangehensweise werden bereits in einzelnen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen verhandelt. An diese Kritik knüpft der Workshop „Mosaike der Legitimität“ an und möchte den Zusammenhang von normativer Legitimation und faktischer Akzeptanz bei der Generierung von Legitimität aus einer interdisziplinären Perspektive betrachten.
Nach jenen idealtypischen Vorstellungen ist das Handeln von Akteuren in einem gesellschaftlichen Bezugsrahmen einem eindeutigen Bewertungssystem unterworfen. Auf vertragstheoretischer Grundlage wird der Staat innerhalb seines Territoriums als jene höchste Gewalt gesehen, die allein über die Berechtigung verfügt, Gesetze zu erlassen und durchzusetzen. Die Kompetenz der UNESCO, als höchste Instanz zum Schutz des weltweiten kulturellen Erbes tätig zu werden, beruht auf einem ähnlichen Mechanismus, nämlich der Zustimmung der Mitgliedstaaten zu ihrer Verfassung. In beiden Fällen wird das Agieren der Institution nach ihrem jeweiligen Bezugsrahmen bewertet. Ihre Aktionen können Legitimität beanspruchen, wenn sie nach ihrem spezifischen Regelsystem, zum Beispiel gemäß ihrer Verfassungen, handeln.
Doch schon in dem geschlossenen Kontext solcher Institutionen zeigt sich ein Mangel dieses Modells, da selbst ein nach legitimen Verfahren innerhalb eines Bezugsrahmens entstandener Output nicht zwangsläufig Akzeptanz generiert, wie etwa schon das profane Beispiel von Steuerhöhungen zeigt. Kommt es zu Interaktionen von Akteuren, welche die Grenze eines Referenzrahmens überschreiten, ist auch schon die Inanspruchnahme von Legitimität nach diesem einheitlichen Modell nicht mehr möglich. Gerade in dem Moment, in dem die Grundlage von Legitimität in Frage gestellt ist, könnte die dennoch bestehende Akzeptanz durch die von der Handlung Betroffenen eine entscheidende Rolle spielen. In diesem Sinne stellt der interdisziplinäre Workshop „Mosaike der
Legitimität“ die Frage, in welchem konkreten Verhältnis normative Legitimation zur faktischen Akzeptanz steht. Dabei wirkt es, als ob die Elemente der beiden Prozesse eng miteinander verschränkt sind und nur bestimmte Konfigurationen in der Lage sind, Legitimität zu erzeugen – ähnlich einem Mosaik, dessen Gesamtbild sich nur aus der Summe seiner Steine ergibt.
Welche Steine müssen also für einen wirksamen Anspruch auf Legitimität gegeben sein? Welche sind die bestimmenden Faktoren für die Durchsetzung und den Fortbestand dieser Ansprüche über längere Zeitperioden? Ist eher der Output von Handlungen oder die Einhaltung gewisser Verfahren ausschlaggebend oder gibt es womöglich verschiedene pfadabhängige Modelle für die Generierung von Legitimität? Diese Fragen sollen anhand unterschiedlicher Aspekte der Problematik in drei Sektionen näher beleuchtet werden. Dabei wird Legitimität innerhalb
der Themenkomplexe kulturelles Erbe, Interventionen in fremden Territorien und Substituierbarkeit demokratischer Legitimation jeweils in einem internationalen Kontext diskutiert.

Sektion 1: ‚Wem gehört Kultur?‘ – Zur Beziehung zwischen Anspruch und Anerkennung in der Debatte um das ‚kulturelle Erbe‘

