Dynamics and Experiences of Globalisation
The goal of the research axe consists in identifying and examining phenomena of the "Global" past and present. The research is fundamentally based on a twofold strategy: first, to study the multiple and complex processes of networking and circulation on a global scale, while, second, to articulate a critical reflexion upon the meaning of these processes as new standards for experiences and concepts, that influence forms of life, theoretical frameworks and epistemic objects.
The research focus "Dynamics and Experiences of Globalization" aims to question the theoretical and empirical-practical foundations of our frameworks of thought on the processes of connectivity on a global scale and to develop a critical conceptual apparatus to understand "globalization" and its dynamics.
Our primary geographical areas of research are Europe in its global relations, as well as Africa and the Mediterranean region. In dialogue with different theoretical approaches (primarily from global history, connected history, microhistory, history of ideas, history of science, postcolonial studies), the research focus engages with the investigation of relevant empirical research fields in an interdisciplinary exchange. The aim is to link three thematic levels: first, a reflection on the possibilities and conditions of a critique of the notion of universalism; second, epistemological questions related to the multiple and sometimes contradictory experiences of global or transnational processes; and third, an analysis of profound distortions and power relations resulting from (post)imperial and (post)colonial structures. To do so, we pay particular attention to instruments of knowledge, technology, and their circulation.+ more
Frank Uekötter (Universität Birmingham)Présentation du livre Im Strudel. Eine Umweltgeschichte der modernen Welt (Campus, 2020)Commentaire: Frédéric Graber (CMB) Frank Uekötter est historien des sciences, des techniques et de l’environnement. Il est professeur de Environmental humanities au département d’histoire de l’Université … Weiterlesen →
Sasha D. Pack (State University of New York at Buffalo)Conceptualizing Travel in an Age of Globalization: Toward an Inclusive Approach This talk develops the concept of travel as a genus of human mobility encompassing a range of activities—tourism, pilgrimage, labor … Weiterlesen →
Valeska Huber (Freie Universität Berlin) Der Vortrag untersucht am Beispiel von Alphabetisierungskampagnen und Breitenbildung (oft unter dem Slogan “Bildung für alle”), wie im Kontext von Dekolonisierung und Kaltem Krieg große Teile der Weltbevölkerung zu politischen Subjekten geformt werden sollten und … Weiterlesen →