Conveners: Profs Giancarlo Casale, Pieter M. Judson and Glenda Sluga
14-16 September 2021, via ZOOM
In the nearly half century since the EUI History Department was established, the contours of European history have shifted away from nation-based or comparative approaches. The department now defines itself a center for the study of Trans-national, Global and comparative history. All of these approaches are implicitly about creating a new history of Europe, but have they accomplished this goal? What is the outlook for the future of this project? This summer school is devoted to asking, “What is European History in the 21st Century?” As historians call for the decolonization of history, and, simultaneously, face the historical distortions encouraged by resurgent populist nationalisms, reflection on the possibilities and problems of European history have never seemed more urgent. Should European history bring to the centre of its narratives, peoples and societies who are traditionally considered marginal to Europe? How can European History illuminate the global and transnational dynamics which have shaped the lives of differently situated Europeans?
The Summer School will combine discussion of methodological issues in global, transnational and comparative history with case studies by leading specialists from the European University Institute and other major universities.
It is with great sadness that we have learned that David Washbrook, great historian of India, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, the 25th of January after a relatively brief illness. David Washbrook joined the Warwick History department in 1974, and taught Indian History, Historiography and wider British and European history until 1992. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard from 1986 to 1988, and was so well liked he was offered a permanent Chair there, but declined it to return to his Readership at Warwick. But he was soon after to leave Warwick to become Reader in Indian History at Oxford. He remained there until 2008 when he was awarded an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He taught regularly until shortly before his death on the MPhil in S. Asian history, and supervised many PhD students. Apart from his early monographs, he was a great essayist, a critical voice in developing new directions in the field, and the key figure in the field in the social and economic history of early modern South India. David joined the debates in global history as these emerged in the later 1990s, and made the history of India both central and accessible within this broad framework of global history. He was a great support in the early years of the Warwick Global History and Culture Centre, serving for several years as Honorary External Advisor and as External Examiner on the MA in Global History. David supervised, formally and informally, many students in the field now teaching in India, the UK and the U.S. His influence on his field has been enormous. He was always generous with his time, welcoming outsiders to his field and introducing them to the country he loved. We will all miss him so very much.
Between 1594 and 1602, Carletti circumnavigated the world, traveling and trading in West Africa, the Spanish Americas, the Philippines, Japan, China, briefly stopping in Malacca and Ceylon before arriving in Portuguese India on his way back to Europe. Captured by the Dutch off St. Helena, he found his goods confiscated and litigated until 1605 for their return before traveling through France to reach Tuscany in 1606. The account of his journey forms the focus of this online workshop series, entitled “Carletti’s World: An Early Modern Global Voyage” held on Fridays from February to June 2021, at 9-11am PST / 12-2pm EST/ 5-7pm GMT / 6-8pm CET / 2-4am JST:
The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) enables undergraduate students to carry out an interdisciplinary summer research project.
The scheme is open to any UG student at Warwick of a full-time or part-time course, in any year including first and final year students. Erasmus and exchange students are not eligible to apply.
If you are interested in developing a global research project, then please contact the Director of the Global History and Culture Centre (email@example.com) for an informal conversation, or, if you prefer, contact any of the members of the centre who could supervise your research.
Applicants must get the support of academic supervisor and can apply for a URSS bursary to undertake their research project, either in the UK or abroad, for between 6-10 weeks.