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Lecture Series

Climate Change: Action and Law in the Global South and Beyond the West

This lecture series adresses one of the pressing questions of human kind – climate change. It approaches this issue from different disciplines ranging from law to ethnography. Legislation and especially the Paris Agreement have been a step towards international cooperation in combating climate change – now actions and implementation need to follow. Questions about deforestation, litigation, the circular economy, and sustainable urban planning will be adressed in different regions in the Global South and beyond the West.

Where and When? Summer Semester 2023 | Mondays, 16:15-17:45  | H14

Organized by Prof. Dr. Rike Krämer-Hoppe (DIMAS/ Law, UR) and Dr. Paul Vickers (DIMAS / ScienceCampus)

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17 April | Rike Krämer-Hoppe (Regensburg) & Paul Vickers (Regensburg)

- recommended for students only

24 April |Tiago Fensterseifer (São Paulo)
Climate Change Litigation in Brazil

The lecture will address current climate litigation action in Brazil as well as the recent political change and the new opportunities that come with it. In a recent decision the Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF, Supreme Court of Brazil) declared the Paris Agreement a human rights treaty.

8 May | Maria Cecilia Oliveira (Potsdam) and Michael Riegner (Erfurt)
Film & Discussion | Jatun Yaku: Amazon of Rights

Jatun Yacuis the indigenous name, in Quechua language, for one of the tributaries of the Amazon river in Ecuador. As the Amazon river flows from its source to the Atlantic Ocean, it crosses four countries with different legal systems. This pilot documentary film traces the ebb and flow of rights in and of the Amazon across space and time, ethnographically exploring the question of what it means for a river to have rights, where these rights come from and what they might look like visually. The session will include a showing of the film as well as discussion with its creators, Maria Cecilia Oliveira (Potsdam) and Michael Riegner (Erfurt).

15 May | Yi Yi Prue (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Climate Litigation within and outside of Bangladesh

The lecture will dive into the climate issues pressing in Bangladesh. It will adress litigation efforts in Bangladesh as well as in Germany.

22 May | Yvonne Donders (Amsterdam)
The Human Rights Commission and the Torre Strait Decision

The lecture will give an overview of the UN Human Rights Committee and its work. The Torre Strait Decision is a landmark decision of the Committee in which it found that Australia's failure to adequately protect indigenous Torres Strait Islanders against adverse impacts of climate change was a breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

5 June | Simone Sandholz (Bonn)
Urban Climate Action in Cities

The lecture elaborates the possibilities as well as necessities for the transformation of urban planning. Especially in the global south cities need to adapt to climate change.

12 June | Christiane Heibach (Regensburg)
Ecology and Art: Aesthetic Engagement on Climate Change

19 June | Rike Krämer-Hoppe (Regensburg) - via Zoom, not in H14
The German Federal Constitutional Court Climate order and the Global South

26 June no talk this week

3 July | double header of talks by doctoral researchers at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at UR
Magdolna Molnar (Regensburg) - Common misconceptions about sustainability: Examples from the European Green Deal
Miloš Đurović (Regensburg) - Reflecting on the visions and practices of “environmental sustainability” between the European centre and its periphery

In this session, two doctoral researchers based at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies at UR will present talks based on their ongoing research. Magdolna Molnár (Regensburg) will disscuss "Common misconceptions about sustainability: Examples from the European Green Deal" while Miloš Đurović (Regensburg) will be "Reflecting on the visions and practices of “environmental sustainability” between the European centre and its periphery". Magdolna Molnár will focus on the issue of European waste recycling policy, looking in particular at efforts to establish circular economy practices with electronic waste. Miloš Đurović reflects on the notion of environmental sustainability – its conceptualisation, implementation, and multifaceted and blurry character – focusing mainly on the nexus between the European centre and its periphery.

The talks take place in person in H14 and all are welcome to attend. Outlines of the talks are available below.

10 July Oliver C Ruppel (Graz / Stellenbosch U)
Climate Litigation and Action in Africa

This lecture will address pressing climate issues from an African perspective. It will inter alia elaborate on selected litigation efforts and other climate activities in selected African countries.

17 July for students only: Klausur/Test!


Past Events

Summer Semester 2022

Frictions and Transformations of Globalization

In cooperation with the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) at the University of Regensburg; the program is available here to download and outlined below.

