2021

May

public event - University of Bremen

Public Crisis Academia – Lessons on Repression from Turkish Universities

Over the past years we have been witnessing increased repression towards academics and scientific research in various countries. Scholars are attacked for their critical research and teachings, and for voicing it in public. They are dismissed, imprisoned, their institutions shut down or research impeded. These forms of repression are part of an ongoing crisis, which once again highlight the centrality of academic autonomy for democracy. They, however, also compel us to revisit the relation between academia and a democratic public in the light of its current erosion by authoritarian governments. Drawing on the findings of their recent study on academic freedom in Turkish universities, İnan Özdemir Taştan and Aydın Ördek from the School of Human Rights, Ankara/Turkey, will discuss the extent of the repression and its implications. Asking how we can grasp academic freedom in terms of rights and responsibilities for the future of democracy, they will explore lessons that can be learnt from the Turkish case contributing to a broader diagnosis of the situation of academia beyond this specific crisis.

  • İnan Özdemir Taştan (Barbro Klein Fellow, SCAS, Sweden; School of Human Rights, Ankara/Turkey)
  • Aydın Ördek (School of Human Rights, Ankara/Turkey)
  • Chairs: Nurhak Polat and Ulrike Flader (University of Bremen)

This event is jointly organized by the International Office, the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research, the Research Group Soft Authoritarianisms, and Worlds of Contradiction, all University of Bremen. It is part of the lecture series „Politics of Repression – Strategies and Resistances in Scholarship“ organised in cooperation with the Leibniz University Hannover, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Georg-August-University Göttingen, and the Leuphana University Lüneburg, and supported by the Scholars at Risk Network.

Access the event here (Zoom)
Webinar-ID: 913 2131 3524
Passcode: 196314

June

digital workshop

Zugänge zu Dissens – eine Methodenwerkstatt

Dissens begegnet uns in verschiedensten Kontexten: von alltäglichen Diskrepanzen zwischen Meinungen über juristische Fragen bis zu einander scheinbar unversöhnlich gegenüberstehenden gesellschaftlichen Diskursen. Die Untersuchung von Dissens wird entsprechend aus unterschiedlichen Forschungsperspektiven relevant. Die sprachliche Konstitution von Konflikten ist dabei von entscheidender Bedeutung, sowohl aus linguistischer Perspektive als auch im Blickfeld anderer Disziplinen.

Der Grundgedanke des digitalen Workshops „Zugänge zu Dissens – eine Forschungswerkstatt“ ist der einer digitalen Forschungs- und Datenwerkstatt, die konkret und empirisch an Fragen der Untersuchung von Dissens herangeht. Im Fokus stehen methodische Zugänge und gemeinsame Arbeit an Daten. Der Workshop soll insbesondere Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen einen Raum bieten, sich über konkrete Herausforderungen auszutauschen und Anregungen zu erhalten. Dabei sind sowohl dezidiert linguistische als auch interdisziplinäre Herangehensweisen willkommen.

Der digitale Workshop richtet sich vor allem an Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen. Die Veranstaltung findet in Kooperation mit der Verbundforschungsplattform „Worlds of Contradiction“ statt und wird als digitale Veranstaltung durchgeführt. Genauere Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte dem Call for Papers. Abstracts können bis zum 15.3.2021 eingereicht werden. Bei Interesse kontaktieren Sie bitte Dr. Anna Mattfeldt

July

public lecture - University of Bremen

Kontrapunkte: Wissenschaft im Widerspruch #6

Protest kontrovers: Diskurs- und systemtheoretische Zugänge

 

Mit
Prof. Dr. Christina Gansel | Universität Greifswald
Prof. Dr. Dorothee Meer | Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Moderiert von Friedrich Markewitz | Universität Paderborn

September

international conference - University of Bremen

Addressing (and) Inequality

Approaches to Subjectivation in Educational Science and beyond
Subjektivierungsforschung in den Erziehungswissenschaften und benachbarten Disziplinen

 

