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2-3 September, Historically free African Americans in visual and spatial representation

Workshop at the Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, LMU Munich, organised by Andrea Frohne (Fellow Alumna, Käte Hamburger Research Centre and Professor, Ohio University)  

This workshop focuses on free African American people through art, visual culture and studies of space. It investigates circumstances of freedom and the disconnection from slavery prior to the Civil War, representations of free people of colour and descendants in visual culture and studies of space into the 21st century, and 17th and 18th-century White European immigration into Black America.

Presentations may focus on artworks made by free people of colour, such as sculptor Edmonia Lewis, portrait photographer J.P. Ball, landscape artist Robert S. Duncanson, and painters Henry Ossawa Turner and Edward Mitchell Bannister. How did their status as free play a role in their artistic careers or impact the content of their artworks? Papers may also focus on mobility and migration into free Black settlements across the United States and Canada. Topics include visual and spatial analyses of Black churches and schools, ownership of property shown in land surveys, rural roads named after free families of colour, or cemeteries.

With our location in Germany for the workshop, we seek to explore European migration into enslaving territories. What are the through lines of White families who become Black in the new world? They may have become enslavers who bore liberated children of colour. Or they may be indentured servants who bore free children of colour. Some free people of colour in the United States descended from German, British, Irish and Scottish forebears. What are the global ramifications of such disrupted, disconnected genealogies?

Overall, the workshop seeks to contribute new scholarship to the underrecognised subject of free African Americans and descendant populations in visual and spatial representation.


The deadline for presentation proposals is 20 April, 2024.

Please click here for the call for papers.

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11-12 September, Aquatic complexities. Tourism, aesthetics and dis:connections


Workshop at the Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, LMU Munich, organised by Hanni Geiger

11-12 September 2024

From 11-12 September 2024, global dis:connect will welcome thinkers, curators and practitioners from art, design and architecture (history), craft (studies), environmental humanities and related disciplines to discuss the many ways in which aesthetic creations surrounding water-based tourism visually reflect, mediate and influence global dis:connections – past, present and future.  
The workshop will concentrate on commercial and non-commercial visual artworks that, since the advent of modern tourism in the late 19th century, reflect on one of the most important resources of tourism: water, whether fresh or salty, in natural or artificial basins. When dealing with water, the sea and rain — referents of the Latin aqua — these works point to more than cultural exchange and preservation, the development of remote areas and economic growth spurred by water-based tourism. The pieces also relate to interruptions, invisibilities and absences, such as ecological devastation due to the over-exploitation of water for cleaning, irrigating golf courses and cooling tourism facilities; the glocal character of maritime hotel architecture; the rising sea level and the disappearance of many destinations, environments and cultures; beaches as sites of social inclusion and exclusion; labour migration; and the conflicts between local communities and national and global power structures.  
Historical and contemporary visual works that treat water as a motif, material, image, idea, resource, a means, a route, a site, a scenery and an environment can illuminate the ubiquitous but overshadowed or undocumented interdependencies of global entanglements and disentanglements in tourism.The works reinterrogate the sensorial aspects of pleasure-based aesthetics and the connections it generates between consumers and their destinations with regard to dis:connectivities. Learning about aquatic complexities visually means fostering alternative, non-hegemonic approaches to globalisation research from the perspectives of the humanities and the arts.  
The deadline for applications is 12 April 2024.  
Concept and organisation: Hanni Geiger, Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, Munich.    
Please click here for the call for papers.
Please register here by 6 September.
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23-26 July, gdc summer school

global dis:connect summer school 2024  
From 22-26 July 2024, global dis:connect will welcome MA and doctoral students from the humanities as well as creative professionals at any stage of their careers to meet and discuss in Munich for a summer school that will concentrate on Cultural infrastructure(s)from ‘dis:connective perspectives’. We will pay particular attention to disruptions, disturbances and absences in processes of globalisation, which we have hitherto tended to see in terms of ever-increasing connectivity. Seen from a global perspective, cultural infrastructure is characterised above all by major disparities.
The summer school will allow the participants to present their own projects on the topic and will feature several master classes with renowned scholars as well as art and film presentations. All sessions will be held in English.
global dis:connect promotes dialogue between scholarship and art as coequal means to approach dis:connective phenomena 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. It is through art, film, theatre, design and architecture that cultural infrastructures and the absences, interruptions and detours they reveal and produce have recently been thematised.
Organisers: Christopher Balme, Nikolai Brandes, Hanni Geiger, Nic Leonhardt and Tom Menger, Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, Munich.
Please note: the summer school is a closed event. Parallel to the summer school, global dis:connect however invites you to its annual lecture on the same topic by performance scholar Shannon Jackson on 22 July 2024.
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11-12 April, Stages of Performing in Pahlavi Iran 1925-1979

