The Global South Studies Center (GSSC) Cologne was established at the University of Cologne in 2014 as part of the German Excellence Initiative. It brings together research expertise within the University of Cologne in relation to Africa, Asia and Latin America and promotes interdisciplinary cooperation with leading researchers in Germany and abroad. The member scientists conduct research into social, economic, political and cultural change in the countries of the Global South. Disciplines linked into the network include Geography, Social and Cultural Anthropology, History, Sociolinguistics, Latin American History, Romance Philology, Southeast Asian Studies, Islamic Studies, Modern Chinese Studies and African Studies.
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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