Center for Global Studies (CGS)

Retreat Global Studies FS2017

Retreat Global Studies FS2017 – Schloss Oberhofen, Oberhofen am Thunersee

Freitag, 26.05.2017, 09:00 Uhr

Open to Ph.D. students of the doctoral Program Global Studies. In case of vacancies, further admissions of Ph.D. students and advanced Master students at the University of Bern are possible.

Veranstaltende: Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Abteilung für Kunstgeschichte der Neuzeit | Abteilung für Kunstgeschichte der Moderne und der Gegenwart |Center for Global Studies | Graduate School of the Humanities | Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Nadia Radwan, Guest Lecturer(s) (t.b.a.)
Datum: 26.05.2017
Uhrzeit: 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Ort: Salle Harrach
Schloss Oberhofen
Oberhofen am Thunersee
3653 Oberhofen
Merkmale: Öffentlich


The Goal of the Global Studies Retreat is for each Ph.D. candidate to present and discuss his/her current research project in an interdisciplinary environment outside the university premises, in a castle located on the shores of the Thun lake and overlooking the Alps that offers a privileged space for reflection and exchange. The format of the Retreat will be that of an actual conference with a key note invited speaker and a guided visit of the premises of the Oberhofen castle. Each doctoral candidate is expected to convey the main problematic, methodological and conceptual issues of his/her research to an audience, which is not necessarily familiar with the subject or discipline. In addition to his/her own presentation, each participant will be in charge of moderating the paper of one of his/her colleague (introducing the speaker/discussing the paper and moderating the questions from the audience). Each paper will thus be assigned a moderator and in order to prepare the discussion, every doctoral candidate must upload his/her short bio and a key reading in relation to his/her research subject on Ilias prior to the Retreat. At the end of the Retreat, we will all have a short brainstorming to find a general title for the conference, which will become the official name of the FS2017 GS-Retreat.

The location of the Retreat in the Schloss Oberhofen has been specifically chosen as it reflects transcultural interactions and global dialogues in its architectural design through the presence of a 19th century oriental Salamlik (smoking room) located in the tower of the castle. During the Retreat, a guided tour organized for the participants will explain the history of this very particular neo-Islamic interior inspired by the palaces of Cairo and Istanbul and constructed in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.


Each participant will hold a 20 min. presentation, while moderators will introduce their colleagues and moderate the discussion and questions for 10-15 min. As in every conference, moderators should insure time management for speech and discussion. Each participant should upload a short bio and a key reading on Ilias prior to the Retreat. Overall, each doctoral candidate is expected to have red all the texts in order to participate actively in the discussions.


Registration should be announced before May 1st to the coordinator of the GS-Doctoral Program Addrich Mauch: and register on KSL.

Short Biography of the Lecturer

Nadia Radwan is Assistant Professor in World Art History at the University of Bern. Since January 2016, she is the director of the Global Studies Doctoral Program at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg in the same institution. In 2014, she was Assistant Professor in Art History at the American University in Dubai. Radwan obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Geneva in 2013 with a dissertation about the formation of Egyptian modernism and transnational cultural interactions. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary visual art and architecture in the Arab world as well as knowledge transfer between Europe and the Middle East. Currently, she is working on heritagization and curatorial practices in the United Arab Emirates. Her book entitled Les modernes d’Egypte: une renaissance transnationale des beaux-arts et des arts appliqués en Egypte will be published by Peter Lang in 2017.