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Liminal objects in Paris

Students of Schiller’s International Relations & Diplomacy students recently immersed themselves in the "Liminal Objects" fashion exhibition at Le Bicolore, Maison du Danemark in Paris. Located on the Champs-Élysées, Le Bicolore is renowned for its dedication to Danish contemporary art and cultural experiences.

For many, visiting the Champs-Élysées is a reward in itself. However, this was just the beginning. At the heart of the visit was a deep dive into the works of eight pioneering Nordic designers. These creators are reshaping the fashion landscape by merging art and fashion, challenging conventions, and promoting sustainability through handmade manufacture, upcycling, and recycling.

The definition of Liminal

The meaning of liminality was central to the exhibition—an intermediate state where opposites coexist harmoniously. This notion, fundamental in anthropology and sociology, resonates deeply within International Relations & Diplomacy. It symbolizes a period of ambiguity and transformation, offering new perspectives and opportunities for innovation in societal and political contexts.

Fashion by Le Bicolore

Liminality challenges the status quo by shaking up established norms and structures. In the field of International Relations & Diplomacy (IRD), it mirrors diplomatic negotiations where conflicting parties navigate a transitional phase to seek resolutions and forge new agreements. This concept is fundamental in anthropology and sociology, symbolizing a period of ambiguity and transformation that offers new perspectives and opportunities for innovation in societal and political contexts.

Much like how an exhibition pushes the boundaries of materials and aesthetics, diplomats often explore uncharted territories to find common ground amidst their differences. Dr. Myriam Benraad, Ph.D. in political science and Schiller's Global Academic Chair for International Relations & Diplomacy, stated:

“Fashion, above all, has, in my opinion, always transcended national boundaries. This is especially true in today’s globalized world, where a multitude of cultural forms and creations have blended. Studying fashion helps students understand the beauty and depth of this global diversity, where unexpected encounters frequently create connections and bridge barriers.

Fashion has played a significant role in the history of International Relations and Diplomacy. At a time when all kinds of menaces are questioning such global exchanges and ties, fashion serves to strengthen these.”

Additionally, liminality prompts introspection and reflexivity among IRD practitioners, encouraging critical thinking about power dynamics, identities, and global interactions. Embracing liminality allows IRD professionals to explore unconventional solutions to complex global issues, fostering creativity and resilience in diplomacy.

Embracing a Global Mindset at Schiller International University

Schiller International University is committed to providing its students with a global mindset. By integrating interdisciplinary learning and encouraging creative approaches to problem-solving, Schiller equips its students with the tools needed to address complex global challenges. This approach not only enhances their academic experience but also prepares them to become innovative and resilient leaders in the field of International Relations & Diplomacy.

This perspective on what is a liminal space holds significant implications for the field of International Relations & Diplomacy, inviting scholars and practitioners alike to consider how embracing liminal spaces can lead to innovative diplomatic strategies and transformative global outcomes.

The exhibition's exploration of material, function, and identity in fashion echoed broader themes within IRD. It encouraged students to rethink disciplinary boundaries and consider how creativity and unconventional thinking can influence international politics and diplomacy.

The importance of interdisciplinary learning

The "Liminal Objects" exhibition not only defied fashion norms but also provoked critical reflections among Schiller's IRD students. In conclusion, this exposition highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary learning and the role of creativity in addressing global challenges.

This exhibition underscored Schiller's commitment to fostering a global mindset, preparing students to navigate complexities with innovation and adaptability. It served as a powerful testament to Schiller's dedication to equipping IRD students with the skills and perspectives needed to thrive in an ever-evolving global landscape.



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