Um das Schlagwort des ‚kulturellen Erbes‘ herum entspannt sich zunehmend ein mosaikartiges Gebilde, welches entscheidend vom Zusammenspiel der Elemente normativer Legitimation und faktischer Akzeptanz geprägt wird. Eine besondere Dynamik erhält dieses ‚Mosaik der Legitimität‘ dadurch, dass es nicht in einen starren Bezugsrahmen oder ein eindeutiges Bewertungssystem eingebettet ist: Struktur und Gestalt der entstehenden Formation sind vielmehr durch das Zusammenwirken spezifischer Argument-Bausteine veränderbar. So sind die bisherigen Ansätze zur Gesetzgebung im Bereich des ‚kulturellen Erbes‘ weder einheitlich noch umfassend oder präzise ausgestaltet. Dies hat zur Folge, dass die
Bedeutung eines kulturellen Artefakts durch seinen Wert für eine bestimmte Gemeinschaft (subnational), seine Stellung im Gefüge der kulturellen Identität eines Staates (national) oder seine Einzigartigkeit innerhalb der Entwicklung der Menschheit (supranational) begründet werden kann. Daher beanspruchen neben staatlichen Institutionen auch regionale Interessenverbände und internationale
Organisationen ein Mitspracherecht bei der Formulierung von nationalen Gesetzen und internationalen Vereinbarungen zum angemessenen Umgang mit Kulturgütern.
Die Argumente, die dabei zur Legitimation und Durchsetzung solcher Ansprüche herangezogen werden, sollen innerhalb des Workshops ‚Mosaike der Legitimität‘ unter dem bewusst plakativ gewählten Titel ‚Wem gehört Kultur?‘ diskutiert werden. Eine wichtige Rolle wird dabei die Annahme spielen, dass die Tragweite der Debatte um das kulturelle Erbe daher rührt, dass sich in diesem Themenfeld juristische, ökonomische, kulturelle und politische Aspekte vermengen. Anhand historischer und aktueller Aktivitäten kultureller Institutionen wie der UNESCO und Fallbeispielen aus der (inter)nationalen Gesetzgebung soll dabei untersucht werden, inwiefern sich in bestimmten Situationen spezifische ‚Mosaik-Muster‘ ergeben.

Sektion 2: Substituierbarkeit demokratischer Legitimation in transnationalen Konstellationen

Werden bei der Ausübung von Hoheitsgewalt die Grenzen eines Nationalstaates überschritten, führt dies zu einer Abschwächung demokratischer Legitimation. Um verbindliche Handlungsanweisungen gegenüber dem Einzelnen dennoch rechtfertigen zu können, kann möglicherweise auf alternative oder zumindest ergänzende Mechanismen zurückgegriffen werden. Unter solche Mechanismen fallen zum einen rechtsstaatliche Elemente wie die Transparenz des Verfahrens, die
Beteiligung der Betroffenen und die Möglichkeit einer (gerichtlichen) Kontrolle. Zum anderen wird eine output-orientierte Legitimation in diesem Zusammenhang diskutiert. Sämtliche dieser alternativen Legitimationsmechanismen knüpfen bei den Betroffenen einer hoheitlichen Maßnahme und damit an ihrem Ergebnis an.
Sie verfolgen einen anderen Weg der Rechtfertigung als eine demokratische Legitimation. Um eine Kompensationsleistung für deren Abschwächung erbringen zu können, müsste die Anknüpfung am Ergebnis einer hoheitlichen Maßnahme ein vergleichbares Ziel verfolgen wie die Rückführbarkeit einer Entscheidung auf das dem Gemeinwohl verpflichtete Parlament auf der input-Seite.
Die Frage stellt sich daher nach dem gemeinsamen Ziel demokratischer Legitimation und rechtsstaatlicher sowie output-orientierter Legitimationsmechanismen. Es könnte in der Akzeptanz oder zumindest Akzeptabilität der Einschränkung der persönlichen Freiheit des von der hoheitlichen und damit verbindlichen Handlungsanweisung Betroffenen bestehen, die über ein Zusammenspiel der verschiedenen Mechanismen erreicht werden kann.
Den Zusammenhang zwischen normativ basierter Akzeptabilität oder Billigungswürdigkeit und faktischer Akzeptanz zu hinterfragen und die Notwendigkeit eines solchen Zusammenhangs zu untersuchen, soll Gegenstand dieser Sektion sein.

