XIII International Summer School "Repositioning in a Globalizing World" of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies

XIII International Summer School "Repositioning in a Globalizing World" of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies

Graduate School Global and Area Studies
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO), Specks Hof - Entrance A Reichsstr. 4-6, 04109 Leipzig
From - Until
08.06.2015 - 11.06.2015
Martina Keilbach

Over the past decade, the Leipzig PhD Summer School has established itself as an important meeting place for the interdisciplinary discussion of transnationalization, transculturalism and emerging trends in the research of globalization. The 2015 edition of the Summer School is organized by the Graduate School Global and Area Studies of Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences at the Research Academy Leipzig in cooperation with the PhD-programme “Global and Area Studies with a Special Emphasis on Peace and Security” (Addis Ababa University/ University of Leipzig) and the bilateral research project “Repositioning Greece in a Global-izing World” (University of Athens/ University of Leipzig).

Thematic focus of the Summer School
States cluster as O5, BRICS, N-11, V4 and other acronym-associations testify to a reorganization of the world after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Foreign as well as economic policies of many countries were facing massive challenges. These challenges invite for reorientation and it is therefore no wonder that geopolitics gain prominence. One could argue that such adaptation to the current circumstances is a permanent process and happens all the time. But what we would like to address when analyzing processes of repositioning is the synchronicity of such processes in certain world regions that are perceived as zones of crisis and raises therefore concern far beyond the immediate neighborhood. Europe, which seemed to be a continent of relative stability after the Balkan wars in the 1990s is today confronted again with the effects of more than one crisis emerging out of processes of repositioning which are multifaceted and motivated by different factors. Such a situation invites not only for investigation in itself but also for comparison, both synchronically and diachronically. We therefore welcome submissions dealing with the current European crisis as well as with other larger zones of crisis, instability, and repositioning. Contributions are welcome that deal with political reorientation as well as with its intellectual foundations in geopolitical thinking. But the (geopolitical) repositioning of economic as well as cultural actors is a topic we will give attention too.


MONDAY, 8 June 2015
9 am Registration
10 am Frank Hadler (Leipzig) and Ursula Rao (Leipzig) Opening Remarks
10.30 am -12 pm Lecture: Stefan Troebst (Leipzig): What is a Historical Meso-Region?

1.30 pm – 3.45 pm Workshop – Taking Position Towards Socialism
Chair: Beata Hock (Leipzig)
Nadine Siegert (Bayreuth): Iconographic Repositioning - On the (post)socialist Imagery in Angola & Mocambique
Felix Müller (Leipzig): (De-) Legitimization Strategies: The Socialist Past in Contemporary Ethiopia
Bojana Pejic (Berlin): Nonalignment, Modernism and 'Yugo-centrism'
Comment: Beata Hock (Leipzig)

4 pm – 6.30 pm Panel 1 – European Institutions in Face of Global Crisis
Chair: Alexandra Athanasopoulou (Leipzig)
Harald Köpping (Liverpool): On the Role of Neofunctionalism in the Production of the European Crisis
Daniel Sitera (Leipzig/Wroclaw): Membership with Conditionality: EU Cohesion Policy, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Development-to-Competitiveness
Mechtild Herzog (Luxembourg): A Small Actor in a Series of Global Turmoil: The Position(ing) of the European Parliament in Rise and Crises of the 1970s
Magda Wlostowska (Leipzig): Europeanization and Transnationalization Processes – the Example of Leftist and Alternative Environments in Poland
Comment: Jan Zofka (Leipzig)

4 pm – 6.30 pm Panel 2 – The Role of Religion in Repositioning Processes
Chair: Fatima Bapumia (Leipzig) and Marieta Schneider (Leipzig)
Ursula Rao (Leipzig): Religion and the Public Sphere (introduction into the panel)
Lisa Wevelsiep (Bochum): “Fellow Buddhists, but still strangers.” Cooperation between Buddhist non-governmental Organizations from the Global South and the Global North
Roxana Andrei (Thessaloniki): The Political Economy of Conflict and Stability in the Post-soviet Caucasus
Daniel Leon (Leipzig): Repositioning in a Globalizing World or Just a Crumbling Catholic Church? Nationalism and Religion in Latin America
Comment: Ursula Rao (Leipzig)