Mondays, 18:15 - 19:45 | H19 (Sammelgebäude)

Motion produces frictions. These have the potential to stall, inhibit or halt shifts. But frictions also release energy, thus producing new movements. Whether in large-scale tectonic shifts or micro-level encounters, interactions between people, technologies, ideas, natural conditions, and the flows of capital and goods shape the diverse, long-term and often contradictory processes termed globalization. It has become apparent that globalization is neither a smooth nor unidirectional process;  but rather it is something that undergoes constant challenges, re-direction, and re-appropriation so that its course is neither predictable nor controllable. Nor, for that matter, has globalization led to convergence; rather it has given rise to new divergences across and within countries and continents.

This lecture series focuses on three interlinked elements that are crucial to understanding globality in its diversity across multiple spaces and throughout history: the environment, migration and labor. Drawing on the expertise of colleagues in Regensburg and around the world, the lecture series will offer interdisciplinary perspectives informed by area studies that combine macro-perspectives and critical place-oriented scholarship, in order to highlight the intersections between different scales. Rather than posit a seamless globalization, the speakers highlight the productive and destructive frictions emerging from the interaction and interdependencies between local action and large-scale forces. In this story, natural resources, mobility and human labor are paramount.

The lectures will offer insights on Eastern and Western Europe, North and South America, indicating connections to other world regions and worldwide institutions, as well as highlighting how the global condition is made and remade in local sites and through translocal connections.

Speakers include academics from Regensburg, visiting fellows of the Leibniz ScienceCampus from the USA and Spain, as well as invited guests from Germany and abroad.



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25.04 – Ulf Brunnbauer (IOS Regensburg) – Introduction;  Presentation of the award-winning students in the 2021 Area Studies Master’s Prize
02.05 – Jean-Marc Moura (Paris Nanterre) - Francophone literatures as migrant literatures. Between a postcolonial and a global history of literature.
09.05 – Ronald Suny (U Michigan, Ann Arbor) - Forging the Nation: The Making and Faking of Nationalisms in Our Own Times
16.05 – Kate Wroblewski (U Michigan, Ann Arbor) - Fit For Citizenship?: Polish Migration and the Politics of Respectability in the Early Twentieth Century
Thursday 19.05, 16:15 via Zoom –   Kristen Ghodsee and Mitchell Orenstein (University of Pennsylvania) - Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions.
30.05 – Sinem Ayhan (IOS Regensburg) - Distributional effects of climate policies and decarbonization challenges in low- and middle-income countries
13.06 – Ben Chappell (U Kansas) - What is the "American Model"? Learning Management and Knowledge Ideologies in a “Moment of Danger” for Universities
20.06 – Attila Melegh (Corvinus U, Budapest) - Globalization and the migration turn. Why migration has become a polarizing issue
27.06 – Nishani Frazier (U Kansas) - The Sounds of Blackness: How Gentrification Silences and Displaces Belonging
04.07 – Ger Duijzings (UR) - Between Europeanisation and waste colonialism: Dirty dumping at the periphery of Europe
11.07 – Hartmut Lehmann (IOS Regensburg) - Globalization, inequality and the labor market - 1970 to 2010
18.07  – Celia Torrecillas Bautista (Complutense, Madrid) - Exports and outward Foreign Direct Investment as drivers of eco-innovations. An analysis based on Spanish manufacturing firms.
25.07 – Exam / Klausur

Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Anne Brüske und Joanna Moszczynska

Area Studies is a per se interdisciplinary research field that can contribute fruitfully to understanding societies and cultures in the context of both historical and ongoing globalization processes. Nevertheless, owing to their specific genealogy, area studies have also faced critique in respect of their methods, theories and thematic foci. Even if there has been a turn towards critical self-reflection in area studies, leading to increasing recognition of the field’s imperial and colonial legacies, voices from the different world regions constituting its focus nevertheless remain underrepresented – those from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and East and Southeast Europe in particular. In order to better understand cultures and societies in respect of their glocal power relations, it is necessary to explore how area studies and space can be contextualized through the perspectives of the ”Global South” and what role, for example, virtual spaces (could) play in this.

This interdisciplinary lecture series therefore offers a multiperspectival reconceptualization of area studies and relevant concepts of space in dialog with the ”Global South”. The series seeks to demonstrate the necessity of revising certain scholarly and cultural paradigms, while pointing towards ways of achieving dialogic reconfigurations of knowledge production.

The interdisciplinary and transcultural lecture series features (inter)national experts with case studies and theoretical contributions from fields including social anthropology, museum studies, history, sociology, linguistics, cultural studies, literary studies and media studies. Alongside specialists from Regensburg, there will also be contributions from Ciraj Rassool (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), Sérgio Costa (Lateinamerika-Institut Berlin), Sinah Kloß (Dependency and Slavery Studies, Universität Bonn), Silke Jansen (FAU Erlangen), Ana Nenadovic (Lateinamerika-Institut Berlin) and Johannes Bohle (Europa-Universität Flensburg).


