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Shifting Perspectives - 2018/19

Shifting Perspectives: When the Margins Become the Center

In scholarly work, what is the “center”, and what is on the “margins”? Who decides? How are such distinctions enforced? How pronounced is this dichotomy, which is deliberately put in inverted commas, in different disciplines? What does the world of science and scholarship miss by neglecting the so-called “margins”? How can the issue of lacking resources for “outsiders” be addressed, especially in the experimental sciences? And what role do geographical imbalances in knowledge production and sharing play, be it between the global north and south, or between west and east?

The task of this new lunch lecture series is to invite leading scholars to (1) reflect on the ways in which, in their respective fields, some approaches, sources, methods, questions, stakeholders and areas of the world are judged to be central / mainstream and others judged to be marginal and (2) to ask what could happen if their respective fields were to engage in a process of strategic “decentering”? How might science and scholarship become more innovative, more global, more equitable, and conceptually richer if their so-called “margins” were no longer dismissed as marginal?

November 29, 2018

From the Margins to the Center: The Case of Philosophical Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Oliver Müller, Philosophy, University of Freiburg

December 6, 2018

Lowering Asymmetries in Global Knowledge Production

Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler, Political Science, University of Freiburg

December 13, 2018

Centering the Margins in Experimental Sciences

Prof. Dr. Cecile King, Immunology, The Gravan Institute for Medical Research

January 10, 2019

The ‘End of Metaphysics‘? Decentering and Recentering in the History of Modern Thought

JunProf. Dr. Philipp Schwab, Philosophy, University of Freiburg

January 24, 2019

Watching China’s Rise from the Academic Margins

Prof. Dr. Daniel Leese, Sinology, University of Freiburg

January, 31 2019

Shifting Perspectives in History: Women’s History, Gender History, Intersectionality

Dr. Anne-Laure Briatte, History, Sorbonne University

February 7, 2019

Iconic Crusoe

Prof. Dr. Sandro Jung, English Literature, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics