Thailand has been through turbulent years. The pandemic was accompanied by heavy protests against the monarchy and the government in 2020. After a hard lockdown in 2021, Thailand abandoned its zero-Covid strategy and has been opening the country ever since. With the tourism, the hope for a better future returns. At the same time, the recovery is hindered by soaring prices for resources and food. Where does the country stand in the last year of the government led by PM Prayut? How does the country view the war in Ukraine and in Myanmar?
Mexico has seen a dramatic escalation in violence during the last decade. We have all heard of so-called cartels, shoot-outs between state and criminal forces in some cities, but also cooperation between police and organized crime. But what if we look beyond the graphic depictions and simple stories of crime, and connect violence in cities in the past and present?
Der Vortrag skizziert die Entwicklung der "Kolonialwissenschaften", die seit dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts einen wichtigen Zweig der Hochschulausbildung im Frankreich der Dritten Republik darstellten. Mit der "Ecole coloniale" wie auch den kolonialwissenschaftlichen Bildungszweigen der Universitäten und Hochschulen sollte einerseits die Grundbildung der Kolonialbeamten sichergestellt werden und andererseits auch auf wissenschaftlicher Ebene eine Legitimation für Frankreichs koloniale Ausdehnung geliefert werden. Der Vortrag präsentiert eine Reihe von Initiativen und Forschungen, die sich in den letzten Jahrzehnten mit diesem "kolonialen Erbe" des französischen Hochschulssystems befassten, und diskutiert die Schwierigkeiten, welche die Aufarbeitung dieses Kapitels der französischen Bildungsgeschichte noch heute bereitet.
Ingo Rohrer is an anthropologist who works on the role of imaginaries in the criminal justice system in Argentina. He will speak on Thursday at the ALMA Research Series, Freiburg's interdisciplinary colloquium on social transformations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Salomé Deboos is an anthropologist who works on belonging and identities in the Himalayan region of Zanskar. She will speak at the ALMA Research Series, Freiburg's interdisciplinary colloquium on social transformations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Khangelani Moyo is currently a Fellow at ACT Freiburg and will hold a lecture as part of the ALMA Research Series, Feiburg's interdisciplinary colloquium on social transformations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
This lecture by Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni (Bayreuth) shows how African Studies became imbricated in global imperial designs and at the same time deploying the concept of decolonial intellectual turns to map out the key moments in academic resistance to the cognitive empire and how this shaped African Studies from an Africa vantage point.
Not least since the European “refugee crisis” in 2015, there has been a lot of focus in newspapers and discussions on African migration to Europe, the live of African migrants in Europe and to some extent their journeys coming here. The understanding of African migration is overtly simplified, stripped from all nuances and near-exclusively put into a negative light. In this roundtable discussion, three African scholars will discuss their work in migration research, their positionality, contemporary debates in academia and society as well as what a more nuanced understanding of African migration could mean for a better relationship between the two continents.
In the three-part EUCOR workshop series, young researchers exchange ideas with leading scholars across disciplines on the state as a central concept for the study of power, domination and socio-political change.
This nine-part online lecture series discusses securitization, perceptions on migration and new research agendas that decentralize the European perspectives when it comes to Afro-European Relations in Migration Governance. It brings together African, European, Anglo- and Francophone academics and activists.
In the webinar, Julia Gurol presents her paper in which she deconstructs Sino-Emirati relations in the field of digital surveillance. Inspired by Social Network Theory, she explores three transregional public-private elite networks as multipliers for the travelling of authoritarian practices. She shows that authoritarian diffusion under the umbrella of fighting the pandemic is not spatially bound to geopolitical proximity or other structural similarities, but rather a global phenomenon that is reproduced by state and non-state actors.
“Why are we allowing these people from shit-hole countries come here?” (D.J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America).
Anti-Black sentiments have always been part of the linguistics map of the Americas for over 600 years. In the lecture, Onookome Okome will briefly investigate the cultural history of this linguistic violence. To do this, he will also draw on the works of three major European authors, which will allow him to show patterns in the use of linguistic violence against black bodies in historical and political perspective.
For the past several years the countries that have shown the most "interest" in "bitcoin", evidenced through proportional google search trends, were Nigeria and South Africa, in part because of the sudden devaluations and escalating inflation of their national currencies, the Naira and Rand. Enrique Martino (History and Anthropology) will present his paper placing the surge of cryptocurrencies and its receptive adaptation within the historical political economy of decentralized and multiple currencies in West African history. Andreas Mehler (Political Science) will discuss this paper.
Political Scientist Hugo Fanton will present his paper on the Brazilian class conflicts during 2010s based on the disputes for the urban development.The hypothesis is that, during this period, there was a gradual displacement in the political stance of industrials - an important social basis of the developmentalist program adopted by Lula and Rousseff’s governments (2003-2016) -, from a national corporatist attempt to the defense of the “Consolidation State” under Bolsonaro government.
Orientalist Leila Samadi Rendy will present her paper on space and gender in the novels of Iranian women in the 21st century. The case study of her research includes the most significant novels of Iranian female writers of the 21st century, which have rarely been studied theoretically.
How has the pandemic affected migrant communities across the world? In what ways have they been excluded and been affected by (re-)new(ed) measures of control? How have migrant communities responded and resisted?
The ALMA Research Series is Freiburg’s interdisciplinary colloquium on social transformations in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. The lectures take place four times during term in digital space.
The MIASA Public Lecture Series features fellows in residence at MIASA. Dr. Emily McGiffin will deliver a lecture on 30th of March at 3:00pm (GMT) on “Gender and Biopolitics in the Poetry of Nontsizi Mgqwetho”.
In the context of rising authoritarianism, this Seminar asks how we understand the broader forces of capitalism within different cities in the South and the North? What are the relations between more general crises of democracy, the rise of authoritarianism and a new right, renewed austerity policies, and the production of urban space?
The conference seeks to understand the relationship between democracy and authoritarianism beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. It explores both the authoritarian turn in democratic settings as well as the prevention of democracy through actors like China, thereby assessing the mentioned phenomena from two perspectives.
As part of the ALMA Research Series digital in the winter semester Sheila Fernández Miguez (law) presents her paper "Law on Domestic Violence and Mapuche Justice. An analysis from decolonial feminism", Rosa Lehmann (political science) will discuss it.
As part of the ALMA Research Series digital in the winter semester Ayşegül Can (urban studies) presents her paper "Being an Istanbulite: The Value of Resistance During a Time of Urban Governance Through Massive Projects", Aylin de Tapia (islamic studies) will discuss it.