15.04.21 | Sinah Kloß (Bonn)
Un-Mapping the 'Global South': Reflections on a Heuristic Concept

22.04.21 | Ciraj Rassool (Cape Town)
Public History as Counter-Museology: Journeys through Museum Transformation in Africa and Europe

29.04.21 | Anna Steigemann (Regensburg)
The City of the 21st Century, Mobile Spatial Practices, and Glocal Spatial Knowledge: A Spatial Sociology for Multi-Scalar Area Studies

06.05.21 | Silke Jansen & Lucía Romero Gibu (Erlangen)
"Wir" und "Ihr": Sprachwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf den sozialen Raum im Migrationskontext

20.05.21 | Isabella von Treskow (Regensburg)
Oran, Alger, Sétif: Raumsemiotik bei Hélène Cixous, Kateb Yacine und Mohammed Dib

27.05.21 | Mirja Lecke & Oleksandr Zabirko (Regensburg)
Wie Russland seinen Süden entwarf

10.06.21 | Johannes Bohle (Flensburg)
'Follow-the-Hurricane-Geographies': Geographische Impulse für Area Studies am Beispiel der Karibik

17.06.21 | Ulf Brunnbauer (Regensburg)
Balkan und Südosteuropa, und Beyond: Wie eine Region sich selbst sieht

24.06.21 | Sérgio Costa (Berlin)
'Entangled Inequalities': Transregionale Perspektiven auf soziale Ungleichheiten

01.07.21 | Ana Nenadović (Berlin)
Das Internet schlägt zurück: Das Internet als Raum feministischen Widerstands aus dem Globalen Süden

08.07.21 | Andreas Sudmann (Regensburg)
KI Area Studies und der Globale Süden

15.07.21 | Jochen Mecke (Regensburg)
'The Global South goes North': Von "négritude" (Césaire, Senghor) zur "raison nègre" (Mbembe)

The lecture series "Special Relations Revisited" examined European-American entanglements in topics such as foreign affairs and security policy, diplomacy and migration policy, and more. Moving in a mostly chronological order, the talks shed light on two centuries of transatlantic connections and covered a variety of issues and fields such as popular culture, the fight against slavery, and European migration to the US.

An interdisciplinary group of scholars from the University of Regensburg and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) was joined by renowned researchers from German and international institutions. This event was organized in collaboration with CITAS.

2 November | Hedwig Richter (Bundeswehr Uni, München)
Demokratiegeschichte als nationale Erzählung und transnationaler Prozess. Frankreich, die USA und Deutschland im 19. Jahrhundert

9 November | Ulf Brunnbauer
Amerika-Auswanderung und (ost)europäische „Diasporen” vor dem 1. Weltkrieg

16 November | Volker Depkat
Amerikanische Demokratie als politisches Ordnungsmodell von 1789 bis 1848/49

23 November | Pia Wiegmink
The 'Freedom-Loving German' in America: Negotiating Gender, Antislavery and Immigration in 19th Century German American Women’s Literature

30 November | Dagmar Schmelzer
L'Autre Amérique. Die europäische Wahrnehmung Québecs und des quebecer Separatismus als Alternative zu US-Amerika

7 December | Friederike Kind-Kovács (TU Dresden)
Cotton, Shoes and Milk Powder: Transatlantic Child Relief in post-World War I Central Europe

14 December | Mathias Häußler
Wie amerikanisch war Elvis? Die Entstehung einer transatlantischen Popkultur im Kalten Krieg

11 January | Klaus Buchenau
Ex occidente lux(us). Religiöse Impulse aus den USA im östlichen Europa des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts

18 January | Katharina Gerund (FAU Erlangen)
Unofficial Ambassadors? Military Spouses in the Transatlantic World

25 January | Gerlinde Groitl
Vom amerikanischen Frieden zum Rosenkrieg? Die sicherheitspolitische Beziehungskrise zwischen Europa und den USA

1 February | Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)
Looking at post-Soviet Eurasia from Europe and the US: Divergences of perspectives and shared visions

8 February | Abschlussdiskussion / Concluding Panel Discussion
Europa und Amerika 2021 - wohin?
Mit Beiträgen von Prof. Dr. Lora Anne Viola (JFK Institute, Berlin) und Dr. Jana Puglierin (European Council on Foreign Relations - ECFR, Berlin)
Chair: Dr. Gerlinde Groitl (UR)

15 February | Exam

The ScienceCampus is also pleased to support events coordinated by partner institutions in Regensburg and beyond, including the 2021 lecture series on "Globalization and Nationalisms".