Karina Smigla-Bobinski
Artist Talk on the Conference Key Visual

Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology
9th Annual Seminar "Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology"

Friday, 14 July 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm
Room X-E0-002
Moderator: Britta Dostert

The topic of this year's Annual Seminar is Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology. Combining the expertise of young historians and sociologists, we attempt to highlight and question contemporary approaches that challenge the ongoing conceptual dominance of the nation state. The conference schedule will revolve around global interconnections, challenges and crises. The contributions and presentations include discussions of the socio-economic implications of globalisation, international migration as well as economic, political and religious entanglements and conflicts. By discussing these topics, we aim to define and specify notions of "the global" in spatial, temporal, theoretical and methodological terms. Furthermore, the conference seeks to engage doctoral researchers in an interdisciplinary discussion about approaches, methods and findings on globalisation, globalism and globality within their field of study. Thereby we try to map out the importance of "the global" as analytical category for historians and sociologists.
Our programme includes seven panel sessions on specific aspects and notions of the global such as "Global Conflicts", "Global Dimensions of Religion" or "Migration in a Globalising World". Furthermore, we are looking forward to three keynotes delivered by distinguished international researchers, whom we wish to thank for their contributions:
Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York) and
Drew Thompson (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson)
Ahmet Öncü (Sabanci University, Istanbul)

We will also be joined by intermedia artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski, who will be discussing her installation ADA, the artwork and key visual of this year's conference.

> the whole programme

The organizing committee of the Annual Seminar 2017 >
Pinar Sarigöl
Britta Dostert
Julia Engelschalt
Lasse Björn Lassen
Sebastian Matthias Schlerka

ADA - analog interactive installation
Named after 19th century English mathematician, Ada Lovelace, ADA is a self-forming artwork and post-industrial “creature”, resembling a molecular hybrid from nano biotechnology. Filled up with helium and spiked with charcoals, the membrane-like globe floats freely in each room it is located and leave marks on the walls, ceilings and floors. It is meant to be a movement to experience visually, like a computer that generates unforeseeable output after receiving a command. > more

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