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WeberWorldCafé "Transoceanic Cultures" on October 26

Oct 18, 2018

On October 26, the Weber World Café “Transoceanic Cultures: The Sea in Past and Present” will take place at the HCTS. The event provides an interactive and interdisciplinary format for discussions between experts and participants. It is curated and organized by HCTS fellow Dr. Susann Liebich and Cluster Associate member Dr. Johanna Beamish.

Oceans are key arenas of mobility, both in past and present times. They connect far-away shores and form specific “Ocean Worlds.” But how do such transoceanic worlds form and what holds them together? At the WeberWorldCafé, oceans will be discussed as connectors and transregional spaces. Experts from history, archaeology, art history, cultural studies and literary studies cover a wide array of chronologies and geographical regions. On six thematic tables, they will discuss with you questions such as: How can we study the oceans as historic spaces and why is it important? What are the challenges of studying ocean worlds – as they are often multi-lingual and multi-cultural? How have perceptions and imaginations of the ocean changed over time and across different world regions? And, most importantly, are oceans truly transregional spaces?

The WeberWorldCafé (WWC) is an alternative event format. It invites twice a year people from different regions and disciplines to come together and discuss in a café-like atmosphere one central topic. The event “Transoceanic Cultures: The Sea in Past and Present” is a cooperation between the Max Weber Foundation - German Humanities Institutes Abroad, the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). The event is curated and organized by HCTS fellow Dr. Susann Liebich and Cluster Assoicate member Dr. Johanna Beamish.

The event will take place from 2:30 to 6 pm at the HCTS. There will be six thematic tables. The experts take on the role as table hosts – usually as a pair – and share their knowledge with the participants, who engage in the conversation as equals, attending up to four subsequent tables during the event.

The event is open to the public. To participate, please register your name via wwc@maxweberstiftung.de.



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