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Oxford Centre for Global History: Global Knowledge Workshop

The University of Oxford’s Transnational and Global History group is pleased to announce a one-day interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Global Knowledge’, to be held at Ertegun House, Oxford on 10 May 2013,with a keynote address by Professor Sir Christopher Bayly. It is being planned in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Global History’s ‘Empires of Knowledge’ workshop on 9 May 2013. This workshop seeks…

Colloquium – Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning (February 8 2013, CUNY Graduate Center)

Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning http://alandaluscuny.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ February 8 2013 – 5-8 pm – Room C 197, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, NY, NY Al-Andalus was a rare example where Muslims, Christians and Jews largely, if uneasily, co-existed and where, as a result of this intermingling, exceptional art, architecture and literature developed over the course…

2013 MAMEIS Annual Conference "Frontiers and Peripheries in the Islamic World"

The Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies (MAMEIS), in conjunction with the Department of History at Indiana State University, is pleased to announce the date for the 2013 MAMEIS Annual Conference, which is to be held Saturday April 6, 2013 in Terre Haute, Ind.  The conference will highlight outstanding current research by Middle East…

Call for Papers- Parliaments and the Colonial / Imperial Experience

International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions 64th Annual Conference – Ireland Call for Papers – Parliaments and the Colonial / Imperial Experience in Ireland and the Wider World Dates: 4 – 7 September 2013 Location: Dublin City Centre, with a day-trip to Belfast. Conference theme: Parliaments and the colonial / imperial…

Globalization: An Agenda

It is now widely recognized that ours is a global age. One of the first to perceive and then describe this “happening” was the sociologist Martin Albrow, in his book with the title The Global Age.Since its appearance, in 1996 numerous studies have been published. Indeed, a critical bibliography would be a valuable tool, pointing to further research. This might be the opening project in carrying out an agenda that I am about to describe.[1]

In undertaking such a task, it would be well to establish what I will call regional globalization studies. Do these regional arrangements facilitate globalization? Work against it and in what ways? Examples immediately spring to mind. A major one, of course, is Globalization and China, perhaps the greatest challenge of our epoch. No less important is Globalization and Islam.[2] Of equal importance is the European situation, in which pulls toward a European and a Global identity may be in conflict. Other regional studies—the USA, Latin America, etc.–would also be subjects for further study.

I will now divide my proposed agenda into two parts. The first will focus on research projects, including those mentioned in the first two paragraphs, that appear promising. The second will concentrate on what I consider a most important offshoot from the globalization process itself—the concept of Humanity.

Après Moi, le Déluge

“I’m not saying, ‘After me, chaos,’” French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the newspaper Le Figaro with a wink in an interview published Friday, April 20, on the eve of the first-round election that saw him lose to Socialist Party leader François Hollande. But if Sarkozy was trying to make the indelicate point that, without him, the country is…