Major Themes
Thèmes Principaux

1. Perspectives on global history: concepts and methodology
1. Mondialisation de l'histoire: concepts et méthodologie

Jörn Rüsen, Germany

The session combines theoretical and methodological issues with empirical ones. Categories like gender, laws, teleology etc. will be debated in respect to the theoretical necessity of disclosing and analyzing the realm of global history. The special problem of cultural differences in conceptualizing global history will be recognized. On the empirical level historical trends and factors of change will be analyzed and additionally the role of different cultures like China, India and the West in their interrelationship as places, subjects and objects of global history at the same time will be discussed. The presentations mainly treat early modern, modern and contemporary history. The session will lead to a new concept of global history in the era of critical revision of traditional master narratives and a growing emphasis of cultural difference and intercultural communication.

b) Cultural encounters between continents over the centuries
b) Les rencontres de cultures entre continents à travers l'histoire

Monday, 7 August 14:00-17:00
Lundi 7 août de 14h à 17h.

Building B, Auditorium 1


Jerry Bentley, USA


Natalie Zemon Davis, Canada
Valery Tishkov, Russia

Since the emergence of history as a professional scholarly discipline in the nineteenth century, historians have taken national communities and individual societies as their principal and indeed almost exclusive frameworks of analysis. It is certainly true that national communities and individual societies are appropriate contexts for many historical problems. But national communities and individual societies make inadequate frameworks for the analysis of large-scale processes that have profoundly influenced the experiences of peoples throughout the world as well as the development of the world as a whole. The purpose of session 1.b on "Cultural Encounters between Continents over the Centuries" is to feature recent approaches that cross the national, geographical, and cultural boundary lines conventionally observed in professional historical scholarship. Panelists will address issues of migration, cross-cultural trade, biological exchanges, cultural exchanges, and other kinds of cross-cultural interaction. Papers and presentations will deal with political, economic, and cultural themes in exploring the historical effects of global interactions between peoples of different societies.

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Theme 2a
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