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Globalization from a New Perspective

International Research Training Group “Between Spaces” at Freie Universität Berlin to Be Inaugurated in Mexico City

№ 83/2010 from Apr 09, 2010

The International Research Training Group “Between Spaces. Movements, Actors, and Representations of Globalization (Entre Espacios, Zwischen Räumen)” at Freie Universität Berlin will be inaugurated with a conference in Mexico City on April 12 and 13, 2010. The keynote address will be given by Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen from Colegio de México. It will reflect on the question of how human identities are changing in a globalized world.

The International Research Training Group (IRTG), sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), opens new perspectives for globalization research in the social sciences and the humanities by developing a dialogue between disciplines and diverse scholarly traditions in Germany and Mexico. Researchers from six different disciplines will explore the impact of globalization. “We want to examine not only how the European influence has affected Central and Latin America, but also vice versa,” said Ingrid Simson, academic manager of the IRTG. The 20 participating scholars will also deal with very recent developments, for example, a community of indigenous young people in southern Mexico who, using new technologies – such as the Internet – create their own identities.

The main institute of the IRTG is the Latin American Institute (LAI) of Freie Universität Berlin. The other involved institutions are the University of Potsdam, Humboldt-Universität, El Colegio de México (COLMEX), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS).

Time and Place:

  • April 12 and 13: Inaugural conference at Colegio de México in Mexico City. The conference will also be broadcast live on the Internet:  http://www.colmex.mx
  • April 14 and 15: Presentation of Ph.D. research projects at Colegio de México, Mexico City

For further information, please contact:

Ingrid Simson, International Research Training Group Between Spaces
Rüdesheimer Straße 54-56, 14197 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838–56013, Email: ingrid.simson@fu-berlin.de

Conference participants are requested to register by email: entre-espacios@lai.fu-berlin.de

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