Workshops, conferences 2018

Empire Off-center

Workshop of the Max Planck Research Group "Empires of Memory"

October 31 - November 1, 2018 | Library Hall at MPI-MMG, Göttingen


Oct 31

9:30 Opening remarks

10:00 Panel 1: Conceptual Interventions

     Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)
Imperialism, nationalism, and internationalism, and the shifting horizon of expectation

     Banu Subramaniam (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)
Nature In Place, Nature Out of Place: Situating Empire in Naturecultural Worlds

     William O’Reilly (University of Cambridge)
Palimpsest or Pentimento. The Habsburg Empire in Central Europe and beyond

     Discussant: Jeremy F. Walton (MPI MMG)

11:45 Break

12:00 Panel 2: Offset Geographies of Empire

     Mostafa Minawi (Cornell University)
International Law and the Precarity of Ottoman Sovereignty along the Somali Coast

     Netsanet Weldesenbet (Makerere Institute of Social Research)
Converging and conflicting Italo-Ethiopian imperial memories. Asmara as historical metaphor of the modern, the feminine-beautiful and the segregated as reminisced from Ethiopia.

     Liza Wing Man Kam (MPI MMG)
Dereliction, Mutation and Re-inhabitation: Shinto Shrines in post-colonial Taiwan and its ever-changing representation in the post-war era

     Miloš Jovanović (MPI MMG)
On Displacement: Space and the Material Legacy of Empire in Vienna, Belgrade and Tianjin

     Discussant: Gruia Bădescu (Institute for Advanced Study - University of Konstanz and University of Oxford)

13:45 Lunch Break

14:40 Panel 3: Imperial Affects – Empires as Affective Formations

     Laura Mills (University of St. Andrews)
Post-9/11 US Cultural Diplomacy: Emotion, Empire, Exchange

     Mark D. Steinberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Metropolitan Melancholy, Ghostly Fogs, and Disoriented Time: Experiencing the End at the Edge of Empire

     Serawit Bekele Debele (MPI MMG)
Of Taming Carnal Desire: Law in Imperial Ethiopia (1930-74)

     Giulia Carabelli (MPI MMG)
Imperial Legacies, Affective Heritage and the problem of Italian (neo)fascism

     Discussant: Sabine Mohamed (MPI MMG)

16:45 Film Screening - “Waterfront: A post-Ottoman post-socialist story”

     Miloš Miletić (KURS)

     Mirjana Radovanović (KURS)

     Miloš Jovanović (MPI MMG)

19:00 Dinner

Nov 1

10:00  Panel 4: Empire as Hierarchized Difference

     Nikita Dhawan (Justus Liebig University Giessen)
What difference does difference make?

     Zach Sell (Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice - Brown University)
U.S. Slavery in Imperial Perspective

     Priyamvada Gopal (University of Cambridge)
Whatever happened to anticolonialism? Resituating the moment and afterlife of empire

     Mnyaka Sururu Mboro (Berlin Postkolonial e.V.)

     Discussant: Rupa Viswanath (CeMIS, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

11:45 Break

12:00 Panel 5: More-than-Human Imperial Legacies in the Capitalocene

     Annika Kirbis (MPI MMG)
Imperial Wasteland and Recreation

     Deniz Sözen (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the University of Westminster)
Coffee – the story of a global trans-plant

     Anna-Sophie Springer (Goldsmiths College - University of London)
Species of Exchange

     June Rubis (University of Oxford)
Orang utan - human relationships and the political ecologies of orang utan conservation in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

     Discussant: Rachel Koroloff (Lichtenberg Kolleg)

13:45 Lunch Break

14:40 Final Discussion

16:30 Film Screening - “Delirio Güero”

     Nina Höchtl (via Skype)

19:00 Dinner