Locality and Transnational Processes. Modalities of Entanglements

Locality and Transnational Processes. Modalities of Entanglements

Arbeitsbereich Geschichte des 19. & 20. Jahrhundert, Universität Bielefeld; Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld
Arbeitsbereich Geschichte des 19. & 20. Jahrhundert, Universität Bielefeld Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld
Vom - Bis
05.05.2011 - 07.05.2011
Brahm, Felix

International Conference 5–7 May 2011, University of Bielefeld, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)
Organizers: Felix Brahm, Angelika Epple

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is both to clarify the theoretical concept of locality and to contrast it with case studies tracing reciprocal dependencies between the local and transnational entanglements within the globalization process. The main questions at the conference will explore whether it is possible to ascertain modalities of entanglement between local and transnational/globalizing processes and whether a systematization of modalities would be a prospective undertaking.

To make our main questions on the concept of locality and on the systematization of different modalities of entanglements manageable, we shall take three interrelated steps: First, we shall compare the current state of discussion on the concept of locality in postcolonial/cultural studies, in anthropology, and in the academic field of history. Second, we shall confront these concepts with case studies and ask whether the respective concepts have been helpful for our analyses or whether they need to be revised in light of the empirical outcomes. Different examples of local and transnational/global interconnections will be compared in order to gain insight into the individual specifics of relations between local and transnational/global trends. Third, by discussing different concepts of locality and transnational processes we want to reflect on whether the discussion is also influenced by the different perspectives concerning different world regions, and thus maybe by a special kind of locality itself. In a concluding discussion, we shall ask whether a systematization of different modalities of entanglements between the local and transnational/global processes offers a promising challenge for future research.

The conference will be organized into three consecutive panels: (1) Locality and Diaspora/Translocality, (2) Locality and (Post-)Coloniality, and (3) Locality and Globalization. It will also include two keynote addresses by Ayse Caglar (Budapest) and Peter Geschiere (Amsterdam), a round table discussion, and a poster session.


As the practicability of theoretical concepts can be validated only by concrete case studies, we have a strong interest in discussing studies on locality and transnational/globalizing processes. We invite PhD students to present their projects in a poster session during the conference and to obtain feedback from the conference attendees. Although the regional expertise of the conference attendees is particularly African, East Asian, and European, case studies on all world regions will be welcome. Studies may come from cultural/literary studies, area studies, social anthropology, history, and other familiar disciplines.
The posters do not necessarily have to present a PhD project as a whole. Proposals should be submitted as a PDF file (2 pages only). The first page should contain the title and an abstract describing the project, contact information (including e-mail and snail-mail address), and institutional affiliation. The second page should give a first draft of the poster’s content (optional paper format, the later poster dimension has to be A1 or A0). Even though the conference languages are English and Korean, we request poster presentations in English only.
Authors whose poster proposals are accepted will receive free board and lodging during the conference at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of Bielefeld. Travel costs and/or any other associated expenses cannot be reimbursed. There will be a prize of € 300 for the best poster.

Please send in your poster proposal before 06.03.2011.


Dr. Felix Brahm
Universität Bielefeld
Geschichte des 19. & 20. Jahrhunderts
Postfach 100 131
33501 Bielefeld
Tel. ++ 49 (0)521 106-3234
Fax ++ 49 (0)521 106-2966
Felix.Brahm [at] uni-bielefeld.de

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