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Current fellows

The cornerstone of global dis:connect is the fellowship programme, in which approximately ten scholars come to Munich each year. They research dis:connectivity on site and in close contact with the directors and their peers. Fellows also have the opportunity to host workshops on the topics of their research.

Short-term scholarships furnished by the Munich Centre for Global History supplement this programme. Actively integrating the epistemic potential of the arts is vitally important to global dis:connect because they can offer counternarratives to hegemonic discourses, to supposed certainties and to entrenched viewpoints (including scholarly ones). The opportunities — and risks — of artistic research and its critical position towards society and scholarship have barely been incorporated into academic research, methods, practices and results.

roii ball

Roii Ball is a social historian of 19th and 20th-century Germany and Central Europe and their colonial entanglements. He is a postdoctoral lead researcher at the Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence at the University of Münster. Ball earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021 with a dissertation on the social dynamics and bureaucratic practices of German colonisation in the Polish provinces of Prussia before WWI (Advisor: David Sabean).

Roii’s work focuses on family and kinship to explore histories of colonisation and their intersection with empire-making and nation-making. His research interests include the history of knowledge, history of childhood, environmental history, and digital history. He has held fellowships at the University of Cologne, the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, and the Leibnitz Institute for European History in Mainz.

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roii ball

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Roii Ball is a social historian of 19th and 20th-century Germany and Central Europe and their colonial entanglements. He is a postdoctoral lead researcher at the Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence at the University of Münster. Ball earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021 with a dissertation on the social dynamics and bureaucratic practices of German colonisation in the Polish provinces of Prussia before WWI (Advisor: David Sabean).

Roii’s work focuses on family and kinship to explore histories of colonisation and their intersection with empire-making and nation-making. His research interests include the history of knowledge, history of childhood, environmental history, and digital history. He has held fellowships at the University of Cologne, the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, and the Leibnitz Institute for European History in Mainz.

Da Silva

Claiton Marcio da Silva

Claiton Marcio da Silva is an associate professor of history at the Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS), Brazil, with a PhD in the history of science. In 2023, he published The Making of Modern Agriculture: Nelson Rockefeller’s American International Association for Economic and Social Development (AIA) in Latin America (1946-1968), addressing U.S. private diplomacy during the Cold War. He also co-edited The Age of the Soybean (White Horse Press, 2022) with Claudio de Majo.

 

At global dis:connect, Claiton Marcio Is exploring soybean production and exports as a fundamental dis:connectivity in globalisation, with a focus on political and socioenvironmental aspects. While historiography on the topic approaches these experiences of technological innovation and deforestation in a disconnected way, Claiton is proposing a transdisciplinary ethno-historical approach, connecting global experiences and arguing that the detours in this process (cheating, smuggling of inputs, etc.) are fundamental, not exceptional, parts of the process.

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Da Silva

Claiton Marcio da Silva

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Claiton Marcio da Silva is an associate professor of history at the Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS), Brazil, with a PhD in the history of science. In 2023, he published The Making of Modern Agriculture: Nelson Rockefeller’s American International Association for Economic and Social Development (AIA) in Latin America (1946-1968), addressing U.S. private diplomacy during the Cold War. He also co-edited The Age of the Soybean (White Horse Press, 2022) with Claudio de Majo.

 

At global dis:connect, Claiton Marcio Is exploring soybean production and exports as a fundamental dis:connectivity in globalisation, with a focus on political and socioenvironmental aspects. While historiography on the topic approaches these experiences of technological innovation and deforestation in a disconnected way, Claiton is proposing a transdisciplinary ethno-historical approach, connecting global experiences and arguing that the detours in this process (cheating, smuggling of inputs, etc.) are fundamental, not exceptional, parts of the process.

Fuhrmann

Arnika Fuhrmann

Arnika Fuhrmann is an interdisciplinary scholar of Thailand working at the intersections of the country’s aesthetic and political modernities. She is the author of Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema and Teardrops of Time: Buddhist Aesthetics in the Poetry of Angkarn Kallayanapong. She is currently a professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.