Workshop by Nic Leonhardt (global dis:connect) and Anna Heller (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

With the introduction of European drama in the mid-19th century, a new model of theatre emerged in Iran, which in the 20th century developed from a previously amateur activity into an established cultural institution of modern society. In contrast to the processes of social change in Pahlavi Iran (1925–1979), the cultural-historical relevance of the performing arts has not yet been fully explored.

For a holistic approach, this workshop will look at different forms of stage art, including dance, theatre, musical theatre and festivals. The neglect or separate consideration of the musicological aspects of the performing arts reinforces the importance of these forms.

In the context of global theatre histories, understood as the historiography of connections, interweaving, exchanges and dis:connections, the workshop covers a wide range of subtopics. Contributions range from the development of dramatic art and literature in the early Pahlavi era,  social criticism and state ideology in the dramatic arts, to opera and stage dance in the late Pahlavi era. The aesthetics of unconventional stages, the theatre of the absurd and the Shiraz Arts Festival are addressed along with biographical approaches to the history of women in theatre.

During the two days of the workshop, we will engage in intensive dialogue on these topics. We will also discuss the increasing methodological obstacles to fieldwork and archival work in the region.

Please register here by 8 April 2024.
Please click here to download the programme
Venue: Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, Munich.
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9 February, opening conference of the exhibition “travelling back: reframing a 19-century exhibition from Munich to Brazil”

Opening conference at Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich, 9 February 2024, 15:00, the exhibition will last until 5 April, free entry

Travelling Back presents a critical perspective on the narratives and collections Bavarian scientists Johann Baptist von Spix (1781–1826) and Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794–1868) brought from Brazil to Munich in the 19th century. The exhibition follows their extensive three-year journey across the Brazilian hinterland, including the Amazonian region.

Spanning 14 000 km, this expedition took place from 1817 to 1820 and was later chronicled in the multi-volume publication Reise in Brasilien (Travels in Brazil – 1823), providing a personal account of the scientists' encounters and perceptions of the country's varied landscapes, cultures and wildlife.

During their travels, Spix and Martius interacted with various indigenous groups and gathered numerous ethnographic, botanical and zoological specimens. These materials became foundational for several Bavarian institutions, like the Bavarian State Collections of Zoology and Botany, as well as the Königlich Ethnographische Sammlung, now the Museum Fünf Kontinente, established in 1862. Beyond tangible artifacts, these collections also treat the history of Isabella Miranha and Johann Juri, two indigenous children brought to Munich in 1820, who died tragically soon after their arrival. Unlike the scientists' evident presence in the city's landscape, the history of these children is marked by silences and absences in public memorial spaces.

The exhibition raises crucial questions about the coloniality underpinning the scientific pursuits of the natural-history project between Munich and Brazil in the 19th century. It examines the various displays and interpretations of Spix and Martius's collections from their arrival in Germany to the present, and it sheds light on the dis:connectivities of knowledge production behind these scientific endeavours. The idea is not only to inquire into the public reception of these experiences through a history of the gaze, but also to draw a critical examination through the lenses of present-day dialogues and initiatives. This includes new scientific practices of knowledge restitution, literary interpretations and contemporary perspectives from artists like Micheliny Verunschk (Brazil), Frauke Zabel (Germany), Yolanda Gutiérrez (Germany/ Mexico), Igor Vidor (Brazil), Elaine Pessoa (Brazil) and Gê Viana (Brazil).

Curator: Sabrina Moura, fellow at Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect Please click here to download the programme of the opening conference. Continue Reading

CANCELLED! 22-23 February, archival f(r)ictions

On 22 and 23 Feb. 2024, the Center will hold an international workshop focusing on the topic of "archival f(r)ictions" in curatorial and artistic film practice.

