prior seminars and workshops awarded

Awards for Seminars and Workshops

Fall 2015 — Workshop 1

Nov. 20, 2015 in the IASH conference room, LN-1106. Time TBD.
Challenges of Structural Injustice
The concept of structural injustice plays a prominent role in recent debates about the global economic order but also about sexism and racism. It promises to uncover the way in which injustices are deeply rooted in the constitution of social spheres and not reducible to individual acts of injustice. However, human-made structures are constituted by institutions, which are perpetuated by individual and collective agents who are, in turn, fundamentally shaped by these institutions. The interdisciplinary workshop "Challenges of Structural Injustice" will discuss the complex interplay of these dimensions with regard to economic, cultural, social and political structures.

Spring 2016 — Workshop 2

Time, date, location TBD
Traffic, Territory, Citizenship
This project considers new approaches to the circulation and interchange of people and goods between the Americas and Asia during the long nineteenth century. Critical in contemporary global political economy, this traffic has been consequential since establishment of regular trade between the two regions – which crossed and connected the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as the Pacific – in the 16th century. This movement also reconfigured place, as capitalism's shifting priorities redefined the scope and density of extant interconnections. Maritime traffic not only linked ports-of-call, it hastened movement into interior hinterlands, configuring them as territory to contest, control, and conquer. Where some territories became extractive colonies, others became settler colonies where immigrants settled and worked (and often conflicted with indigenous populations), and to which they developed new social and cultural attachments. By the end of our period, these circuits of interactions produced the pre-conditions for interrelated political economic concepts that defined global relations in the 20th century: the nation-state, territorial sovereignty, and citizenship. The project will host a workshop in Spring 2016 where participants will both discuss and compare their research and produce an annotated bibliography of relevant scholarship and a digital archive of primary sources, both to be published online in an integrated exhibit.