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GCSC Conferences, Symposia, Summer Schools


Cultural Identities in a Global World: Rethinking Cultural Hybridity


Giessen University, GCSC (Online)

June 23-25, 2021

From the local to the global, cultural hybridity nowadays travels across the individual, political, religious, biological, cultural and virtual spaces in the historical contexts of nation-state, transnationalism and globalisation. Hence, hybridity can entangle new meanings and action-oriented concepts. This conference aims to reframe the discourse on hybridity by exploring this cultural artefact in theory and social practice and as a still useful analytical tool in the study of culture. 

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Rethinking Postcolonial Europe: Moving Identities, Changing Subjectivities


Giessen University, GCSC (Online)

February 10-12, 2021

Thinking ‘Europe’ as an idea, a geographical space, and a political force is inseparable from thinking about its history of imperialism, its postcolonial legacies, and its preoccupation with questions of in and outside, centre and periphery, the self and the other. Migration and the current so-called refugee crisis not only urge a changing perception of those power hierarchies that tend to divide the world between ‘the west’ and ‘the rest’ but also compel new discourses of national and cultural identity and belonging. The recent resurge of populism and racism connected to the rise of right-wing parties in several European states serves as an uneasy reminder of the continuing influence of hegemonic ideas of European exceptionalism and cultural superiority. At the same time, however, practices of resistance and emancipation in migrant/BPoC self-organisation and domains of art, literature, media, law, and politics reimagine Europe as an entangled space that was and is home for different people. 

The event is organised in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für anglophone postkoloniale Studien (GAPS) and the postgraduate forum Postcolonial Narrations.


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 Memories for the Future? Narrating Horizons of Hope in "Politics out of History"Poster

Online Conference, GCSC (Online)

December 8, 2020 (10:00 –16:00 CET)

After being cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak at the end of March this year, the organizers hereby announce that the conference Memories for the Future? Narrating Horizons of Hope in “Politics out of History” is scheduled to take place online on December 8th, 2020, from 10am to 4pm CET. Due to changes in schedule and novel conditions under which we all work, the conference will now be significantly downsized - from the original two days that included art installations, workshops, keynotes and traditional panels - to a single day event with three roundtables. 

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