Final Conference of the Research Training Group 'Critical Junctures of Globalization'

Final Conference of the Research Training Group 'Critical Junctures of Globalization'

DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1261 "Bruchzonen der Globalisierung"
Alte Börse und GWZO
From - Until
07.05.2015 - 09.05.2015
Martina Keilbach

The conference is the final academic event of an interdisciplinary Research Training Group that has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for almost nine years now.

The intellectual point of departure of this endeavour has been the observation that globalization is characterized by dialectics of de- and reterritorialization and that it is of great benefit to focus on particular moments, places, and social arenas where these processes are negotiated. We call them hypothetically “critical junctures of globalization” (Bruchzonen der Globalisierung).

Over the course of the last nine years, some 50 PhD students have been trained by a team of scholars who work in the fields of political science, sociology, history, area studies ranging from Africa via South and East Asia as well as East and Western Europe to the Americas, cultural studies, and theatre studies.

The final conference is meant to bring together the expertise of those who have completed their PhD dissertations and will be able to look back at the achievements from a further developed academic agenda, of those who are working on their manuscripts to be finalized soon, and external experts who relate their own approaches to the concept of critical junctures of globalization.

Guest speakers:
John Agnew (Los Angeles)
Ewald Frie (Tübingen)
David Newman (Be’er Scheva)


THURSDAY, 7 May 2015

Venue: Alte Handelsbörse (Naschmarkt 1, 04109 Leipzig)
5 pm – 8 pm Opening

5 pm Matthias Schwarz (Leipzig)
Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics

Ulf Engel (Leipzig)
Spokesperson of the Research Training Group

Welcome and Opening Speeches
5.30 pm Ulf Engel (Leipzig): Critical Junctures of Globalization and the Debate about Globalization(s): Who did we think we are? And what did we become? And what has it done to us?

6 pm Matthias Middell (Leipzig): Critical Junctures of Globalization in Historical Perspective

6.30 pm John Agnew (Los Angeles): Globalization and Sovereignty

8 pm Reception

FRIDAY, 8 May 2015

Venue GWZO (Specks Hof - Entrance A, Reichsstr. 4-6, 04109 Leipzig)

9 am -12 pm Presentations I: Portals of Globalization

Chair: Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch)
Antje Dietze (Leipzig/Montreal): Leipzig as a Portal of Globalization: Popular Entertainment and Transnational Connections, 1880s to 1920s
Megan Maruschke (Leipzig): The Port of Bombay as a Portal of Globalization, 1858 to the Present
Sonja Ganseforth (Leipzig): Japanese Seafood Companies as Portals of Globalization
Claudia Baumann (Leipzig): Higher Education Institutions as Portals of Globalizations
Discussant: Katja Naumann (Leipzig)

1 pm - 3.30 pm Presentations II: Effects of Processes of De- and Reterritorialization

Chair: Stefan Troebst (Leipzig)
Geert Castryck (Leipzig): A Portal of Globalization in East Central Africa: Kigoma-Ujiji since the mid 19th century
Sarah Ruth Sippel (Leipzig): Food Policies in a World of De- and Reterritorialization
David Newman (Be’er Scheva): Border-making in the Case of Israel and Palestine
Discussant: John Agnew (Los Angeles)

- Coffee Break, Book Exhibition –

4.30 pm – 6 pm Presentations III: World Orders and Critical Junctures – Analyzing the Geopolitics of States and Social Movements

Chair: Adam Jones (Leipzig)
Micha Fiedlschuster (Leipzig) and Nils Kumkar (Leipzig): New Social Movements
Debora Gerstenberger (Berlin): n.n.
Ewald Frie (Tübingen): The Breakdown of Order
Discussant: Heidrun Zinecker (Leipzig)

6.30 pm - 7.45 pm Panel discussion I: Experiences with the Graduate Training Programme

Moderation: Helena Flam (Leipzig) and Adam Jones (Leipzig)
Jenny Kuhlmann (Frankfurt/Oder), Kristina Starkloff (Berlin), Ute Rietdorf (Leipzig) and Richard Adu-Gyamfi (Leipzig)

8 pm Dinner (for invited guests)

SATURDAY, 9 May 2015

Venue GWZO (Specks Hof - Entrance A, Reichsstr. 4-6, 04109 Leipzig)

9 am -12 pm Presentations IV: (New) Regionalisms and Beyond

Chair: Jörg Gertel (Leipzig)
Johannes Knierzinger (Leipzig): Socio-political implications of bauxite mining in Guinea
Nicholas Dietrich (Leipzig): Transnational Policing and Region-making
Nathanael Kuck (Leipzig): Spatial Conceptions in Weimar Anticolonialism
Tayyibe Armagan (Leipzig) and Ana Ribeiro (Leipzig): New Players and Old World Order Legitimation
Ulrike Kaden (Leipzig): Regionalization Processes in the Polish-German and Danish-German Borderland: Comparing Practices of Border Transgression
Discussant: David Newman (Be’er Scheva)

1 pm – 3.30 pm Panel discussion II: Conclusions and Perspectives
Moderation: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)

John Agnew (Los Angeles), Helena Flam (Leipzig), Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch), Matthias Middell (Leipzig), David Newman (Be’er Scheva) and Stefan Troebst (Leipzig)

3.30 pm – 4 pm Conference Closing
Ulf Engel (Leipzig)

Contact (announcement)

Martina Keilbach

Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1
04105 Leipzig
0049 341 9730286
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