 

Digital futures: Asian media temporalities and the expansion of the sphere of politics investigates the temporal properties of the digital and draws the counterintuitive properties of digital mediation in relation to the dis:connectivity of a global gaze on Asian political spheres. It examines the temporal efficacy of features unique to the digital sphere and inquires into the counterintuitive ways in which contexts of political constraint shape and facilitate political expression. Digital futures thereby interrogates assumptions about the teleologies of progressive politics and investigates digital media across political fields and national boundaries in a highly globalised Asia.

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Fuhrmann

Arnika Fuhrmann

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Arnika Fuhrmann is an interdisciplinary scholar of Thailand working at the intersections of the country’s aesthetic and political modernities. She is the author of Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema and Teardrops of Time: Buddhist Aesthetics in the Poetry of Angkarn Kallayanapong. She is currently a professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.

 

Digital futures: Asian media temporalities and the expansion of the sphere of politics investigates the temporal properties of the digital and draws the counterintuitive properties of digital mediation in relation to the dis:connectivity of a global gaze on Asian political spheres. It examines the temporal efficacy of features unique to the digital sphere and inquires into the counterintuitive ways in which contexts of political constraint shape and facilitate political expression. Digital futures thereby interrogates assumptions about the teleologies of progressive politics and investigates digital media across political fields and national boundaries in a highly globalised Asia.

Michael Goebel

Michael Goebel is the Einstein Professor of Global History and co-director of the Frankreich-Zentrum at Freie Universität Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. from University College London (2006) and in 2018–21 was the Pierre du Bois Chair Europe and the World at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Originally an intellectual historian of Latin America, his 2015 book Anti-Imperial Metropolis awakened a growing interest in urban history and, more recently, social and economic history. He is currently the principal investigator of the SNSF-funded project Patchwork Cities.

 

During his fellowship at gd:c, he’s investigating the interrelationship between globalisation and inequality in Latin American and Southeast Asian port cities, particularly in the late-nineteenth century. His key interest is how the global development of capitalism and imperialism intersected with local socio-economic transformations in urban space, focusing on the interplay between ethnicity, migration and real-estate markets. His research thus connects to scholarship about segregation, but seeks to expand its purview beyond its customary focus on the North Atlantic.

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Michael Goebel

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Michael Goebel is the Einstein Professor of Global History and co-director of the Frankreich-Zentrum at Freie Universität Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. from University College London (2006) and in 2018–21 was the Pierre du Bois Chair Europe and the World at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Originally an intellectual historian of Latin America, his 2015 book Anti-Imperial Metropolis awakened a growing interest in urban history and, more recently, social and economic history. He is currently the principal investigator of the SNSF-funded project Patchwork Cities.

 

During his fellowship at gd:c, he’s investigating the interrelationship between globalisation and inequality in Latin American and Southeast Asian port cities, particularly in the late-nineteenth century. His key interest is how the global development of capitalism and imperialism intersected with local socio-economic transformations in urban space, focusing on the interplay between ethnicity, migration and real-estate markets. His research thus connects to scholarship about segregation, but seeks to expand its purview beyond its customary focus on the North Atlantic.

Huber

Valeska Huber

Valeska is a professor at the University of Vienna. She has led an Emmy Noether Research Group and has been a fellow at the German Historical Institute London. She is particularly interested in the mutual interdependence of opening and closure. More specifically, she has worked on mobility and migration, on epidemics and international health policy, and on education and literacy training. She has authored Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and co-edited Global Publics: Their Power and their Limits.

 

Valeska is currently focusing on global publics – their power, reach, and limits. During her fellowship at global dis:connect, she will work on a monograph about the 20th-century dream of universal literacy, tracing the Each One Teach One method propagated by US missionary Frank C. Laubach and applied around the globe from the Philippines to Cuba and Brazil.

