Prof. Dr. Sybille Große
Faculty of Modern Languages
Heidelberg University
Voßstraße 2
69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49 6221 54-7742 or +49 6221 54-3241


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New World Crucibles of Globalization

New World Crucibles of Globalization

Date: 21. to 31. July 2019

Venue: Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH)


Twenty outstanding doctoral students from selected universities in Europe and Latin America will be invited to participate in the Heidelberg International Summer School NEW WORLD CRUCIBLES OF GLOBALIZATION. The speakers are scientists from Heidelberg University as well as renowned experts from other European and North & Latin American universities. 

The Summer School aims at an archeological description and regionally comparative reflection of two critical phases of globalization in Latin America and its relation to Europe and Asia. A primordial scene of globalization was Hernán Cortés’s landfall in Mexico, half a millennium ago in 1519. It marked the beginning of the incorporation of a populous and highly differentiated civilization into the “Western World”. 

Five hundred years after 1519, we reflect on the current phase of globalization in which economic and cultural transformation are intrinsically intertwined. We focus on symbolic imbrications between Latin America, Europe, and Asia, in language, culture, and literature, as well as economic and legal relations: 

  1. How is the experience of crisis represented in terms of language, aesthetics, and media?
  2. What is the impact of this entangled transatlantic (and transpacific) history on prevalent discourses and the circulation of knowledge?

The aim of the Summer School is to enable doctoral students both to further develop high-level expertise in their specific area of research and to gain an insight into complementary areas. The curriculum will provide lectures and interdisciplinary discussions in the fields of literature & culture, linguistics & language history, global history & economic history. In addition, workshops will be conducted to teach relevant research methods. 
Doctoral students will have the opportunity to present their own research and will receive feedback from other students and experts. 

The scientific coordinators are Prof. Dr. Sybille Große and Prof. Dr. Robert Folger (both from Heidelberg).
Invited speakers will include, among others: 
Prof. Dr. Cord Arendes (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Santiago Castro-Gómez (Colombia), Prof. Dr. Enrique Dussel (Mexico), Prof. Dr. Silke Jansen (Germany), Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht (Germany), Prof. Dr. Günter Leypoldt (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Fancisco Moreno-Fernández (USA), Prof. Dr. Katja Patzel-Mattern (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Gerhard Poppenberg (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. LucÍa Stecher (Chile), Prof. Dr. Thomas Sträter (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Christiane von Stutterheim (Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Elvira Vilches (USA), Prof. Dr. Michael Zeuske (Germany)


Possible topics

Literature and culture

  • Iberoasia: Latin America and Asia under Iberian colonialism
  • Representations of the discovery, conquest, and colonization of Latin America and parts of East Asia in Early Modern texts (15th-17th centuries) and in the postmodern historical novel (nueva novela histórica)
  • Reflections on the meaning of America (in international law, religion/theology, mythology) in the revolution of Europe’s self-image
  • European discourses of inferiority and counter-hegemonic discourses in Latin America; “Western” epistemologies and alternatives
  • The globalization of Latin American literature in the 1960s Boom, prehistory and present
  • The Caribbean as a laboratory and micro-cosmos of globalization
  • Transformative constitutionalism in Latin America (European-Latin American relation in recent processes of constitutionalization and reform)

Linguistics and language of history

  • Scenarios of language contact in a comparatist perspective: approaches to “unknown” languages in the 16th and the 20th centuries
  • From language contact to global languages
  • On diffuse ideas of “language mixing” in the contact of languages: from creolization to the systematic isolation of languages (speakers‘ self-image, views of the other and the scientific perspective)
  • Experimental pragmatics and language contact: the influence of individual linguistic structures on the processing of information

History/Global History

  • The discovery, conquest, and colonization of Latin America from a euro-centric perspective and post- and decolonial perspective
  • What is Global History? Influence of concepts of Global History on the history of language and literature
  • Theories of globalization in Early Modernity (15th-18th centuries)
  • Relation between Jesuit Christianity and ideas of visuality and materiality in Southeast Asia and Latin America
  • Reconquista-Conquista: sense of mission, discourses of alterity, and transmarine expansion of the Iberian kingdoms at the transition from the middle 
Ages to Early Modernity
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