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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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Conversation between Hito Steyerl and Tom Holert

The public lecture for the workshop “Good Scientific Practices in the Age of Uncertainty" will be a freeform non-academic conversation between the two discussants around fake news, fake science, fake art, the construction of facts and traditional mechanisms of their validation. Science, media and the law: How are they changing with digital technology, communication, automation and their social consequences like post-fascism? What remains of art’s alleged critical fictionality when truth claims of science and power are everywhere replaced by smug “truthiness”? Similar changes have been discussed for decades in the realm of documentary practice and photographic indexicality. How can we prolong those vectors into the present, when research is defunded, facts ridiculed and large parts of global elites turn fascist?

Hito Steyerl: filmmaker and author based in Berlin

Tom Holert: writer and independent scholar/curator based in Berlin

14th June, 2017, 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: TBA

More details soon 

Concept and organization by Zairong Xiang

International Repatriation Workshop in Australia

Prof. Dr. Anja Schwarz and Minor Cosmopolitanisms Fellow Yann Le Gall took part in an International Repatriation Workshop this past March. The workshop took place in Acton, Australia at the National Museum of Australia. 

KritEuroLab: Arrested Futures - Imperial Formations

Invitation to the next workshop

Lab “Critical Europeanization Studies” at Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität, Møhrenstraße 40-41, room 107a

 Friday, 10th of February 2017, 10:00-13:00

 „Arrested futures – imperial formations:

(post-) socialist & nonaligned perspectives on Europe’s global entanglements“


We invite all participants to take part actively in the discussion and to broaden the scope of these questions!


Link to invitation

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


Campus Neues Palais Obere Mensa

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.