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Entangled Temporalities of the Black (South) Atlantic

CIVIS Summer School focusing on relations between Europe, Africa and Latin America in the context of the current day revision of the history of slavery and coloniality against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement.

CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • MA
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Social Science and humanities
Course dates
12-16 July
Deadline for application extended to 15 June 2021

The aim of the CIVIS Summer School "North-South Encounters", organised by the ICGSS at the University of Tübingen is to introduce postgraduate students and young scholars from the humanities and social sciences to current research discussions, theories and methods in the field of Global South Studies, Latin American and African Studies.

This programme is a space for interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue with researchers and students from the CIVIS partner universities Aix-Marseille Université, Université libre de Bruxelles, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Stockholm University, as well as partner institutions in the Global South such as UNAM (Mexico City), UFF (Rio de Janeiro / Niterói), UCAD (Dakar) and Witswatersrand (Johannesburg), thereby engaging with North-South relations as well as their conflictive history and present.

This year's virtual edition of the Summer School will focus on Atlantic relations between Europe, Africa and Latin America in the context of the current day revision of the history of slavery and coloniality against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The thematic axes of the programme spread over 5 afternoons include temporalities and memories, the legacy of slavery, racism in audiovisual media, BlackLivesMatter in the public space. In addition to academic lectures and workshops, the CIVIS Summer School offers encounters with practitioners from the UNESCO Heritage Programme "The Route of the Slave" and representatives of social movements. Furthermore, the Summer School offers an insight into African and Latin American studies at the participating universities.

Duration of the course: 1 week

Course format: blended

Locations: Virtual Summer School

Language: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Nb of students accepted: 60

Nb of CIVIS scholarships offered: 24

Academic credits: 3-6 ECTS

(for some universities)

 

Via a series of intensive dialogues with experts in Global South Studies, decision-makers and representatives of civil society, students will enhance their sense of global awareness and discover ways to relate their academic praxis to the intercultural dialogue across the cleavage lines of globalized world order. Students are invited to learn about theory production from the South that challenges and decenters claims to European hegemony, to overcome the mindset of conventional area studies establishing cross-connections, focusing both on North-South entanglements as well as on translateral South-South interrelations.

The thematic axes of the programme spread over 5 afternoons include decolonial theory, public history and the legacy of slavery, BlackLivesMatter and racism in audiovisual media. In addition to academic lectures and workshops, the CIVIS Summerschool offers encounters with practitioners from the UNESCO Heritage Programme "The Route of the Slave" and representatives of social movements. Furthermore, the Summer School offers an insight into African and Latin American studies at the participating universities.

Topics of discussion

  • Decolonial theory
  • UNESCO Heritage Programme: “The Route of the Slave"
  • The impact of BlackLivesMatter in Africa, Latin America and the Carribean
  • Discourses of Racism in Cinema and Television
  • Showcasing Global South Studies at Partner universities

Evaluation process

  • Students hand in short essays on proposed readings (to be submitted prior to summer school) (3 ECTS).
  • They can in addition hand in a long essay on one of the themes afterwards to get supplementary 3 ECTS.

 

Study level

Open to MA and PhD students

Field of studies

Social science and Humanities including Global South Studies, African Studies, Latin American Studies, History, Media Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Anthropology

Languages

The programme has a multilingual approach with English being the main language of instruction, combined with some interventions in French and Spanish.

Working knowledge in English is necessary, working knowledge in French or Spanish is strongly recommended.

Susanne Goumegou (Romance Philology / University of Tübingen): Romance Philology and Literature: Global South Studies - Focus on Francophone Literatures in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sebastian Thies (Romance Philology / University of Tübingen): Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Film and Media of Latin America, Global South Studies, Ethnic Studies

Russell West-Pavlov (Department of English / University of Tübingen): Anglophone Literatures: Comparative Global South cultural and literary studies in the areas of Australia, Africa, and the Caribbean

Stefan Helgesson (Department of English / Stockholm University): Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone literatures of Africa; Brazilian literature; intellectual histories of the Global South; translation theory; temporalities

Henri Médard (Département d'Histoire / Institut des mondes africains / Aix-Marseille): History of Uganda and East Africa: Monarchy, conversion, slavery

Fernando Resende (Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Universidade Federal Fluminense): Global South Studies; comparative media and documentary studies; culture, narratives, and alterity in the perspective of comparative political-cultural conflicts (North-South; South/South)

Thais Machado Borges (Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies / Stockholm University): Contemporary Brazil: Media, telenovelas and popular culture crafting of bodies, gender, unequal urban contexts

Roberto Robalinho (Tübingen Universität / Universidade Federal Fluminense): media studies with a focus on audiovisual analysis, visuality, and politics; aesthetics and Anthropocene with a focus on visuality; Global South Studies with a focus on Brazil and Latin America, audiovisual production and activism.

Bernd Grewe (Institute of Didactics of History and Public History, University of Tübingen): Global History (Slavery, Colonialism, Global Commodity Chains), European and Colonial Environmental History, Economic and Social History (18th-20th Century), the Material and Cultural Heritage of Colonialism, Material Cultures, Public History, History Didactics

Bacary Sarr (Faculty of literature and human sciences, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal): Directeur des études de l'Institut Supérieur des Arts et des Cultures(ISAC)/UCAD; comparative literary studies, cultural studies

Isaline Bergamaschi (Department of Political Science and REPI / Université libre de Bruxelles): Sociology of international development, intervention in Mali and South-South cooperation, globalisation and International Political Economy

María Elisa Velásquez (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico): Anthropologist researching mainly on Afro-descendants, heritage and cultural diversity in Mexico in the fields of history and Ethnohistory. Vice-President of the Scientific Committee of the International Slave Route Project: resistance, freedom, and heritage of UNESCO.

Ana Lucia Araujo (Department of History / Howard University, Washington D.C.) Social and Cultural History. History of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade and their present-day legacies, including the long history of demands of reparations for slavery and colonialism.

Fernando Camacho Padilla (Department of Contemporary History / Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) Chile-Sweden political connections (1964-1990); Swedish solidarity movements with Latin America; historical and cultural relations between Iran and the Hispanic world.

Participants are accepted from a wide range of disciplines within Humanities and Social Sciences. They are selected on the basis of a CV, transcript of records and a letter of motivation. Although we heed the linguistic diversity of Global South Studies, a certain proficiency in English is recommended.

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