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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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Call For Papers: "American Territorialities"

This Journal for Transnational American Studies is issuing a call for papers for a special forum on "American Territorialities." This forum is situated in the context of contemporary critical discussions of the nation-state, transnationalism, and globalization, but insists on a longer historical perspective and places its focus specifically on the United States. It is setting out to explore the historical and contemporary relationship between sovereignty, territoriality, and jurisdiction in the context of US-American colonial/imperial processes. Placing conceptions of territoriality at the center of analysis, the special forum takes as its starting point the definition of territoriality as “spatially defined political rule” (Miles Kahler and Barbara Walter, “Territoriality and Conflict in an Era of Globalization” 5).

The special forum invites submissions addressing, but not limited to, the following subjects:

  • The interrelationship of diverse U.S. imperialisms (continental, Caribbean, Pacific, global) seen through the lens of territoriality
  • The territoriality of U.S. imperialism and U.S. nationhood; the relationship of transnationalism and imperialism
  • Conceptualizations of territory in sovereignty and independence movements envisioned by people, peoples, communities, and groups affected by U.S. territorial rule
  • Theorizing water as territory; the cultural, legal, and political representations of the people who enter the U.S. from the sea or who dwell in oceanic areas placed within U.S. sovereignty
  • Non-statist but land- or water-based conceptualizations of nationhood
  • The relation of place-based theories such as extraterritoriality in legal studies or scale theory in geography to theories more current in American studies, such as border theory or archipelagic theory

For more information on the call, please click here

How to Operationalize the Critical Research on Migration?

Methodology and Research Design: How to operationalize the Critical Research on Migration? 

Jan 19, 2018, 10:00-13:00 a.m., Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Möhrenstraße 40-41, 10117 Berlin

Humboldt University continues its Border Studies and Citical Migration Studies winter colloquium serieis with a session on the methods and empirical methodology on migration. It seeks to answer the following questions: 
How can we conceptualize and conduct research that no longer is a "migrantological" investigation of minorities on society's fringes? Which design, what methods are needed in empirical research that instead wants to focus on the whole of society, albeit from the point of view of migration? What does it mean empirically to "de-migratize" migration research and "migratize" social research? Which challenges and limitations, which possibilities are being opened up through such an approach?
Like former discussions, which serve as a starting point for this session, we recommend the Labor's homepageand its first publication "Vom Rand ins Zentrum: Perspektiven einer kritischen Migrationsforschung" Berlin: Panama Verlag 2014. 

As in the past, the upcoming discussion is posed as a joint investigation of the kind of research the organizers are located in, meaning taking questions, experience, knowledge, criticisms and ideas of the participants as a starting point in order to develop further ideas and new perspectives. 

Discussion will be held in German and/or English, depending on the participants.

Organized by Anne-Kathrin Will, Regina Römhild, Sina Arnold & Urmila Goel.