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CfP: "Writing Global History: Perspectives from Global South", Online workshop, 12-14.1.2023

10-10-2022 23:33

Global history is emerging as a significant perspective in contemporary history writing. This approach examines the transnational networks through which human societies emerge as interactive global communities. Its increasing relevance can be attributed to its explicit focus on transnational relations; transcending euro-centric dominance; and exploring interconnections between and among (but not limited to) regions, communities, and commodities across historical periods. In the process global history seeks to question binaries like the north-south, micro-macro, local-global, empire-colony, and other asymmetric dependencies. However, in practice, it often reproduces them. At present, the acute economic, political, and rapidly accelerating climate crisis has further accentuated global asymmetries and exacerbated fault lines in the practices of global history. Perspectives from Global South provides a crucial vantage point to map and respond to this widening gap. This workshop, by focusing on perspectives from Global South, attempts to initiate discussions on these concerns.

The objective is to include research that question normative and epistemic constructs which tends to limit the researcher's gaze. We welcome papers that intend to explore global realities, their interconnections and dependencies, through the perspective of the global south across spatial and temporal dimensions. The workshop will provide a collaborative space to discuss the potentialities of global history as a historical approach. With these aims, we invite individual and panel proposals from scholars across the world taking into account the perspective of the South. The proposals should correspond, but not be limited, to the following broad themes:

- Global history as a methodology and concept: Decentering eurocentrism, asymmetric dependencies, challenges to persisting binaries (east-west, micro-macro, local-global, free-unfree, and choice-coercion),
- Global interconnections across historical periodization.
- Global history of ideas and knowledge systems,
- Global history and spatiality: Trans local and transnational interactions, empires, colonies, cities, ports, and human settlements,
- Global history of crises: Pandemics, ecology, war, and recession,
- Global history and marginality: Caste, Race, Gender, and Sexuality,
- Global history of Anthropocene and human-non-human interactions,
- Global histories of capital, commodities, and technology,
- Global histories of labour, migration, mediation, and forms of resistance

Interested participants need to submit an abstract of 400-500 words (word/doc/pdf) along with the author's bio note (150 words) at workshop.saghn[at] by 1st November 2022.

The selected participants will be required to submit their draft paper by 30th December 2022.

This workshop is an online event with the aim to include select contributions in an edited volume or journal publication.

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