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International Workshop: Understanding Local Entanglement of Global Inequalities: Socio-Cultural Transformation and Decolonial Thought

This workshop initiates an international collaboration between the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen/Germany, and the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, on “Understanding Local Entanglement of Global Inequalities: Socio-Cultural Transformation and Decolonial Thought”.

The workshop will take place on the 27th and 28th April 2017 at the Konferenzraum im Alexander-von-Humboldt Haus, Rathenaustraße 24 A, 35394 Gießen


Information on the programme.


Short description and scientific objective


Three questions will be at the centre of our workshops:

(a)  How does the analysis of local inequalities relate to global processes of political, economic and cultural negotiations? 

(b)  How are processes of cultural transformation channelled by global processes of political and economic negotiation?

(c)  How are cultural-political-economic processes shaping social formations on a local and global level?

 


These are timely questions that we aim to address by drawing on decolonial thought analysis of global entanglements. The engagement with this perspective will contribute to a historical, cultural and geo-political analysis of local expressions of contemporary global political entanglement. This exchange will take place through a series of workshops addressing this topic between these two institutions, Justus-Liebig University (Giessen/Germany) and the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine/Trinidad and Tobago). In particular, the University of the West Indies has a long-standing record in decolonial thought, feminist studies and the analysis of global entanglement. The Justus-Liebig University, in particular the Institute of Sociology and GCSC, has a rich body of research on questions of cultural transformation and critical social theory. Further, the participation of the colleagues from Macquarie University and the University of the Free State in this exchange promises to create synergies that will foster collaborative research between these institutions in particular in regard to areas of study engaging with local inequalities from the lens of global entanglement such as gendered labour migration, institutional racism, ethnic contestation, conviviality, translocal solidarity and urban struggles.

Summing up, this exchange aims to build an international, and in particular a European-Caribbean network of researchers engaging with the question of socio-cultural transformation and decolonial thought. This series of workshops will foster the exchange and promote the research collaboration between these two partner institutions. Further, through the dissemination of the workshop proceedings in a special journal issue in English, the research outcome will be made available to a broader academic and non-academic audience. There will also be a digital dissemination platform of the project proceedings in English.