Franke Institute for the Humanities

1100 East 57th Street

United States

New Directions in Global History: Rethinking Scale & Temporality
U Chicago CIS

Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 8:30am – 6:00pm


Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-102
Chicago IL, 60637

While historians have traditionally been less explicit than other social scientists in their use of theory, we have witnessed in the past half year an unprecedentedly polemicized debate within the profession over the direction, methodology, and theoretical orientation future history-writing must take. Book length treatises by Lynn Hunt (Writing History in the Global Era, September 2014), and Jo Guldi and David Armitage (The History Manifesto, July 2014) have been met with enlivened article-length rejoinders by fellow historians (Sam Moyn, Deborah Cohen, Peter Mandler).

If these historians made differing methodological, theoretical and political claims on the task of history-writing, what was emphatically not under debate was the fact that historians now have to “think big” and write global. Bringing together distinguished internal and visiting historians and social scientists, this conference aims to foster a public dialogue on the new directions of writing global histories among some of its most critical practitioners in the discipline of history and beyond.


8:30-9:00 — Registration

9:00-9:15 — Opening Remarks

9:15-10:45 — Panel 1
C.A. Bayly, “Global History: A Partial Vindication”
Panel: Faisal Devji, Emily Lynn Osborn, Diana Schwartz
Chair: Emily Marker

10:45-11:00 — Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 — Panel 2
Arnulf Becker Lorca, “Mestizo International Law”
Panel: Jennifer Pitts, Adom Getachew, Fei-Hsien Wang, Zak Leonard
Chair: Guo-Quan Seng

12:45-2:00 — Lunch

2:00-4:00 — Panel 3
Julia Adeney Thomas, “Handcuffs and Reality: Questions for Very Big History”
Dipesh Chakrabarty, “World/Big History from William McNeill to David Christian”
Panel: Kenneth Pomeranz, Frederik Albritton Jonsson, Kyle Gardner
Chair: Emily Marker

4:00-4:15 — Coffee Break

4:30-6:00 — Panel 4
David Armitage, “Horizons of History, Transnational and Transtemporal”
Panel: Mark Bradley, Shruti Kapila, Sarah Panzer
Chair: Guo-Quan Seng


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