Global Interdependence? Newness and Tradition in the 21st Century

Global Interdependence? Newness and Tradition in the 21st Century

"Transformation Studies - Gesellschaftliche Transformationen in Peripherie und Zentrum", Interdisciplinary Research and Study Program, Faculty of Philosophy - University of Hannover
Leibnizhaus, Holzmarkt 4-6, Hannover
From - Until
15.12.2005 - 17.12.2005
Inga-Dorothee Rost

This workshop conference focuses on the process of transformation world societies have been experiencing since the middle of the 20th century, and which can be summarized generally under the term "globalization". There exists a broad and ongoing discussion on the subject, both in the scholarly literature and the popular press. But several aspects of globalization have yet to attract the attention they deserve. For example, globalization has mainly been discussed from the perspective of OECD countries, wherein the focus has been rather narrowly economic and political. Moreover, issues of continuities and ruptures in relation to earlier developmental periods in the history of world systems are seldom addressed in a serious manner by current analysts of the globalization process.

The conference will contribute to the closing of these research gaps. It will build on the pre-existing strengths in world systems studies at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Hannover, while also establishing an international and interdisciplinary context for the discussion of these important topics. The discussion will focus on regional, local, national and international entanglements instead of concentrating on one region only.

Conference language is English.


December 15, 2005
6.30 p.m.-900 p.m. Keynote Address and Reception
Christoph Scherrer (Kassel): “Explaining Ruptures in the Globalization Process”

December 16, 2005
9.00 a.m.-9.30 a.m. Registration
9.30-10.00 a.m. Opening Address:
Wolfgang Gabbert and Inga-Dorothee Rost (Hannover)

10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. "Globalization - Disciplinary Views and an Interdisciplinary Perspective"
Chair: Karen Imhof (Wien)
Peter Imbusch (Marburg)
Hans-Heinrich Nolte (Hannover): "Historiography and Globalization: Eurocentrism, Globalism and a Re-Turn to Culture"

Gordon Winder (Auckland): "Mapping at Many Scales: Geographers and Globalization"

1.00 p.m.-2.00 p.m. Lunch Break

2.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. "Newness and Tradition"
Chair: Claus Füllberg-Stolberg (Hannover)

Anibal Quijano (Lima/Binghamton): "The Long Past of the Present Newness"

Achim von Oppen (Berlin)
Klaus Meschkat (Hannover)
Kirsten Rüther (Hannover)

December 17, 2005
9.00 a.m.-12.00 a.m. "Transnational Spaces"
Chair: Brigitte Reinwald (Hannover)
Thomas Faist (Bielefeld): "Transstate Social Spaces and Development: Exploring the Changing Balance Between Communities, States and Markets"

Jan-Georg Deutsch (Oxford)
Ludger Pries (Bochum)
Silke Hensel (Münster)

12.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. Lunch Break

1.00 p.m.-4.00 p.m. "Glocalization and Culture"
Chair: Ruth Mayer (Hannover)
Edward Fischer (Nashville): "The Janus Face of Glocalization: Notes from Guatemala and Beyond"

Eveline Dürr (Auckland)
Matthias Krings (Mainz)
Matthias Middell (Leipzig)
Juliana Ströbele-Gregor (Berlin)

4.00 p.m.-5.00p.m. Wrap-Up: Discussion and Summary

Contact (announcement)

Inga-Dorothee Rost
Koordinatorin, Transformation Studies
Historisches Seminar
Universität Hannover

0511-762 4428/-3887 (Sekr.)
0511-762 4479
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