From May 21 to 22 of 2009 there will be a conference hosted at the British Academy entitled “Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century.” The conference will feature a great lineup of thinkers.
According to the conference description: “Debates over ‘globalization’ and paradigms such as the ‘great divergence’ stimulated historians in many specialisms to think about the historical formation of these phenomena. Just how unique, how distinctive, is our current condition of an intense interlinking of economies and polities. We are now re-thinking our histories in relation to those of others in wider parts of the world.”
Beginning in the Spring of 2008, the first of the nine volumes of the Globalization and Autonomy Series: Dialectical Relationships Facing the Contemporary World was published by UBC Press.
For more information, see the McMaster’s Institute website.
Dr. Elliott R. Morss, an American economist, gave a series of lectures on Global Finance in November 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The lectures came from the book Dr. Morss is writing on “Who Controls Global Capital”.
The Toynbee Prize Foundation awarded its 2008 prize to Professor William H. McNeill in a ceremony on April 25, 2008 at the Harvard Faculty Club. Professor McNeill described the inspiration given to him by Arnold Toynbee and the importance of “Big History.”
Profs Akira Iriye (Harvard) and Bruce Mazlish (MIT)
What are the forces of globalization shaping our world (for better or for worse)? How can we bring an historical perspective to bear on them? How might we conceptualize a new sub-field of history-global history-and distinguish it from more traditional historical and world historical approaches? When did the forces that we associate with globalization become apparent, and how have these forces evolved since then to shape the contemporary world? Are we, in fact, entering a global epoch? This course is an inquiry into such questions, and into the materials relating to them, dealing specifically with transnational factors such as the step into space, satellite communications, the multinational corporations, migrations, environmental issues, international relations, and human rights; and with topics such as global culture, consumerism, and cities.
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