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Huber

Valeska Huber

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Valeska is a professor at the University of Vienna. She has led an Emmy Noether Research Group and has been a fellow at the German Historical Institute London. She is particularly interested in the mutual interdependence of opening and closure. More specifically, she has worked on mobility and migration, on epidemics and international health policy, and on education and literacy training. She has authored Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and co-edited Global Publics: Their Power and their Limits.

 

Valeska is currently focusing on global publics – their power, reach, and limits. During her fellowship at global dis:connect, she will work on a monograph about the 20th-century dream of universal literacy, tracing the Each One Teach One method propagated by US missionary Frank C. Laubach and applied around the globe from the Philippines to Cuba and Brazil.

Kifyasi

Andrea Azizi Kifyasi

Andrea Azizi Kifyasi is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of History, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Kifyasi specialises in medical history and is interested in China’s medical aid to post-colonial African countries and medical diplomacy. He earned his PhD at the Department of History, University of Basel, in 2021. His latest journal article examined the effectiveness of exchanges of medical knowledge across the Global South using case studies of the Chinese-funded medical projects in Tanzania from 1968 to the 1990s.

 

At global dis:onnect, Kifyasi is studying the history of China’s medical assistance in post-colonial Tanzania, particularly the implications of Chinese medical aid in the development of Tanzania’s health sector under the discourse of South-South cooperation. He’s exploring how China’s medical assistance reflected the Southern agenda of promoting self-reliance and lessening Northern dominance in medical aid and knowledge in the South. The ensuring book will touch on South-South cooperation as well as economic, political and knowledge entanglements in bilateral relationships among countries of the Global South.

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Kifyasi

Andrea Azizi Kifyasi

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Andrea Azizi Kifyasi is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of History, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Kifyasi specialises in medical history and is interested in China’s medical aid to post-colonial African countries and medical diplomacy. He earned his PhD at the Department of History, University of Basel, in 2021. His latest journal article examined the effectiveness of exchanges of medical knowledge across the Global South using case studies of the Chinese-funded medical projects in Tanzania from 1968 to the 1990s.

 

At global dis:onnect, Kifyasi is studying the history of China’s medical assistance in post-colonial Tanzania, particularly the implications of Chinese medical aid in the development of Tanzania’s health sector under the discourse of South-South cooperation. He’s exploring how China’s medical assistance reflected the Southern agenda of promoting self-reliance and lessening Northern dominance in medical aid and knowledge in the South. The ensuring book will touch on South-South cooperation as well as economic, political and knowledge entanglements in bilateral relationships among countries of the Global South.

Judd C. Kinzley

Judd Kinzley is a professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research treats borderlands, materiality and natural resources.  He is currently working on the transnational exchange of Chinese raw materials for cash, weapons and industrial goods during World War II. This work reveals the transnational networks that developed to finance, produce and transport such resources. These trans-Pacific networks channelled objects in both directions during the war and served as the blueprint of a new postwar international order.

 

Judd works in both Chinese and English, with experience researching in several archives in China, Taiwan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

Judd’s project at gd:c focuses on the legacies of Allied wartime oil exports to China, and how brought China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the United States and the European imperial powers together. Support of China’s war effort through deliveries of petroleum products relied on the transformation of global petroleum infrastructures that had long connected petroleum-producing regions to imperial metropoles, mostly in Western Europe. Oil transports from Burma and Iran into China during the war served as a detour, an “interruption” that bound the Middle East to the United States and East Asia, reshaping global energy flows.

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Judd C. Kinzley

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Judd Kinzley is a professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research treats borderlands, materiality and natural resources.  He is currently working on the transnational exchange of Chinese raw materials for cash, weapons and industrial goods during World War II. This work reveals the transnational networks that developed to finance, produce and transport such resources. These trans-Pacific networks channelled objects in both directions during the war and served as the blueprint of a new postwar international order.

