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Month: March 2019

Call for application: Master in Global Studies

The 2019 application round for the Master’s course in Global Studies – A European Perspective and  the Erasmus Mundus scholarship has just opened. The Masters’s course combines approaches from Global History and International Studies. Cultural Studies, Area Studies, Social Sciences and other disciplines contribute to a wide ranging academic program. It is an international research-based program offered by a Consortium of six European universities: Ghent (Belgium), Leipzig University (Germany), London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), Roskilde University (Denmark),  University of Vienna (Austria) and University of Wroclaw (Poland) and is maintaining a partnership with nine further leading non-European universities in the field of Global Studies.

The application Deadline is April 30, 2019.

For further information see and the information folder.

Forschungsgespräch des FSP Globalgeschichte: Slaveries and Slaving Practices in Global Perspective

When and Where: 4th April 2019, 10-12am Elise-Richter-Saal, 1.30-6.30pm Erika-Weinzierl-Saal, Hauptgebäude Universität Wien.

For more information see flyer and the detailed program . For registration and further questions please contact:

In the past twenty years, the foundational narratives of the modern West have been challenged in many ways. One key aspect of the making of the modern West was the rise of the conceptual pair “freedom” vs. “slavery”. French revolutionists and philosophers of the Enlightenment proclaimed “freedom” to be one of the most important universal values of mankind, while using “slavery” as an episteme to condemn all sorts of unjust power relations. Up to today, “slavery” is often associated with pre-modern societies, authoritarian rule, and economic backwardness, while “freedom” is linked to modern democracies and capitalist societies. And for a long period of time, “slavery” was used to bring to mind primarily the successful abolition of the transatlantic form of slavery by the modern West, with its conceptual basis in Roman law and the Christian tradition, which was regarded as the “theoretical subject” (D. Chakrabarty), the master narrative of all histories of slavery.

In this one-day workshop, organised by the Forschungsschwerpunkt Globalgeschichte, we discuss new conceptual ideas and empirical insights for an alternative understanding of the plurality of slaveries and slaving practices world-wide and throughout history. The theoretical approach of the Brazilian anthropologist Cláudio Costa Pinheiro (Rio de Janeiro) will be put in a dialogue with findings from case studies on First Millennium BCE Babylonia, Medieval Yemen, the early modern Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and contemporary Brazil. The event ends with a commented screening of the documentary “Mulaqat”, directed by Cláudio Costa Pinheiro.

In preparation for the discussion, a reader will be sent to the participants. The workshop will be held in English.

Buchpräsentation: Souveränität im Dienst der Völker. Samir Amins Plädoyer für eine antikapitalistische nationale Entwicklung

Wann: Di., 26. März, 2019. 19.00 Uhr.

Wo: Wagner-Saal im C3 – Centrum für Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, 1090 Wien.

Das Programm und alle weiteren Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte folgendem Link .

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