Universität Bielefeld

International CIAS Conference

"Reflecting the Americas as Space of Entanglements"

Venue: Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University
October 27-29, 2016

The International Conference of the research project "The Americas as Space of Entanglements", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, sums up research results from a 4-year period of transdisciplinary investigation into the conceptualization of the Americas as space of entanglements. The major purpose of the conference is to present various levels of reflection with regard to the insights gained, to their further development and to new questions that have emerged from the transdisciplinary exchange both within the project and with national and international networks related to the field of area studies.

Keynote Lectures by:

  • Ella Shohat (New York)
  • Michael Zeuske (Cologne)

During the three days of the conference, we will hear contributions about different parts, spaces and topics within the Americas. Presentations of specific case studies always refer to the overall conceptual questions and vice versa: What is the role of entanglements in the specific area of study (and how did it change over time)? Which conceptualization of entanglements helps to look onto blind spots of classical research within area studies and how does it help to overcome knowledge asymmetries? What are the limits of the concept and how to combine it with other approaches?

Please register until September 25, 2016 at



Prof. Dr. Klaus Weinhauer, Yaatsil Guevara González, Dr. Jochen Kemner, Dr. Julia Roth, Dr. Anne Tittor, Paul-Matthias Tyrell.

For further information also contact

Dr. Lukas Rehm
Center for InterAmerican Studies
Bielefeld University
P.O. Box 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld

Phone: ++49 (521) 106-6956