 

Judd works in both Chinese and English, with experience researching in several archives in China, Taiwan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

Judd’s project at gd:c focuses on the legacies of Allied wartime oil exports to China, and how brought China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the United States and the European imperial powers together. Support of China’s war effort through deliveries of petroleum products relied on the transformation of global petroleum infrastructures that had long connected petroleum-producing regions to imperial metropoles, mostly in Western Europe. Oil transports from Burma and Iran into China during the war served as a detour, an “interruption” that bound the Middle East to the United States and East Asia, reshaping global energy flows.

Kleinmann

Yvonne Kleinmann

Yvonne Kleinmann is a professor of Eastern European history and director of the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies at Halle University. Her research focuses on Russian imperial history in comparative perspective, Jewish history of Eastern Europe, and Polish history through the ages. She is especially interested in the intersections between historiography, philology, ethnography and law. In her publications she has explored migrations, interreligious relations, urban history, legal history, anthropology and the history of knowledge.

 

In her gd:c project Communicating Constitutions: A Cultural and Entangled History of Poland’s Basic Orders, she is analysing Polish constitutional history from the 14th century to the present from the angle of cultural history and (transnational) entanglement. The core question is how to narrate the constitutional history of a community with many political discontinuities and dependencies. Drawing on the example of Poland, the project offers new approaches to constitutional history from the perspectives of imperial history, biographical research, regional history, gender studies, law and literature.

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Kleinmann

Yvonne Kleinmann

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Yvonne Kleinmann is a professor of Eastern European history and director of the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies at Halle University. Her research focuses on Russian imperial history in comparative perspective, Jewish history of Eastern Europe, and Polish history through the ages. She is especially interested in the intersections between historiography, philology, ethnography and law. In her publications she has explored migrations, interreligious relations, urban history, legal history, anthropology and the history of knowledge.

 

In her gd:c project Communicating Constitutions: A Cultural and Entangled History of Poland’s Basic Orders, she is analysing Polish constitutional history from the 14th century to the present from the angle of cultural history and (transnational) entanglement. The core question is how to narrate the constitutional history of a community with many political discontinuities and dependencies. Drawing on the example of Poland, the project offers new approaches to constitutional history from the perspectives of imperial history, biographical research, regional history, gender studies, law and literature.

Leanza

Matthias Leanza

Matthias Leanza is a historical sociologist specialising in empires, colonialism and nation-state formation and is a senior lecturer at the University of Basel. In 2017, his dissertation received the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2019, he joined the Postdoc Network of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University. He was a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. In 2020, he co-founded the Historical Sociology Working Group in the German Sociological Association.

 

During his fellowship 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.

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Leanza

Matthias Leanza

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Matthias Leanza is a historical sociologist specialising in empires, colonialism and nation-state formation and is a senior lecturer at the University of Basel. In 2017, his dissertation received the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2019, he joined the Postdoc Network of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University. He was a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. In 2020, he co-founded the Historical Sociology Working Group in the German Sociological Association.

 

During his fellowship 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.

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Nic Leonhardt

Nic Leonhardt is a theatre scholar and writer commenting on global theatre history; media, popular and visual cultures; and archiving and curating theatrical history. She has served as a senior researcher and fellow in multiple projects. Her latest monograph, Theatre Across Oceans. Mediators of Transatlantic Exchange (1890-1925), was published in 2021. She edits Global Theatre Histories and created the theatre history podcast Theatrescapes.

Nic is co-president of SIBMAS. Together with artist Reza Nassrollahi, she runs the global art and charity project 1001SOUL.

 

 

At global dis:connect, Nic will address the challenges of global theatre histories and the difficulties in understanding and writing a globally interconnected history of the performing arts. She will interrogate the gap between global and entangled histories, which are both shared and divided. This project invokes connections, disconnections and detours extending across research, knowledge transfer, methodology and epistemology.

