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Whose Global History


Over the past two decades, the field of Global History has become firmly embedded within the historical discipline. However, it has been less successful in moving beyond a Euro-American institutional rootedness and intellectual orientation. Critics have pointed to the Eurocentricity of its conceptual frameworks; the dominance of Anglophone scholarship produced by Global North-based researchers and presses; and the marginalisation of actors, concepts, and perspectives originating in the Global South. “Whose Global History?” is a new international collective focused on the inequalities affecting historical research at a global level. It questions who Global History is primarily about, who it is written by, and who it is written for. Based in the Global History and Culture Centre (GHCC) at Warwick and the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute (EUI), and supported by Warwick IAS and the EUI-based CAPASIA project, the collective brings together scholars from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe to discuss inclusive practices for collaborative research, resource sharing, and methodological innovation in global history research.

Key aims
  • To identify the challenges and opportunities presented by researching the global past in different national and institutional settings and increase awareness of the inequalities that shape research at a global level
  • To diversify the methodology of global history through engagement with previously marginalised concepts and perspectives originating from different parts of the world
  • To enhance participation in the structures of global history research and through South-South and North-South exchange and collaboration
Project leads

Guido van Meersbergen (Warwick)

Giorgio Riello (EUI)

Network Participants
  • Friedrich Ammermann (EUI)
  • Somak Biswas (Cambridge)
  • Renata Cabral (EUI)
  • Giancarlo Casale (EUI)
  • Tawanda Valentine Chambwe (Midlands State University)
  • Thomas David (University of Lausanne)
  • Ritesh Kumar Jaiswal (Delhi University)
  • Anne Gerritsen (Warwick)
  • Devyani Gupta (O.P. Jindal Global University)
  • Eoghan Hussey (EUI)
  • Divya Kannan (Shiv Nadar University)
  • Ushehwedu Kufakurinani (Sussex)
  • Tillman Kulke (Ilia State University)
  • Elizabeth Leake (Tufts University)
  • Hector Maldonado (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos)
  • Glen Ncube (Bristol)
  • Megha Sharma (Shiv Nadar University)
  • Michael O'Sullivan (EUI)
  • Ana María Otero-Cleves (York)
  • Hazal Papuççular (Fenerbahçe University)
  • Dexnell Peters (University of the West Indies, Mona)
  • Lucy Riall (EUI)
  • Giorgi Sanikidze (Ilia State University)
  • Sven Benjamin Schuster (Universidad del Rosario)
  • Miki Sugiura (Hosei University)
  • Victor Guanmian Xu (Peking University)