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CfP “Oceans Disconnect”, Nov 2022

On 21 and 22 November 2022, global dis:connect will host the international workshop Oceans Disconnect. The workshop is organised by David Armitage (Harvard), Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge) and Roland Wenzlhuemer (Munich). The Call for Papers is now open and can be found in our calls section or directly here. Submission deadline is 15 May 2022.

Over the past three decades, the rapidly expanding historical literature on oceans and seas has traditionally been framed around the geographical units of the world's water bodies; it has been directed towards tracking long-distance connections, so as to problematise the political and specialist organisation of historical knowledge around “nation”, “area” and “civilisation.” Yet the promise of the first, boosterish, phase of oceanic history has lately ebbed. Globalisation now looks more reversible and halting. And transnational historians more generally are examining disconnection rather than connection as a dynamic in world history. Along these lines, new work in oceanic history is insisting on particularity, friction, interruption, materiality and resistance. There is growing attention to the critical foundations of connection, where people, things, ideas, legal systems, could demonstrate instability, violence, and invisibility at the very nodes of globalisation. And historians are increasingly focusing on the choke-points within the world's oceans: straits and narrows, gulfs and bays; pirates' nests and contested waters; natural disaster and commercial risk; closed seas and maritime limits, among other topics. This workshop will interrogate the underside of connection and the dynamics of disconnection in oceanic history. .     Continue Reading

registration now open! – global dis:connect opening ceremony

Please note that registration is now open for global dis:connect's opening ceremony on 12 May 2022. The event will take place at the Historisches Kolleg in Kaulbachstrasse. The occasion will be marked by a keynote lecture from Heidelberg art historian Monica Juneja who will speak on “Awkward, unstable, creative: Dis:connection as world-making”. The lecture will be followed by an evening reception. All are welcome, but as seating is limited you are kindly asked to pre-register below. Please note that you can leave the password field blank if you do not want to create an account.   Continue Reading

New fellow Ayşe Güngör

A warm welcome to our new fellow Ayşe Güngör who just joined the Kolleg for then next twelve months.

Ayşe Güngör is an art historian with a background in art theory, anthropology and curatorial practices. Her research examines the confluence of art and anthropology in the practices of contemporary artists from Turkey, broadening the frame via narratives of global art and cultural exchange and eco-art practices. She investigates theoretical debates on artistic representation and institutional frameworks.   At global:disconnect, she is investigating the global art discourses embedded in institutionalised contemporary art through the representation of Istanbul in Germany through several exhibitions since 2000. By examining this complex relationship of global interconnectedness, her research seeks to identify gaps and limitations in the globalisation processes of contemporary art from Turkey.
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CfP “Colonial violence”, Dec 2022

On 8 and 9 December, global dis:connect will host a workshop to look at "Colonial violence beyond the borders of empires: dis/connections, transfers, and mobilities, ca. 1850–1954". The workshop is funded by global dis:connect and the University of Cologne. The Call for Papers is now open and can be found in our calls section or directly here.

The workshop will address different aspects of transimperial connections concerning colonial violence. On a conceptual level, we need considerations on their specific nature, while, on an empirical level, case studies will assist in approaching the different dimensions in which these entanglements manifested themselves on the ground. Finally, contributions will also complicate the notion of connectivity itself. One of our hypotheses is that colonial violence presents a more complex field of connectivity than we might find in other transimperial histories. We also invite contributions analysing points of disconnection, of absences, detours, misunderstandings, distortions, or creative/hybrid appropriations. We are interested in whether and how transimperial histories can change our view of the different theories of nationally specific colonial cultures of violence, such as the notion of a ‘minimum force’ British colonial warfare, a supposed German ‘colonial Sonderweg’, or the myth of Italians as ‘brava gente’, as benevolent colonisers.

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Enis Maci joins global dis:connect

A warm welcome to our new fellow Enis Maci who just joined the Kolleg for two fellow stints, one in winter/spring and one in summer 2022.

Enis  is one of Europe’s most striking polyartists. Her plays Lebendfallen, Mitwisser and Autos have appeared at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna and the Schauspiel in Leipzig, and she has served as the playwright-in-residence at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim. Her essay collection, Eiscafé Europa, debuted to widespread acclaim at the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair.   While at global dis:connect, Enis works on Habitat – an exploration of mythologies of information, their global dissemination and the esoteric, yet tangible ways in which contentious narratives touch upon concrete bodies and subjectivities.
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17 october 22, reading with rudi anschober

Rudi Anschober, 2021; Copyright: Ulrik Hölzel; Kontakt: info@hoelzel-photography.com, www.hoelzel-photography.com

On 17 October 2022, former Austrian Minister of Health Rudi Anschober will present and read from his book Pandemia - Einblicke und Aussichten. Written after his resignation for health reasons, in the book Anschober describes the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic using the examples of five people - an intensive care physician, a research coordinator, a Long Covid patient, a single bookseller and a minister. In doing so he provides the inside view of a state of emergency. The reading will take place at IBZ München, Amalienstraße 38, 80799 München and start at 18:30. Please note that both the reading and discussion will be in German. This event will comply with the COVID-19 regulations applying at IBZ at the time of the event.     Continue Reading

14 Aug 22, FILAMENTOUS MAGIC CARPETS at Lenbachhaus, curated by Enis Maci

On 14 August 2022, the Lenbachhaus will host an event called FILAMENTOUS MAGIC CARPETS. The event has been curated by our Fellow Enis Maci and combines a reading, a roundtable discussion, a concert, a film screening and a book launch. The Kolleg's very own Anna Nübling also participates in the roundtable. Parts of the event will take place in English, others in German.  

