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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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Sujit Sivasundaram joins as new research fellow

The center extends a warm welcome to Sujit Suvasundaram (Cambridge) who joins as a new research fellow for the year 2022. Sujit has taken a circuitous path to his current post as Professor of World History and Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies in Cambridge. Bouncing between the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, he has left his mark on imperial history, oceanic history, cultural history, and the history of science. This path has taken him through the LSE, the EHESS in Paris, the Universities of Singapore and Sydney, and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. During his fellowship with us in Munich, Sujit will be focusing on the long history of Colombo. He is interested in the challenges of building a city such as this, at the centre of the Indian Ocean, in a marshy terrain, and the labour and community formation that met such an environmental challenge. He will be developing his perspective on connection as an unstable practice, especially when tied to capitalism and empire, because of its potential to segment and divide places and people. He is also interested in the art and visual practice surrounding this city and what it tells us of how globalisation is visualised and propagandised.     Continue Reading

Burcu Dogramaci on photography and pandemics

Burcu Dogramaci, art historian and one of the Kolleg’s directors, spoke on “Pandemische Kamera: Gefahr und Schutz im fotografischen Bild” at the conference “Digital Realities: Political Imagery and Mediatized Nature in Times of COVID-19” on 15 December 2021.   Continue Reading

Burcu Dogramaci speaks in Vienna

On 5 November, Burcu Dogramaci, art historian and one of the Kolleg’s directors, presented her work at the Jahrestagung des Verbands Österreichischer Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker in Vienna. She spoke on “Kunst handeln. Galeristinnen der Moderne im Einsatz für die Kunst ihrer Zeit“.   Continue Reading