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2-3 Dec 21, Exploratory Workshop on Global Infrastructures

Together with our partners at GHI Washington, the Kolleg hosted an exploratory workshop on ‘Global Infrastructures: In/Exclusion’ from 2 to 3 December 2021. Ever since the rising trend of Global History in the early 2000s, numerous studies have celebrated the exploration of past border-crossings and far-reaching transregional relations. This enthusiasm, however, has provoked increasing skepticism toward smooth narratives of connectivity, increasing mobility flows, and networks. This workshop examined approaches to Global History that emphasise the interplay of connections and interruptions, of integration and exclusion, of expansion and reterritorialization. Contributors included Boris Belge (Basel), Andreas Greiner, Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş, Mario Peters (all GHI Washington) as well as Paul Blickle, Tom Menger and Christoph Streb (all Munich).   Continue Reading

30 Nov 21, Lunchtime colloquium with Änne Söll

On 30 November, our fellow Änne Söll (Bochum) contributed to the winter term lunchtime colloquium series with a talk on “Internships, scholarship, friendships: how Yvonne Hackenbroch reconnected with the world of art history, 1937–1989”. You will find the lunchtime colloquium programme for the winter term 21/22 HERE.       Continue Reading

18-19 Nov 21, conference on Global Tourism in the Age of Empires

Andreas Greiner (GHI Washington) and Mikko Toivanen (Osk. Huttunen Fellow at the Kolleg) have organised an international workshop that explored the dynamics of tourist travel in colonial and imperial contexts. It brought together case studies from all geographical areas, dating roughly from the onset of the age of steam until the era of decolonization. Three hitherto neglected aspects informed the agenda: the connection between tourism and imperial (infra)structures; the trans-colonial and intra-regional dimension of tourism; as well as the workers of imperial tourism.   You can find more info HERE. Continue Reading

3 Nov 21, Roundtable on Disconnection and (institutional) cooperation in Global History

On Wednesday, 3 November 2021, researchers from Edinburgh and Munich came together in an online roundtable on ‘Disconnection and (institutional) cooperation in Global History’. The roundtable considered how the concept of ‘disconnect’ could be useful for thinking about the research agenda of global history and its relationship to the present – and how to counter ‚disconnect‘ at an institutional level.   Speakers were: Christina Brauner (Tübingen/Munich), Jeremy Dell, Meha Priyadarshini (both Edinburgh) and Roland Wenzlhuemer (Munich). The event was chaired by Ismay Milford (Edinburgh). Continue Reading

22-23 Oct 21, Conference on Re-examining Empires from the Margins

In collaboration with the ‘Nordic Colonialism and the Global’ project, Bernhard Schär (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Kolleg) and Mikko Toivanen (Osk. Huttunen Fellow) have hosted an international workshop that brought together scholars working at the forefront of new research into the imperial entanglements of European spaces not conventionally thought of as major imperial powers (e.g. the Nordic countries and parts of Central and Eastern Europe). The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity to take stock and learn from each other, but also to identify gaps in the emerging literature and push the field into fruitful new directions transcending individual national contexts.   You can find a substantial conference report HERE. Continue Reading