Mon 12 Sep 2016

Blog News

Start of the Art Histories blog “From Traditional to Contemporary Aesthetic Practices in West Africa, Benin and Togo” and the series “Doing Global International Relations” at the TRAFO blog


In May 2015, the program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices went to Benin and Togo for their annual Travelling Seminar, guided by Hannah Baader (KHI Florence/Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin), Suzanne Preston Blier (Harvard University), Romuald Tchibozo (University of Abomey-Calavi), and Gerhard Wolf (KHI Florence). After the trip, a blog was set up in the form of a digital dossier that is focusing on the history of art, architecture, and culture of Benin and West Africa and that is now online with first contributions. Anybody who would like to contribute to the blog is welcome to contact the program. Click below:
“From Traditional to Contemporary Aesthetic Practices in West Africa, Benin and Togo”

The new series “Doing Global International Relations” discusses what “Doing Global International Relations” could mean, not only in terms of research frameworks, but also with regard to issues such as career paths and teaching methods, since the academic discipline of International Relations (IR) should be both international and interested in relations. For much of the discipline’s past, however, neither was truly the case. It has been a field of research with a claim to globality and universality, even though it was dominated and inspired by Western ideas, experiences, and people and was based on a fairly state-centric view of the world. More recently, the idea of Global IR has gained currency. Global IR is not a particular theory or method. Rather it is an attempt to broaden the ‚world-view‘ of IR scholarship. The TRAFO guest editors, Felix Anderl, Stefan Kroll, Philip Wallmeier and Antonia Witt, work at the cluster of excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and are responsible for this new blog series.

Other blog series’ at TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research:

The central aim of “Provincializing Epistemologies” is to foster a sustained conversation to politicize and contest the epistemological hegemony of particular kinds of knowledge formations that systematically exclude non-European archives. This discussion series is designed as a productive and exploratory exercise to disclose hegemonic research paradigms and practices and to simultaneously reflect on epistemological openings. “Provincializing Epistemologies” pursues a set of events and conversations held at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (Freie Universtität Berlin) since 2013. This series is edited by Schirin Amir-Moazami and Ruth Streicher (Freie Universität Berlin).

What does Transregional Research mean? Who can learn from its insights? What are its limits? The new interview series “All Things Transregional?” addresses these issues to launch an open discussion. We invite researchers to share their experiences, assess key issues and future perspectives of transregional research.

5in10 is an interview format that intends to introduce scholars by letting them answer 5 questions in 10 minutes.

Image credit:
Romuald Tchibozo (left) and Yves Kpede (right) during the discussion (photo by Luise Illigen). Source: Art Histories Blog

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