Invited Talks

"Des Städters neue Kleider: Kleidungsstile im Spannungsfeld von Uniformität und Individualität", Photographische Sammlung, SK Stiftung Kultur, Exhibition 'Hans Eijkelboom' (January 19, 2017)

 

Kleidung und Mode werden oft als oberflächliche Themen bezeichnet, obwohl sie weltweit zu den zentralsten Aspekten des sozialen und kulturellen Zusammenlebens gehören. Durch den Kauf und das Tragen bestimmter Kleidung werden soziale Gruppen aktiv hergestellt oder verfestigt, indem sie einerseits Ähnlichkeiten zwischen Personen schaffen und hervorheben, andererseits Unterschiede zwischen Menschen kreieren oder betonen. Kleider und Methoden des Kleidertragens können somit sowohl als zentrales Mittel der Unterscheidung als auch der Vereinheitlichung von Personen verstanden werden. Nicht nur was eine Person trägt, sondern wie und in welchem Kontext sie dies tut, beeinflusst auf direkte Weise ihre Identität, Zugehörigkeit und ihren sozialen Status in der Gesellschaft. Im Rahmen dieses Vortrags wird die Rolle von Kleidung in Hans Eijkelbooms photographischem Werk diskutiert und hierbei das Spannungsfeld von Individualität, Identität, Gruppenbildung und Mode aus sozialwissenschaftlicher Perspektive beleuchtet.

 

"Garments in Exchange: Translocal Gift Practices and the Creation of Guyanese Indianness", II. Forschungstag Karibik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (June 17-18, 2016)

 

"Kleidung, die verbindet: Kleidertausch, Materialität und Nähe in transnationalen guyanischen Hindu-Gemeinschaften", Ringvorlesung des  Zentrums Lateinamerika (CLAC), University of Cologne (June 2, 2016)

 

"Remapping the Global South: Negotiating a Research Paradigm in a 'Northern' Institution", University College Dublin, Ireland (March 2016)

Round Table Discussions

"Handel neu denken", Cologne Fair Trade Night, (September 28, 2017)

 

"Perspektivenkonkurrenz in digitalen Medien", Conference Competing Perspectives: Figures of Image Control, Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne (July 4, 2017)

 

(Un-)Fair Fashion - Wer trägt die Verantwortung?, University of Cologne, AStA (May 4, 2017)

 

Talk and Participation in the round table "Religion and Development: Conflict or Cooperation?", Center for Religion, Economy and Politics (ZRWP), University of Basel, Switzerland (October 2015).

Professional Presentations

Constructions of the ‘Rich-Man-Bridge’: The Berbice Bridge and its Influence on a Hindu Community in Guyana, Conference BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures, Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, University of Birmingham, UK (July 2017).

 

Sartorial Contestations of 'Home': Performances of Belonging in the Hindu-Guyanese Diaspora, Conference The Global South on the Move: Transforming Capitalism, Knowledge and Ecologies, University of Cologne, Germany (June 2017).

 

Inventing Uniformity? The Color and Practice of 'Dye' in a Guyanese Community, Workshop Dress Matters: Transcultural Perspectives on Belonging and Distinction, University of Cologne, Germany (June 2017).

 

'Putting it on paper': Hindu-Guyanese Negotiations of Legality and Respectability in the Context of Transnational Migration, Conference Migration and the Global South, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2017).

 

Performing ‘Religiousness’: Negotiations of Religion, Spirituality and Respectability in Guyanese Development Organizations, Conference Does Religion Make a Difference? Discourses and Activities of Religious Development NGOs, University of Basel, Switzerland (November 2016).

 

Giving to Mother Ganga: Practices of Recycling Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities, Conference Imagining the Guyanas: Ecologies of Memory and Movement, University of London & School of Advanced Study, UK (October 2016).

 

When Clothes ‘Move On’: The Notion of Touch and the Exchange of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities, Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference, London, UK (June 2016)

 

What is the 'Global South'?, Center for Religion, Economy and Politics (ZRWP), Collegium Helveticum, University of Zurich, Switzerland (May 2016)

 

Staying in Touch, Sending Used Clothes: The Role of Materiality and Translocality in Transnational Guyanese Gift Exchange Practices, Conference Reshaping (g)local Dynamics of the Caribbean, Hannover, Germany (October 2015)

 

Dressing 'Authentically' Indian: Sartorial Contestations of Guyanese Indianness and the Creation of the Indian 'Other', Conference Fashion Tales 2015, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (June 2015).

 

Contesting 'Gifts from Jesus': Conversion, Charity, and the Distribution of Used Clothing in Guyana, Conference Colonial Christian Missions and their Legacies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (April 2015).

 

Staying in Touch, Dwelling in Clothes: Gifts of Used Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities, Conference Atlantic Connections - Comparative Perspectives, Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (November 2014).

 

Ethnopoliticization in Guyana, Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University (January 2014).

 

Transnational Migration and Its Impact on Guyanese Cultural Productions, Workshop Transnational Entanglements? The Locations of Guyanese Literature, Heidelberg University (December 2013).

 

Performing a 'real and beautiful' Puja: The Influence of Transnational Migration and Remittances on Guyanese Hindu Traditions,  Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University (October 2011).

 

Religious Transformation and Emotion in Caribbean Hinduism, Post-Graduate Conference Cultural Productions of the Caribbean in the 20th and 21st Century, Society of Caribbean Research, Berlin (June 2011).