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GGS Annual Conference 2020 - "Solidarity in Times of Crisis"

Save the Date: GGS-Conference “Solidarity in Times of Crisis”




Dear Colleagues, dear members of the GGS,


We are pleased to announce this year’s GGS-conference on the topic of “Solidarity in Times of Crisis”, which will take place on December 3rd and 4th. Despite the uncertainties and restrictions that the pandemic situation imposes upon us, the conference will take place on the planned dates – albeit in a different setting from what we originally planned. To ensure the possibility for as much interested people as possible and limit the traffic between different cities and countries, the biggest part of the conference will be carried out online. Everyone interested as well as many speakers can join via our online-tool. However, after the ‘long summer of isolation’ we plan to facilitate the opportunity for a limited number of GGS-members and some of the speakers to meet in Giessen – with an according safety concept and the rules of distancing applying.

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

The detailed program and further information will follow soon via this channel and will be published on the website of the organizing section “Human Rights and Democracy”.


We are looking forward to seeing you there – on-site or online!


The GGS Research Section “Human Rights and Democracy”



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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)