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  • 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 starts 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.

The PhD positions starting in October 2019 have been filled. Find out about future calls.

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Reading and Discussion with Priya Basil

Reading and Discussion with Priya Basil

Berlin-based writer-activist Priya Basil will read from her latest book Gastfreundschaft on food, politics, and hospitality. Basil’s newest book takes the form of a collection of essayistic vignettes, interwoven with stories of her own various experiences of eating, being hosted, and being a host. It tells of a childhood in Kenya, the daughter of Indian migrants, her family’s move to Britain, and finally her choice to settle in Berlin. Her reflections span broad expanses of time and space from colonial British India to her thoughts on and impressions of the reception of migrants in Germany in 2015.

The reading will take place Tuesday, May 21st 19:30 at Laika Neukölln (Emster Str. 131). 

Free entrance, all welcome.

For more info see: pocolit.com

For more info on Priya Basil: www.priyabasil.com and www.authorsforpeace.com

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Call for Papers: "Sexuality and Borders"

Call for Papers

Sexuality and Borders

Symposium, 4-5 April 2019

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, NYC

'Sexuality and Borders’ is a two day symposium dedicated to the interrogation of sexuality in current border regimes. Together with participants from different scholarly backgrounds, we discuss how sexuality plays a key role in how borders are policed and managed ranging from moral panics about migrant sexuality and the pornotropic gaze of surveillance technologies, to media discourses about reproduction and contagion. We further ask how intimacy, desire, and sexuality have become rallying points in challenging borders as seen in queer activism against deportations, critiques of homonationalism and imaginations of different sexual futures and political horizons. 

'Sexuality and Borders’ is hosted and funded by New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. It is co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the DFG-funded research training group “Minor Cosmopolitanisms” (University of Potsdam, Germany) and is supported by LSE’s Department of Gender Studies.

Organizing team

● Michelle Pfeifer (NYU, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication)

● Billy Holzberg (London School of Economics, Department of Gender Studies)

● Anouk Madörin (University of Potsdam, RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms)

For more information on the cfp see https://sexualityandborders.wordpress.com/