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20-21 Oct 22, Annual Conference Dis:connectivity in processes of globalisation

gd:c annual conference (hybrid), 20-21 Oct 22

Global connectivity, which seemed unassailable just 15 years ago, is increasingly in turmoil. The disruption is both ideational, with the rise of anti-globalism and chauvinist nationalism as influential political currents, as well as material, as evidenced in protectionist curbs on global trade, the increasing prevalence of border walls and floundering global supply chains.

As a research centre founded precisely to analyse the historical and current dimensions of such processes, global dis:connect is delighted to host its first annual conference, treating Dis:connectivity in processes of globalisation: theories, methodologies, explorations. We invite everyone to explore what theories, methodologies and cases might be best suited to research what we call dis:connectivity: the dynamic, co-constitutive relationship of connection and disconnection in processes of globalisation. Moving away from a perspective focused strictly on connectivity, scholars in several disciplines have recently started to attend to this dialectical relationship. By focusing on theories and methodologies, as well as exploring various case studies, this interdisciplinary and international conference of global dis:connect aims to ground the further study of this emerging field.

The conference will explore the range of dis:connectivity by bringing together historians, art historians and theatre scholars, reflecting the interdisciplinarity that is required to capture dis:connectivities in all their facets. Panels are structured around three themes that are particularly pertinent to our research: interruptions, detours, and absences. We will also bring scholars into conversation with practicing artists whose approaches offer privileged access to the fluidity and transience that mark many of the phenomena in question.

Confirmed speakers are: Hala Auji, Aleksandra Domanović, Valeska Huber, Richard M. Kabiito, Gabriele Klein, Peter W. Marx, Meha Priyadarshini, Kerstin Schankweiler, Promona Sengupta, and Sujit Sivasundaram.

The conference also features evening events, including, on 20 October, artist Parastou Forouhar in discussion with Catherine Bublatzky on The Global Dis:connect: embodiment and personality as symbols of interruptions, detours and absences in Parastou Forouhar’s art, while 21 October will feature a screening of the short film Atlantiques (Mati Diop, 2009) with a commentary by Fabienne Liptay.

Click here to download the programme.

Language: English

Where: IBZ, Amalienstr. 38, 80799 Munich.

Registration: The event is open to everyone, but seating is limited, so we kindly request attendees to pre-register (see below). Those not wanting to create an account may leave the password field blank. We will send a Zoom link immediately prior to the event to those who wish to participate remotely.

Photographic recording may take place during the entire event or portions of it. With your parti­cipation, you consent to the use of such materials for the reporting, publicity and communications purposes of the global dis:connect research centre.

This event will comply with current COVID-19-regulations. The venue requires an FFP2 mask to be worn in the entire building.

Conference concept and organisation: Hanni Geiger and Tom Menger


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