07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: “Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]“, Potsdam

07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: "Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]", Potsdam

07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: “Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]“, Potsdam

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The workshop is part of a joint research project by the Universität Potsdam, Germany, and the Universidad de Costa Rica, Cost Rica, with financial support from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Introduction

This event is both a self-standing, international conference, and, at the same time, the second of two joint meetings by scholars from Germany, Costa Rica, and Honduras in order to further develop the combined research efforts. The first meeting took place in San José, Costa Rica, in late 2012.

The discussed project “Convivencia en la diferencia” seeks to analyze and better understand the intricate notion of conviviality in difference, most likely one of the most urgent issues of contemporary societies in Central America and the Caribbean in the 21st century. This is especially true as these (like all) societies are facing the challenges of a new phase of accelerated globalization, in which matters of peaceful conviviality in difference have come to a crucial point.

The conference aims at further developing an international research project that explores the cultural dimensions implied in the notion of conviviality. This will be done on three levels: theoretical framing, (trans)disciplinary methodology, and, finally, spatiotemporal specification of the phenomena to be studied.

Program

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Haus 8, Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

14:00-14:15 Ottmar Ette: Begrüßung

14:15-15:00 Werner Mackenbach (Universidad de Costa Rica): ¿Memoriales del futuro? El papel de las narrativas de la memoria en Centroamérica y el Caribe para una convivencia después de los conflictos armados Continue reading

Promising workshop in San José sets roadmap for joint research in 2013

The workshop was organized by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica

The workshop was organized by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica

Researchers from different universities of Costa Rica, Honduras, and Germany met during a two-day workshop (11/30-12/01/2012) in San José, Costa Rica, to outline the roadmap for a joint international research project to be financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation). The workshop was both of strategical and academic nature, with several presentations of individual and group research activities by different participants.

With several internal deadlines to further specify the character of the research project “Convivencia en la diferencia”, the workshop participants agreed on the terms for the second meeting, this time in Potsdam, Germany, to be held from July 4, to July 6, 2013.

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11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: “Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica”, San José, Costa Rica

11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: "Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica", San José, Costa Rica

11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: "Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica", San José, Costa Rica

The workshop is part of a joint research project by the Universität Potsdam, Germany, and the Universidad de Costa Rica, Cost Rica, with financial support from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Introduction

This workshop is the first of two joint meetings by scholars from Costa Rica and Germany in order to further develop the combined research efforts. The project “Convivencia en la diferencia” seeks to analyze and better understand the intricate notion of conviviality in difference, most likely one of the most urgent issues of contemporary societies in Central America and the Caribbean in the 21st century. This is especially true as these (like all) societies are facing the challenges of a new phase of accelerated globalization, in which matters of peaceful conviviality in difference have come to a crucial point.

The workshop aims at jointly developing an international research project that explores the cultural dimensions implied in the notion of conviviality. This will be done on three levels: theoretical framing, (trans)disciplinary methodology, and, finally, spatiotemporal specification of the phenomena to be studied.

Participants

Alice Pérez, Cecilia Díaz Oreiro, Juan José Marín, Ottmar Ette, Werner Mackenbach, Ronny Viales, David Díaz, Gesine Müller, Tobias Kraft, and others.

Participating institutions

  • Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Institut für Romanistik, Universität Potsdam

together with the following departments and research groups of the Universidad de Costa Rica

  • Posgrado Centroamericano de Historia
  • Doctorado en Estudios de la Sociedad y la Cultura
  • Centro de Investigación en Comunicación (CICOM)
  • Centro de Investigación en Identidad y Cultura Latinoamericanas (CIICLA)

Introduction (in Spanish, longer Version)

El taller procurará analizar la problemática de la convivencia en la diferencia, temática que es probablemente uno de los desafíos más profundos que se presenta a las sociedades Centroamericanas y del Caribe del siglo XXI. Si bien, puede argumentarse que la convivencia es un eterno problema de la condición humana, omnipresente a lo largo de la historia e igualmente sin soluciones definitivas; no obstante, sigue siendo vigente, más aún hoy cuando se vive una nueva fase de globalización acelerada, donde este tema no se puede dejar de plantear ya que de sus posibilidades de solución dependerá, en gran parte, la supervivencia de la especie humana. Continue reading

