The Käte Hamburger Research Centre “Dis:connectivity in Processes of Globalisation” (global dis:connect), which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), examines the dynamic, co-constitutive relationship of global integration, absent connections and disintegration in current and historical processes of globalisation. The Centre emphasises the indispensability of the humanities in globalisation research, whose differentiated instrumentarium is required to recognize the social manifestations of processes of globalisation, their cultural contexts and their individual and collective interpretations.
Our work at the Centre focuses on the deep significance of the interstices that emerge from the simultaneity and co-constitution of integrative and disintegrative elements. In this context, the term dis:connection is central, as it emphasises precisely this co-constitutive, dynamic relationship of global integration, disintegration, and absent connections, which only become relevant in relation to each other. The term privileges neither integrative nor disintegrative processes, focussing instead on their reciprocal interactions and highlighting them as the decisive factor in grasping the social significance of globalisation. This represents a fundamentally new approach to globalisation research, one that deserves to be further developed, established, and applied in concrete scholarly enquiries in the coming years.