The period of decolonisation from the 1930s to the 1970s witnessed the transformation of global processes of integration and exchange, which were still coloured by empire. Cultural connections, political alliances, economic relations and personal networks became subject to scrutiny and interruption. Then and after, existing connections metamorphosed, and new ones arose. global dis:connect invites to explore how instances of dis:connectivity of various kinds have affected processes of globalisation in postcolonial settings.
The summer school is scheduled to take place from 3-5 August 2022 on the premises of global dis:connect (Maria Theresia-Str. 21 in Munich, Germany). Each day is to begin with a 90-minute master class, where we will discuss a text relevant to the topic of the day, after which participants will be able to present their projects for discussion. All sessions will be held in English.
global dis:connect promotes dialogue between scholarship and art as co-equal means to approach dis:connective phenomena — interruptions, absences and detours of globalisation. Such phenomena often leave few traces in archives and defy direct observation in many cases, but artistic practice can often reveal and provide access to them. Therefore, the summer school welcomes advanced MA-students, PhD-students and artists alike. Dissertation projects, grant proposals, exhibition projects and artistic interventions are all welcome. Participants can propose the presentation format that best fits their work, be it a traditional presentation, a film screening, an artistic intervention, moderated discussions and slide shows. All proposals should refer to the types of questions described below and stimulate discussion. The closing date for applications is 5 April 2022.
There are no participation fees. global dis:connect is endeavouring to secure funding to cover accommodation and travel costs for participants who require it.
For centuries, colonialism framed the history of globalisation and the processes of integration it comprised. By contrast, decolonisation emphasises disintegrative tendences that do not easily fit in an overarching narrative of integration. Essentially, decolonisation refers to the legal dissociation from heteronomous rule and the advancement of political, economic and cultural sovereignty. New states were the result — entities that decoupled from a greater political unit or that contributed to its dissolution (Osterhammel/Jansen). Interruptions and disconnections of various kinds were the consequence. Nonetheless, the period from the 1930s to the 1970s was a time of intense globalisation that witnessed the erection of a multilateral world order (Osterhammel/Peterson). Simultaneously, colonial structures (have) persisted in the form of enduring legal and institutional forms and epistemological repertoires. Thus, decolonisation was less a case of disintegrating globality than of a complex reconstitution of connective and disconnective processes around the world. We will probe these unexpected, interdependent and contradictory dynamics of global dis:connectivity in a novel approach to the historical study of decolonisation. The term dis:connectivity also provides a tool to unearth aspects of globalisation in our summer school that history and the humanities have largely ignored.
Please apply in writing by 5 April 2022 with the following documents:
- A CV (max. one page).
- A cover letter of one page explaining why you wish to take part in the summer
- A description of what you intend to present at the summer school (max. two pages).
Proposals for presentations of artistic projects can include images, video still, or other media.
- A short, signed statement declaring the participant’s consent to present proof of complete vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Please send us your application as a single PDF file and by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Following the invitation, we expect the participants to submit a paper (max. 15 pages) or other adequate material as a basis for discussion during the group sessions.