Conferences & Workshops

Global and Transregional Studies Platform Goettingen
In addition to individual lectures and informal discussion forums, the platform co-hosts international conferences and workshops in collaboration with other institutes on campus. In the past these included:
GTS Platform Event – Workshop:

SSRC InterAsia Fellows’ Workshop

Forming Ellipses: Caste, Clientelism, Race & Religion in InterAsian Contexts

Organised by the InterAsia Research Group.

Goettingen, 27 June 2018, 9:30am – 6:30pm

Global and Transregional Studies Platform, Humboldtallee 32, room 2.117

Please register with Michael Dickhardt ( by 25 June

For the program click here.

The InterAsia Research Group focuses on a wide range of relationships and interconnections between different parts of Asia. In the spring of 2018, the platform hosts five fellows for a Global Summer Semester Residency. In this workshop we will discuss their current research using the conceptual and metaphorical movements of forming ellipses to explore the transregional, transnational and InterAsian articulations of concepts and practices central to their inquiries:

  • Sanam Roohi: Gulf Migration and Social Mobility in Southern Andhra
  • Sarthak Bagchi: Clientelism and Democratization in India & Turkey
  • Sze Wei Ang: Concepts of Race in Asian and Asian American Literature
  • William Noseworthy: Religion & the State in the Gulf of Thailand Zone

GTS Platform Co-hosted Event – International Workshop:

Voices of Struggle: LGTBQ & Feminist Activism in China and Beyond

Primary Organizer: Centre for Modern East Asian Studies. Co-Host: Global and Transregional Studies Platform Göttingen

Goettingen, 17-18 April 2018, Emmy-Noether-Saal, Tagungs- und Veranstaltungshaus Alte Mensa, Wilhelmsplatz 3, Göttingen

Voices of Struggle explores the complex entanglements between activism and academia in transnational perspective. What does it mean to be an engaged or activist scholar today? How should we think about the connections/separations between the two spheres of activism and academia? And how can activists and academics best combine their strengths to effect change? In what ways are deepening transnational connections re-shaping the practice of activism around the globe? This two day event brings together leading scholars and activists to discuss these questions in relation to the development of feminism and LGBTQ activism in China and beyond.


GTS Platform Co-hosted Event – International Conference:

Conceptions of the World in 20th-Century Chinese Historiography

Organised by Xin Fan. The conference is jointly hosted by the Göttingen Department of East Asian Studies, the Center for Modern East Asian Studies and the Academic Confucius Institute. Outside sponsors: Volkswagen Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation..

Goettingen, 26 -27 October 2017, KWZ 0.603 & Sternwarte, Göttingen

Over the course of the twentieth century, the constant writing and rewriting of history reflect aspects of the changing conceptions of the “world” in China. Through various lenses – including but not limited to nation-states, empires, races, civilizations, cultures, and classes – Chinese historians both creatively imagined global time and space and actively negotiated China’s position in it. This conference will posit new questions about the formation of Chinese worldviews by focusing on historiography as its primary field of inquiry. It will investigate a variety of ways in which Chinese historians constructed and deconstructed temporal and spatial concepts such as “Asian,” “Asiatic,” and “China.” In that manner, the workshop will also establish an exchange between the field of China studies and global and transregional studies. A cohort of leading scholars from China, North America, and Europe have already committed their participation in this event, and Professor Ge Zhaoguang from Fudan University will deliver a key speech during the event.


GTS Platform Event – Open Lecture:

Xin Fan: 

The Vulnerable Consensus: The Chinese Experiment with Ancient World History in the Twentieth Century

Goettingen, 04 July 2017, Global and Transregional Studies Platform, Humboldtallee 32, room 2.117

During the twentieth century world historians in China experimented with ways in which to place China’s ancient past within a world-historical context. From Neo-Confucianism to cultural morphology, from text criticism to historical materialism, they combined local intellectual traditions with globally circulating ideas, and created a significant legacy of world-historical studies. Despite the diversity in research methodology, their mission was to establish a consensus of common humanity through historical studies to overcome the gap of cultural difference between China and the rest of the world. Yet this consensus became increasingly vulnerable in the context of twentieth-century China’s changing social, cultural and political environments. The separation of world history from national history in China today is a vivid example. Based on recently de-classified archival sources as well as published materials, this presentation contends that this separation is an unintended consequence of the massive social engineering projects in which the authoritarian state attempted to fully dominate knowledge production, rather than a reflection of the ethnic bias entrenched in Chinese intellectual culture. Thus, this study of world history in China tells us a complicated story about local identities and global aspirations in a non-Western society.

Xin Fan is a visiting global history fellow at Global and Transregional Studies Platform at the University of Göttingen.


GTS Platform Event – Workshop:

Workshop: SSRC InterAsia Visiting Fellows’ Presentations

Organised by the InterAsia Research Group.

Goettingen, 20 June 2017, Global and Transregional Studies Platform, Humboldtallee 32, room 2.117

The InterAsia Research Group focuses on a wide range of relationships and interconnections between different parts of Asia. In the spring of 2017, the platform hosted five fellows for a Global Summer Semester Residency.

  • Suma Ikeuchi: Return Migration in Global Japan: Discussions Through a Film In Leila’s Room
  • Eloisa Stuparich: The Yoga of Self-rule: Historical Imaginary and Ritual Practice in a Hindu-Baltic Religious Network
  • Lou Antolihao: From Imperialism to Internationalism: Conversion, Transregional Proxitimization, and the YMCA in Asia, 1898-1918
  • Ruma Chopra: CeMIS-inspired questions on slaves and servants in the British Atlantic
  • Ritesh Jaiswal: Press, Politics and Propaganda: Interrogating the impact of Global events on the Burmese commodity flow, the Maistry System and the Indian mobility to Burma (c. 1930-40)


GTS Platform Co-hosted Event – International Workshop:

Intellectual Landscapes in Transition: Contested Knowledge Spaces in China and India

Organised by Akademisches Konfuzius Institut together with Platform for Global and Transregional Studies, CeMIS and CeMEAS.

Goettingen, 01 – 02 December 2016, Sternwarte, Geismar Landstraße 11