Making and Changing Spaces of Action under the Global Condition

Making and Changing Spaces of Action under the Global Condition

Centre for Area Studies (U Leipzig); Flying University of Transnational Humanities (Sogang U, U Pittsburgh, U Tampere, National Chiao Tung U, & U Leipzig); Graduate School Global and Area Studies (U Leipzig); SFB 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” (U Leipzig)
University Leipzig
From - Until
12.06.2017 - 15.06.2017
Martina Keilbach

7th Flying University in Transnational Humanities
XV Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies

The Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS) in collaboration with the Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) – a consortium of Sogang University (South Korea), University of Pittsburgh (USA), University of Tampere (Finland), National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), University of Leipzig (Germany) – and supported by the Collaborative Research Centre “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” as well as by the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig is looking for applicants interested in a summer school for PhD students to be held 12–15 June 2017 in Leipzig.
Research Context of the Summer School

Since 2010, the Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) has gathered PhD students and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences across the globe for an annual summer school centring on presentations by leading scholars as well as by PhD students. As a truly transregional collaboration, it profits from the willingness of participants to share the core arguments of their current research project and to situate them in a global context.

The Leipzig-based Graduate School Global and Area Studies, the local organizer of this years’ joint conference, currently comprises of 120 PhD candidates from more than 30 countries and from a wide range of disciplines across the social sciences, history, and cultural studies. Its annual summer school is an integral component of the PhD programme and occupies a special place within the educational concept of the graduate school by providing PhD candidates with a forum to present the results of their respective research to their peer group, including fellow PhD candidates and postdocs from abroad.

Encouraged by the very positive experience we made in 2013, with this collaboration we are happy to announce the summer school of 2017 as a joint effort with FUTH and we invite young researchers from all over the world whose research interests are in line with the focus of this year’s summer school to partake.

Thematic Focus of the Summer School
When defining globalization as a dialectical process of de- and reterritorialization, we have to analyse space as a central resource in global processes both past and present. To position a political project towards and in the world means to spatialize it. This may take the format of a territory as we know them from state building processes, but it can also take the format of a chain or a network. Other projects prefer the format of enclaves or use a language of transcending all kinds of borders to describe their ambitions. What brings all these efforts under one analytical umbrella is the fact that they react to the global condition, which means that they react to the unavoidability of connectivity (not to be confused with free trade, cosmopolitanism, etc. which is only one of the many facets of reactions to the global condition). To find the right spatial format is the challenge that all these projects of global positioning are confronted with – not in the same way and not disposing of the same kind and amount of resources, though in principle the challenge is the same.

Not all entanglements are global in nature, many of them remain transnational or transregional, while some are national, regional, or even local. Connections happen at all spatial levels and they remain unstable. Spatialization, as an effort to situate one’s own activities (economic, political, cultural, etc.) towards this multiscalarity, has to be renewed all the time – often it repeats the solution found beforehand but sometimes a new format is experimented with.

The current political situation in which many commentators see rather old fashioned spatial formats, such as the protectionist nation-state, resurfacing is an interesting moment for the study of global processes. Some see deglobalization progressing as a countermovement to what happened since the 1980s. Instead of opposing modern global processes and strategies of nationalization, we are looking rather at the embeddedness of all spatial formats in the context of the global condition and their changes over time.

We are interested in practices and processes through which (relatively durable) spatial arrangements are created, maintained, and subverted. Who forges national and transnational connections and how do these impact the making of spatial orders? How are people integrated or socialized into spatial arrangements with global reach or ambition? Which role does power, the access to resources and violence, play in this regard?

Participation fee
The participation fee is 50 Euro. This fee covers the costs of all conference materials (including a reader of relevant publications, which will be discussed at the summer school by keynote speakers), refreshments during the breaks, lunches, as well as participation in the welcome reception and the cultural events that will be held during the summer school.

Upon request, reasonably priced accommodations in Leipzig will be arranged by the conference office.

With successful participation in the summer school, it will be possible to receive a certificate from the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences.

Childcare will be provided for all events. Please register by 31 May 2017 using the above-mentioned address.


MONDAY, 12 June 2017 [venue: SFB 1199, Stohsackpassage]

9 am Registration
10 am Stefan Troebst (Leipzig) and Jie-Hyun Lim (Seoul) Opening Remarks
10.30 am -12 pm Lecture: Elisabeth Kaske (Leipzig): Globalizing Sichuan: Spacial Aspirations and Revolution in a Landlocked Province, 1860-1911

1.30 pm – 5.30 pm Panel 1 Actors, agency and their connection to space making
Chair: Lesley Branagan (Leipzig), Karen Silva Torres (Leipzig)

Pablo Holwitt (Leipzig): Stacking classes: Spatial dimensions of class distinction in Mumbai
Lesley Branagan (Leipzig): Asha workers in New Delhi neighbourhoods: scalar constraints
Diana Ayeh (Leipzig): Job recruitment and political interventions in an emerging mining town of Burkina Faso
Desirée Kumpf (Leipzig): Negotiating 'Organic' Environments on Tea Plantations in India
Karen Silva Torres (Leipzig): Journalists, social media and the production of news in Ecuador
Comment: Arne Harms (Leipzig), Katja Naumann (Leipzig)

