Faculty of Humanities

Lecture Series "Challenge(s) of the South"

Since 2000, ”Global South Studies” have produced an increasing flow of academic work across the humanities and social sciences proposing an innovative and comparative approach to cultures and societies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In the wake of the ”Third World”’, whose demise had already been announced in the 1990s, the concept ”Global South” takes account of continuing inequities within the global economy, but it also suggests a narrative of empowerment of the South by pointing for example to phenomena of de-occidentalization and growing lateral South-South relations. The term also encompasses the globalized flows of people, goods, finances and ideas and thus includes the reciprocal embedding of South(s) in the North and North(s) in the South.

The term is nonetheless problematic in a number of ways. ”Global South” is a terminology in part forged in the North that draws on a spatial metaphor highly resonant of Enlightenment and post- Enlightenment discourses of geographic alterity. However, the Southern usage of the ”Global South” indicates a desire to escape from the apparently eternal binary of colonial/postcolonial, in which the colonizer-colonized relationship remains intact. Knowledge produced in the context of the Global South ideally seeks alternative routes for exploring a globalized, multi-nodal world and profits from diversified perspectives and the inclusion of a multiplicity of voices and actors.

In our lecture series ”Challenge(s) of the South” we will discuss with experts from various fields of studies in humanities and social sciences both the utility and the pitfalls of the Global South as a heuristic category. We will also focus on critical debates on content and aims of Global South Studies that are indicative of the political dimension inherent in academic knowledge production—all the more so in the context of geopolitical hegemonies.

Thursdays from 2:15 to 3:45 PM in Room 327 (Brechtbau)


Challenge(s) of the Global South

Prof. Dr. Susanne Goumegou, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Thies, Prof. Dr. Dr. Russell West-Pavlov


The 'krausismo' Movement in Latin American Political Philosophy

Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier

Institute of Political Science


Goldfinger - India's Gold Control Policy and the Illegal Import of Gold (1960-1992)

Prof. Dr. Bernd-Stefan Grewe

Institute of Didactic History and Public History


Towards an Economic History of the Global South: Debates and Methods

Prof. Dr. Jörg Baten

School of Economics and Business


Rethinking Philanthropy as Recasting a World View: a Challenge of the South in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Novels

Prof. Dr. Robert Muponde

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Posthumanism and Postcolonialism: Two Educationally Challenging Paradigms

Prof. Dr. Karin Amos

Department of Educational Sciences


Entangled Temporalities of the Global South

Prof. Dr. Susanne Goumegou, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Thies, Prof. Dr. Dr. Russell West-Pavlov


Similarity: A New Paradigm of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies?

Prof Dr. Dorothee Kimmich

Institute of German Language and Literatures


Conditions of a Cosmopolitan Media Research

Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas

Institute of Media Studies


Digital Colonialism? Ethical implications of IT-export to Sub-Saharan Africa

Maria Pawelec, M.A.

International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)


The Death of Captain Cook, the Problem of Understanding the 'Other' and the Crisis of Representation in Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology


Colonial Collections in the Western Museums from Northeast India

Dr. Viba Joshi Parkin

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology