International Workshop: Archipelagic Imperial Spaces and Mobilities

  15 – 17 JULY 2021


  Collaborative Research Centre 1199 (Leipzig University) in cooperation with the research platform Mobile Cultures and Societies (University of Vienna)

  Mimi Sheller, Brian Russell Roberts, Michelle Ann Stephens, Craig Santos Perez, Elaine Stratford, Jonathan Pugh, Nicole Waller, Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Alexandra Ganser, Jens Temmen, Steffen Wöll, Barbara Gföllner, and Sigrid Thomsen


Public Conversation

The workshop features a public conversation with Michelle Ann Stephens and Jonathan Pugh who will explore the role of archipelagic spaces and mobilities by drawing connections between their own works. The conversation will be followed by a discussion round with the public.

The event takes place on Zoom on July 15, 2021, 5.15 – 6.45 PM CET. View in your local time & add the event to your calendar

To register for free, please send an email signaling your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than July 11.

Archipelagic Thinking: Anthropocene Islands and the Insular

Public conversation with Michelle Ann Stephens and Jonathan Pugh

In our conversation we will explore some key tropes and themes which we think are both important to engage, and update, when thinking about 'Archipelagic Imperial Spaces and Mobilities'. These are 'archipelagic thinking', 'archipelagic space,' 'imperial mobilities,' the 'intersections between archipelagic and mobilities studies', the 'complications of mainland/island', and 'minor' traditions. Throughout, we will pay close attention to how these are variously implicated in the generation of ontology, epistemology, research, and forms of praxis. In doing so, in particular, Jon will turn his gaze and focus to how recent thinking with 'Anthropocene Islands' updates, troubles and/or becomes generative. Michelle will both deconstruct and expand upon the notion of the "insular" and the 'island' itself as historical, discursive, ontological and epistemological objects.


Michelle Ann Stephens is Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies as well as Dean of the Humanities at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Among other works, she is the author of Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and The Black Male Performer (2014) and Archipelagic American Studies (2017), co-edited with Brian Russell Roberts. Her most recent book Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking (2020) explores epistemologies and methodologies informed by the archipelago.

Jonathan Pugh is Reader in Island Studies in the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University. In his research, he has been focusing on island and archipelago movement and developing the "relational turn" in island studies. Most recently, he explored the role of the island in the anthropocene with David Chandler in Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds (2021). The book can be purchased or downloaded for free here.



The final progam will be available soon. Participants will additionally be notified via email.

  Call for Contributions (PDF)

  Workshop Schedule


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