Sektion 3: Legitimität von Interventionen in fremden Territorien

Im kontraktualistischen Bild der europäischen Staatslehre stehen Legitimation und Akzeptanz in einem leicht nachvollziehbaren Zusammenhang. Über ein vom Volk erteiltes oder erworbenes Mandat erhält der Staat ein Rechtsetzungs- und Gewaltmonopol, das all seinen innerstaatlichen Ansprüchen Legitimität verleihen sollte. In vielen historischen Fallbeispielen zeigen sich jedoch weit komplexere und
verworrenere Mosaike. Selten war ein Raum wirklich abgeschottet und staatliche Souveränität wurde frühestens mit dem westfälischen Frieden imaginiert. Eine
normative Legitimation ist zudem in Räumen, in denen verschiedene, sich manchmal wechselseitig nicht einmal ausschließende Souveränitätsansprüche gestellt wurden, nicht einfach festzustellen. So übten beispielsweise europäische Imperien im 19. Jahrhundert Souveränität oder Rechtsprechung über Menschen jenseits ihres Staatsterritoriums aus, was ihnen auch vertraglich zugesichert wurde,
während zugleich ein lokaler Herrscher aufgrund traditionelle und religiöse Ansprüche als Souverän dieses Gebietes galt. Interessant daran ist, dass trotz fehlender oder zweifelhafter normativer Legitimation viele der Verwaltungsverfahren dieser Imperien akzeptiert wurden. Ziel dieser Sektion ist es, einen Bestand dieser politischen Intervention aufzunehmen und gleichzeitig festzustellen, wie innerhalb dieser prekären politischen Verhältnisse dennoch Legitimität und Akzeptanz für einen Eingriff geschaffen wurde oder auch wie ein solches Unterfangen scheiterte.

 

PROGRAMM

Freitag: 04.07.14

09:45: Ankunft, Begrüßung und Kaffee

10:15: Einleitung (Organisatoren – Egner, Kiesel, Meyer)

11:15: Sektion I: ‚Wem gehört die Kultur?‘ – Zur Beziehung zwischen
Anspruch und Anerkennung in der Debatte um das ‚kulturelle Erbe‘

Ferdinand Kiesel (Konstanz):
Wem gehört die Vergangenheit? Umkreisungen eines Problemfelds

Prof. Dr. Markus Tauschek (Kiel):
Kontaktzonen? Zur bürokratischen Ordnung kulturellen Erbes

Kaffeepause

Dr. Stefan Groth (Göttingen):
Normative Forderungen über Kultur als Themenfeld transnationaler
Kooperation

13:30: Mittagsessen

15:00-16:30: Sektion II: Substituierbarkeit demokratischer Legitimation
in transnationalen Konstellationen

Katharina Meyer (Konstanz):
Funktionale Äquivalente demokratischer Legitimation in transnationalen
Konstellationen – Funktion demokratischer Legitimation?

Dr. Enrico Peuker (Jena):
Demokratische Legitimation und bürokratische Legitimität der
europäischen Verbundverwaltung

Kaffeepause

Dr. Clemens Feinäugle (MPI Luxemburg):
Die Legitimation der Ausübung von Hoheitsgewalt in den Vereinten
Nationen

19:30: Abendessen

Samstag: 05.07.14

09:00: Sektion III: Legitimität von Interventionen in fremden
Territorien

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weber (Augsburg):
Zwischen Gebotevollzug und Staatsräson: Legitimationsfiguren auswärtiger
Intervention in der frühneuzeitlichen Politischen Theorie

Wolfgang Egner (Konstanz):
Unter europäischem Mandat – die gescheiterte Legitimierung des
Einmarsches in Bosnien-Herzegowina

Kaffeepause

Prof. Dr. Matthias Schulz (Genf):
Paradigmen der humanitären Intervention im 19. Jahrhundert

11:15: Mittagsimbiss

12:15: Kommentar Prof. Dr. Stollberg-Rilinger und Abschlussdiskussion

13:45: Ende

The aim of this event is to provide a platform for knowledge exchange by inviting researchers from Central Asian countries. Relevant findings on topics related to regional economic cooperation and integration for strengthening sustainable economic development in the region will be presented and discussed. Interested parties are invited to submit an extended abstract for the conference electronically to recca@iamo.de until 11 July 2014. Further information about the conference and submission of extended abstracts can be found in the attached flyer.

