The Research Training Group (RTG) minor cosmopolitanisms is a doctoral and postdoctoral program hosted at the University of Potsdam and created the”minor cosmopolitan weekend.” It seeks to establish new ways of studying and understanding the cosmopolitan project against and beyond its Eurocentric legacies. Specifically designed as a training programme for early career researchers, it offers an international framework connecting Berlin and Potsdam with partner universities in Australia, South Africa, India and the Americas to pursue PhD and Postdoctoral projects in a diverse, decentral, collective and convivial environment. The RTG minor cosmopolitanisms also collaborates with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität. minor cosmopolitanisms receives funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the “minor cosmopolitan weekend” is fully funded by the DFG.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany and funds the research training group minor cosmopolitanisms and funded the “minor cosmopolitan weekend”. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities. The DFG receives the large majority of its funds from the federal government and the states, which are represented in all grants committees. The main task of the DFG is to select the best projects by researchers at universities and research institutions on a competitive basis and to finance these projects. Individuals or higher education institutions submit proposals in a particular field of curiosity-driven basic research that they themselves select. Interdisciplinary proposals are also considered. The DFG awards the best researchers with funding and, at the same time, gives them the means and freedom necessary for successful research. The DFG also supports projects from all areas of science and the humanities and especially promotes interdisciplinary cooperation among researchers. DFG funding enables cooperation between researchers from all branches of science as well as the formation of internationally visible priorities at universities and non-university research institutions.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
Haus der Kulturen der Welt is the partner institution, in whose extraordinary, modernist congress-hall architecture, the “minor cosmopolitan weekend” will take place. HKW creates a forum for the contemporary arts and critical debates. In the midst of profound global and planetary transformation processes, HKW re-explores artistic positions, scientific concepts, and spheres of political activity. It develops and stages a program that is unique in Europe, blending discourse, exhibitions, concerts and performances, research, education programs and publications. Its projects initiate reflection processes and devise new frames of reference. In its work, HKW understands history as a resource for alternate narratives. It enables new forms of encounter and opens up experiential spaces between art and discourse. Together with artists, academics, everyday experts, and partners across the globe, it explores ideas in the making and shares them with Berlin’s international audience and the digital public.
We thank in particular Olga Sievers and Stefan Aue for their collaboration and support.
Zentrum für Gender- und Diversitätsforschung (ZGD) Tübingen University
The ZGD, Zentrum für Gender- und Diversitätsforschung at Tübingen University, is the partner institution of the “minor cosmopolitan weekend” and provides additional funding to the event.The Center for Gender and Diversity Research (ZGD) is an interfaculty research institute at the University of Tübingen. Its aim is to create and further an interdisciplinary dialogue between the humanities, social, and natural sciences concerning research on gender and diversity. It is part of the Center’s profile to generate ideas and research questions at the intersection of gender and diversity across all disciplines, to research and reflect equal opportunities policies at the University of Tübingen, to establish a network of gender and diversity researchers within the University of Tübingen, and at other national and international institutions, and to provide a platform for a dialogue between the university and groups and individuals who work or want to work in the field of gender, queer and diversity studies. As such, the ZGD is also a contact point for everyone looking for an institutional frame to develop ideas and events on gender and diversity topics.
We thank in particular Gero Bauer and Ingrid Hotz-Davies for their support and collaboration.