• RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms

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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Call for applicants in the Melbourne-Potsdam IRTG!

We are currently recruiting joint PhD candidates to join the Melbourne-Potsdam Minor Cosmopolitanisms International Research Training Group (IRTG).
deadline: 30.09.2022.

Two fully funded PhD projects are now available. The successful applicants will commence research at the University of Melbourne and will spend at least twelve months of candidature based at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Joint PhD candidates will benefit from the collective resources, networks and expertise of co-supervisors at the University of Melbourne's School of Culture and Communications and the University of Potsdam's Minor Cosmopolitanisms Research Training Group. Funding for joint PhD candidates includes tuition fees, a full living allowance (stipend), health insurance and travel allowance. At the successful completion of the program, each candidate will be eligible to receive a PhD, recognised by testamurs from each of the two universities.

Applications are invited which pursue projects that fit into the thematic research areas Indigeneity, Bodies, or Ecologies, and are related to one or more of the themes of concern to the Cultural Studies Program at the University of Melbourne:

  • Globalization and the intensified mobility of culture;
  • Multiculturalism, cultural complexity, and superdiversity;
  • Transforming identities (gendered, sexual, ethnic and others);
  • The impacts of media in everyday life;
  • Cultural and environmental sustainability;
  • Colonialism and culture
  • New cultural flows in the Asia-Pacific region, and Australia’s place within these.
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