The Global South is characterised by rapid socioeconomic, cultural and political change whose impacts are felt throughout the world.
Typical signs of the upheavals involved include increasing economic interconnectedness, growing social inequality and destruction of natural resources. The countries worst affected are those long labelled ‘developing’ countries from a Northern perspective. The GSSC aims to investigate and highlight possible causes and consequences of these processes of change.
Disciplines active in the Global South have often been hampered by an area-specific or narrow disciplinary approach which is not capable of tracing connections between continents, particularly not with a perspective on South-South relations. The Center seeks to overcome these multiple divides by focusing on processes of mobility and exchange and on the resulting translocal connectivities. The respective members of the Center do not conceptualize the Global South as defined by clear spatial boundaries but rather as an emergent topography of historically evolving and overlapping networks of exchange, of dominance and exclusion, and of identity ascriptions. In this vein they intend to contribute to the questionning of perceived geographies and to further an understanding of the making of global transitions, networks, inequalities and aspirations.
A key focus of GSSC consists of close cooperation with partners from countries of the Global South to promote interdisciplinary projects. The center regards itself as an incubator for innovative joint research projects and a supporting academic environment for junior researchers.
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