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Previous GGS Annual Conferences


The 2020 iteration of the annual GGS conference was held on the topic of “Solidarity in Times of Crisis” , and it took place on December 3 rd and 4 th . Despite the uncertainties and restrictions that the pandemic situation imposed upon us, we were able to conduct the conference on the planned dates – albeit in a different setting from what was originally planned. To ensure the possibility for as much interested people as possible and limit the traffic between different cities and countries, the largest part of the conference was carried out online . Everyone interested as well as many speakers could join via the provided online tools. In addition, after the ‘long summer of isolation’ in 2020, the section also facilitated the opportunity for a limited number of GGS members and some of the speakers to meet in Giessen – under strict adherence to a sanctioned safety concept and the rules of distancing.

In theconference, the various speakers talked about the more than timely issue of theories as well as practices of solidarity. On December 3 rd and 4 th there were two panels each day from 3 to 6 pm. In the evening, there was a keynote lecture by José Medina (Northwestern University, Evanston) on December 3 rd (7 – 8.30 pm) and an international and interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion on December 4 th (7 – 9 pm).

The detailed program and further information were published on the website of the organizing section “Human Rights and Democracy” .


Thursday, December 3


Dimensions of Solidarity

Moderation: Hannes Kaufmann (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University Berlin)

Transforming Solidarities

Amy Niang (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Solidarity and Knowledge

Ulf Tranow (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

Solidarity as an Analytical and Normative Concept

(short break)

Gada Mahrouse (Concordia University, Montréal)

The Role of White Allies in Antiracism Solidarity

David Alvarez (Universidade do Minho, Braga)

Coalescing Subjects: Social Movements and Asymmetrical Conditions in the Public Sphere

Jared Holley (Free University Berlin)

Recovering the Anti-Colonial Roots of Solidarity

7-8.30 pm

Keynote Lecture:

José Medina (Northwestern University, Evanston)

Protest, Silencing, and Solidarity

Moderation: Jeanette Ehrmann (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

Friday, December 4

3-6 pm

Practices of Solidarity

Moderation: Greta Olson (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

Robin Celikates (Free University Berlin)

Against Integration. Solidarity ‘from Below’ and Migrant Practices of Critique

Regina Kreide (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

Political Solidarity

Andreas Busen (Hamburg University)

Performing Solidarity

(short break)

Manuela Boatcă (University of Freiburg)

The Solidarity Fund vs. the Currency of Abuse: EU Responses to Crisis

Jeanette Ehrmann (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

Selective Solidarity. Unsettling the Coloniality of Democracy

Sebastian Garbe (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

Weaving Solidarity. Decolonial Perspectives on Transnational Advocacy of and with the Mapuche

7-9 pm

Roundtable Discussion:

“We’re All In This Together? Solidarity in Pandemic Times”

Moderation: Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington, Seattle)

Beata Kowalska & Radek Nawojski (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Jorge Calbucura (Mapuche Documentation Center, Ñuke Mapu)

Tilo Wesche (University of Oldenburg)

Volkan Çıdam (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul/Humboldt University Berlin)

Hauke Brunkhorst (Europa University Flensburg)