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  • RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms

Welcome to the Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms!

The Research Training Group (RTG) Minor Cosmopolitanisms wishes to establish new ways of studying and understanding the cosmopolitan project against and beyond its Eurocentric legacies. It will focus on concrete critical, artistic as well as everyday practices that straddle the schism between cultural relativism and humanist universalism, and combine visions of transcultural justice, peace and conviviality with an ethical commitment to difference and alterity.

The RTG took up its work in October 2016 with its first generation of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. To celebrate the start of the programme, and present the RTG's aims and approaches, our opening event was held on 28 October, 2016 at the University of Potsdam.

Learn more about the Research Training Group’s take on ‘minor cosmopolitanisms’, its research profile and qualification programme, and its international network of partner institutions.

Meet the group of scholars who initiated the Research Training Group (local supervisors), as well as the associated local and international scholars joining them.

Universität Potsdam

HU Berlin

FU Berlin

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Workshop: Lab “Critical Europeanization Studies” at HU

“Post-colonial, post-migrant, post-imperial, post-holocaust Europe: Struggling with ‘internal differences’”

This workshop will take a close look at the production and definition of ‘internal differences’ and how these differentiations define not only the differences between European nations but as well between and among European Others. By setting two foci of discussions, the first on struggles and struggling Europe and the second on archives and archiving Europe, we are interested to contextualize the internal difference and to capture the ‘ghost Europe’.

Lab “Critical Europeanization Studies” at Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt Universität

Møhrenstraße 40-41, 10117 Berlin, room 107a

Friday, Jan 20, 2017, 10:00-13:00

 

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Farewell Lecture for Rüdiger Kunow:

Arjun Appadurai - Finance, Globalization and the Crisis of Sovereignty

In honor of Rüdiger Kunow retirement, the University of Potsdam organizes a farewell lecture with cultural anthropologist Arjun Appadurai (New York University).

Link to Flyer

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

18:00

Campus Neues Palais

1.12.1.40 Obere Mensa

Namibia and Germany: Negotiating the Past

Reinhart Kößler stellt sein auf Englisch verfasstes Buch Namibia and Germany. Negotiating the Past vor. Erinnerungspolitik, die Auseinandersetzung mit der verwobenen Geschichte zwischen Namibia und der einstigen Kolonialmacht Deutschland, und insbesondere mit dem 1904-1908 durch deutsche Kolonialtruppen verübten Völkermord, wird auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen und mit wechselnden Perspektiven untersucht. Über den im Buch behandelten Zeitraum hinaus wird der Vortrag auch auf den aktuellen Stand der Verhandlungen zwischen beiden Regierungen und die in Namibia heftigen Auseinandersetzungen über dieses Format eingehen. Der Vortrag findet in deutscher Sprache statt.

Dienstag, 29.11.2016, 18 Uhr

Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Møhrenstraße 40/41, 10117 Berlin, Raum 311


Lecture: Decoloniality from its African Avatars:

An/Other Genealogy of Critical Gnosis and Liberation Politics

 

Prof. Dr. Augustín Laó-Montes

University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The African Diaspora can be conceived as a project of decolonization and liberation
embedded in the cultural practices, intellectual currents, social movements, and political
actions of Afro-diasporic subjects. As a project the African diaspora is a north, a utopian
horizon to Blackfreedom dreams” (Agustín Laó-Montes).

 

Thursday, 24th of November 2016

Lateinamerika Institut R. 201

Rüdesheimer Str. 54 │ 14197 Berlin

U-Bahn Breitenbachplatz U3

No RSVP required!

(Post)kolonialismus und Globalgeschichte

Das von der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung frisch herausgegebene Online-Dossier enthält u.a. Beiträge von unseren Betreuern Sebastian Conrad und Andreas Eckert.

Strangers Nowhere in the World? Legacies of Early Modern Cosmopolitanism

The lecture series is designed to illuminate the tensions within and among early modern approaches to a cosmopolitanism whose ambivalent legacies decisively shaped the revolutionary period and in part remain with us today. Papers will examine a variety of discourses and practices, uncovering heterogeneous modes of coming to terms with the increasing mobility of persons, goods, and ideas in early modernity. They will focus both on cosmopolitan elites composed of travelers, merchants, missionaries, masons, diplomats, and army officers and on less conspicuous forms of cosmopolitanism among sailors, slaves, trappers, migrants, and refugees.

Workshop und Vortrag mit Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Zeitgenössische afrikanische Literatur und Philosophie können wertvolle Beiträge zur Beantwortung  der wichtigen Fragen und Entwicklungen der Welt leisten. Dieser KOSMOS Dialog thematisiert dringende globale Fragen, wie zum Beispiel Flucht und Fluchtursachen, post-migrantische Identitäten, Religion und Globalisierung aus afrikanischer Perspektive. Studierende und Promovierende der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften erhalten die Möglichkeit, diese und andere Fragen mit Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne, einem der wichtigsten zeitgenössischen afrikanischen Philosophen, zu diskutieren. 

23. - 24. November 2016
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6 │10117 Berlin