Co-production of knowledge on social cohesion: Topics, issues and approaches/Coproduction du savoir sur la cohésion sociale: Sujets, enjeux et approches théoriques

Co-production of knowledge on social cohesion: Topics, issues and approaches/Coproduction du savoir sur la cohésion sociale: Sujets, enjeux et approches théoriques

Anne Kwaschik, University of Konstanz; Katja Naumann, Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig (GWZO); in cooperation with Geert Castryck, Leipzig University; and with the support of the Forum for the Study of the Global Condition and the CRC “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” at Leipzig University
Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199; Strohsack Passage, Nikolaistraße 6–10, 04109 Leipzig, 5th Floor, Room 5.55
From - Until
10.10.2019 - 12.10.2019
Kwaschik, Anne

Globalization processes from the 19th century until the present go along with social tensions, which have raised major questions on how modern societies in a globally connected world can prevent disintegration. A core issue concerns the increasing entanglements between regions of the world, which resonate in everyday life as much as they do in research. In different societies, the challenge of a peaceful coexistence in multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies faces an increasingly polarized ideological struggle over belonging and identity, linked with expressions of strong resistance against pluralistic models of society. The nostalgia for homogeneity on the one hand and the quest to reconcile integration and diversity on the other hand reflect two ideals of social cohesion, which stand in stark opposition to each other.
We address the current necessity of political regulation in combination with the need for the co-production of knowledge as a prerequisite for social cohesion. Connecting this epistemological
dimension of social cohesion with an ongoing self-reflection in the social, cultural, and regional sciences we aim at tackling the epistemological dimensions of societal questions of cohesion. In these disciplinary fields, a long tradition in producing difference is ending, paradoxically at a time when ‘the self’ and ‘the other’ is a bone of contention in politics and society.
How to deal with the long legacy of ‘othering’ in the social sciences, area studies and humanities, and how to produce social knowledge in the future has hardly been addressed in connection. It seems clear, however, that such knowledge has to build upon the increasing transregional connections in research and knowledge transfers. New forms of social knowledge will have to be co-produced, integrating different traditions and tools that societies have developed for self-observation and self-reflection; it will require practices and spaces of joint studies on social organization and cohesion that bring together various experiences from different parts of the world.
Taking modes of co-produced knowledge as a starting point, we reassess configurations of social sciences as well as their methods of certification and their social power to produce differences and divisions. Thus, the exploratory workshop aims at identifying (1) which historical preconditions characterize a co-production of knowledge about social cohesion; and (2) which conditions are required for the future decentralization of it.


Thursday, 10 October 2019

arrival and welcome with refreshments
(meeting room, CRC 1199)

Social cohesion and the production of difference / Cohésion sociale et construction de la différence
Chair: Roswitha Böhm (TU Dresden / Centrum Frankreich / Frankophonie [CFF])

Anne Kwaschik (University of Konstanz)/ Katja Naumann (GWZO Leipzig)
Co-production of knowledge on social cohesion: Issues and approaches – introductory remarks

Elísio Macamo (University of Basel)
The way they never were: Re-tribalisation and the Enlightenment

Wiebke Keim (Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme, Alsace)
Exclusive solidarities: Polarising social cohesion

Friday, 11 October 2019

Coproduction of urban knowledge between Africa and Europe / Coproduction du savoir urbain entre l’Afrique et l’Europe
Chair: Geert Castryck (Leipzig University)

Donatien Dibwe dia Mwembu (Université de Lubumbashi)
Problématique de la co-construction des savoirs dans la ville de Lubumbashi

Johan Lagae (Ghent University / Institut d’études avancées Paris)
Curating the city of Lubumbashi, DR Congo: On the “positionality” of architectural history in a postcolonial context

Luce Beeckmans (Ghent University / KU Leuven / University of Antwerp)
African place-making and urban citizenship in Europe: Balancing global relationality and territorial embeddedness

Knowledge pluralism, transregional coproduction and (dis)integration / Savoirs pluriels, coproduction transrégionale et (dés)intégration
Chair: Cécile Stephanie Stehrenberger (Max Weber Kolleg Erfurt)

Dmitri van den Bersselaar (Leipzig University)
Invisible and visible forms of co-production: Historical examples and present-day uneasiness

Benoît de l’Estoile (École normale supérieure Paris)
From sharing colonial research on Africa to knowledge co-production in Brazil

Özkan Ezli (University of Konstanz):
“How universals work in practical sense”. Uncontrollable paths of co-production in literary texts between Europe and late Ottoman Empire

coffee break

Hana Horáková (Metropolitan University Prague)
Politics of identity in the age of globalisation: Integrative and exclusionary strategies in Czech and South African society

Justyna A. Turkowska (University of Edinburgh)
Infrastructuring community people: The social trajectory of Swedish water supply programs in Ethiopia in the 1970–1980s

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Construction of difference in the social sciences / Construire la différence en sciences sociales
Chair: Matthias Middell (Leipzig University)

Philippe Fontaine (École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay)
Commitment in social science

Katja Naumann (GWZO Leipzig)
UNESCO’s building of international social sciences: Divisions and tensions in the global production of universal knowledge

coffee break

Svetla Koleva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia)
Africa viewed from Eastern and Western Europe during the 1960s and 1990s: From the neglected difference to the production of indifference

Stéphane Dufoix (Université Paris-Nanterre / Institut universitaire de France)
Relevance and indigenization as calls for another universality

by Manuela Boatcă (University of Freiburg)
and final discussion

Contact (announcement)

Antje Zettler

Universität Leipzig/Centre for Area Studies (CAS) Room 5.39
Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6–10, 04109 Leipzig
+49 341 97-37884
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