In investigating how different societies in the world and over the past two and half centuries have organized themselves spatially to respond to the emerging and since growing global challenges, the SFB 1199 undertaktes an active publishing strategy in a multitude of outlets. From their work in individual projects, collaborative thematic working groups, as well as joint conferences and workshops, the members of the Collaborative Research Centre publish their findings in a wide spectrum of publishing houses, book series, as well as journals in order to reach the largest audiences while engaging in current topical debates.
Dialectics of the Global Book Series
Ever since the 1990s, “globalization” has been a dominant idea and, indeed, ideology. The metanarratives of Cold War victory by the West, the expansion of the market economy, and the boost in productivity through internationalization, digitalization, and the increasing dominance of the finance industry became associated with the promise of a global trickle-down effect that would lead to greater prosperity for ever more people worldwide. Any criticism of this viewpoint was countered with the argument that there was no alternative; globalization was too powerful and thus irreversible. Today, the ideology of “globalization” meets with growing scepticism. An era of exaggerated optimism for global integration has been replaced by an era of doubt and a quest for a return to particularistic sovereignty. However, processes of global integration have not dissipated and the rejection of “globalization” as an ideology has not diminished the need to make sense both of the actually existing high level of interdependence and the ideology that gave meaning and justification to it. This series takes up this challenge by investigating the complexities of these processes as dialectics.
The following three dialectics of the global are the foci of this series:
- Multiplicity and Co-Presence: “Globalization” is neither a natural occurrence nor a singular process; on the contrary, there are competing projects of globalization, which must be explained in their own right and compared in order to examine their layering and their interactive composition.
- Integration and Fragmentation: Globalization processes are inherently characterized by processes of respatialization, which become particularly in specific times (critical junctures) and places (portals of globalization), when and where such processes crystalize and become interconnected.
- Universalism and Particularism: Globalization projects are justified and legitimized through universal claims of validity; however, at the same time they reflect the worldview and/or interest of particular actors.
In dieser Reihe legt der Sonderforschungsbereich 1199 „Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen“ an der Universität Leipzig Rechenschaft über seine Resultate in Form kurzer Zusammenfassungen ab, die jeweils Grundbegriffe des Forschungsprogramms in den Mittelpunkt rücken. Hervorgegangen aus dem interdisziplinären Gespräch zu Prozessen der Neuverräumlichung der Welt seit dem späten 18. Jahrhundert, bieten die einzelnen Beiträge zu dieser Reihe eine Einführung zum Forschungsstand und neue Blickwinkel, die sich aus der Einnahme einer raumbezogenen Perspektive ergeben.
The first findings of the projects of the Collaborative Research Centre are published in the working paper series. The working paper series is open not only to researchers from the SFB 1199 but also to all those who are interested in close cooperation with the centre and in contributing to the investigation of processes of spatialization. The executive board has editorial responsibility over all working papers and organizes the peer-review process before approval for publication. Working papers are available online.
Addressing different disciplinary audiences and debates, major findings from the SFB’s individual projects as well as workshops and conferences are published as monographs with different topical series.
Peer-reviewed Journals & Articles
With research spanning a wide spectrum of disciplines, results are published as articles in both general and topical peer-reviewed journals. Two peer-reviewed journals are directly related to the research of the SFB 1199. Journal of Global History and Comparative Studies of Society, which prints six thematic issues per year, serves since 2002 as the official organ of the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH). Transnational, Cross-Regional and Global Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists is an e-journal, which the SFB provides with up-to-date and open-access research.
With the aim of entering into a dialogue with other scholars specializing in spatialization topics as well as with the larger academic community, the ongoing research of the SFB’s projects are published in the form of book chapters in a multitude of collective volumes.
Reviews & Reports
Reviews and reports of SFB events, including conferences and workshops, provide insight and feedback on the research development of the Collaborative Research Centre.