The workshop invites contributions from multi-country, single country and comparative studies on the following topics:

• Restructuring agricultural production and rural landscape
• Land reforms, privatization and consolidation
• Governance of the agricultural sector and water use
• Climate change and agricultural productivity
• Credits, insurance and governmental financial support programs
• Developments in regional cooperation agreements (Customs Union, Free Trade Zone and WTO)
• Cross border cooperation and trade opportunities and constraints
• Regulations on import and export duties
• Changes in market infrastructure
• Comparative advantages of countries in agricultural production
• Transformation of supply chains
• Food trade and consumer demand

Participation in the conference is free of charge. Researchers from Central Asia are strongly encouraged to submit paper proposals. The travel and accommodation costs of selected participants from Central Asia will be covered. Limited support towards the travel and accommodation costs of researchers from Germany is also possible.

For all inquiries, please contact: recca@iamo.de


Please note the following important dates:

11 July 2014 – Deadline for paper submission (extended abstracts)
29 August 2014 – Notification of accepted papers
10 October 2014 – Deadline for registration
24 – 26 November 2014 – Conference

Downloadable Information:
Call for Papers (PDF)

19.06.2014-21.06.2014, München, Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ), Amalienstrasse 38, 80799 München
Global- oder transnationalperspektivische Betrachtungen auf Geschichte und Historiographie haben in den vergangenen Jahren einen enormen Aufschwung genommen. Vornehmlich der zweiten Hälfte des 19. und den ersten Dekaden des 20. Jahrhunderts fällt dabei ein besonderes Gewicht zu. Zu begründen ist dies auch mit der Etablierung, Verbreitung und Ausdifferenzierung von Medien, Technologien, Verkehrswegen und Transportmöglichkeiten, die eine zunehmende Vernetzung der Welt und eine vermeintlich Reduktion geographischer und kultureller Distanzen ermöglichen. Auch für die Geschichte von Theater und Medien ist diese Vernetzung zentral, wenngleich wissenschaftlich bislang nur marginal erfasst und aufgearbeitet: In der Zeitspanne zwischen 1850 und 1950 unterliegt Theater einem enormen Wandel und einer geographischen, konzeptionellen und Ausdehnung im Hinblick auf seine Publika. Dieser Wandel geht einher mit einer zunehmenden Globalisierung kultureller Güter und der Migration künstlerischen Personals (Schauspielern, Artisten, Sängern, Tänzern, Theaterleitern, -agenten u.ä.) bedingt auch durch ein immer dichter werdendes Netz beziehungsweise einer Landesgrenzen überschreitenden Infrastruktur von Verkehr (Eisenbahn, Schifffahrt, Flugwesen), Technologien (Telegraphie, Telefonie) und Medien (Photographie, illustrierte Presse, Kino, Radio). Verkehr, Technologie und Medien sind „Erzeugnisse“ von Globalisierung und setzen diese erst in Gang.

In Bezug auf die technologischen, ökonomischen, medialen Dimensionen und Dynamiken von Globalisierung verwendet der indisch-amerikanische Anthropologe Arjun Appadurai die Begriffe der „Technoscapes“, „Econoscapes“, „Mediascapes“ u.a. Die Tagung Theatrescapes. Global Media and Translocal Publics (1850-1950) erweitert diese Suffix-Bildung um historische Perspektiven und stellt das Präfix „Theatre“ voran, um die Ebenen von Globalisierung im weit gefassten Gebiet von Theater herauszustellen, vor allem aber auch um die ungebrochene weltweite Bedeutung von Theater als Medium und im Verbund mit Medien sowie die Zugkraft von Theater im Herausbilden von translokalen oder gar transnationalen Öffentlichkeiten hervorzuheben. Diskursiv verortet sich diese Tagung folglich in der transnationalen oder globalen Geschichte, hebt jedoch explizit die Gebiete Theater, Medien, Migration und Öffentlichkeit hervor, die zwar auch von Globalhistorikern stets als relevant notiert, jedoch nicht annähernd angemessen vertiefend diskutiert worden sind.

