The South Experience

Date: 
Montag, September 25, 2017 bis Dienstag, September 26, 2017

Organized by:

Fabienne Loureiro-Galmbacher (Cologne), Nina Schneider (Cologne),
Alexandre Pereira Martins (Cologne), Maria das Dores Cruz (Cologne / Freiburg), Nico Nassenstein (Cologne / Mainz)

This interdisciplinary Workshop brings together lusophone scholars from the socalled „Global South“ and „Global North“ with the goal to discuss core terms such as inequality, globalization and development, along with the concepts of identity and memory. It marks the constitutive event for a long-term cooperation network including researchers from Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, and Germany that aims to bridge the epistemic, social, and political divides that continue to mark the global sociopolitical and academic landscape. In recent years, these inequalities have increasingly become the subject of diverse critical schools such as Southern studies (Raewynn). Still, despite this solidarian rhetoric, real-life opportunities of mutual egalitarian exchange of knowledge and knowledge production remain scarce – both among scholars of the south and between researchers based in the North / South, respectively. Scholars continue to ‚other‘ their research subjects; apologetic Northerners tend to fashion the „South“ as their imagined other, while Southerners defend themselves against Eurocentrism risking to fall into the ethnocentric / nationalistic trap. The goal of this workshop is to critically interrogate one another’s concepts; identify similarities, differences, and biases; and to learn from each others research findings and methodological approaches.

Program

Venue: 

University of Cologne
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Seminargebäude

Monday, 25 September
10:00 – 19:00 h
Tagungsraum

Tuesday, 26 September
9:00 – 19:00 h
S14 / 16