7 pm Reception, Centre for Area Studies (Thomaskirchhof 20)

TUESDAY, 9 June 2015

9 am – 10 am Lecture: Ioannis Armakolas (Athens): Affinities, Distance and unfulfilled promise: the Paradoxes of Greece's Balkan Entanglement

10.15 am – 12 pm Round Table
Greece, Germany, the Middle East and Africa in the 21st Century
Esther Iyadunni Ikubaje (Addis Abeba), Konstantinos Grivas (Athens), Matthias Middell (Leipzig), Jon Schubert (Leipzig), Alexandros Stogiannos (Athens), Ioannis Sotiropoulos (Athens)
Moderation: Augusta Dimou (Berlin)

2 pm – 5 pm Lecture: Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch) and Matthias Middell (Leipzig): Repositioning in a Globalizing World – Remarks from a Historian’s Point of View
Panel 3 – Repositioning in East Africa, the Near and Middle East
Chair: Ninja Steinbach-Hüther (Leipzig)
Michalis Sarlis (Athens): Greece’s foreign policy in the Middle East: a geopolitical overview from the Cold War to the Arab Uprisings
Ioannis E. Kotoulas (Athens): Arab Spring and Migration Flows towards Europe: The Case of Greece
Chan Gatkuoth (Addis Abeba): South Sudan Civil War: Internal Dynamics and Regional Security Implications
Comment: Adamantios Skordos (Leipzig)

6 pm Guided Tour

WEDNESDAY, 10 June 2015
9.30 am – 1pm Lecture: Ulf Engel (Leipzig): Repositioning (at, from, of, …) the Margins? Observations from Africa
Panel 4 – New Regional Policies Compared
Chair: Ulf Engel (Leipzig)
Consolata Raphael (Leipzig): Between Ujamaa and Capitalism: The Paradox of Tanzania’s National Ideology
Costas Charokopos (Athens): Greece within a Euro-Mediterranean Structure
Michael Katungi (Addis Abeba): Power Politics: Regional Dynamics and Opportunities in the Case of South Sudan
Comment: Jon Schubert (Leipzig)

2 pm – 5 pm Panel 5 – Repositioning Gender and Geopolitics
Chair: Alexandra Ghit (Budapest/Leipzig) and Maria Bühner (Leipzig)
Esther Iyadunni Ikubaje (Addis Abeba): Reconciling Gender, Sexuality and Political Geography in Global Security; a matrimonial possibility?
Alexandra Ghit (Budapest/Leipzig): Tangling Themes: Gender, Social Policy and the "Interwar Conjuncture" in the (Semi) Periphery
Ruth Ennis (Leipzig): An Incomplete Lexical History of ‘Trafficking’
Maria Bühner (Leipzig): The Development of the Lesbian Political Movement in Eastern Germany in the Context of the Crisis of Socialism, the Revolution of 1989 and the Reunification
Comment: Maren Möhring (Leipzig), Katja Naumann (Leipzig)

2 pm – 5 pm Panel 6 – Human Rights, Peace and Entertainment
Chair: Hakob Matevosyan (Leipzig)
Liana Geghamyan (Leipzig): Locked within the Russian Orbit? Armenia’s difficult choices and their consequences for human rights
Jaekyom Shim (Seoul/Berlin): The Fabulous Kim Sisters: US Military Bases as a Transnational Network of Cultural Transfer and Asian Female Entertainers in America in the 1960s
Maria Enow Ayuk (Addis Abeba): Repositioning African Peacebuilding Mechanisms: The Case of Nigeria Government Amnesty and DDR Programme
Comment: Frank Hadler (Leipzig)

THURSDAY, 11 June 2015
Venue: Centre for Area Studies, Thomaskirchhof 20
10 am – 12 pm Reports by the Panel Organizer and Final Discussion
Chair: Stefan Troebst (Leipzig) / Matthias Middell (Leipzig)

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Martina Keilbach

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


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