Workshop ‘Brokerage under Scrutiny’ at Monash University, Melbourne (23 May 2019)

German Delegation visits Monash University

Eight German and Australian-based scholars gathered at Monash University on 23 May to contribute to a workshop entitled ‘Brokerage under Scrutiny: Practices of intermediation in a globalized world’. The workshop is part of a research exchange project (personenbezogener Projektaustausch Australien) that was initiated by Prof. Dr. Ute Röschenthaler, Johannes Gutenberg University in collaboration with Dr. Birgit Bräuchler at Monash University. It is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and Universities Australia.

Participants in this event drew on diverse field experiences and specializations to explore the role of brokerage in individual and collective undertakings on local, national and global scales. The workshop participants discussed examples of intermediation encountered in global trade, colonial encounters, international surrogacy, networks of humanitarism and activist projects concerning indigeneity, gender and religion. Contributions covered various geographic regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Please find the programme here.

Prior to the workshop, the German project partners (Ute Röschenthaler, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Kathrin Knodel, Goethe University Frankfurt and Ricardo Marquez Garcia, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) together with their Australian counterparts had organized a one-day gathering for the project partners and a workshop for doctoral students, engaging both with brokerage research conducted by Ricardo Marquez Garcia and Monash PhD student Nadeeka Arambewela-Colley, and comparing the two different academic worlds of Australia and Germany. A follow-up meeting will be held in December 2019 at the department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, on the occasion of the Australian delegation visiting Germany.