The science podcast of the Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE) – researchers report on their work between different worlds, from Berlin to Dakar, from Rio de Janeiro to Manila.
With the Podcast, the BCGE showcases the work of researchers addressing issues of cooperation between the Global South and the Global North, academic freedom, and science diplomacy. The researchers talk, among other things, about their interest in their subject, cooperation with partners in the Global South, and current research and debates on it.
Episode 4: Grassroots Innovation in Technology – Discussing the Global Importance of Local Communities
Regina Sipos, Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies of the Technische Universität Berlin, Steering Committee Member at the Center for Internet and Human Rights, Executive Board Member of the Global Innovation Gathering and Researcher in the BCGE funded project “Infrastructuring in Grassroots Innovation (IGI)“
How local communities in remote areas address technological, environmental or social challenges are often overlooked by the state, politics, and in international development cooperation. In contrast, Regina Sipos views such grassroot initiatives as a major source for sustainable social innovation. In this podcast, she talks about her research in rural areas in Indonesia, how large-scale projects in development cooperation often fail, and how small interventions in local areas can provide knowledge to address global challenges.
Episode 3: International Criminal Justice and the German Colonial Past
Prof. Dr. Florian Jeßberger, Law Faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, director of the Franz von Liszt Institute for International Criminal Justice and head of the BUA-funded project „International Criminal Justice: A Counter-Hegemonic Project?“
Not only the great seafaring nations such as the Netherlands or Great Britain committed colonial crimes, but also Germany, for example in present-day Namibia, in southwestern Africa. In the genocidal massacre of the Herero, between 65,000 and 80,000 people were killed by German troops in the early twentieth century. A case for International law. Legal scholar Florian Jeßberger has a different perspective on colonial history. He wants to focus on international CRIMINAL justice and says: Here the debate is still in its infancy. He reveals what he means by that in this episode of Meridian.
Episode 2: Thinking about time and politics from a southern perspective
Indian historian Prof. Prathama Banerjee of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi talks about controversial concepts in the humanities. She also held the second Berlin Southern Theory Lecture (Recording on YouTube).
In December 2020, Prathama Banerjee held the second annual Berlin Southern Theory Lecture, a lecture series that aims to decenter dominant Euro-American traditions and diversify theoretical debates in the social sciences and the humanities. She is a professor of history at The Center for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India, and she has recently published the book Elementary Aspects of the Political: histories from the global south. In addition to being a historian of colonial and post-colonial India, she’s also a political theorist. In this podcast, she tells us about how she ended up investigating the meaning of concepts like ‘history’, ‘time’ and ‘the political’ in different contexts.
Episode 1: Architecture between Rotterdam and Havana
Prof. Dr. Jacob van Rijs, Institute of Architecture at Technische Universität Berlin, is currently working on urban development and architecture in Havana.
According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Dutchman Jacob van Rijs co-founded the Rotterdam-based architectural firm MVRDV – one of the most daring architectural firms in the world. The Dutch pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover made Jacob van Rijs and his team famous. Later, they stacked different types of apartments on top of each other in their Amsterdam residential tower Silodam until the whole thing looked like the cargo of a container ship. Jacob van Rijs now conducts research at Technische Universität Berlin. Among other things, he is working on urban development and architecture in Havana.