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21-22 Jul 22, Conference “High Society in a Global Perspective”

On 21 and 22 July 2022, the international conference "High Society in a Global Perspective. Media and Social Transformation in the 20th Century" will take place at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich. At the beginning of the 20th century and thus earlier than previously assumed, the so called High Society developed as a new social formation in North America. It was largely constituted by mass media visibility and thus offered an (additional) alternative to social advancement through economic success, family relationships or status. The High Society was actually much more open and dynamic than the upper class of the Gilded Age. At the same time, however, media visibility created an ambivalent interplay of empowerment and disempowerment that affected social structural categories such as gender, age, body, and family and created new social asymmetries. The conference will focus on the question of the extent to which comparable media logics and social formation processes developed simultaneously or with a time lag in other countries and regions, as in the case of the High Society in North America. In addition, did a global networking of people attributed to the High Society, of media professionals, and of various media sub-publics take place during this period? The event has been organized by Nicolai Hannig (Darmstadt), Juliane Hornung (Cologne) and Margit Szöllösi-Janze (Munich). The Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect acts as co-host. The conference will take place at the Historisches Kolleg, Kaulbachstrasse 15, in Munich. You can find the full programme HERE. For more information, please contact Julia Hornung.         Continue Reading

23-25 Jun 22, Workshop: Infrastructures of Musical Globalization, c. 1850–2000

Infrastructures rarely come to mind while making or listening to music. This holds equally true for discovering or playing with unfamiliar sounds from different world regions. As an ephemeral and affective experience, music of whatever origin is difficult to capture, locate, and pin down. And yet, without the emergence, development, transformation, and deterioration of infrastructures, such experiences would have taken quite a different path. The workshop delved into the material conditions as well as the explicit and implicit prerequisites of making music at a transnational and global level since the 19th century. It is these conditions and prerequisites we approach as musical infrastructures. Often, musical infrastructures as places and institutions – whether public, private, or anything in between – have been taken for granted by historical and present actors involved in musical life. They only receive greater attention if they do not meet artistic, economic, political, or public expectations. Hence, the presence, lack, or transformations of infrastructures are inextricably intertwined with the production of musical culture. This perspective pilots us to issues of law and (global) governance, industry and organization structures, technology and media, transportation, occupational careers, and musical markets. For this workshop, we assumed that that the emergence, flourishing, dissemination, and decline of musical cultures depend on the musical infrastructures that condition them. Understanding musical infrastructures as driving forces, counter forces, and lateral forces of musical practices, it is their forms and means, their reach, and ultimately their dis:connectivities we have explored more systematically. You can find the full programme HERE. For more information, please contact the conveners. Martin Rempe
Fellow KHK „global disconnect“
LMU München

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15 Jun 22, hybrid workshop: dis:connected objects

In the process of globalisation, which develops not only as a form of intensifying networks and a compression of geographical connection but equally as a site of missing or missed connections and disentanglement, objects play an ambivalent role. On the one hand, they are viewed as symbols and metaphors for a world seemingly shrinking in size (such as the computer and technologies connected with it that facilitate connections worldwide). On the other, they can stand for the severe breaks, absences, detours and interruptions that are intrinsically linked to processes of globalisation, migration and exile (such as beloved family photographs that are brought into exile but also lost, dispersed and destroyed on migration routes).

Building on and expanding research on the provenance and restitution of objects, which has discussed ethical and legal issues connected to objects that were (illegally) transferred and sold under conditions of political dominance and exploitation, we would like to focus on the objects themselves. How are they dealt with in the context of museums? How do they reflect, change, challenge and deconstruct our undertanding of globalisation?

Our workshop would like to shift attention to the processes of dis:connectivities in globalisation and how they impress themselves onto individual objects, their uses (or non-use) and functions in aesthetic and/or social as well as historical domains. How do objects stand in for the absences and detours that are also the result of globalisation? How are (art) objects dealt with in museum contexts that feature discourses about globalisation, migration and exile? What functions do objects have in debates about the political, historical and contemporary ‘dangers‘ of globalisation, migration and exile? Taking individual objects as our starting point, we would like to discuss how objects and the discourses connected to them negotiate the reciprocal, but also tension-laden, relationships of global dis:entanglements? How do objects provide a complex, ambivalent or even controversial interface for the complex processes of globalisation? Please note that the workshop will be held in German. You can find the full programme HERE.   Concept and organisation: Änne Söll (Fellow at global dis:connect) Burcu Dogramaci (global dis:connect) Hanni Geiger (global dis:connect) Sophie Eisenried (global dis:connect)   Continue Reading