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Jie-Hyun Lim takes up fellowship

In March Jie-Hyun Lim commenced his term as a fellow at global dis:connect. Welcome. Jie-Hyun Lim holds the CIPSH Chair of Global Easts and is a founding director of the Critical Global Studies Institute at Sogang University. At gd:c Jie-Hyun will work on multilingual versions of victimhood nationalism as a conceptual tool to illustrate competing memories of victimhood in the postwar Vergangenheitsbewältigung across Europe and East Asia. Continue Reading

Out now!

Burcu Dogramaci and Marta Smolińska. Grenze|Granica. Art on the German-Polish Border after 1990. Cologne: Böhlau, 2024. This book analyses for the very first time a selection of works by international contemporary artists that reference the German–Polish border and draws attention to artworks created between 1990 and the early 2020s. The projects explored reference narratives of expulsion and the fluid, spectral and aesthetic nature of borders through sensory and somaesthetic perception. They examine the historical shifts of that border from the angle of changing political and societal contexts, lost homelands, expulsion of people and new political orders. The volume is the product of research in the field at the German–Polish border, interviews with artists, visits to their studios and archival work. It employs a transdisciplinary toolbox, combining methods from art history, border (art) studies, migration studies, memory studies, geopoetics, limotrophy and more. The book questions the double figure of dividing and sharing that finds expression in the German expression ‘eine (Grenze) teilen’, which means both to divide or to share a border: separation by a shared border and shared historical experience, regarded from two, often dissimilar perspectives. The study focuses on artistic projects ranging from photography to installation art and artistic methods from mapping to re-enacting, which address the issue of the borderland as a dynamic transition space. Continue Reading

gd:c team member at berlinale

It's no wonder that our gd:c videos always look so beautiful and cinematic. Aydin Alinejad, our friend and colleague who produces our videos and manages our IT, co-wrote a screenplay that has just won two prizes at the 74th Berlinale Film Festival! The film by Narges Kalhor, entitled Shahid, tells the fictional story of an Iranian migrant in Germany on a quest to change her name and dispel with some historical family baggage in the process. Her family and the German bureaucratic apparatus get in her way, as relatives and bureaucrats love to do. In particular, Shahid won the Caligari Prize for experimental, boundary-breaking films and the CICAE Art Cinema Award. Bravo Aydin! Continue Reading

gd:c podcast has launched

Our new podcast has just launched. It (maybe unsurprisingly) looks at the topic of globalisation by examining the intricate web of connections and disconnections that define our world. All our episodes are based on current research done at or around the Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect and delve deep into the social significance of globalisation processes. The first two episodes look at the role of the telegraph in globalisation and at Empire and climate change in Central Asia. New episodes will come out every two weeks. You find the podcast on all major platforms. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/global-dis-connect/id1718709789 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6SuroxNtXZpw61A4VEKmnR Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/show/1000468182 *** Continue Reading

Alumna fellow Anna Grasskamp awarded ERC Consolidator Grant

We are thrilled to announce that Anna Grasskamp, an alumna fellow of the Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect, has been awarded a 2023 ERC Consolidator Grant to jump start her project entitled ECOART - An Ecological History of Eurasian Art: Natural Resources, Aesthetic Practices, and Early Modern Globalization. While all the credit goes to Anna, of course, we'd like to think that her time at global dis:connect contributed as much to her ideas about global dis:connections in the ecology of art as much as her work has informed ours. We wish Anna every success and look forward to learning from her ongoing research! Continue Reading

Andreas Greiner takes up fellowship

In November Andreas Greiner commenced his term as a associated fellow at global dis:connect. Welcome. Andreas Greiner is a fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington. He specialises in infrastructure networks and their spatiality and materiality in the 19th and 20th centuries. At gd:c Andreas is studying intercontinental civil air routes between 1919 and 1947. The project examines the codification of aerospace as well as the diplomatic and economic factors driving intercontinental airway extension. Continue Reading

Yvonne Kleinmann joins global dis:connect

A warm welcome to our new fellow Yvonne Kleinmann who joins global dis:connect in early October. Yvonne Kleinmann is a professor of Eastern European history and director of the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies at Halle University Her project at gd:c, Communicating Constitutions: A Cultural and Entangled History of Poland’s Basic Orders, deals with Polish constitutional history from the 14th century to the present from the angle of cultural history and (transnational) entanglement.   Continue Reading

Welcome, Matthias Leanza!

In early October, Matthias Leanza joins global dis:connect as a new fellow. Welcome to Munich, Matthias! Matthias Leanza is a historical sociologist specialising in empires, colonialism and nation-state formation and is a senior lecturer at the University of Basel. At global dis:connect Matthias will complete his current book project on the legacy of German colonialism. Drawing on a wide range of sources from European and African archives, the study shows how and why the German overseas empire helped consolidate the nascent German nation-state. Germany soon lost its colonies, but their effects on the country persisted, leaving a complex legacy. Continue Reading