External Events

DWIH Conference: CityScapes
29 September to 01 October 2016
Silver Oak Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Our PIs Frauke Kraas and Clemens Greiner represent the GSSC at the DWIH Conference CityScapes. Frauke Kraas will also be a Keynote Speaker at the conference.

Program: http://www.dwih.in/sites/default/files/cityscapesprogramme.pdf


International Geographical Congress in Beijing, August 2016

Fünf KollegInnen des Global South Studies Center und der Kölner Geographie haben an dem International Geographical Congress in Beijing Ende August 2016 teilgenommen. Insgesamt war die deutsche Geographie mit 49 TeilnehmerInnen auf dem alle vier Jahre stattfindenden Weltkongress gut vertreten. Ziel des Kongresses ist es, die neuesten Forschungsergebnisse im Bereich der Physischen und Humangeographie auszutauschen, internationale Netzwerke zu vertiefen und Diskussionen zur Entwicklung der Forschung und Lehre im Fach zu führen.



Nach dem Exzess: Eine Bestandsaufnahme zur Silvesternacht von Köln und zu ihren Folgen

23. Juni 2016, 19 Uhr  -  Gloria-Theater, Apostelnstraße 11, Köln

Eine Veranstaltung von: Zeit-Magazin

In Kooperation mit: Global South Studies Center, CA IV Cultures and Societies in Transition, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities

Eine einzige Nacht hat eine Stadt und die politische Kultur in Deutschland verändert. Die sexuellen Übergriffe, die im und rund um den Kölner Hauptbahnhof stattgefunden haben, liegen nun fast sechs Monate zurück, und dennoch beherrschen sie weiter die öffentliche Diskussion. Aus der Empörung über sexualisierte Gewalt wurde schnell eine hitzige Debatte über die Migrations- und Asylpolitik in Deutschland. Doch was wissen wir ein halbes Jahr später über die Ereignisse und Akteure? Gibt es einen neuen Sexismus in Deutschland? Welche Rolle spielen unterschiedliche Frauenbilder für die Integration? Wie soll die deutsche Gesellschaft mit straffälligen Migranten umgehen?

Es diskutieren: Seyran Ates, Rechtsanwältin und Frauenrechtlerin, Mohamed Amjahid, Politischer Reporter beim ZEITmagazin, Henriette Reker, Oberbürgermeisterin von Köln, Werner Schiffauer, Kulturanthropologe und Migrationsexperte, Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt
Moderation: Martin Zillinger, Ethnologe und Nordafrika-Experte, Universität zu Köln
Uhrzeit: 19.00 Uhr
Ort: Gloria-Theater, Apostelnstraße 11, Köln
Eintritt: 9,– € / ermäßigt 5,– € zzgl. Gebühren


Veranstaltung: Wie viel Sklaverei braucht(e) der Kapitalismus?

4. Februar 2016, 18-20 Uhr, Universität Kassel, Arnold Bode Straße 10, Raum 0225

mit Michael Zeuske (GSSC) und Manuela Boatcă (Universität Freiburg)

Bis heute herrscht die Meinung vor, dass Aufklärung und industrielle Revolution die Sklaverei politisch und wirtschaftlich obsolet gemacht haben. Der Aufbruch in die Moderne bedeutete das Ende des 'vormodernen' Zwangsverhältnisses Sklaverei. Die neuere Forschung stellt diese Selbstversicherung unserer westlichen Zivilisation in Frage. Zusammen mit Michael Zeuske (Global South Studies Center, Universität zu Köln) und Manuela Boatcă (Universität Freiburg) wird die Bedeutung der Sklaverei im Kapitalismus im Kontext der neuen Forschungsergebnisse kritisch diskutiert. 


Film presentation: "Akil - Awareness" at the Film Festival of the Society for Visual Anthropology

19 November 2015, Denver (USA)

Dr. Michael Hoffmann (GSSC) is the director of this ethnographic film he has realized with Italian director Tommaso Dolcetta.

Synopsis:
Akil tells the story of Baburam Chaudhary, who was born as a bonded laborer (Kamaiya) in the remote Kailali district of Western Nepal. In 2000, Baburam was freed after the government’s decision to abolish the Kamaiya system of debt-bondage. Baburam became a local leader of a political movement of Kamaiyas. The film traces Baburam’s life and his story of urban revolt against the state in a country whose political landscape has been marked by revolution and rapid political change.

