At global dis:connect, we start from three basic forms of dis:connectivity that are of central importance in historical and contemporary globalisation processes. These three basic phenomena are absences, detours and interruptions. They structure our work and promote interdisciplinary exchange on dis:connectivity. We focus on these forms without a normative preconceptions or claims of completeness.
Absence marks processes of globalisation as much as presence, invisibility as much as visibility. As the connections that drive technological and economic globalisation become tighter and more diverse, they broaden the resulting gaps and marginalisations.
A detour is an undesired, often unintended, longer and usually more arduous route to a destination. Detours coincide with stagnation, delay and waiting. They come into sharp relief in the history of migration, which shows that detours and the impeded mobility they induce inhere in all migratory movements of the past and present.
Hardly any global connection is continuously, uniformly enduring. Most processes of integration are cyclical, sometimes gathering momentum rapidly, sometimes slowly, and sometimes losing momentum entirely. Connections might serve only a single purpose, but not others, or they can be utterly and radically terminated.