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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.

Find out more about the application process and procedures to become a doctoral or postdoctoral fellow.

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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E-Book Launch: Witnessing the Transition: The Long Summer of Migration

The so-called refugee crisis turned out to become, as we now call it, a long summer of migration in 2015.  Following earlier movements across European borders, the arrival of a large number of refugees and migrants changed the realities in Berlin, Germany, and Europe in significant ways. Since then, local, national, and European politics in reaction to these movements increasingly polarize between hospitality and hostility. The e-book project brought together professors and students as citizens and scholars who got involved in everyday personal, empirical, ethnographic encounters with these moving realities. The authors document our common efforts to bear witness of the social, cultural and political transition resulting from these processes in Berlin and beyond.

Link to Facebook-Event

Lecture: When Ripeness Isn’t All: Ageing and Death in Three Indian Short Stories

The Department of English and American Studies invites all students and university staff to the guest lecture "When Ripeness Isn’t All: Ageing and Death in Three Indian Short Stories" by Dr. Ira Raja (University of Delhi). 

Wednesday 7th June 2017, 10:15 – 11:45

Campus Neues Palais, Haus 9 Room 1.15


Link to Poster

Tag der Wissenschaften

Am 13. Mai wird das RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms von 13-18 Uhr in Golm mit einem Stand auf dem Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften vertreten sein (MPI-KG , Flur 1.OG).

Weitere Infos: www.potsdamertagderwissenschaften.de/programm

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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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.