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The ‘Great Divergence’ in Focus – An Interview with Kaveh Yazdani

Kaveh Yazdani is a social scientist working in a historical perspective on the Great Divergence, i.e. the differences in the emergence of ‚Modernity‘ between the ‚West and the rest‘. We interviewed him and talked about his recent publication. How would you describe the ‘Great Divergence’ in a few sentences? What…

Globalizing Political Theory and the Role of the Particular

von Dorothea Gädeke This article is part of the TRAFO series “Doing Global International Relations”.   Globalizing International Relations (IR) is a requirement built into the very construction of the discipline itself: IR does not merely aim to investigate international, that is, interstate relations in their own right. What IR claims…

“All Things Transregional?” in conversation with…Birgit Schäbler

What does Transregional Research mean? Who can learn from its insights? What are its limits? The interview series “All Things Transregional?” addresses these issues to launch an open discussion. We invite researchers to share their experiences, assess key issues and future perspectives of transregional research. Birgit Schäbler, Professor for Westasian History at…

Global Learning in Northern Ireland: Challenges, Successes and Opportunities

by Anna Grindle This article is part of the TRAFO series “Doing Global International Relations”.   June 2016. The holidays are approaching but schools are still very busy places when our team is out at schools facilitating small group sessions with teachers who have attended in-service training on global learning…

Is There a Chinese Understanding of International Relations?

This article is part of the TRAFO Series “Doing Global International Relations”.   by Tim Rühlig Many politicians, academics and the wider public in the “West” fear China’s rise. They fear not only a loss of influence in world affairs, but also the mysterious image China projects to outsiders: Its…

Andean Cosmovision and Global Governance

This article is part of the TRAFO Series „Doing Global International Relations”.   by Amaya Querejazu Much of what we know about global governance can be questioned by taking an ontological turn and see what relational ontologies such as the Andean Cosmovision have to say about reality, the global, being in…

South-East European Studies in the ‘House of International Relations’

This article is part of the TRAFO Series „Doing Global International Relations”.   by Catherine Baker Six years after I finished my doctoral research at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, two years after I had briefly returned to SSEES as a teaching fellow leading Masters modules…

Clues, Careers, and Curricula – Doing Global International Relations

This article is part of the TRAFO Series „Doing Global International Relations”.   by Antonia Witt, Felix Anderl, Stefan Kroll, Philip Wallmeier Scientists from different parts of the world have tried to make sense of “the global” for centuries: In this section of Raphael’s “The School of Athens”, Claudius Ptolemy,…

Fakir Her-stories. Women’s Spiritual Careers and the Limits of the Masculine in Pakistan

  By Omar Kasmani To speak of minority masculinities, that is to say of masculinity without men, is primarily to untether an essential relation of masculinity from biological maleness. Similarly, queer theory has operationalized the assumption that challenges to hegemonic masculinity are made possible when confronted with other and multiple masculinities.…

“All Things Transregional?” in conversation with… Philipp Lepenies

Was bedeutet Transregionale Forschung? Wem kann sie nützen? Wo sind ihre Grenzen? Mit der Interviewreihe „All Things Transregional?“ eröffnen wir die Diskussion und fragen ausgewiesene WissenschaftlerInnen nach ihren Erfahrungen, wichtigen Themen und der Zukunft der transregionalen Studien.  Nach Sebastian Conrad, Monica Juneja, Matthias Middell, Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Thomas Maissen, Barbara Mittler und Miloš Řezník greift nun auch…

Universalizing the Province Europe in Early German Legal Anthropology

By Ulrike Schaper   Part of Chakrabarty’s project of provincializing Europe is to trace how Europe’s modernity became universalized and to challenge the categories and narratives that followed from this process. Taking up his impetus to reflect on genealogies of research concepts and methodologies, I examine a certain moment in…

Imperialism, Buddhism, and the Secular in 19th-Century Siam – Notes on Provincializing Secularism

By Ruth Streicher I was just returning from a conference on “Secularisms and the Formations of Religions in Asia” when a colleague pointed out to me that I seemed to like conceptual discussions. Conference participants had presented a huge variety of insightful cases, ranging from the proliferation of Christian wedding…

Secular Power and the Predicaments of Knowledge Production on Muslims in Europe

  By Schirin Amir-Moazami In recent years, public discourse on Muslims and Islam in Europe has gained unprecedented salience. Triggered by the growing visibility of Islamic forms of social life and religious practices in European public spaces, by the alleged or factual increase of forms of radicalization of Muslim youth,…

Reflections on Hegemonies of Knowledge Production and the Politics of Disciplinary Divisions

by Ruth Streicher and Schirin Amir-Moazami Introduction “Provincializing Epistemologies” is a discussion series that aims to politicize contemporary forms of knowledge production in both area studies and the social sciences. This series seeks to disclose how these particular forms of knowledge production exclude non-European archives and to mark and contest their…

New Discussion Series on TRAFO: Provincializing Epistemologies – Reflections on Hegemonies of Knowledge Production and the Politics of Disciplinary Divisions

by Schirin Amir-Moazami and Ruth Streicher Reversed Earth Map,public domain “Provincializing Epistemologies” is a new discussion series on TRAFO- Blog for Transregional Reserach. The series is edited by Schirin Amir-Moazami (Freie Universtität Berlin) and Ruth Streicher (University of California, Berkeley) and pursues a set of events and conversations held at…

“All Things Transregional?” in conversation with… Barbara Mittler

What does Transregional Research mean? Who can learn from its insights? What are its limits? The new interview series “All Things Transregional?” addresses these issues to launch an open discussion. We invite researchers to share their experiences, assess key issues and future perspectives of transregional research.   Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler, …