The workshop invites in a transdisciplinary dialogue on the colonial legacies of film archives. By making use of invention, imagination and speculation, artists and curators have explored the possibilities of engaging critically with the historical narratives contained in the archive, appropriating and transforming them. In this context, fiction has frequently served as a means to interrogate official histories and the legacies of the colonial past. In works by John Akomfrah, Filipa César, Tamika Galanis, Payal Kapadia, Zineb Sedira, Fiona Tan, Ala Younis, Akram Zaatari – to name just a few – the archive has become a site of subversive fiction and artistic resistance. In the framework of “global dis:connect”, the workshop addresses the potential of dis:connections, of the counterhegemonic f(r)ictions produced by imagining other (hi)stories from which alternative memories and futures may emerge. The focus lies on artistic and curatorial practices that produce dissonances and allochronisms through fictional narratives that investigate and rework the histories contained and preserved in archives.

Place & date: Munich, 22-23 February 2024

Organisers: Fabienne Liptay (University of Zurich), Laura McMahon (University of Cambridge), Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)

Venue: Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, Maria-Theresia-Straße 21, 81675 Munich

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November 2023, Meet The Memory Person – a collaborative remembrance project

Meet The Memory Person - a collaborative remembrance project: open studio, workshop and conversation (Venue: FLORIDA Lothringer 13 81667 München, Ein Kunstraum der Stadt München)

Artistic concept: Franziska Windolf

Curation: Mareike Schwarz

Munich’s Florida organisation will host Meet the Memory Person, a gathering to develop and envision the future of the collaborative and performative monument, initiated in Giesing in 2023 and dedicated to artists of all kinds who are living in exile or have migrate(d) to/from Munich, in particular Giesing. Workshop: Sunday, 12.11.2023, 11am-3pm The event starts with a workshop featuring creative guests from Giesing who have a connection to migration and exile and have encountered the Memory Person during their public performances. Open studio: to further extend collaboration on the monument, everyone is welcome to register for the 'Open Studio' from Monday, 13.11.23 - Saturday, 18.11.23. Materials and tools are available, and the artist will be present and looking forward to conversation and creativity. Contact franzi.windolf@posteo.de. Conversation: Sunday, 19.11.23, 5pm With Burcu Dogramaci, Laura Bruns, Cathrine Bublatzky, Clara Laila Abid Alsstar and Franziska Windolf. This event will also launch the Meet The Memory Person catalogue, with drinks and snacks!
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12 November, Global Munich at ausarten Festival


Stay strong meets Global Munich – the arts, politics & mental health

Sunday, 12 November 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Location: Fat Cat, Kellerstraße 8a, 81667 Munich Featuring artistic performances by DUGU TIGUI & TALKING PEOPLE   Art is multifaceted, both in its forms of expression and in what it conveys. Art showcases, processes and triggers emotions, while also discussing societal and political issues. On a panel at the ausARTen Festival 2023, the intersections of artistic activity, political activism and mental health will be addressed. The panel guests will explore these connections from different perspectives and compare practical experiences and theory.   Moderator: Ipek Akti   Featuring: Queen Lizzy: a musician, model, activist and co-organiser of the major Black Lives Matter protest in 2020.   Shukria Sufi is an Afghan psychologist currently working with Caritas and Refugio Munich. She studied psychology at Kabul University in Afghanistan. She is a trauma specialist and has trained more than 100 doctors, nurses, police officers, religious leaders and staff from various INGOs and NGOs in trauma sensitivity.   Yumn Ammar is a media producer, podcaster and moderator with a migration background. She is particularly active in the fields of anti-racism and inclusion.   Sophie Eisenried is a researcher at the Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect of the LMU. She focuses on art theory, artistic practices, interventions related to class and gender, institutional critique and, in particular, the connection between social and political movements and art.
A conversation about memory and theatre practice with Kevin Ostoyich Sunday, 12 November 2023, 3:00pm - 5:30pm Location: Fat Cat, Kellerstraße 8a, 81667 München   The ausARTen Festival 2023 workshop with Kevin Ostoyich, associated fellow at global dis:connect, offers a unique opportunity to engage with a renowned scholar and theatre practitioner. Ostoyich specialises in the connection between memory and theatre, particularly in relation to the Holocaust. He is known for transforming historical sources and memories into a compelling and moving theatrical experiences.   Workshop content: Memory and history: Ostoyich explains his approach to memory and historical theatre. Practical exercises: participants can contribute their own experiences and ideas to encourage creative thinking and dialogue. Analysis of theatre plays: Ostoyich presents his own plays based on historical sources and discusses their role in conveying history. Discussion and exchange: Q&A with Kevin Ostoyich.
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