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Comparative Studies to Connected Histories

Comparative studies are often constrained by forms of methodological nationalism, whether in modernisation theory or recent theories of multiple modernities. In contrast, a ‘connected histories’ approach takes problems and their extended geographies as the basis of any investigation. This symposium addresses the implications of this for generalisation in and across the social sciences and humanities.

The first symposium will consist of two sessions addressing the different ways in which the ‘methodological nationalism’ of comparative study has been addressed across the disciplines. The first session will be on ‘cosmopolitanism’ and the second session will be on ‘provincialising the West / subaltern studies’. The papers associated with the presentations are available via the links below.


Session 1: Cosmopolitanism

  • Cosmopolitanism and Violence: Difficulties of Judgement
    Robert Fine (Sociology, University of Warwick)
  • The Constitution of the Suffering Other in Human Rights and Global Justice Languages 
    Upendra Baxi (Law, University of Warwick)
  • Social Theory’s Methodological Nationalism: Myth and Reality
    Daniel Chernilo (Sociology, University Alberto Hurtado in Santiago)

Chair: Benita Parry (English, University of Warwick)


Session 2: Provincializing History

  • Re-Envisioning Global Development: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
    Sandra Halperin (Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway)
  • The Insufficiency of India: Connecting Histories, Extending Geographies
    David Arnold (History, University of Warwick)

Chair: Gurminder K. Bhambra (Sociology, University of Warwick)







Symposium Details

Friday 23rd November
Room: R2.41, Ramphal


PG Reading Group

Date: 29th Oct 2007
Time: 5-7pm
Room: R0.12, Ramphal


Subrahmanyam's 'Connected Histories'

Gupta and Ferguson's 'Beyond Culture'

Cooper's 'Colonialism in Question'