2.30 pm – 5.30 pm Reading Course
Discussion of the articles in the Summer School Reader with Matthias Middell

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

TUESDAY, 13 June 2017 [venue: GWZO, Specks Hof]

10 am – 12 pm Panel 2 Minorities as Actors in Space Making
Chair: Hakob Matevosyan (Leipzig)
Julia Glöckl (Leipzig): Activist spaces in Japan as examples of Foucault's Heterotopia
Seol Ah Park (Seoul): Opportunities and challenges of the small parties in South Korea
Magda Wlostowska (Leipzig): Creating transnational gay and lesbian spheres in 1980's Europe – the example of the Eastern Europe Information Pool
Comment: Megan Maruschke (Leipzig)

1.30 pm – 5 pm Panel 3 Self-positioning of Eastern European Societies under the global condition (EEGA)
Chair: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)
Tobias Köllner (Magdeburg): The Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness: Religion, Politics and the Construction of New Moralities and Identities
Daniel Sitera (Leipzig): European Union´s Cohesion Policy and the Developmental Fix on Europe´s (East-Central) Periphery
Constantin Katsakioris (Bayreuth): Training the Third World Elites: The Socialist Countries, the Global Cold War, and the Educational Revolution
Bence Koscev (Leipzig): “Establishing new international economic relations on the basis of justice and equality.” Central Eastern Europe and the concept of the New International Economic Order
Anna Novikov (Jerusalem): The Visual Language of Neo-Nationalism: Patriotic Fashion in East-Central Europe/Central Asia
Comment: Steffi Marung (Leipzig)

WEDNESDAY, 14 June 2017 [venue: SFB 1199, Stohsackpassage]

9 am – 10.15 am Round Table
Imaginations of the East in Europe and Asia - Regionalizations and Imaginary Geography in Global Perspective
Jie-Hyun Lim (Seoul), Frank Hadler (Leipzig), Sarah Sippel (Leipzig), Anna Novikov (Jerusalem)

10.30 am – 1 pm Panel 4 Memory Culture and Space
Chair: Uwe Müller (Leipzig)
Hee Yun Cheong (Seoul): “Restitution” of the Colonial Bones and “Homecoming Nationalism”: Dilemma of Reterritorializing Remains in Postcolonial Namibia and South Korea
Nikola Baković (Giessen): Following the Revolution’s Trails. Multi-Scalar Place-Making through Ritual Tourism in Socialist Yugoslavia
Katarzyna Marks (Leipzig): Christian Cross Arenas as Symbolically Charged Spaces
Jovana Vukcevic (Montenegro/Leipzig): The price of memory: Commodifying, touristifying and disneyfing Europe’s contested past
Comment: Beata Hock (Leipzig), Frank Hadler (Leipzig)

10.30 am – 1 pm Panel 5 Identities in connective Spaces
Chair: Jens Reinke (Leipzig)
Željka Oparnica (Leipzig): The Jewish connection. A view from the Jewish mahalas to fin-de-siècle Sarajevo and Beirut
Intaek Hong (Seoul): Państwowy Ośrodek Wychowawczy no. 2: The Identity Formation of North Korean War Orphans in Transnational Educational Exchange in Socialist Bloc, 1953 – 1962
Sandra Franz (Düsseldorf/Oxford): Between prejudice and rapprochement: The British image of Germany between 1945 and 1953
Comment: Jie-Hyun Lim (Seoul)

2 pm – 5 pm Panel 6 Conflict and Social Change in Sub-National and Transnational Spaces
Chair: Daniel Leon (Leipzig)
Jorgelina Loza (Buenos Aires): The construction of social representations on the transnational scale of collective action: ideas of nation and region in a Latin American network
Stiven Tremaria (Osnabrück): Two sides of the same coin: Urban transformation and violence in Caracas (Venezuela) during the Bolivarian Revolution
Sven Trautmann (Leipzig): The United Nations and the African Union: A Case of Cooperation and Competition in a global-regional Perspective
Silvia Cáceres (Berlin): Achievements around the concept of network: few contributions from the past 15 years
Comment: Kristin Seffer (Deggendorf)

5 pm – 7 pm Lecture (SFB or GWZO)
GWZO – Holly Case (Providence/Wien): Combine to Solve: The Eastern and Polish Questions in the Age of Questions

SFB 1199 – Rita Abrahamsen (Ottawa): Space, Fields, Assemblages: The Study of Africa in International Relations

8 pm get together

(7.30 pm Dinner for honoured guests, sponsored by the Critical Global Studies Institute, Sogang University)

THURSDAY, 15 June 2017 [venue: Centre for Area Studies, Thomaskirchhof 20)

10 am – 12 pm Reports by the Panel Organizer and Final Discussion
Chair: Postdocs from the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199)

Contact (announcement)

Dr. Martina Keilbach
Graduate School Global and Area Studies
University of Leipzig

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