Die Konferenz erkundet die Spezifität und Reichweite von Subjektivierungsforschung (nicht allein) in der Erziehungswissenschaft. Das Subjektivierungstheorem erlaubt eine machttheoretische Auseinandersetzung jenseits der Dichotomie von Souveränität und Unterwerfung und verweist auf eine relationierte Subjektivität. Es steht wie kaum eine andere Denkfigur für das Versprechen, sich Subjekten und ihrem Handeln zuwenden zu können, ohne dabei gesellschaftliche Machtverhältnisse auszublenden, sondern sie gerade konsequent in ihrer Bedeutung für die Entwicklung von Subjektivität(en) in den (pädagogischen) Alltagspraktiken mitzudenken. Der Blick auf Anrufungen und Adressierungen ermöglicht dabei auch eine kritische Analyse pädagogischer Praktiken und Institutionen hinsichtlich Differenzkategorien wie sex, gender, class, race und dis/ability, über die Subjekte konstituiert und gesellschaftliche Ungleichheitsverhältnisse reaktualisiert und verfestigt werden.
Hier finden Sie weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung.

The conference aims to clarify the specificity and scope of research on subjectivation, especially but not exclusively in education. The concept of subjectivation allows for a theoretical engagement beyond the dichotomy of autonomy and subjection by emphasizing relational subjectivity. It conveys the promise of focusing on the subjects and their practices without disregarding social  power relations, but to consequently take those into consideration as a constitutive condition for subjects in (pedagogical) everyday practices. By highlighting processes of “addressing” – a central notion of subjectivation theory – it enables a critical analysis of pedagogical practices and institutions while taking into account categories like sex(ual orientation), gender, class, race or dis/ability, which work to constitute subjects while at the same time reproducing and perpetuating social inequalities.
Here you can find further information.

October

research school - University of Bremen

Rethinking Extractivist Capitalism – Interdisciplinary Autumn Research School

Extractivism – traditionally understood as the over-exploitation of natural resources – has led to irreversible environmental damage and the destruction of livelihoods across the globe. While these forms of primitive accumulation have historically been key to colonial exploitation of the Global South, we are currently witnessing an expansion of multiple forms of extractivism. Reimagined as a developmental and even emancipatory strategy, extractivism has increasingly been implemented by states, private firms, local and traditional authorities, and networks of experts in order to capture and distribute high rents, while in fact deepening legacies of colonial dependencies. However, extractivism has also extended beyond the plundering of raw materials to cultural or non-material resources, e.g. in the form of extensive tourism, or “data-mining”. Hence, today, extractivism has come to signify a global logic of current capitalist accumulation and valorisation which differs decisively from industrial capitalism. To secure the appropriation of rent, these different forms of extractivism are flanked by various violent and authoritarian state practices, often reinstating racist and (settler) colonial orders, erasing indigenous claims to land, large-scale dispossession and displacement, severe human rights violations, unsafe labour conditions, surveillance, and forced migration.

The six-day interdisciplinary Autumn Research School offers participants an outstanding programme with faculty members including Deval Desai, Michael Flitner, Michi Knecht, Sandro Mezzadra, Martin Nonhoff, Shalini Randeria, Ranabir Samaddar, Klaus Schlichte, Ingo H. Warnke and Ruth Wodak. It is composed of six content modules, plus a hands-on research design workshop module and includes lectures, Q&A-sessions, interactive small-group roundtable sessions, micro-group sessions, and plenary debate.

We invite applications from outstanding MA-students, PhD-candidates and postdoctoral researchers in political, social or cultural science, geography, linguistics, law, international relations or related disciplines. Participants are selected on the basis of the quality of their applications, which includes a letter of motivation, an academic CV and a brief research proposal connected to the topic of the autumn school.
Deadline for applications is 1 June 2021.
Please, find the online application form here

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the research school will be held online. In order to ensure a productive learning and working atmosphere, the programme is divided into a total of three sets of two consecutive days each: 9-10, 15-16 & 29-30 October 2021.

The Autumn School is organised by U Bremen Excellence Chair Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria, her Research Group „Soft Authoritarianisms“, her hosts Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht and Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke, and the collaborative research platform Worlds of Contradiction.
Due to this generous funding by the University of Bremen and Worlds of Contradiction, participants will not have to pay fees.

For further information, please, check our website or email us.