With its central research concept– as based upon the description, explanation and classification of ‘critical junctures of globalisation’ – the postgraduate programme adopts innovations in the areas of global historiography and new political geography, while refraining from privileging the analysis of a single world region. The structure of the programme is interdisciplinary as highlighted by its incorporation of social sciences, cultural studies, history, as well as area studies.
With regards to critical junctures of globalisation, they are understood to be the social arenas and historical moments in which, through globalisation processes, spatial orders (or ‘Regimes of Territorialisation’) are being negotiated, transformed or created anew. Coupled with the processes of deterritorialisation – which are prominently covered by analyses of recent observations on cross-border migration, communication and economic interdependence – are the processes of reterritorialisation. In this way, it is possible to better comprehend how under conditions of globalisation, throughout preceding eras and up until today, control was achieved and power was exercised over accelerated movements of people and ideas.
While renegotiations of spatial orders can give rise to local or regional consequences, they can also be synchronised with global crises. The programme, accordingly, intends to focus during its second research phase (2011-2015) particularly on these interdependencies between critical junctures. To gain a more in-depth understanding of this synchronisation, the programme employs two conceptual categories: ‘Regimes of Territorialisation’ and ‘Portals of Globalisation’. The former describes patterns of spatialisation that have become dominant throughout the world owing to their more effective ways of organising sovereignty in situations of global entanglement. The latter is understood as places with a notable concentration of experiences and cultural competence with global networking, which with increasing insecurity concerning the current ‘Regime of Territorialisation’ become arenas for the consideration of alternatives.We expect applicants to present proposals for dissertations that are based on case studies as well as being both diachronic and occurring within a historic time period, while also being comparative and geographically encompassing.
The intended dissertations should refer to one or a combination of the following three research areas:
1) Global Synchronisation of Critical Junctures
2) Portals of Globalisation
3) Strategies of Sovereignty in the Age of Globalisation
An established interdisciplinary composition of the group of applicants ensures a research programme that is focused upon comparative approaches and the analyses of transregional interdependence. The research period under review stretches from the end of the 18th century to the present, while including world regions throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, South and East Asia as well as sub-Saharan Africa.
Embedded into an intertwined network of international cooperation – and supported by a modularized study programme, an international guest researcher programme as well as interdisciplinary co-supervision and working groups – the programme provides an exceptional opportunity for excellent PhD students to compose an innovative dissertation in an extremely dynamic research field of great social relevance.
The postgraduate programme is located at the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) at the University of Leipzig (www.uni-leipzig.de/cas) where it offers further opportunities for cooperation with the research projects constituting the CAS research programme ‘Cultural Encounters and Political Order in a Global Age’.
A detailed index of the main categories of the postgraduate programme relating to the state of the art of globalization research can be found in the following publications, which help stimulate discussions about the research focus of ‘Critical Junctures of Globalisation’:
- Engel/Middell (2006), Bruchzonen der Globalisierung, globale Krisen und Territorialitätsregimes - Kategorien einer Globalgeschichtsschreibung. Download (.pdf)
- Middell/Engel (2009), Beobachtungen zur Globalisierungs- und Transnationalisierungsforschung in Deutschland. Download (.pdf)
- Middell/Naumann (2010), Global history and the spatial turn: from the impact of area studies to the study of critical junctures of globalization. Download (.pdf)
More information about the research programme: Download (.pdf)