Simon Dubnow Institute Annual Conference 2014

‘Jewish Questions’ in International Politics
Diplomacy, Rights and Intervention

Donnerstag, 12. Juni bis Freitag, 13. Juni 2014, ab 09:00 Uhr c.t., Simon-Dubnow-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur, Goldschmidtstr. 28, Leipzig.

In recent years a growing number of works have studied the role Jews played in shaping the international system in the 19th and 20th centuries to defend the rights of Jews in Europe and beyond. Dealing with ‘Jewish questions’ such as citizenship and emancipation as well as experiences of persecution, this field of research at the same time reflects structures and problems of modern international politics more generally.

The Dubnow Institute 2014 annual conference presents fresh studies on this subject matter and seeks to discuss the historiographical and conceptual questions that arise from the ‘transnational turn’ in modern Jewish history. The papers in the conference will explore topics relating to Jews and European empire, international organization, transnational philanthropy, humanitarian intervention, minority rights, human rights and collective claims.

Guests are welcome with prior registration. For questions and to register please email
Lukas Böckmann: boeckmann @dubnow.de

For further reading please visit the institutes‘ website under: http://www.dubnow.de/Konferenzen.17.0.html

Researchers from the Centre for Area Studies and the University of Leipzig will be presenting papers at the first annual conference of the graduate School for east and southeast European Studies: Revisited Area Studies. Connectivity, Comparison, Laterality in Munich ,12-14 June, 2014. The conference will discuss institutional pathways, the relationship between political expediency and area study development, methodological innovation, and the place of eastern european studies in different national contexts. The participating researchers are Matthias Midell, Dominic Sachsenmaier, Katja Naumann, and Torsten Loschke.
Researchers from CAS/U Leipzig

Matthias Middell holds a position as professor of the Global and European Studies Institute (GS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy (U Leipzig), functions as spokesman of the Centre for Area Studies (U Leipzig) and as director of the Graduate Centre, Leipzig. His research deals with global history and it methodology, the history of cultural transfers as well as history of science.

Since 2012 Dominic Sachsenmaier holds a position as professor of modern Asian history at U Bremen, Germany. His current research interests are Chinese and Western approaches to global history as well as the impact of World War I on political and intellectual cultures in China and other parts of the world.

Katja Naumann works at the GWZO as coordinator of the Handbook „Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas in transnationaler Perspektive“. She participated in three international project and hold already lectures at the University of Leipzig, Santa Barbara University of California, and U Scienco Po, Lyon.

Torsten Loschke is a PhD fellow of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Germany and currently working on his Phd Theses within the international programme Transnationalization and Regionalization from the 18th century to the Present (U Leipzig).
Conference
A globalized world needs area atudies for the understanding of regionally specific political, social, and cultural processes. Yet, the growing consciousness of globalization has also had an impact on area studies: while they were previously mainly defined by country-specific expertise based on the knowledge of vernacular languages, area studies today aim at under-standing the peculiar place of their “area” in the world. Entanglement, transnationalism, transfer and hybridity have become guiding principles of the practice of area atudies, which in turn have significantly contributed to the further development of these concepts. The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, which in 2012 was established by the LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg through a grant of the German Initiative of Excellence, is committed to the idea of “integrated area studies”. We believe that the exploration of a particular region needs to also highlight its relations with other parts of the world. The First Annual Conference of the Graduate School, therefore, aims at facilitating a dialogue between area atudies focusing on different parts of the globe. For this purpose, the conference will discuss institutional pathways, the relationship between political expediency and area study development, methodological innovation, and the place of eastern european studies in different national contexts.

The International Winter Academy “Inequality, Education and Social Power: Transnational Perspectives” will take place in Berlin, from 16-25 November 2014 and addresses doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from the fields of economics, educational sciences, development studies, history, political science, postcolonial studies, sociology, and area.

The Winter Academy will be convened by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Foundation in cooperation with the Transnational Research Group “Poverty and Education in Modern India”.

Here you will find the call for applications.

