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The Future of World and Global History

International Workshop
Global History and Culture Centre
University of Warwick
22-23 May 2014

9.30-10.00. Arrival and Coffee

10.00-11.00. Session One. The Evolution of World and Global History
Pat Manning, Pat Hudson, Richard Drayton and Dominic Sachsenmaier. Chair: Dan Branch
How has world and global history developed over the past fifty years? What is its institutional position in Europe, the US and beyond? What is its relationship with other branches of history, for example local or national histories? Which are the trajectories and large themes of world and global history?

11.00-12.00. Session Two. New and Future Areas of Research
Dagmar Schaefer, Richard Von Glahn, Giovanni Gozzini and Francisco Bethencourt.
Chair: Giorgio Riello

Where is world and global history going? Which are the new themes and new challenges faced by research? What is the legacy of global economic history? Which are the new problems in structuring research? Which are the questions that historians should ask? Which are the main topics that we have still to address?

12.00-13.00. Lunch

13.00-14.00. Session Three. Institutional Representation and Worldwide Collaborations
David Anderson, Matthias Middell, Gareth Austin, and Jim Livesey. Chair: Anne Gerritsen
Which are the international bodies shaping the field of global and world history? How has the field of history (but also the humanities and social sciences) responded to the ‘rise of global history’? How can we foster collaboration across disciplines, institutions and continents?

14.00-15.00. Session Four. Teaching at Undergraduate, MA and Doctoral Level
Alejandra Irigoin, John Darwin, Carlo Fumian and Manuel Pérez-García. Chair: Maxine Berg
How has the teaching of global history developed in the past decades? What type of courses are taught at undergraduate and MA level? What is the role of area studies in the teaching of global history? Is there a problem of access to sources and of linguistic competence? What is a PhD in global History? How can we train the next generation of global and world historians?

15.00-15.30. Coffee Break

15.30-16.30. Session five. Research Agendas, Tools and Methods
Catherine Eagleton, João Paulo Oliveira e Costa, François Gipouloux and Nile Green.
Chair: David Anderson

Do global historians have to rethink how to deal with the ‘global archive’? Which are the underused source materials and the new tools facilitating research? Can we say that global history is developing its own distinctive methodologies?

16.30-17.30. Session Six. Funding and Research Projects
Maxine Berg, Clare Anderson, Jos Gommans, and Margot Finn. Chair: James Baldwin
Does global history need large-scale projects? How can research be carried out by teams of researchers? How do we deal with ‘research impact’? Which are the pressures in terms of outputs? How can we balance research and networking? Are we organising and attending too many conferences?

17.30-18.00. Conclusion

18.30-20.00. Dinner