The Cultural Dynamics of Political Globalisation

The research group "The Cultural Dynamics of Political Globalisation" was organized within the research department Non-Program-Bound-Research from 2012 to 2016. With this research group led by Dr Sabine Mannitz, PRIF tested whether the methods and concepts of ethnological studies can be integrated in PRIF’s research agenda, which has always been concentrated on political studies. The ethnological approach aims to study the world “from below and from within” in order to reconstruct the perspectives on the ground. As a complementary perspective, this is apt to round off the analytical scope of PRIF’s research departments: Ideas, political discourses, norms and best practices circulate globally, become translated and (re)contextualized historically, culturally and socially as “travelling concepts”. ‘Other’ life-worlds and political orders, different from or contrary to Western claims on global governance, raise alike questions in regard to their meaning and mobilization potential as well as to resources that might provide stable peace orders. Additionally and due to condensed global exchange, there is an increasing need to understand structures of meanings and possible implications of cultural resilience – especially from the angle of enclosing potential for conflicts.

The generated stimuli of the interdisciplinary research group contributed to PRIF’s decision to establish a mainly ethnological research department as of 2017. Current research projects are transferred to the research department ‘Glocal’ Junctions.