 

Contact:
Dr. Melanie Hanif
initiatives@trafo-berlin.de

Vom 27.-28. März 2014 wird in Leipzig eine Tagung unter dem Titel „CrossArea – Vielfalt und gemeinsame Interessen der Area Studies in Deutschland“ statt finden, die vom Leipziger Centre for Area Studies organisiert wird. In diesem Rahmen ist auch die erste Mitgliederversammlung von CrossArea geplant.

28.3.2014, 9-10 Uhr
Ort: GWZO, Specks Hof (Eingang A) Reichsstr. 4–6, 4. Etage, Konferenzraum

Entstanden aus einer Initiative zu stärkerer und langfristiger Kooperation von BMBF-geförderten Area Studies-Zentren und -Netzwerken mit entsprechenden universitären und außeruniversitären Instituten ist im Januar 2014 der Verein CrossArea e.V. in Leipzig gegründet worden. Dieser Verein versteht sich als ein Dachverband der in den Area Studies tätigen Forschungseinrichtungen, Vorhaben und Projekte. Ziel des Vereins ist es, den gemeinsamen Anliegen der Area Studies, die in so vielfältiger Form organisiert sind, eine Stimme zu geben, um so den Wirkungsradius zu erweitern und die Vernetzung zu intensivieren. Dimensionen, in denen dieses Ziel erreicht werden soll, finden sich in der Satzung des Vereins.

Aktivitäten

Jahrestagung 2015 CrossArea e.V.
„Zum Platz transregionaler Verflechtungen in den Area Studies. Übersetzungen konzeptioneller Überlegungen in Studiengänge“
Mittwoch, 23.9. – Donnerstag, 24.9.2015, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Veranstaltungsort: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften,
Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin (Anfahrtsbeschreibung unter https://www.iaaw.hu-berlin.de/de/kontakt)

Die Jahrestagung 2015 wendet sich der Frage nach dem Platz transregionaler Beziehungen und Verflechtungen in den Area Studies zu und nähert sich dieser zentralen Problematik, indem wir die Ausbildung von Studierenden und Promovierenden in den Mittelpunkt rücken. Nachdem in den letzten Jahren viele Forschungsprojekte und -verbünde mit einer transregionalen Perspektive gefördert wurden, stellt sich umso drängender die Frage, wie die erreichten Ergebnisse in die weitere Entwicklungen an den Hochschulen und außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen nachhaltig und längerfristig verankert werden können. Dies ist in verschiedenen Hinsichten eine besondere Herausforderung. In konzeptioneller Hinsicht geht es um die Übersetzung aktueller Forschung in neue Lehrinhalte und neue methodische Zugriffe. In struktureller Hinsicht geht es um die Frage, wie die noch keineswegs zufriedenstellend abgeschlossene Bologna-Reform mit solchen neuen Perspektiven verknüpft werden kann. Und in forschungspolitischer Hinsicht geht es um Schlussfolgerungen aus der zuletzt immer größer gewordenen Lücke zwischen Forschungsförderung (oftmals des Bundes) und Grundfinanzierung (der Länder) in den Universitäten.

Ziele der Jahrestagung sind:

  • ein Erfahrungsaustausch über lokal bereits erfolgreich gemeisterte Herausforderungen,
  • Überlegungen zum Platz transregionaler Verflechtungen in einem (von BA bis PhD) gestuften Curriculum,
  • die Formulierung von Schlussfolgerungen, die CrossArea gegebenenfalls an weitere Akteure kommunizieren kann.

Daneben bietet die Jahrestagung auch Gelegenheit, über aktuelle Entwicklungen des Vereins und seiner Position in der Wissenschaftslandschaft zu berichten und zu diskutieren.

