8th BGHS Annual Seminar: Done with Eurocentrism?

8th BGHS Annual Seminar: Done with Eurocentrism?

Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), Bielefeld University
From - Until
30.06.2016 -
Mahshid Mayar

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that in a few weeks Bielefeld University will be host to the 8th Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS). Our topic this year is "Done with Eurocentrism? Directions, Diversions, and Debates in History and Sociology" and it will be held from June 30 to July 02 at the Building X of the Bielefeld University.

As it has been noted in the past decade or so in various circles in the humanities and social sciences, even in actively centrifugal and anti-hegemonic approaches, 'Europe' has sustained its rather invisible power as the norm with which other thoughts, other definitions, other practices, other forms of knowledge, other temporalities, and other spatialities are compared. The aim of this year's Annual Seminar is to revive the dialogue between different strands of research and platforms for examining our trajectories away from Eurocentrism. We seek to engage doctoral and junior scholars in fruitful conversations about their approaches, methods and empirical findings for re-mapping the world into account for a wider range of standards, needs, practices, values, and concerns and invite analysis of what this de-centralization process has achieved, or failed to achieve.

Our programme consists of six panel sessions, four keynote lectures by distinguished researchers and the Photo Exhibition "Art Begins in Streets. Art Lives in Streets". For these stimulating events, we especially welcome and thank Shahzad Bashir (Stanford), Angelika Epple (Bielefeld), Hsuan L. Hsu (California), Wilfried Raussert (Bielefeld), and Aram Ziai (Kassel).

Should you be interested in attending the various events at this year's conference, please contact us through annualseminar@uni-bielefeld.de.

You may find the conference schedule, list of keynote lectures, and other information under http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/Programm/Ansem/2016.html.

Looking forward to seeing you at the end of the month in Bielefeld,

The organising committee of the Annual Seminar 2015
Yaatsil Guevara, Mahshid Mayar, Marius Meinhof, Junchen Yan


Thursday, 30 June 2016

09:00 - 10:00 Arrival and Registration

10:00 - 10:30 X-A2-103 Welcome Address: Thomas Welskopp

10:30 - 12:00 X-A2-103 Keynote Lecture: Angelika Epple: "Modernity and Eurocentrism: Twin Sisters Revisited" (Bielefeld University)

12:00 - 13-30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:30 X-B2-103 Panel 1 - Eurocentrism and the Academy

Feminism Otherwise: Intersectionality beyond Occidentalism
Julia Roth, Bielefeld University, Germany

Perspectives for History Teaching beyond Eurocentrism
Philipp Bernhard, University of Augsburg, Germany

Studying the Indian Society in Western Way: Evaluating the Theoretical Models Adopted by Indian Sociologist
Anita Misra Shukla, Government Postgraduate College Noida, India

Petrified Worldviews. Eurocentristic Legacy in Academic Knowledge Bases
Beate Löffler, EAST School of Advanced Studies of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

15:30 - 16:00 Lounge X-B2-109 Coffee Break

16:00 - 18:00 X-B2-103 Panel 2: Religion and Ethnicity in Conversation

Of Eurocentric orders and divisions: Reflections on "Race" and "Religion"
Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar, Goethe University Frankfurt;
Zubair Ahmad, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Dancing Indigeneity: Representations of Australian and Indigenous Australian Identity and Culture in Dance Performance and Dance Historical Texts
Luke Forbe, Independent Scholar

Turning Away from Eurocentrism: Transnational Orientation toward Religion and Ethnicity
Thien-Huong T. Ninh, California Polytechnic State University, USA

The Concept of "Indigenous Peoples": Eurocentrism Redux
Tathagato Ganguly, University of Hyderabad, India

19:30 Conference Dinner

Friday, 1 July 2016
9:00 - 10:30 X-A2-103 Keynote Lecture: Shahzad Bashir: "Eurocentrism and Islam: Space, Time, and the Intellectual Politics of Cultural Essentialism" (Stanford University)

10:30 - 11:00 Lounge X-B2-109 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 X-B2-103 Panel 3 - Politics and International Policy

Why Words Matter: Understanding the Black Box of Chinese Foreign Aid
Marina Rudyak, Heidelberg University, Germany

Alternative Approaches to International Development Agenda
Juan Manuel Delgado Rascón, Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain

Cultural Meanings of Nature: Local Identities and Empowerment Practices in the Context of Agrofuel Production. The Case of Colombia
Pilar Ramírez Gröbli, University of Bern, Switzerland

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:30 X-B2-103 Panel 4: Memories, Discourses, and Narratives

Narratives on 1989: Towards a Global Perspective by Comparing Protests in Lepizig and Beijing
Daniel Palm, Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences, Germany

Eurocentrism as a Model for Post-Colonial Ukraine?
Oleksandr Svetlov, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Ukraine

Being Conscious of One's Past: An Approach to Historical Learning in a Non-European Context
Hendrikje Grunow, University of Konstanz, Germany

Beyond Bipolarity? Rise and Fall of the Argentine Third Position (1947-1950)
Mirko Petersen, Bielefeld University, Germany

15:30 - 16:00 Lounge X-B2-109 Coffee Break

16:00 - 18:00 X-A2-103

Keynote Lecture: Hsuan L. Hsu: "Geographies of Risk: Environmental Violence and the Global South" (University of California, Davis)

17:45 Photo Exhibition and Reception "Art Begins in Streets. Art Lives in Streets." An Exhibition of Photos by Wilfried Raussert (Bielefeld University)

Saturday, 2 July 2016
9:00 - 10:30 Panel 5 - Semantics and Interpretation

Eurocentrism in the Historiography of Israeli Literature: Is There a Levantine Literary Tradition?
Judith Müller, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

In Love in East Asia: A Sketch on the Semantics of Love in Japan and China
Justus Heck, Bielefeld University, Germany

Knowledge about the "Orient" between Voice and Scripture: The Expedition to Felix Arabia (1761-67)
Mirjam Hähnle, University of Basel, Switzerland

10:30 - 11:00 Lounge X-B2-109 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 X-A2-103 Keynote Lecture: Aram Ziai: "The Colonial Methodology of Development Studies and Post-Colonial Alternatives" (Kassel University)

12:30 - 13:30 WestEnd (Main Building) Lunch

13:30 - 15:30 X-B2-103 Panel 6 - Ethnographic Engagements

Deportations of Malians from African Countries: The Missing Link
Susanne Schultz/Almamy Sylla, Bielefeld University, Germany / Institut Supérieur de Formation et de Recherche Appliquée de Bamako (ISFRA), Mali

Re-mapping Europe: Fieldnotes from the French-Brazilian Border
Fabio Santos, Freie Universität Berlin., Germany

Health and Culture beyond Eurocentrism: Africa Belief in Spiritual Attacks and Illness Only Curable by Traditional Medicine
Adetayo Olorunlana, Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria

Working with Concepts: Conceptualizing Work
Hannah Schilling, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

15:30 - 16:00 Lounge X-B2-109 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 X-A2-103 Roundtable: Concluding Remarks

17:00 Departure

Contact (announcement)

Mahshid Mayar

BGHS - X B2 - Bielefeld University