07/08/2010: PoTZ Lecture with Alonso Villalobos

PoTZ - Potsdamer Themengruppe Zentralamerika (Potsdam Research Group Central America)

PoTZ - Potsdam Research Group Central America

July 8, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Institut für Romanistik, University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais

PoTZ Lecture: “Percepciones de medianos y pequeños propietarios de bosque localizados en áreas de transición respecto a su seguridad en la tenencia de la tierra en Centroamérica”

Alonso Villalobos (Universidad de Costa Rica/Universität Potsdam)

06/17/2010: PoTZ Lecture with Julie Marchio

PoTZ - Potsdamer Themengruppe Zentralamerika (Potsdam Research Group Central America)

PoTZ - Potsdam Research Group Central America

June 17, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Institut für Romanistik, University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais

PoTZ Lecture: “Literatura de las fronteras y fronteras de la literatura: representación de los conflictos lingüísticos de la costa caribeña en la literatura costarricense”

Julie Marchio (Université Aix-Marseille I)

12/16/2009: PoTZ Lecture with Dennis Arias Mora

PoTZ - Potsdamer Themengruppe Zentralamerika (Potsdam Research Group Central America)

PoTZ - Potsdam Research Group Central America

December 16, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
Institut für Romanistik, University of Potsdam, Campus Golm

PoTZ Lecture: “De héroes y monstruos, o el compromiso intelectual en sus metáforas. Literatura y política en Costa Rica (1905-1958)”

M.Sc. Dennis Arias Mora (Universidad de Costa Rica / Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin)

11/17/2009: PoTZ Opening Lecture with Henning Jensen

PoTZ - Potsdamer Themengruppe Zentralamerika (Potsdam Research Group Central America)

PoTZ - Potsdam Research Group Central America

November 17, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
Institut für Romanistik, University of Potsdam, Campus Golm

PoTZ Opening Lecture: “Espacio, poder y violencia: arquitectura social en Golfito, Costa Rica”

Dr. Henning Jensen (Vice President for Research at the University of Costa Rica)

08/06-08/07/2007, Workshop: “Circulación transatlántica del conocimiento en tiempos de modernización(es) interdependiente(s): un esbozo para futuros TransArea Studies Alemania/Europa – Costa Rica/Centroamérica”, San José

Héctor Pérez Brignoli (Universidad de Costa Rica), Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam), Volker Fink (German Ambassador in Costa Rica), Anne Gercke (DAAD, Costa Rica)

Héctor Pérez Brignoli (Universidad de Costa Rica), Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam), Volker Fink (German Ambassador in Costa Rica), Anne Gercke (DAAD, Costa Rica)

This workshop was organized by Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam), PD Dr. Werner Mackenbach (Universität Potsdam – Universidad de Costa Rica), and Dr. Henning Jensen (Vicerrectoría de Investigación de la Universidad de Costa Rica). Entitled »Circulación transatlántica del conocimiento en tiempos de modernización(es) interdependiente(s): un esbozo para futuros TransArea Studies Alemania/Europa – Costa Rica/Centroamérica«, the workshop was financed by the DFG-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and located at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica.

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06/16-06/17/2005, Workshop: “ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch”, Berlin

ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch

06/16-06/17/2005, Workshop: "ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch", Berlin

06/16-06/17/2005, Workshop: "ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch", Berlin

A transdisciplinary workshop, hosted by the Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin), with the participation of Luis Fayad (Colombia), Nathalie Handal (USA), Alberto Ruy-Sanchez (Mexico), Lisa Suhair Majaj (USA), Susana Romano-Sued (Argentina), and Ottmar Ette (Potsdam)

Research Goals

The workshop intends to develop new models of transcultural dynamics, beyond essential identity concepts, in the transatlantic network of relations. Research’s long established, overriding perspective is still focused on present, isolatable political, historical, or literary phenomena, and considers anything outside these fixed categories as an exception to the rule. What has long been considered an “exception” should, in context with globalized and partly asymmetrically running processes of communication, be placed at the core of study and thus be seen as a “rule.” Continue reading