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Programm


Mittwoch, 23.9.2015

18:15

  • Eröffnung durch den Geschäftsführenden Direktor des Instituts für Afrika- und Asienwissenschaften der HU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Michael Mann
  • Bericht des Vorsitzenden von CrossArea zur Entwicklung des Verbandes seit der Jahrestagung 2014,
    Dr. Matthias Middell

19:00

  • Einführungsvortrag, Prof. Dr. Vincent Houben, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften der HU Berlin
    New Area Studies und die Reorganisation des regionalwissenschaftlichen Studiums an der HUB
  • Diskussion

 

20:30 Gemeinsames Abendessen
(Anmeldung erforderlich)

 

Donnerstag, 24.9.2015

9:00 ̶ 10:00

  • CrossArea-Mitgliederversammlung

10:00 ̶ 13:00

  • Area Studies Studiengänge und transregionale Perspektiven – Beispiele und Erfahrungen

Stefan Hoffmann, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Monobachelor Regionalstudien Asien/Afrika

Dr. Steffi Marung, Centre for Area Studies, Universität Leipzig

Global Studies und Area Studies an der Universität Leipzig

 

13:00 ̶ 14:00 Mittagspause

14:00 ̶ 16:00

  • Transregionale Perspektiven und gestufte Studiengänge (BA, MA, PhD) – Beispiele und Erfahrungen

Dr. Jochen Kemner, Universität Bielefeld, Center for InterAmerican Studies
Wissen um globale Verflechtungen: Zum Transfer von den Area Studies an der Universität zu Globalem Lernen im Schulunterricht
Dipl.-Vw. Helmut Demes (Geschäftsführer des Instituts für Ostasienwissenschaften; Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Sozial-und wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Regionalstudien: disziplinäre Anforderungen – transdisziplinäre und transregionale Herausforderungen

 

16:00 ̶ 16:30 Kaffeepause

 

16:30 ̶ 17:30

  • Abschlussdiskussion
    zu Empfehlungen für die weitere Integration transregionaler Perspektiven in die Forschungsagenda und das Lehrportfolio von Hochschulen und außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen in Deutschland


Rückblick

Jahrestagung 2014
CrossArea – Vielfalt und gemeinsame Interessen der Area Studies in Deutschland
27.-28. März 2014, Universität Leipzig

Vom 27.-28. März 2014 fand in Leipzig die Konferenz „CrossArea – Vielfalt und gemeinsame Interessen der Area Studies in Deutschland“ statt, die vom Verein CrossArea und vom Leipziger Centre for Area Studies der Universität Leipzig organisiert wurde.

Bei der Tagung gaben Vertreter verschiedener universitärer und außeruniversitärer Einrichtungen sowie von Vereinen und Verbänden aus dem Bereich Area Studies einen Überblick über die Area Studies-Forschungslandschaft in Deutschland und beleuchteten die Spezifika der unterschiedlich organisierten Forschungseinrichtungen.

In den Podiumsdiskussionen und Vorträgen ging es unter anderem um das Methodenspektrum, bevorzugte Themen, Organisationsformen und Arbeitsrichtungen der Area Studies. Zudem wurde ein Ausblick auf die Entwicklung dieses breiten Fächerspektrums in einer Zeit zunehmender transregionaler Verflechtungen gewagt.

Die Veranstaltung gab auf diese Weise Anstöße für künftige Arbeitsfelder, Kooperationsformen und auch Förderformate sowie die wissenschaftspolitische Einordnung der Area Studies.

Das Tagungsprogramm finden Sie HIER.



Gründungsvorstand

Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert
(HU Berlin und Forum Transregionale Studien, Beisitzer)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler
(Direktor, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut und Professor (Politikwissenschaft) an der Universität Freiburg)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell
(Universität Leipzig, Vorsitzender)

Dr. Ute Rietdorf
(Universität Leipzig, Schatzmeisterin)

Prof. Dr. Ute Wardenga
(Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Beisitzerin)

Antje Zettler
(Universität Leipzig, Schriftführerin)


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40 € Für individuelle Mitglieder (Vollzahler)
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Beitragsordnung

Mitgliederversammlung

Vom 27.-28. März 2014 fand in Leipzig die Konferenz „CrossArea – Vielfalt und gemeinsame Interessen der Area Studies in Deutschland“ statt, die vom Verein CrossArea und vom Leipziger Centre for Area Studies der Universität Leipzig organisiert wurde.