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UTU GLOBAL SOUTH NETWORK

connecting researchers and ideas across the disciplines

About

Purpose: In December 2016, researchers from the Faculty of Humanities made an initiative to establish a network to bring together the various experts of the University of Turku who focus on issues concerning Global South. In addition to getting to know each other and the ongoing projects, the purpose is to create opportunities to embark on joint, interdisciplinary research. Currently, our network consists of several researchers ranging from graduate students to professors – and the aim is to expand.

These webpages make us visible to each other and externally. Here, you find information on the different researchers, their research interests, expertise and ongoing projects that cover several disciplines, topics, and themes. Through these pages and the mailing list, we also inform about seminars and other events we organize.

Wish to join? Come to our events and subscribe the mailing list. The latter you can do by going to options/asetukset in your mailbox at mail.utu.fi, choosing groups/ryhmät, and finding the list “UTU Global South Network” and clicking join/liity.

Contact us! Send e-mail to our mailing list gsnetwork@utu.fi or contact an individual researcher (find their contact details by clicking their name).

Global South? As a concept, Global South is a critical one and has at least three different meanings. First, it originated as an alternative to the term “Third World” to describe the economically disadvantaged states.  Following the post-national development, and thus in a less-territorially bound way, the term Global South started to refer to spaces and peoples negatively impacted by contemporary capitalist globalization. Here, the epithet “global” blurs the strict geographical borders, and it is acknowledged, for instance, that there are “economic Souths” in “geographical Norths”, and vice versa. The third meaning of Global South succeeds from the disconnection to a location: Global South may refer to the political subjectivity and imaginaries resulting from individuals’ shared experience of subjugation under contemporary global capitalism. (abridged from: Mahler)

In our network, we acknowledge the different definitions of the term as well as the problematic some of us encounter as “northerners” studying the Global South. In order to learn from each other, we welcome all researchers aboard despite the various ways the theme is approached. This is also a way to bridge gaps between disciplines and paradigms (or shake them). Utilizing each other’s networks and creating more synergies among them is not bad either! /MO

World map with Peters projection shows all countries in correct size in relation to each other. It is one of the “mind-blowing” maps that have had an ability to change one’s image of the world after the long era of using Mercator map as the presentation of the world. Mercator projection is excellent for navigation but it distorts sizes in favor of the higher latitudes. (figure from www.odt.com)