XIV. International Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Research Context of the Summer School
Over the past decade, the Leipzig PhD Summer School has established itself as an important meeting place for the interdisciplinary discussion of transnationalization and transculturalism as well as new trends in the research of globalization in general. The 2016 edition of the Summer School is organized by the Graduate School Global and Area Studies, which is part of the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences at the Research Academy Leipzig in cooperation with the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO). For the first time, it is organized together with the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”.
The Graduate School currently comprises 140 PhD candidates from the social sciences, history, and the study of cultures who undertake structured doctoral training. The annual Summer School is an integral component of this programme. The Summer School occupies a special place within the educational concept of the Graduate School by providing PhD candidates with a forum to present the results of their respective research to their peer group, including fellow PhD candidates and Postdocs from abroad. Thus, the invitation is open to young researchers from all over the world whose research interests are related to the focus of this year’s Summer School.
Thematic Focus of the Summer School
The world is undergoing processes of respatialization – existing spatial frameworks for social actions are being undermined while others are emerging and competing with ones already established. Neither the nation-state nor global governance nor new regionalisms definitely form the endpoint of such processes. Likewise, transnational or global networks and chains, which have received more and more scholarly attention, have also failed to completely exert dominance as could be seen most recently during the financial crisis in 2008 when nation-states, and their alliances, became important again for rescuing economies and welfare systems. Current public debates about the crisis of Europe have led to the question if supranational structures and multilevel governance will be accepted as alternatives to the nation-state. As with all observations of the contemporary world, this leads to the question if such doubts in the one or the other spatial formats are really new or if we can identify similar crisis of spatial orders in former historical configurations.
The Summer School firstly addresses this subject with an emphasis on actors that stabilize or destabilize specific spatial formats through concrete actions in the context of existing spatial orders. We assume that action is pre-structured by cultural repertoire and existing institutions, and that spatilization is a central dimension of all social action.
Secondly, we invite contributions that look at certain moments in historical developments when people become excited about new spatial formats and condemn old ones as “reactionary” or at least outdated. This is not necessarily an indicator that the spatial format loses its importance completely but that it changes its position within the general spatial order – think only of the different views on empires since the 18th century.
Thirdly, we are interested in the effects both on the material world and the world of ideas and ideologies when spatial orders change. Such a respatialization is a complex process that constitutes global moments when similar processes occur in different parts of the world, both unintentionally and intentionally driven by certain actors.
Behind these three dimensions of our topic is the enquiry of what may cause such changes in the spatial order and to what extent as well as in which ways we can attribute these changes to processes of globalization. Here we hope for diachronic comparisons that may help us to understand current processes against the experience with historical transformations.
Contributions are expected from young researchers that have made considerable progress in their research so that they can already present (first) results from empirical studies as well as theoretical framing of their investigation.
Sequence of Events of the Summer School
The Summer School is organized into panels of 3–5 presentations each. Additionally, invited keynote speakers will introduce main aspects of the general theme. At the end of the Summer School, a round table with reports from the panels will bring the major findings together and integrate them into a final conclusion.
Panels will be organized by young researchers who are invited herewith to submit applications containing a 1-page description (300 words) of the panel’s main goals and its relevance to the overall topic of the Summer School, plus a list of possible speakers with an indication if they have already agreed or have to be contacted after the acceptance of the panel. The selection of the panel will be undertaken by a committee of the Graduate School where supervisors as well as PhD candidates and postdocs are represented.
Individual time slots will be assigned by the organizers of the Summer School, but preferences of participants will be taken into consideration. In addition, active participation in the discussions of the Summer School is expected.
Keynotes and panel presentations can be conducted in English or German. The discussions are generally held in both languages.
Young researchers interested in the topic are cordially invited to submit either a proposal for a panel or an individual paper by application to the Summer School. The application should include:
- Personal details, as well as academic status, including relevant academic affiliation.
- An abstract of 300 to 500 words, together with an explanation of its connection to the ongoing dissertation as well as its relevance to the overall topic of the Summer School.
via post and via e-mail to:
Leipzig University, Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Martina Keilbach
Registration and application deadline: 30 April 2016
Authors of accepted papers will be informed no later than 10 May 2016. A maximum of 25 papers will be selected. In order to prepare for academic commentary, submission of the actual paper (10 pages) is expected by 31 May 2016. The paper will be pre-circulated and should fit within a presentation between15–20 minutes.
The participation fee is 50 Euro. This fee covers all costs for conference material (including a reader of relevant publications that are discussed at the Summer School by keynote speakers), refreshments during the breaks, lunch meals, as well as participation in the welcome reception and the cultural events that will be held during the Summer School.
Upon request, reasonably priced accommodations in Leipzig will be arranged by the conference office.
With successful participation in the Summer School, it will be possible to receive a certificate from the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences. Further information can be found under: www.uni-leipzig.de/ral/gchuman
For all events, childcare will be provided. Registration is requested (by 31 May 2016) at the above-mentioned address.