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Welcome to the Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms!

The Research Training Group (RTG) minor cosmopolitanisms establishes new ways of studying and understanding the cosmopolitan project against and beyond its Eurocentric legacies. Specifically designed as a training programme for early career researchers, it offers an international framework connecting Berlin and Potsdam with partner universities in Australia, South Africa, India and the Americas to pursue PhD and Postdoctoral projects in a diverse, decentral, collective and convivial environment. Individual and joint projects within the RTG examine concrete critical, artistic as well as everyday practices which challenge the divide between cultural relativism and humanist universalism haunting the humanities and social sciences. They jointly strive to develop and promote an understanding of cosmopolitanism in the plural which combines 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. Some of the major outreach events organised by the team have since been a public lecture series in spring 2017, and two international winter / summer schools in Delhi and Sydney respectively. In December 2018, the RTG was hosted by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin for three days of panel discussions, lectures, exhibitions, performances and concerts celebrating Minor Cosmopolitanisms. The second generation of doctoral researchers started on their three-year programme in October 2019.

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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Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities

The RTG is happy to announce the Potsdam Postcolonial Chair for Global Modernities

Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and supported by the RTG, the Chair advances innovative teaching in Potsdam’s superdiverse MA Programme Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture. Guest Professors contribute to a diversification and decanonisation of the curriculum and facilitate the reflection of teachers and students on the specific locality of knowledge production. Together with members of the RTG, the Guest Professors also conduct a series of workshops that test out best practice models for teaching a global postcolonial classroom.

The Chair will be held by up to six scholars for periods between 3-6 months, among them our international supervisors Satish Poduval (winter 2020-21) and Ira Raja (summer 2022), as well as our collaborator from previous RTG events, Sarah Casteel (summer 2021). During their residency, Guest Professors will be involved in the drafting of research projects that build on the conceptual framework and international research infrastructure established by the RTG.

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Publication: The Territorialities of U.S. Imperialism(s)

We are very proud to announce the publication of fellow Jens Temmen's dissertation by Winter Verlag!

‘The Territorialities of U.S. Imperialism(s)’ sets into relation U.S. imperial and Indigenous conceptions of territoriality as articulated in U.S. legal texts and Indigenous life writing in the 19th century. It analyzes the ways in which U.S. legal texts as “legal fictions” narratively press to affirm the United States’ territorial sovereignty and coherence in spite of its reliance on a variety of imperial practices that flexibly disconnect and (re)connect U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction and territory. The book’s analysis contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the coloniality of U.S. legal fictions, while highlighting territoriality as a key concept in the fashioning of the narrative of U.S. imperialism.

Jens Temmen, The Territorialities of U.S. Imperialism(s): Conflicting Discourses of Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Territory in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Legal Texts and Indigenous Life Writing. Published with Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, 2020.

Special Forum - "American Territorialities"

The Special Forum for the Journal of Transnational American Studies on "American Territorialities" is out now for you to read, enjoy, debate and disagree with.

Published by our former fellow Jens Temmen and professor Nicole Waller, who are very excited to present the list of contributors, which includes Brian Russell Roberts, René Dietrich, Katja Sarkowsky, Michael Bevacqua, Manuel Cruz, Aanchal Saraf, Judith Madera, Amelia Flood, Nele Sawallisch, Lucy Salyer, Lila Teeters, and Vincent Brown. Nicole and Jens co-authored the short introduction.

Follow the link to the contributions (https://escholarship.org/uc/acgcc_jtas)

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