The Communicative Construction of Transnational Political Spaces and Times. An Interdisciplinary Conference

The Communicative Construction of Transnational Political Spaces and Times. An Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Bielefeld Collaborative Research Centre/SFB 584 "The Political as Communicative Space in History" (Department of History) Graduate School "World Concepts and Global Structural Patterns" (Institute for World Society Studies) Conveners: Mathias Albert, Gesa Bluhm, Jan Helmig, Andreas Leutzsch, Jochen Walter
Hotel Mövenpick
From - Until
27.04.2007 - 29.04.2007
Gesa Bluhm

For the programme and further information see the conference website:

Transnationalism has developed into a key research programme in history, sociology and political science during the second half of the 1990s. Due to a growing globalisation of everyday life, the transnational and/or global perspective has established itself in the attempt to overcome the national paradigm, which was associated with a conceptualisation of nation-states and their societies as independent and self-enclosed entities.
The conference primarily seeks to examine the construction, transformation and maybe also dissolution of transnational political spaces as they are constituted through language, social interaction and symbolic practices. It focuses on European and Western states and societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries during which national identifications became increasingly challenged by other representations transcending the frame of the nation.
The aim of this conference is, furthermore, to stimulate and advance the interdisciplinary analysis of political transnationalism.


Friday, 27 April 2007

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction

2:00 - 5:15 pm
Panel I: The Communicative Construction of Transnational Political Spaces
Chair: Jan Helmig (Bielefeld)
Discussant: Stephan Stetter (Bielefeld)

Brigitte Beauzamy (Paris)
The Globalisation of Community Conflicts and the Construction of Transnational Solidarities

Melissa Aronczyk (New York)
Branding Spaces. Nation Branding and the Communicative Reconstruction of National Identities

3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee break

Mark Choate (Salt Lake City)
Uniting Italians Abroad. Transnational Promotion of "italianità" among Emigrants, 1870-1920

Andreas Langenohl (Gießen)
The Imagination of Europe in Twin Town Activities. Rethinking Political Culture in the European Union

5:15 - 5:30 pm Coffee break

5:30 - 7:00 pm
Panel II: Civil Society and Governments. Who Are the Agents of Political Transnationalism?
Chair: Jochen Walter (Bielefeld)
Discussant: Mathias Albert (Bielefeld)

Dominique Kirchner Reill (New York)
Transnationalism Reconsidered. The Case for a Multi-National Adriatic in the Nineteenth Century

Steffen Mau, Jan Mewes (Bremen)
Cosmopolitanism through Transnationalism?

7:00 pm Dinner

Saturday, 28. April 2007

9:00 - 10:30 am
Panel II (continued)

Sean N. Kalic (Fort Leavenworth)
Negotiating Outer Space. U.S. Presidents and the Quest to Preserve Space as a Peaceful Transnational Frontier, 1946-1967

Holger Stritzel (London)
The Social Construction of Transnational Threat Spaces

10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee break

10:45 am - 2:45 pm
Panel III: Methodological Approaches to the Analysis of Transnational Political Spaces
Chair: Gesa Bluhm (Bielefeld)
Discussant: Willibald Steinmetz (Bielefeld)

Hayo Siemsen (Iasi)
Adaptive Innovations. Bridging Spatial and Temporal Relations by Cognitive Wormholes

Jani Marjanen (Helsinki)
The History of Concepts beyond the Nation State? Discourses on Methodological Nationalism and Histoire Croisée as New Challenges

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch

Hans-Jörg Trenz (Oslo)
Measuring Europeanisation of Public Communication. The Question of Standards

Mathias Middell (Leipzig)
Transnational History and Critical Junctures of Globalisation

2:45 - 3:00 pm Coffee break

3:00 - 7:00 pm
Panel IV: Transnational Spaces and/or/in World Society? World Society Theory and Global History of the Political
Chair: Mathias Albert (Bielefeld)
Discussant: Thomas Faist (Bielefeld)

Christian Haase (Nottingham)
Debating Foreign Affairs. Transnational Liberal Conferences and International Law in the 20th Century

Wolfram Kaiser, Klaus Dittrich (Portsmouth)
Political Communication at the World Exhibitions. Discourses about the 'Social Question' and Education, 1889-1904

4:30 - 4:45 pm Coffee break

William Guéraiche (Dubai/Paris)
A New Way of Thinking National and Transnational. French Geopolitics

Richard Niemeyer (Riverside)
The World-Systems Perspective and Global State Formation

7:00 pm Dinner

Sunday, 29. April 2007

9:00 am - 12.15 pm
Panel V: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Political Transnationalism
Chair: Andreas Leutzsch (Bielefeld)
Discussant: Werner Abelshauser (Bielefeld)

Knut Martin Stünkel (Bünde)
Nations as Times. The National Construction of Political Space in the Planetary History of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy with Reference to Georg Müller's "Last und Trost der deutschen Geschichte"

Otto Kroesen (Delft)
Between Spengler and Rosenstock-Huessy. Twofold or Threefold Thinking within a Fourfold Reference Framework

10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee break

Oliver Kessler (Bielefeld)
History as Collective Forgetting. The Gold Standard and the Politics of Memory

Isabella Löhr (Leipzig)
Intellectual Cooperation in Transnational Networks. The League of Nations and the Negotiation of a Global Copyright Convention

12:15 - 1:15 pm
Comments and Conclusion

1:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch

Contact (announcement)

Gesa Bluhm

SFB 584, Schule für Historische Forschung
Universität Bielefeld, Postfach 10 01 31, D-33501 Bielefeld
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