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[sic] Summer Institute Cologne 2017


28 August - 9 September 2017

 [sic!] Summer Institute Cologne is an international summer school, hosted by the Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung of the University of Cologne in cooperation with The Graduate School of Northwestern University, USA. PhD and master’s students from countries such as the USA, Korea, the UK, India, Canadra, Israel, or South Africa were invited to Cologne to discuss this year’s topic of “Belief/Believe”. The faculty of [sic!] 2017 offers seminars in Sound Media, Theatre Historiography and Visual Narration. I addition, there are poster presentations, alumni lectures, excursions, and more.
Please feel free to join  for the Public Program  of lectures and concerts. 




The South Experience

Critical Discourse and Inequalities: Perspectives from the "lusophone" South

25 - 26 September 2017

University of Cologne, Seminargebäude

This interdisciplinary Workshop brings together lusophone scholars from the so-called
„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, Brazil, Portugal, and Germany that aims to bridge the
epistemic, social, and political divides that continue to mark the global socio-political
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 fi ndings and methodological approaches.
Funded and / or organized by: Competence Area IV, Department of Romance Studies, Global South Studies Center,
Institute for African Studies and Egyptology and Portuguese Brazilian Institute.




International Conference

Anthropologies of  Media and Mobility: Theorizing Movement and Circulations Across Entangeld Fields

14 - 16 September 2017

University of Cologne,  Repräsentationssaal (Klosterstr. 79b, 50931 Köln)

(text by Alessa Hübner)

From September 14 to 16, 2017, the international workshop “Anthropologies of Media and Mobility: Theorizing movement and circulations across entangled fields”, co-organized by the a.r.t.e.s. Research Lab, will take place at the University of Cologne. It seeks to theorize the relationship between media and mobility from an anthropological point of view and will further include findings of multidisciplinary and mixed-methodological approaches between social anthropology and other disciplines like gender studies and postcolonial theories.

Media and mobility are closely linked with each other: While mobility has been defined as movement ascribed with meaning, one might in similar fashion define media as meaning ascribed with movement. The workshop aims at reimagining circulations through the lens of media and mobility to understand current socio-cultural and political changes. Movements may on the one hand transgress borders but on the other contribute to their existence. The internationally increasing movements will be debated both as human mobility for example in the form of migration, refuge, tourism and as mobility of goods, information, food, lifestyles, narratives, practices, meanings. Through movements represented in media, new imaginaries of territories and social spaces are circulated – sometimes questioning and sometimes forging ties between people, signs and things. The workshop is characterized by the international composition of participants from Japan, Poland, Austria, Turkey, Hungary, India, Canada, Spain, France, China, Nigeria, Belgium, Norway, Brazil, Portugal, the USA, UK, Netherlands and of course from Germany. The composition of their research topics is equally diverse, ranging from Gay Filipinos on Mobile Phone Apps to the effect of GPS sports watches or media reports on Roma migrations.

The anthropological workshop is initiated by two networks of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), which is a professional association open to all social anthropologists either qualified in, or else working in, Europe. These two networks are the ANTHROMOB (Anthropology and Mobility Network), which facilitates scientific debates among anthropologists working on mobility, and the Media Anthropology Network, that aims to foster international discussion and collaboration around the anthropology of media. These EASA networks organize and fund the workshop in collaboration with the a.r.t.e.s. Research Lab and the Competence Area IV “Societies and Cultures in Transition” of the University of Cologne, the DFG Research Training Group “Locating Media” of the University of Siegen and the Collaborative Research Center 1187 “Medien der Kooperation”. As a member of the last three institutions, Martin Zillinger, assistant professor and in charge of the a.r.t.e.s. Junior Research Group “Transformations of Life”, could achieve that the workshop will take place in Cologne. In his own research, Martin Zillinger focuses on both media anthropology and migration, which fits the two topics of the workshop perfectly.

The workshop is in particular an international one – not only because the participants travel from all over the world to Cologne, but because they present their findings of their ethnographic fieldworks from the most different corners of the earth. We are looking forward to spending three inspiring days listening to a number of interesting lectures by skilled early and mid-career scholars and further discussing and comparing innovative case studies as well as theoretical considerations. We are particularly encouraged that the opening keynote will be held by David Morley (Goldsmiths, London) on “Communications and Mobilities – Virtual and Material Geographies”, also that we will hear Heather Horst from the University of Sydney on “Mobilising Media, Mobilising Music: Perspectives from the Pacific” as the closing keynote.

We welcome everyone to listen to the keynotes and take part in the workshop! You are kindly asked to register in advance.

Contact and Registration
Anna Lisa Ramella & Christoph Lange



International Conference

Third Nuba Mountain Language Conference

27 -29 September 2017

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'Student Protest(s) in the Global South: Historical and Current Perspectives'

9 - 14 October 2017