Her research will cover two case studies on female theatre practitioners and networks in Europe and the USA (early 20th century) and in Iran (1940s and 1950s).

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Nic Leonhardt

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Nic Leonhardt is a theatre scholar and writer commenting on global theatre history; media, popular and visual cultures; and archiving and curating theatrical history. She has served as a senior researcher and fellow in multiple projects. Her latest monograph, Theatre Across Oceans. Mediators of Transatlantic Exchange (1890-1925), was published in 2021. She edits Global Theatre Histories and created the theatre history podcast Theatrescapes.

Nic is co-president of SIBMAS. Together with artist Reza Nassrollahi, she runs the global art and charity project 1001SOUL.

 

At global dis:connect, Nic will address the challenges of global theatre histories and the difficulties in understanding and writing a globally interconnected history of the performing arts. She will interrogate the gap between global and entangled histories, which are both shared and divided. This project invokes connections, disconnections and detours extending across research, knowledge transfer, methodology and epistemology.

Her research will cover two case studies on female theatre practitioners and networks in Europe and the USA (early 20th century) and in Iran (1940s and 1950s).

Levin

Ayala Levin

Ayala Levin is an associate professor of architectural history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ayala specialises in architecture and urban planning in postcolonial African states with interest in the production of architectural knowledge as part of north-south or south-south exchange. She authored Architecture and Development: Israeli Construction in Sub Saharan Africa and the Settler Colonial Imagination (Duke University Press 2022), and she co-edited Architecture in Development: Systems and the Emergence of the Global South (Routledge 2022).

 

At global dis:connect, Ayala will research how U.S. planners sought to reorganise rural spaces in post-independence African states to curb urban migration. This project reframes conventional accounts of Third World urbanisation by directing attention to the entangled phenomenon of ruralisation, namely the modernisation of the countryside.  It asks how the countryside was physically transformed to elevate standards of living, and how this transformation was employed to eradicate colonial precepts that associated modernity and social mobility exclusively with the city.

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Levin

Ayala Levin

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Ayala Levin is an associate professor of architectural history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ayala specialises in architecture and urban planning in postcolonial African states with interest in the production of architectural knowledge as part of north-south or south-south exchange. She authored Architecture and Development: Israeli Construction in Sub Saharan Africa and the Settler Colonial Imagination (Duke University Press 2022), and she co-edited Architecture in Development: Systems and the Emergence of the Global South (Routledge 2022).

 

At global dis:connect, Ayala will research how U.S. planners sought to reorganise rural spaces in post-independence African states to curb urban migration. This project reframes conventional accounts of Third World urbanisation by directing attention to the entangled phenomenon of ruralisation, namely the modernisation of the countryside.  It asks how the countryside was physically transformed to elevate standards of living, and how this transformation was employed to eradicate colonial precepts that associated modernity and social mobility exclusively with the city.

Motadel

David Motadel

David Motadel is an associate professor of international history at the LSE. A former Gates Scholar at Cambridge, he has held visiting positions at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Sciences Po and the Sorbonne. His articles have been published in numerous academic journals, including Past & PresentThe American Historical Review and the Annales. His reviews and essays on current affairs have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement, among others. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

 

During his year at gd:c, David is working on a global history of Europe’s empires around the Second World War, 1935-1948, exploring the history of the war in the imperial world, its impact on colonial subjects; the history of the colonial soldiers who fought in Europe’s armies; the history of anti-colonial movements during the war, from the Viet Minh to the Quit India movement; and the war’s impact on the end of empire and twentieth-century world order. Drawing on multilingual literature and sources from five continents, the book provides a truly global view of the most cataclysmic conflict in human history.

