Summer School


The summer school, focusing on questions of globalization and transnationalization, has over the last years become the trademark of the Graduate Centre and is jointly hosted by several units. It is divided in plenary events (often with the participation of reputable guest speakers) and numerous panels focusing on different topics, which are organized by the PhD candidates and offer the opportunity to invite junior researchers from other institutions.

The most convincing results of the summer schools are published in the publication series of the Graduate Centre.

XIV. International Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies “Respatialization of the World – Actors, Moments, Effects”

Dates: Leipzig, 6 – 9 June 2016

Thematic Focus of the Summer School
The world is undergoing processes of respatialization – existing spatial frameworks for social actions are being undermined while others are emerging and competing with ones already established. Neither the nation-state nor global governance nor new regionalisms definitely form the endpoint of such processes. Likewise, transnational or global networks and chains, which have received more and more scholarly attention, have also failed to completely exert dominance as could be seen most recently during the financial crisis in 2008 when nation-states, and their alliances, became important again for rescuing economies and welfare systems. Current public debates about the crisis of Europe have led to the question if supranational structures and multilevel governance will be accepted as alternatives to the nation-state. As with all observations of the contemporary world, this leads to the question if such doubts in the one or the other spatial formats are really new or if we can identify similar crisis of spatial orders in former historical configurations.



XIII International Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies "Repositioning in a Globalizing World"


Date: 8.-11. June 2015

Thematic focus of the Summer School

States cluster as O5, BRICS, N-11, V4 and other acronym-associations testify to a reorganization of the world after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Foreign as well as economic policies of many countries were facing massive challenges. These challenges invite for reorientation and it is therefore no wonder that geopolitics gain prominence. One could argue that such adaptation to the current circumstances is a permanent process and happens all the time. But what we would like to address when analyzing processes of repositioning is the synchronicity of such processes in certain world regions that are perceived as zones of crisis and raises therefore concern far beyond the immediate neighborhood. Europe, which seemed to be a continent of relative stability after the Balkan wars in the 1990s is today confronted again with the effects of more than one crisis emerging out of processes of repositioning which are multifaceted and motivated by different factors. Such a situation invites not only for investigation in itself but also for comparison, both synchronically and diachronically. We therefore welcome submissions dealing with the current European crisis as well as with other larger zones of crisis, instability, and repositioning. Contributions are welcome that deal with political reorientation as well as with its intellectual foundations in geopolitical thinking. But the (geopolitical) repositioning of economic as well as cultural actors is a topic we will give attention too.

Contributions are expected from PhD-candidates being advanced in their research in y way that they can present already (first) results from empirical studies as well as theoretical framing of their investigation.

The XIIIth Summer School of the Graduate School offers the opportunity to each participant to contribute to this debate with their own research and findings.

The following superordinate panels are currently under consideration:

1.    Repositioning of the Global and European South Compared

2.    Repositioning of Eastern Europe from the 18th Century to the Present

3.    Repositioning of East and West as South and North in the World of the 21st Century

4.    New Regional Policies Compared: The Mediterranean, the Greater Sahara and the Great Lakes Region


XII. International Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies "The Socialist Camp and the Third World"

Dates: 15 - 17 September 2014

Venue: Leipzig University, Seminar Building, room 4.20

Thematic focus of the Summer School

The world order in Cold War times was bipolar only on the first glance. In the slipstream of the  superpowers’ political, economic and military confrontation the socialist countries of East Central Europe   as well as the Soviet Union and China established specific relations with countries just emancipating from their colonial past. Although multiple connections between the socialist camp and decolonizing areas have developed over decades their place in current research on globalization in the last third of the 20th century remains still marginal. The aim is to reconstruct and to evaluate the manifold East-South entanglements of the “second” and the “third” world. Invited are contributions focused on the one hand on the economic cooperation of COMECON and China with the developing countries (forms of the socialist Entwicklungshilfe) and the knowledge production about the developing countries (institutionalization of Area Studies under the very specific conditions of state-socialist dirigisme towards academic research and the dominance of the Marxist-Leninist/ Maoist ideological framework of explanation for societal development) on the other.



International Summer School for PhD-students „Global and World History in France and in Francophone Africa”


Michel Espagne, Labex TransferS “Cultural Transfers, Translations, Interfaces”; Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, Universität Leipzig;  funded by the French-German-University; supported by the German Historical Institute, Paris and the European Network in Universal and Global History

Dates: 1-10 September 2014

Venue: German Historical Institute Paris, Hôtel Duret-de-Chevry, 8 rue du Parc-Royal
F-75003 Paris, and Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, 45, rue d’Ulm, F-75005 Paris

New research fields live from the interest of younger scholars and prosper not the least due to research from doctoral students entering the new intellectual terrain. That is also the case for global and world historical studies that have developed rapidly over the last years. While the Anglophone research trends are visible, partly even dominating, this is less the case for approaches and topics chosen at other places. In view of that the summer school seeks to give space to current works in a) France and Francophone Africa, b) based on French-speaking sources, and c) dealing with the outside relations and larger contexts of France in its different geographical scopes.


4th FUTH/ XI. Summer School "New Regionalisms"

Joint Conference
4th Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH)
XI. International Summer School of the Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig
New Regionalisms
16-19 September 2013, Leipzig University, Germany

The fourth Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) was jointly organized by the Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture (RICH), Hanyang University, Seoul, together with the Graduate Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig and took place at the Leipzig University, 16-19 September 2013, under the title of “New Regionalism.”