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“Everything has been said about the Mediterranean”

Introductory remarks to the Transregional Academy “De-Framing the Mediterranean from the 21st Century”, 19–29 September 2016, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno (Crete). by Leyla Dakhli As an introduction to the Transregional Academy “De-framing the Mediterranean from the 21st Century”, my objective is to open the discussions and  create a space of exchanges…

Global IR and Academic Authorship in Latin America: Why Inclusion Is Not a Panacea

By Jochen Kleinschmidt This article is part of the TRAFO series “Doing Global International Relations”.   The heterogeneity of the region For myself as an International Relations scholar working in Colombia, hence as someone geographically situated outside the classic centers of IR knowledge production, the debate suggested by the editors of…

The Afterlives of Dead Migrants

by Carolina Kobelinsky Migrant boat wreck in the boat graveyard of Lampedusa. Photo: GUE/NGL under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The graves and alcoves in the cemeteries of Lampedusa, Tarifa, and Lesvos are the materialization of one of the effects of the contemporary politics of migration in the European Union. The deaths…

Crossing the Mediterranean: Between Utopia and Entrapment

By Mayssoun Sukarieh “I never thought of the way to get there, I just thought of wanting to be there, dreaming to be there…the journey there, the process to reach Italy was not in my calculations…. I was told Italy is just on the other side of the Mediterranean and…

New metres for a wider world: interregionalism and Global International Relations

This article is part of the TRAFO Series „Doing Global International Relations”. by Frank Mattheis Regional institutions are more than the product of merely regional forces. The Picture above shows the African Union Conference Centre, which illustrates Chino-African entanglements (photo: Antonia Witt) Assessing a new global order with old concepts produces…

Reflections on (not so) International Relations … and what scholars from the Global South can do about it

This article is part of the TRAFO Series „Doing Global International Relations”. by Anthoni van Nieuwkerk  As a scholar of and from the Global South (Johannesburg, South Africa to be more precise) I attended the 2015 annual convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in New Orleans, USA. It was a…

Modernisms News VI: Workshop Report

Workshop: “Modernismos: conceitos – contextos – circulações”[program download] By Renan Varolli Thomas Kirchner, Lena Bader and Jens Baumgarten invited the group to a wrap-up of the “Modernisms” workweek, revisiting project presentations and thematic discussions as well as networking options made possible by the Transregional Academy. Participants and steering group members…

Developing Global International Relations: What, Who, and How?

This article is part of the TRAFO Series „Doing Global International Relations”. by Amitav Acharya Amitav Acharya While the programmatic idea behind Global International Relations (IR) has been discussed widely, how to actually do Global IR is – fortunately – still up for elaboration.[1] It is important to bear in mind…

Michael Ferguson: Izmir as a City of Displacement

Izmir as a City of Displacement, 1875-2015 This project is premised on the argument that the history of Izmir is an ideal case-study for inquiry into the evolution of the political, social, cultural, and legal history of displacement. In focusing on Izmir, this study decenters prevailing Ottoman, Turkish, and even…

Dichtung, Flucht und Exil. Ein Gespräch über den palästinensischen Dichter Mahmud Darwish

Der 2008 verstorbene Lyriker Mahmud Darwish gilt als „poetische Stimme Palästinas“ und wird sogar als palästinensischer Nationaldichter bezeichnet. Doch lässt sich das europäisch geprägte Konzept des Nationalautors so einfach auf die Verhältnisse der arabischen Welt übertragen? Darüber sprachen wir mit Darwishs Übersetzer, dem Islamwissenschaftler Stefan Weidner, der im Rahmen der…

Modernisms News IV: Museu de Arte de São Paulo – Lina Bo Bardi’s glass easels

MASP, view from the Avenida Paulista. Copyright: Richard (CC BY 2.0) On July 21st, the sixth day of the program, the participants and the steering group members of the Transregional Academy on “Modernisms: Concepts, Contexts, and Circulation” visited the Art Museum of São Paulo (Museu de Arte de São Paulo…

Notes on Christianity, Empire and Provincialising Secularism in the Study of Islam

  by Ruth Mas  What does it mean to “provincialise”? In his introduction to the 2007 edition of Provincialising Europe, toward which this discussion is orientated, Dipesh Chakrabarty tells us that “To ‘provincialise’ Europe was precisely to find out how and in what sense European ideas that were universal were also,…

Camila Maroja: The First Mercosul Biennial

The First Mercosul Biennial: Showcasing an Abstract and Political Latin America Rubens Gerchman, A Nova Geografia / Homenagem a Torres-García (The New Geography / Homage to Torres-García), 1971-79. Image courtesy of Instituto Rubens Gerchman licensed by inARTS.com. Maroja proposes to examine the curatorial project of the I Bienal de Artes…

Conference: Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture

    Introductory remarks to the conference “Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics of Heritage and Culture” (University of Heidelberg, October 12-14, 2016) The Annual Conference 2016 will be convened by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” / University of Heidelberg, the Forum Transregionale Studien…

Ukraine Rethinks Complex WWII Past

An Homradske.TV interview by Nataliya Gumenyuk (Visiting Fellow Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative, Hromadske.tv) with Andrii Portnov (Berlin-Brandenburg Ukraine Initiative) and Jan C. Behrends (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam)8 May 2016 On May 8th, 1945 Nazi Germany surrendered its armed forces, officially marking the end of WWII. The date would later be…

Nadine Siegert: Utopian Modernism

MAAN – Memorial Dr. Agostinho Neto, Luanda, 2015. Photo: Nadine Siegert Utopian Modernism – The Aesthetics of Socialism in Africa Nationalism in socialist Africa was expressed in a form of utopian modernism that was directed to a socialist future but at the same time linked to nostalgic notions of the…