Dis:connectivity in processes of globalisation: theories, methodologies, explorations.
Concept and Organisation: Hanni Geiger und Tom Menger, global dis:connect
The first annual conference of the Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect at LMU Munich aims to rethink our understanding of globalisation processes past and present. In recent years, the established narrative of ever-increasing global connectivity, which has dominated both public and academic debates on globalisation for a long time, has lost much of its explanatory power. Anti-globalism and chauvinist nationalism have produced disintegrative political movements, while trade protectionism, supply chain breakdowns, travel restrictions and reinforced border controls have significantly curbed the global movement of goods and people. Talk of deglobalisation has become ubiquitous.
In light of such developments, this conference asks whether we need a more sophisticated understanding of globalisation, both historical and contemporary. It seeks to develop and examine new theorical and methodological approaches to globalisation research, emphasising the concept of dis:connectivity, which notes how globalisation processes have always been characterised by a dynamic and co-constitutive relationship of connection and disconnection. Friction, absence, interruptions and detours are as integral to globalisation as are entanglement, exchange and connection.
Given the recent prominence of global history, global art history and global theatre history, scholars have arguably focused on questions of increasing connectivity. Already in 2017, the historian Jeremy Adelman warned of the blind spots induced by such a one-sided approach. For global art history, Monica Juneja has recently highlighted the meaning of dis:connections in ‘world making’. Overall, however, scholars have really just begun to think about what such a different approach to researching globalisation processes might look like theoretically, methodologically and thematically.
The Käte Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect supports these endeavours and is delighted to host its first annual conference with the title Dis:connectivity in processes of globalisation: theories, methodologies, explorations. The conference will survey the concept of dis:connectivity by bringing together historians, art historians and theatre scholars in order to capture a broad spectrum of dis:connectivity’s facets. Panels are structured around three themes that are particularly pertinent to our research: interruptions, detours and absences. We will also bring scholars into conversation with creative professionals from the arts whose approaches offer privileged access to the fluidity and transience that mark many of the phenomena in question.
On the evening of 20 October, the conference will also feature a conversation between the artist Parastou Forouhar and anthropologist Catherine Bublatzky on The Global Dis:connect: embodiment and personality as symbols of interruptions, detours and absences in Parastou Forouhar’s art. The conference will close on 21 October with a screening of the short film Atlantiques (Mati Diop, 2009) with a commentary by Fabienne Liptay.
THURSDAY, 20 October 2022
Welcome and opening words
PANEL I: ABSENCES
Richard M. Kabiito
Globalising Ugandan art: remixing the contest between tradition and modernity
The dancing body is absent/present. Methodological and theoretical aspects of digitalisation in dance
From yu to me to turbo culture: presence and absence in internet technology and culture in the former Yugoslavia
Fashion and its absent histories: the case of Madras fabric in the Caribbean
Parastou Forouhar / Cathrine Bublatzky
The global dis:connect: embodiment and personality as symbols of interruptions, detours and absences in Parastou Forouhar’s art
FRIDAY, 21 October 2022
Warm-up and welcome
PANEL II: DETOURS
Detours in the history of Islam in the Indian Ocean: Muslim Colombo
Global contexts of art in the GDR
Time travel for all: decolonising the time-space continuum
PANEL III: INTERRUPTIONS
Rethinking urban materiality: time as a resource
‘The Limits of my Language mean the Limits of my World’: language barriers and ideas of global communication in the 1920s
Peter W. Marx
The elephant in the room: (dis:)connecting encounters in the early modern period
Film screening and commentary
Atlantiques (2009, Mati Diop)
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CONF: Dis:connectivity in processes of globalisation (Munich/online, 20-21Oct 22). In: ArtHist.net, Sep 22, 2022 (accessed Oct 3, 2022), <https://arthist.net/archive/37478>.