Cite as: AbdouMaliq Simone, ‘The Ambiguities of Detachment: Multiple Trajectories of Urban Living in Jakarta’, keynote presented at the symposium Cities of the South, Cities of the North, ICI Berlin, 14 December 2015, video recording, mp4, 01:01:24 <>
14 Dec 2015

The Ambiguities of Detachment

Multiple Trajectories of Urban Living in Jakarta
By AbdouMaliq Simone

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 01:01:24
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Rights: © ICI Berlin

Part of the Symposium

Cities of the South, Cities of the North

In the wake of the end of the cold-war and the demise of the tripartite conceptual division of the First, Second and Third Worlds, the latter concept has been superseded by the notion of the ‘Global South’. This notion is a flexible one referring to the developing nations of the once-colonized sections of the globe. The concept does not merely register shifts in geopolitics and in the respective affiliations of nations and the economic transformations that have occurred. It also registers an emergent perception of a new set of relationships between nations of the South. It is the task of this project to explore those ‘lateral’ south-south cultural connections by mobilizing a network of prominent Global-South universities (UFF, Brazil; UNAM, Mexico; Wits, South Africa; UCAD, Senegal; JNU, India) with other universities in the southern hemisphere (UWA, Australia; SNU, Korea).

Erich Auerbach is the Visiting Chair of Global Literary Studies at the University of Tübingen


ICI Berlin
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AbdouMaliq Simone
Kerry Bystrom
Sudeep Dasgupta
Simon During
Geoffrey Kantaris
Kleber Mendonça
Mireille Rosello
Ute Seydel

Organized by

Erich Auerbach
ICI Berlin
BMBF/DAAD Thematic Network ‘Literary Cultures of the Global South’