For more information see: http://societyforvisualanthropology.org/mediafestival/akil-awareness/

Trailer:

mytubethumb
play
%3Cobject%20class%3D%22video-filter%20video-youtube%20vf-fb3nuxfdwxa%22%20type%3D%22application%2Fx-shockwave-flash%22%20width%3D%22750%22%20height%3D%22500%22%20data%3D%22%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2Ffb3nuxfDWxA%3Fmodestbranding%3D0%26amp%3Brel%3...
Privacy info. This embed will serve content from youtube.com

International Symposium: "The Brazilian National Truth Commission in the Context of Latin America: Local, National, and Global Perspectives"

15 to 17 October in Hannover (Germany)

Dr. Nina Schneider (GSSC) organizes international symposium "The Brazilian National Truth Commission in the Context of Latin America: Local, National, and Global Perspectives" funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

In the early 1980s, a new policy instrument emerged in Latin America to address the hundreds of thousands of tortured, killed, or disappeared citizens of the Cold War period. Truth commissions – ‘temporary’ bodies ‘empowered by the state’ (Hayner 2002: 14) to produce an official report including recommendations – have meanwhile spread globally and catalysed a breadth of academic studies from a variety of disciplines.

Still, conflicting interpretations of truth commissions coexist. While some scholars regard them as national institutions tasked with “national” purposes like “nation building” or “national reconciliation”, others regard them primarily as global tools with diverse functions such as to spread a specific political-economic model. Scholars also offer contrasting assessments concerning the complex local, national, and global entanglements associated with commissions. While recent studies have analysed the process of ‘transnationalisation’ (an increasing standardization), others have cautioned to pay more attention to local experiences of commissions.

The proposed symposium seeks to re-evaluate these unresolved questions taking as case studies the Brazilian National Truth Commission (hereafter NTC) and other Latin American commissions: To what extent can we conceive of commissions as local, national, or global tools? What are their stated and de facto political and socio-economic objectives?

In order to answer these questions, the symposium is divided into three main sections ranging from the local and historically specific (Brazilian model) to the global and general (truth commissions in the twenty-first century). The first section provides a timely in-depth assessment of the continent’s most recent commission – the Brazilian NTC with its historically unique structure – a National Commission and a network of approximately 80 local commissions. The second part compares the Brazilian NTC with previous truth commissions in Latin America in order to contrast the commissions’ historical functions and legacies from a national or global (or “entangled”) perspective, respectively. The third section discusses the tension between a process of global “diffusion” or “transnationalisation” of commissions and their locally specific implementation/invention, and critically revisits the contrasting scholarly methods of analysis.

Venue: Schloss Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Str. 5, D-30419 Hannover

Date: 15 to 17 October 2015

For more information: https://brtruthcommission.wordpress.com/venue/


Workshop: MIGRATION, ETHNICITY, AND THE STATE

27 to 29 March 2015 at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Prof. Dr. Michaela Pelican and Dr. Tobias Schwarz (UoC Forum ‘Ethnicity as a Political Resource’, Cologne, Germany) and the Center of Urban Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou co-organize workshop on Migration, Ethnicity, and the State

Migration of people from one region to another is a phenomenon that stretches back through human history. Globalization has put the relocation of people in an international focus and has made the matter of ethnic identity, belonging, and the handling of national and international policy frameworks highly discussed topics. As the diverse reactions of people and governments to international and internal migration show, we still do not have sufficient knowledge of variations in the political importance of ethnicity in this context today as well as in previous historical periods. In this conference, we attempt to develop a comprehensive understanding of the interrelation of migration, ethnicity, and the state by addressing it from three different angles:

1. What role does migration play in the processes of ethnogenesis, and how can we locate diaspora groups within this context, viewed in different regional and historical contexts?
2. Are there visible ethnic migration patterns and governmental regulations concerning migration?
3. In which ways do governments differentiate between population groups regarding their access to rights and privileges?
For this endeavor we invite scholars from diverse disciplines and global regions to interact in three consecutive roundtable discussions, and to jointly develop a comprehensive approach to the role of ethnicity in the context of migration and national policy frameworks.

For more information: http://ethnicity-forum.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=21705



Exhibition
"Freedom of Speech and the Media in Southeast Asia"

Prof. Dr. Sandra Kurfürst (GSSC) in cooperation with the "Southeast-Asia Information Center" present the exhibition "Freedom of Speech and the Media in Southeast Asia" ("Medien- und Meinungsfreiheit in Südostasien") at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Cologne.
The 9th of December Anett Keller, freelance journalist and member of the "Southeast-Asia Information Center", will give a lecture on the role of the media during the Indonesian election campaign in 2014.

Venue exhibition: Foyer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Cologne
Date exhibition: December 1-12, 2014

Venue lecture: Gyrhofstr. 15, building 136, Room XXXI
Date lecture: December 9th, 18-20 h

For more information:
http://www.asienhaus.de/soainfo/unsere-arbeit/medien-und-meinungsfreiheit/