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Life at global dis:connect


global dis:connect attracts talented researchers and artists who are interested in dis:connectivity. There is ample opportunity to discuss your work with resident researchers and other visiting fellows.

Are there any regularly scheduled events at gd:c?

The weekly lunchtime colloquium takes place every Tuesday 11:30 — 1:00 p.m. during the teaching term (roughly mid-October until mid-February and mid-April until late July). The purpose is to allow fellows, staff and invited guests to present their work, stimulate their colleagues and obtain valuable feedback. You can find the programme on our website.


The fellows usually hold a reading group on Thursdays where they can get to know each other, discuss academic texts and share their work. While fellows can schedule the reading group according to their needs and interests, Thursday has proven to be a good weekday to accommodate these gatherings. Please note that our library/conference room is usually unavailable for recurring meetings. Podcast recordings, video shoots and joint excursions into Munich’s local history and museums may also be scheduled on Thursdays. If you have ideas for guided tours or would like to present your own research or expertise on Munich, feel free to approach our staff.


Annual events include:

  • an annual conference that treats the core concepts of our research (e.g. dis:connection, interruptions, absences and detours). It is generally scheduled to open the academic year in October.


  • an annual summer school that extends over several days and generally takes place at the beginning of the summer vacation (late July/early August) and focuses on a different topic each year. It offers PhD students and artists the chance to discuss their own scholarly and artistic projects with experts and to open a dialogue with the Centre’s research.


There are also occasional workshops, symposia, exhibitions and performances throughout the year.


The latest information on events at global dis:connect can be found in a shared Google calendar in the members’ area of our website.


To add the gd:c calendar to your own calendar app (e.g. Outlook, Mac Calendar, Thunderbird, etc.), subscribe using this iCal address.

How do I find out about news and events at gd:c?

Much of our communication occurs over Slack. We have a number of channels, each covering its own topic. You can use Slack to contact the student assistants with a book request, find out about interesting events at LMU and in Munich’s research and cultural scene and arrange an outing with other fellows and team members.


You will be added with your email address at the start of your fellowship.

Will gd:c support/sponsor an event I am planning?

Fellows from diverse disciplines and backgrounds naturally have different needs and expectations when it comes to the type of event that will provide the best exposure for their work. As a result, we cannot provide blanket sponsorship terms for everyone. Nonetheless, we welcome your ideas for events that would enrich our work and yours. If you have something in mind, please contact our event manager, Meret Haack, for further details.

How can I get my work out into the world?

Actively engaging with the public as well as the academic and artistic communities is of primary importance to us all. Our in-house TransferLab exists to develop and test new ways of disseminating knowledge, scholarship and other artistic and intellectual products, including yours. If you want to reach new target groups or get creative with new modes of dissemination and outreach, feel free to contact our TransferLab coordinator, Christian Steinau.


Additionally, our communications officer, Sophie Eisenried, is spreading the word about the Centre and its fellows on Twitter and Instagram. Our YouTube channel is maintained by Aydin Alinejad.

Where can I find books and research materials?

Fellows have access to the physical and digital media of the university library and the Bavarian State Library, which are about eight minutes away by bike and about 15 minutes by public transit. You can obtain a library card from the information desk at the library with your passport and a copy of your fellowship contract. For more information, click HERE.


For help ordering books through our student assistants, contact them at: books.gdc@lmu.de or on the #tasks_fellows channel on Slack.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a digital literature management app available for Windows, Mac and Linux, with plugins for most web browsers, LibreOffice, MS Word and Google Docs. At gd:c, we have both a digital library in Zotero as well as a physical library containing key texts relevant to dis:connection research.


Many, if not most, texts listed in the Zotero database are also stored there as pdfs, and many others are available as hard copies in our on-site library, saving you the trouble of finding or ordering them. Please feel free to consult and use these resources as well as to suggest titles to add to our library.


For help with Zotero or to suggest an addition to our library, please contact our student assistants either on the #tasks_fellows Slack channel or their email address: assistants.gdc@lmu.de.

Can I send items and luggage to gd:c prior to my arrival?

You’re welcome to send some items to gd:c prior to your arrival. Please ensure that all packages are clearly marked for customs purposes.


Please use the following address:

[your name]

c/o Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Maria-Theresia-Str. 21

81675 Munich


Will gd:c sponsor my repatriation costs?

Unfortunately, removal and shipping costs are the responsibility of the fellows.