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Critical Junctures of Globalization [2011 - 2015]

TypeResearch Training Group (GK 1261)
Hosting Institution(s)Centre for Area Studies, U Leipzig, Germany
Director(s) /
Ulf Engel
(DFG Research Training Group (GK 1261) and DFG Priority Programme (SPP 1448), U Leipzig, Germany)
FundingGerman Research Council (DFG)
Funding Term2011 - 2015

Focusing on the description, explanation and classification of "critical junctures of globalization", the postgraduate programme adopts innovations in the fields of global historiography and new political geography. Critical junctures of globalization are understood to be the social arenas and historical moments in which, through globalization processes, spatial orders – or "regimes of territorialization" – are being negotiated, transformed, or created anew through deterritorialization and reterritorialization. In this way, it is possible to better comprehend how under conditions of globalization, throughout preceding eras and up until today, control was achieved and power was exercised over accelerated flows of people, goods, capital, and ideas.

While renegotiations of spatial orders can give rise to local or regional consequences, resulting crisis can also be synchronized into a sort of global crises. The programme, accordingly, intends to focus during its second research phase (2011–2015) particularly on these interdependencies between regionally limited critical junctures. The period under investigation 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 highly interdisciplinary programme provides an exceptional opportunity for excellent PhD students to compose an innovative dissertation in an extremely dynamic research field of increasing social relevance.