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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

8-10 Jun 22, Workshop: Cold War Disconnections

This workshop explores Cold War internationalisms – their promises, possibilities, and practices. The focus grows out of our shared belief that despite recent methodological developments in the field, we still have an incomplete view of internationalism(s) entangled histories, ruptures, jagged temporalities, and multiple incarnations, which internationalisms took in the global Cold War. A wealth of recent Cold War scholarship has stretched at the conceptual and temporal registers of the global conflict (1917-1989) incorporating new questions related to superpower conflict, modernisation, international development, decolonisation and postcolonial competition, and nation-state building. This conceptual shift presaged a structural move from an interpretive frame that privileged a ‘vertical’ focus on the top-down dissemination of Soviet American rivalry, to a ‘horizontal’ focus ’ of regional interconnections beyond the superpowers. The dialogue and integration between traditional fields of diplomatic history and new social, cultural, and religious histories have illuminated the grassroots of the global conflict, reconstructing intimate histories of the ‘imagined realities’ through which the global conflict was (re-) produced in countries ‘peripheral’ to Cold War bipolarity, such as Indonesia, Philippines, and Tanzania. In neighboring fields of international law and international relations, new waves of scholarship have foregrounded the cacophony of diverging voices from Asia, Africa to Latin America claiming the mantle of ‘international’ to remake the world in their own image. Indeed, a powerful thread embedded in this research agenda has been the exploration of twentieth-century liberal and illiberal internationalism. Still, despite aspirations to the global, the new wave of Cold War histories remain stubbornly – and structurally – bound to a particular geographical and spatial zone. An inclusive and truly global history of internationalisms told through its overlapping trajectories, shared experiences, people-to-people, and movement-to-movement connections has yet to be written. Nor have histories of internationalism come to terms with global dimensions of concepts of order making, decline of internationalisms, and the post-imperial dynamics which shaped the international system after 1945. Taking as our point of departure Lorenz Lüthi’s call for histories of the ‘interconnections and spillover effects within and among world regions’, this workshop will bring together early career researchers to consider the possibilities of what truly global history of internationalism in the Cold War might look like.  How might we revise standard interpretations of what the global conflict was and was not? With the shutting of archives across the world from China to Russia, what tools need to be developed to write global histories of internationalism? With an expansive view of internationalisms in mind, the workshop will analyse the following topics: ➔   Afro-Asian internationalism ➔   Third Worldism ➔   Anticommunist Internationalism ➔   Visions of Neutrality and Non-Alignment ➔   Political Thought of decolonisation ➔   History of International Law and International Organizations ➔   Political economy ➔   Empire and re-imperialisation ➔   Gender and the Cold War ➔   Science and Technology ➔   Religious internationalism ➔   Educational interchanges.   You can find the full program HERE.   Contact: Dr. Ann-Sophie Schoepfel Fellow KHK „global disconnect“ LMU München    

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12 May 22, global dis:connect opening ceremony

On 12 May 2022 the Käte Hamburger Kolleg global dis:connect was officially inaugurated. The event took place at the Historisches Kolleg in Kaulbachstrasse. The occasion was marked by a keynote lecture from Heidelberg art historian Monica Juneja who spoke on “Awkward, unstable, creative: Dis:connection as world-making”. The lecture was followed by an evening reception. You find the complete programme HERE.   Continue Reading

Lunchtime Colloquium – summer term 2022

The Kolleg's lunchtime colloquium continues in the summer term. The first session - our traditional semester kick-off - takes place on 26 April.   Please note that due to illness we had to make a few changes to the programme: On 19 Jul, Enis Maci will speak on "Everything is connected: Biotope & Conspiracy" On 26 July, the series closes with a lecture Anna Nübling on "Dis:connecting Space and Time: the Search for Extra-terrestrials and its Global Imaginary"   The lunchtime colloquium takes place at the Kolleg's library in Maria-Theresia-Str. 21 and starts at 12 o'clock. All are welcome. No registration necessary. You can find the complete (original) programme HERE. Please factor in the changes mentioned above.  

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8 Feb 22, Lunchtime colloquium with Hanni Geiger

On 8 February, global dis:connect team member and art historian Hanni Geiger spoke on “(Re-)Branding the global Mediterranean through design and image since the 1930s: process and findings” in our winter term lunchtime colloquium series. You will find the lunchtime colloquium programme for the winter term 21/22 HERE.               Continue Reading

25 Jan 22, Lunchtime colloquium with Nikolai Brandes

On 25 January, global dis:connect team member and architectural historian Nikolai Brandes spoke on “Southern pedagogies and nonlinear globalisation: towards a study of schools of architecture in sub-Saharan Africa, 1954–1992” in our winter term lunchtime colloquium series. You will find the lunchtime colloquium programme for the winter term 21/22 here.           Continue Reading