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3 July, Dis:connections in the global public humanities, perspectives on participation, translation and transfer

Interest in science communication and transfer is growing. This workshop attempts to negotiate challenges and opportunities in thinking through public humanities, including digital humanities, on a global scale.

09:00-18:00: Workshop In the first panel, we discuss what challenges the humanities currently face, interrogating what the humanities are and could be for from a global perspective. Such a perspective not only challenges the idea of the humanities as a European concept, but also forces us to think about what constitutes a public and/or community, and what the existence of various (global) publics and communities means for the idea of public humanities, its communication and transfer. The panel also addresses how we can develop a language capable of translating not only between different scholarly disciplines but also between different publics. The second panel asks how the humanities relate to the omnicrises of the present. How do, can and should the humanities participate in identifying, naming, discussing, combatting or otherwise relating to these crises? How can the quality of the humanities infuse publics and with which tools?
  The third panel addresses the challenges and possibilities of digital tools for the global public humanities. How can they help overcome, alleviate and negotiate the challenges of the global humanities? How do digital humanities help us connect more globally, and how does its required infrastructure hinder inclusivity? The workshop closes with a panel on perspectives ‘from below’. As the workshop is co-organised by a network of junior scholars, whose aim is to strengthen the humanities’ perspective in society, we are especially interested in the role of junior scholars in practicing and representing global public humanities. How can their perspectives on the problems and potentials of the humanities be best integrated into a larger conversation, thereby accounting for the different positionalities of junior scholars in the global North and South? This panel also lets participants share their experiences of what practical challenges arise from the particular perspective of a career in the humanities and how they can overcome.   Speakers: Eva-Maria Bergdolt (CAPAS Heidelberg), Canan Hastik (TU Darmstadt), Sarah Dillon (Cambridge University), Premesh Lalu (University of Western Cape), Martin Puchner (former fellow at Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, LMU Munich; Harvard University), Gimena del Rio Riande (University of Buenos Aires), Lwando Scott (University of Western Cape), Inéz-Maria Wellner (VolkswagenStiftung/25humans)   18:30-20:00 Conversation (open to the public): Thinking the global, thinking the public: Public humanities and the world

How do we think the public humanities globally - what is a global perspective on the public humanities? We share senses of what it means to do humanities but all practice humanities work under local conditions. What, if anything, translates between these contexts? Is there a sense in which the public humanities can be "global"?

We discuss these questions, and others related to the public humanities, with Roland Wenzlhuemer (global dis:connect), Sarah Dillon (Cambridge), and an open hot-seat for everybody to join us on stage.

Participants: Sarah Dillon (Cambridge University), Roland Wenzlhuemer (Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, LMU Munich), the audience (everyone is invited to join the conversation). Chair: Tim Lanzendörfer (Goethe University Frankfurt)  
Organisers: Anna Sophia Nübling (former postdoctoral researcher at Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, LMU Munich) & 25humans   Venue: Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect Maria-Theresia-Str. 21 81675 Munich   Please register by 28 June HERE.   To download the programme click HERE.
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13-15 June, Nomadic Camera. Photography, Displacement and Dis:connectivities

Processes of migration and flight after 2015 and their depiction, perception and distribution through photography are the starting point of ‘Nomadic Camera’. We seek to investigate the relationship of photography and contemporary migration in technology, the media and aesthetics in addition to historical exile and flight as the pivotal discursive setting in which specific forms of mobility extending from the mid-19th century to today have been negotiated. The concept adapts the term ‘nomadic’ — a transitory form of existence — beyond static concepts of being and national boundaries (Demos 2017). ‘Nomadism’ refers to a form of mobility that converges with and diverges from other terms, such as ‘travel’, ‘displacement’ and ‘exile’ (Kaplan 1996). At the same time, displacements are intrinsically related to connective and disconnective experiences, including place-making and belonging, ruptures between life and work in the past and present, experiences of loss and challenges of beginnings. ‘Nomadic Camera’ will centre around the following questions: how do dislocations interconnect with the technical evolution of photography as a mobile medium? How do camera technologies presuppose and affect the visual formulation of exile, migration and flight experiences? What modifications in aesthetics and style, methods and practices of photography do temporary mobility, geographical relocation and resettlement imply?  
Organisers: Burcu Dogramaci (Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, LMU Munich), Winfried Gerling (European Media Studies – University of Applied Sciences Potsdam/University Potsdam and Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies (ZeM), Potsdam), Jens Jäger (University of Cologne) and Birgit Mersmann (University of Bonn)  
13 June 2023 gd:c annual lecture / Keynote ‘Nomadic Camera’: Historisches Kolleg Kaulbachstraße 15 80539 Munich
14/15 June 2023 Workshop ‘Nomadic Camera’: Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect Maria-Theresia-Str. 21 81675 Munich
14 June 2023 Film screening Fati’s Choice: Arena Filmtheater Hans-Sachs-Str. 7 80469 Munich   Please register by 4 June HERE.  
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Meet the memory person, a performative monument by Franziska Windolf, curated by Mareike Schwarz

“Many artists from Munich went into exile, and many artists come into exile in Munich today. Become the “Memory Person” to interact with passers-by on the streets to collect and record memories and present experiences of exile and migration in Munich!”               Organisers: Franziska Windolf, Mareike Schwarz   Meeting point: U Silberhornstraße, Giesing, München Dates:
  • 01.06.  3 pm
  • 04.06. 12 am
  • 11.06.   3 pm
  • 13.06.  4 pm
  • 19.06.  5 pm
  • 24.06. 12 am
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20-21 June, Mountains dis:connect

Workshop at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, organised by Martin Knoll (Salzburg), Eva-Maria Troelenberg (Düsseldorf) and Roland Wenzlhuemer (Munich)
From the perspective of art and cultural history, mountains have not only been an important subject of visual practices, from landscape painting to (travel) photography, they have also been understood as sites that can be highly charged with national, cultural and religious symbolism. Inspired by these neighbouring fields, global history is currently discovering mountains as sites where global entanglements manifest themselves and emphasise how deeply embedded local and regional processes are in global webs of connections and (potentially conflicting) interests. For long, high altitudes have not played a particularly prominent role in the study of global history. The field’s focus rested firmly on sites and structures whose role in global connectivity was instantly recognisable. Mountains and mountainous regions were often considered obstacles that had to be negotiated, crossed or circumvented, as natural borders, as impassable territory, as hide-outs and retreats, as watersheds and rain shadows. In short, mountains and high altitudes were long regarded as disruptive elements in an otherwise globalising world. This workshop seeks to integrate the connective and the disruptive perspectives on the role of mountains in globalisation. With its innovative focus on dis:connection, it identifies mountains as sites where connecting and disconnecting processes intersect, and where they create a powerful tension with regards to regional changes.
The workshop will take place at Paris London University Salzburg, Erzabt–Klotz–Str. 1 5020 Salzburg, First floor, room 1.005

Please register here by 12 June .

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lunch time colloquium summer term 23

The lunchtime colloquium (“ltc”) of the gd:c continues in the summer term. The first session will take place on 25 April. The colloquium takes place on Tuesdays from 11.30 am to 1 pm at the library of the Research Centre.

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lunch time colloquium, summer term 24


The lunchtime colloquium (“ltc”) of the gd:c continues in the winter term. The first session will take place on 16 April. The colloquium takes place on Tuesdays from 11.30 am to 1 pm at the library of the Research Centre.

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