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Motadel

David Motadel

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David Motadel is an associate professor of international history at the LSE. A former Gates Scholar at Cambridge, he has held visiting positions at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Sciences Po and the Sorbonne. His articles have been published in numerous academic journals, including Past & PresentThe American Historical Review and the Annales. His reviews and essays on current affairs have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement, among others. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

 

During his year at gd:c, David is working on a global history of Europe’s empires around the Second World War, 1935-1948, exploring the history of the war in the imperial world, its impact on colonial subjects; the history of the colonial soldiers who fought in Europe’s armies; the history of anti-colonial movements during the war, from the Viet Minh to the Quit India movement; and the war’s impact on the end of empire and twentieth-century world order. Drawing on multilingual literature and sources from five continents, the book provides a truly global view of the most cataclysmic conflict in human history.

Sabrina Moura

Sabrina Moura

Sabrina Moura is a researcher and curator from Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Campinas. She authored Arqueologia da Criação [Archeology of Creation, 2022] — a book on the work of Brazilian artist Rossini Perez — and edited Southern Panoramas: Perspectives for other geographies of thought (2015), which presents historical and artistic perspectives on the Global South. Her work has featured in Mousse Magazine, Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, Stedelijk Studies Journal, African Art, Critical Internventions, 3rd Text Africa, among others.

 

At global dis:connect, Sabrina is developing Travelling Back: reframing a Munich expedition to Brazil in the 19th century, a project that deals with contemporary visual and performative strategies focused on the restitution of absent agencies in the history of the natural sciences. This research analyses museological and display policies around collections that were gathered during 19th-century expeditions of exploration and are held in Munich institutions, integrating decolonial theories, exhibition histories and museum studies.

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Sabrina Moura

Sabrina Moura

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Sabrina Moura is a researcher and curator from Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Campinas. She authored Arqueologia da Criação [Archeology of Creation, 2022] — a book on the work of Brazilian artist Rossini Perez — and edited Southern Panoramas: Perspectives for other geographies of thought (2015), which presents historical and artistic perspectives on the Global South. Her work has featured in Mousse Magazine, Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, Stedelijk Studies Journal, African Art, Critical Internventions, 3rd Text Africa, among others.

 

At global dis:connect, Sabrina is developing Travelling Back: reframing a Munich expedition to Brazil in the 19th century, a project that deals with contemporary visual and performative strategies focused on the restitution of absent agencies in the history of the natural sciences. This research analyses museological and display policies around collections that were gathered during 19th-century expeditions of exploration and are held in Munich institutions, integrating decolonial theories, exhibition histories and museum studies.

Sander

Günther Sandner

Günther Sandner is a political scientist and historian. He works as a research fellow at the Institute Vienna Circle (University of Vienna) and teaches civic education extramurally. His research includes the history of logical empiricism and Isotype. His recent publications include Weltsprache ohne Worte. Rudolf Modley, Margaret Mead und das Glyphs-Projekt (2022); Logical Empiricism, Life Reform and the German Youth Movement (ed. with Christian Damböck and Meike Werner. 2022); and History and Legacy of Isotype (with Christopher Burke, forthcoming 2023).

 

Günther’s project, Following Isotype: visual languages and universal symbols in the decades after 1945, deals with projects that aimed to overcome the active absence of a universal language and to establish one with the help of pictures, graphics, symbols and pictograms. Its focus is on the 1950s and 1960s. Three visual language models that interacted with each other to varying degrees are examined as examples: Marie Neurath’s Isotype (after Otto Neurath’s death), Margaret Mead’s and Rudolf Modley’s Glyphs and Charles Bliss’ Semantography.

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Sander

Günther Sandner

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Günther Sandner is a political scientist and historian. He works as a research fellow at the Institute Vienna Circle (University of Vienna) and teaches civic education extramurally. His research includes the history of logical empiricism and Isotype. His recent publications include Weltsprache ohne Worte. Rudolf Modley, Margaret Mead und das Glyphs-Projekt (2022); Logical Empiricism, Life Reform and the German Youth Movement (ed. with Christian Damböck and Meike Werner. 2022); and History and Legacy of Isotype (with Christopher Burke, forthcoming 2023).

