Aydin Alinejad studied theater at the LMU Munich. He realized screenplays, worked in the games industry and supports global dis:connect with IT and digital workflows. In addition, Aydin is a creative mind who assists staff and Fellows in communicating their research.
Christopher Balme currently holds the chair in Theatre Studies at LMU Munich. He was born and educated in New Zealand where he graduated from the University of Otago. He has lived and worked in Germany since 1985 with positions at the universities of Würzburg, Munich and Mainz. From 2004 to 2006 he held the chair in theatre studies at the University of Amsterdam. From 2007 to 2010 he was dean of the Faculty of History and Art at the University of Munich.
His current research interests focus on the legacy of modernism in the globalization of the arts; theatre and the public sphere; the relationship between media and performance.
Nikolai Brandes studied political science in Berlin and Coimbra (Portugal) and wrote a doctoral thesis on postcolonial perspectives on modernist architecture in Mozambique at the Department of African Art at the FU Berlin. He worked as a research associate at the Institute for History + Theory of Architecture at TU Braunschweig. From 2018 to 2021, he was a staff member of the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.
Decolonisation and the formation of schools of architecture in sub-Saharan Africa, c. 1954–1992
Mostly founded after decolonisation, the first schools of architecture in sub-Saharan Africa contributed decisively to the organisation of postcolonial order. They codified architectural practices that expressed and shaped the political dynamics of postcolonial societies and profoundly influenced the continent’s built environment. This project assumes that these schools translated local and transnational conditions of educational institutions – epistemic resources, administrative standards, ideological orientations, economic conditions, and cultural traditions – into curricula that prepared graduates to materialise specific ideas of society. Using the examples of Ethiopia, Togo, and Mozambique, I explore the history of schools of architecture in sub-Saharan Africa to analyse the dynamics of this material codification of societal order.
Burcu Dogramaci, born in Ankara, is Professor of Art History of 20th century and contemporary art at the LMU Munich. She earned her doctorate in 2000 and completed her habilitation in art history at the University of Hamburg in 2007 with a thesis on German-speaking architects and sculptors in Turkey after 1927. She received the fellowship of the Aby M. Warburg Prize (2006), was awarded the Kurt-Hartwig-Siemers Research Prize (2008) and the Teaching Prize by the Bavarian State Ministry (2014). She leads the ERC Consolidator Project, “Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile (METROMOD)” (2017–2023). Her research areas are: exile, migration and flight, art, urbanity and architecture, photography, textile modernism, live art.
Dr. Hanni Geiger is a postdoctoral researcher at global dis:connect, where she is investigating the globalised Mediterranean through ‘dis:connective design’ – a design of absences, detours and ruptures that challenges Western design principles and the prevailing Eurocentric constructions of the region.
Before coming to gd:c, she coordinated the DFG Priority Program The Digital Image (LMU/Philipps Universität Marburg) and was a senior lecturer in the Department of Design at the AMD Akademie Mode & Design/Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Munich. She obtained her doctorate at the LMU Institute of Art History, and her dissertation treated the correlation of migration and artistic production in the work of the British-Turkish artist and designer Hussein Chalayan. Her work focuses on the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, global design histories, the interdependencies of migration and artistic production as well as digital images and posthumanism.
(Re-)Branding the global Mediterranean through dis:connective design since the 1930s
This research project explores dis:connectivity in processes of globalisation through vernacular design – a design of absences, detours and ruptures that emerges in places and communities that have been neglected in the dominant Eurocentric constructions of the region. Oscillating between tradition and modernity, pluralism und universalism, craft and industry, the local and global, religions, places and times, the artefacts not only contradict Western design principles, but also allow an overarching contemporary concept of a decidedly impure and ambivalent (Mediterranean) society beyond national categories.
Dr. Ben Kamis is an editor at the Centre. He supervises emerging publications and supports staff and fellows in the publication of research. He was a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”.
Raphaela Loosen is the Office Manager of the Centre. She is responsible for a variety of concerns and supports all staff members and fellows in administrative matters. Together with her dachshund Perseus, she guards the coffee machine.
Tom Menger is a postdoctoral researcher at Global Dis:connect. He holds a BA in European Studies and a BA and MA in History from the University of Amsterdam. He pursued his PhD at the University of Cologne and was associate PhD at Queen Mary University (2018) and doctoral fellow at the Institute for European History (IEG) in Mainz (2020). In 2021, he defended his doctoral thesis, titled “The Colonial Way of War: Extreme violence in knowledge and practice of colonial warfare in the British, German and Dutch colonial empires, c. 1890-1914.”
Interrupted Globalizations. An Infrastructure History of Imperial Oil Production (1880-1918).
This research project proposes to explore the theme of dis:connectivity in globalization processes, particularly that of interruptions, with a view to the infrastructure of early oil production in imperial contexts. The project addresses numerous facets of globalization that are currently subject of debate such as Oil and Infrastructure.
Anna Nübling is a postdoctoral researcher at global dis:connect. She studied History and Art History at the University of Heidelberg and pursued her PhD as a member of the DFG research training group Globalization and Literature at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. In 2022, she defended her doctoral thesis, which treated time capsules in high modernity and examined what philosophy of history such capsules imply. In addition to philosophy of history (especially notions of evolution and progress), her research interests include the history of preservation and the idea of transmission and legacy, the history of notions of the global as well as pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. They all merge in her current research project about the search for extraterrestrials.
Dis:connecting Space and Time. The Search for Extraterrestrials and its Global Imaginary
The research-project studies the search for extraterrestrial beings in science and pop culture from the late 1950s until about 1980. It contributes to the history of ideas and imaginary of globalisation, conceptualizing the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence as a meta-theory of globalisation that combines aspects of spacial as well as temporal connectivity and disconnectivity.
Laura Ritter is global dis:connect’s managing director. She obtained her PhD in history at the University of Freiburg with a study on the Russian emigration in Germany after the Russian Revolution. Before joining the centre, she was the coordinator of the Basel Graduate School of History at the Department of History at the University of Basel from 2018 to 2022.
Christian Steinau is the founder of the Cultural Policy Lab, based at the Institute for Theater Studies at LMU Munich, and of the non-profit spin-off Cultural Policy Lab Research Services for data collection and commissioned studies in the field of cultural and creative industries. At the Käte Hamburger Kolleg global dis:connect he heads the TransferLab, where new forms of knowledge and science transfer are developed and tested.
Aglaja Weindl is the event coordinator at global dis:connect. She has studied history, German and Swedish literature and art history in Munich and Paris. Before joining the Centre, she was a researcher at the Chair for Modern History at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, and a member of the project Lives in Transit in cooperation with the University of Zurich.
Her doctoral dissertation, submitted in June 2022, deals with the world tour of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Este in 1892/93 and combines global, maritime and royal history.
Roland Wenzlhuemer is Professor of Modern History at LMU. His work and research focuses primarily on colonial and global history. He investigated the socio-cultural transformation of colonial agrarian economies (Ceylon), researches the emergence and significance of global infrastructures (telegraphy), is interested in transitions and transits in global connections (intercontinental shipping) and deals with the theory and method of global history.