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Cities of the South, Cities of the North

Dec 14, 2015

In the wake of the end of the cold-war and the demise of the tripartite conceptual division of the First, Second and Third Worlds, the latter concept has been superseded by the notion of the “Global South”. This notion is a flexible one referring to the developing nations of the once-colonized sections of the globe. The concept does not merely register shifts in geopolitics and in the respective affiliations of nations and the economic transformations that have occurred. It also registers an emergent perception of a new set of relationships between nations of the South. It is the task of this project to explore those “lateral” south-south cultural connections by mobilizing a network of prominent Global-South universities (UFF, Brazil; UNAM, Mexico; Wits, South Africa; UCAD, Senegal; JNU, India) with other universities in the southern hemisphere (UWA, Australia; SNU, Korea).


10:00 Reception, Coffee
10:15 Welcome
Andrew Webber (University of Cambridge)
Russ West-Pavlov (University of Tübingen)

10:30-12:30 Panel I
Sudeep Dasgutpa (University of Amsterdam)
Journeys of Displacement: Thinking Trajectories Otherwise in Contemporary Globalization
Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam)
Paralysis and Access: Disenabling Maps of the City in Intouchables
Kleber Mendonça (Universidad Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janiero)
Gentrification in Rio: Multiple Trajectories and Narratives in Rio de Janeiro's Slums After "Pacification" Policies.

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:00 Panel II
Simon During (University of Queensland)
Postrevolutionary Reds, North and South: Christina Stead in Sydney and Paris
Kerry Bystrom (Bard College Berlin)
Luanda and the Global Cold War: Notes on Neto’s Mausoleum

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:30 Panel III
Geoffrey Kantaris (University of Cambridge)
Terminal City and the North-South Divide: Rivera’s Sleep Dealer, Mexico/USA
Ute Seydel (UNAM Mexico City)
From Legibility to Illegibility: The Megalópolis Mexico-City

18:30-19:30 Coffee break

19:30 Keynote
AbdouMaliq Simone (Max-Planck-Institute Göttingen)
The Ambiguities of Detachment: Multiple Trajectories of Urban Living in Jakarta

Time: Monday, 14 December 2015
Venue: ICI Berlin
In English

Jointly organized by Erich Auerbach Visiting Chair of Global Literary Studies at the University of Tübingen, the BMBF/DAAD Thematic Network “Literary Cultures of the Global South”, and the ERRANS Research Programme at ICI Berlin

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