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951 - Between Spaces: Representations of Globalisation

17.07.2012 | 08:00 - 13:30
17.07.2012 | 17:30 - 19:30

Convener 1: Kummels, Ingrid (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin , Berlin, Germany / Deutschland)
Convener 2: Klengel, Susanne; Rinke, Stefan (Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany / Deutschland)

Processes of globalisation are closely linked to perception and strategies of representation. The transnational interspaces that have arisen through the movements of actors in the course of globalisation are symbolically, cognitively, medially and aesthetically mediated through oral, written and visual signs. Our symposium will present this mediation from the perspective of cultural studies, including anthropological, historiographic and literary critical methods.  

Cartographic representations are regarded as acts of symbolic appropriation. Part of the “mental mapping” of transnational spaces is in turn the spatial construction of hemispheres, as, for example, not only “Indo-America”, the “Americas” and the “Black Atlantic”, but also concretely formalised spaces such as the “North American Free Trade Area” (NAFTA) or economically produced spaces such as the “dollar zone”. Various concepts of space are superimposed upon the spatial constructions of nation-state territoriality and sovereignty. Here spatial metaphors come into play that are based on specific processes of communication and identification.  

Parallel to nation-building, “pan-” movements gained in importance in the second half of the nineteenth century. The contemporary re-invention of the spatial concept of “Abya Yala” or the rediscovery of “Indo-America” to refer to an indigenous understanding of America are related to the rediscovery of these pan- movements. The invocation of a mythic space of “Bolivarianism” by the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is also to be understood in this context. Another complex of themes in which spaces of representation are to be brought to bear in an historical perspective is that of places of remembrance.  

Particularly relevant to forms of representation is the medial aspect of those cultural productions which combine various conceptualisations of spaces and movements. “Space” here is conceived of in the form of global communication networks, and it is necessary to enquire into this kind of mediation and the transformation of certain spatial images in the media. In cultural studies, questions of cultural representation (for example, fictionalisations and aestheticisations) of spaces in literature, art and other cultural productions are central. Cultural studies therefore provide important starting points for the understanding of spatial metaphors and their feedback with territoriality, imagination and re-territorialisation, which are constantly projecting new images of the territorial.      
This symposium would like to present areas of work and the results of the research network "Entre Espacios", which is closely connected with an international research training group and committed to globalisation studies from the Latin American perspective.

Keywords: Representation, Mediality, Globalisation

Title Author Country Co-Author
2166 - In De Nada You are Welcome: The Intra-National Musical World of De-genre-ate Kevin Johansen. Favoretto, Mara Australia / Australien
3501 - Representation of an Exceptional Space: The Mexican U.S Border Sawhney, Minni Sawhney India / Indien
4651 - Contestatary Discourses to Globalised Cultural Productions from the Southern Cone Colomina-Garrigos, Lola Ud States of Am / USA
5180 - Globalización o zonas de contacto y zonas de silencio: la narrativa urbana de Ena Lucía Portela Danciu, Ida Germany / Deutschland
6085 - ŽEtnicidad corporativaŽ del pueblo indígena boliviano Weenhayek Waldmann, Adrián Germany / Deutschland
6203 - Más allá de unos ojos. Recorridos fotográficos por el territorio mexicano; selección, diálogo y representación en la práctica de Franz Mayer. Damián, Claudia Germany / Deutschland
6686 - Topographies of transculturality in the art of religious orders in New Spain in the 16th century Kloss-Weber, Julia Weber Germany / Deutschland
6953 - Lugares de memoria y violencia en la escritura de ficción: el ejemplo de la literatura latinoamericana actual Simson, Ingrid Germany / Deutschland
7007 - Capoeiragem "Entre Mundos": corporificação, construção e distinção simbólica de práticas culturais transnacionais Fernandes, Fabio Brazil / Brasilien
7540 - Forging a Beautiful Nation: Physical Culture and Womanhood (Argentina 1920-1940) Tossounian, Cecilia Italy / Italien
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