 

Günther’s project, Following Isotype: visual languages and universal symbols in the decades after 1945, deals with projects that aimed to overcome the active absence of a universal language and to establish one with the help of pictures, graphics, symbols and pictograms. Its focus is on the 1950s and 1960s. Three visual language models that interacted with each other to varying degrees are examined as examples: Marie Neurath’s Isotype (after Otto Neurath’s death), Margaret Mead’s and Rudolf Modley’s Glyphs and Charles Bliss’ Semantography.

camille serchuk

Camille is a professor of art history at Southern Connecticut State University. She received her doctorate in art history from Yale in 1997, where she focused on images of medieval Paris. Since then, her research has focused primarily on the relationship between painting and mapmaking in late medieval and early modern Europe, with particular attention to the ways that artistic techniques and practices both enhanced and undermined the authority of cartography. The links between cartography and painting in 16th century France are also the subject of her recently completed book manuscript.

 

Her project, Border Control: Cartography and its Frames in Early Modernity, 1500-1650, explores how frames and border motifs animate early modern cartography and provide an interpretive lens for the mutable image of the world. Because knowledge of geography and sovereign boundaries were constantly in flux, frames enhanced the authority of maps that were almost immediately made obsolete by new exploration or conflict. As a new appraisal of the assertive role of the cartographic frame, the project will recuperate the agency of cartographic ornament, enhancing the legibility of early modern maps.

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camille serchuk

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Camille is a professor of art history at Southern Connecticut State University. She received her doctorate in art history from Yale in 1997, where she focused on images of medieval Paris. Since then, her research has focused primarily on the relationship between painting and mapmaking in late medieval and early modern Europe, with particular attention to the ways that artistic techniques and practices both enhanced and undermined the authority of cartography. The links between cartography and painting in 16th century France are also the subject of her recently completed book manuscript.

 

Her project, Border Control: Cartography and its Frames in Early Modernity, 1500-1650, explores how frames and border motifs animate early modern cartography and provide an interpretive lens for the mutable image of the world. Because knowledge of geography and sovereign boundaries were constantly in flux, frames enhanced the authority of maps that were almost immediately made obsolete by new exploration or conflict. As a new appraisal of the assertive role of the cartographic frame, the project will recuperate the agency of cartographic ornament, enhancing the legibility of early modern maps.

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julian warner

artist fellow

Julian Warner is an artist and curator. He is the current artistic director of the Brechtfestival Augsburg and a performer and musician going by the stage name of Fehler Kuti. He is the editor of an anthology on questions regarding decolonial critique in Germany After Europe. Beiträge zur dekolonialen Kritik (Verbrecher Verlag, 2021) and was a visiting professor for dramaturgy at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in 2022-23.

 

During his fellowship at global dis:connect, Julian will critically reflect on his curatorial practice, which positions itself at the intersection of globally circulating symbolic goods and locally specific contexts. Which contradictions and conflicts arise when international artists and projects engage with local institutions, audiences, and struggles? How may we further our understanding of such overdetermined constellations?

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julian warner

artist fellow

Click HERE to email Julian.

Click HERE for more info on Julian.

Click HERE for more info on Brecht Festival.

Julian Warner is an artist and curator. He is the current artistic director of the Brechtfestival Augsburg and a performer and musician going by the stage name of Fehler Kuti. He is the editor of an anthology on questions regarding decolonial critique in Germany After Europe. Beiträge zur dekolonialen Kritik (Verbrecher Verlag, 2021) and was a visiting professor for dramaturgy at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in 2022-23.

 

During his fellowship at global dis:connect, Julian will critically reflect on his curatorial practice, which positions itself at the intersection of globally circulating symbolic goods and locally specific contexts. Which contradictions and conflicts arise when international artists and projects engage with local institutions, audiences, and struggles? How may we further our understanding of such overdetermined constellations?