Friday, August 4, 2017

Winter School "Inherited Inequality and the Formation of the Modern World" - CeMIS, University of Göttingen

Winter School "Inherited Inequality and the Formation of the Modern World"
January 8-14, 2018
CeMIS, University of Göttingen
Application Deadline: 1 September 2017

Social, political and economic domination in the modern world depend on the continuous production and reproduction of persons relegated to degraded forms of labour and life on the basis on allegedly inherited characteristics (Robinson, 1982). This winter school will examine processes of racialization not only in the Americas, but in a comparative framework that includes a variety of forms of descent-based subjection across the globe. Hence our use of the more capacious "inherited inequality." We thus follow recent developments in the historical and sociological study of race and racialization, arguing that racialization is a global and transhistorical process (Da Silva, 2007) that deserves far greater comparative and interdisciplinary attention, especially from scholars and students of and in the global South (Comaroffs, 2012).

Students at the school will examine how "durable" inherited inequalities shape modern political, social and economic power, one on hand, and are at once key nodes of cohesion in social and political movements for justice. Young scholars from a diverse set of educational backgrounds and areal specializations will be provided with a set of rigorous comparative tools, drawing on the historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives and foci of the faculty, to understand pervasive and enduring forms of domination—and solidarity—in the modern world.

The Winter School will be held at the University of Göttingen. Participants will engage in a weeklong program comprising lectures, seminars and workshops, reading and working groups, a field trip to a historically significant refugee housing center, documentary films, and social activities. The school is intended for experienced MA students, and PhD students in the early stages of their degrees.

Prof. Thomas Abowd, Tufts University
Prof. Demetrius Eudell, Wesleyan University
Prof. Keith Feldman, University of California, Berkeley
Prof. Peter James Hudson, University of California, Los Angeles
Prof. Jemima Pierre, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Nathaniel Roberts, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
Prof. Rupa Viswanath, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

Application deadline: September 1, 2017

Dr. Karin Klenke; Coordinator
Centre for Modern Indian Studies
University of Goettingen
Waldweg 26
37073 Göttingen

phone: +49-551-39 19636