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Global Humanities

Key Questions:

  • How have people used agency to shape global processes? How do contemporary forms of mobility (social as well geographic) affect us as individuals and communities?

  • What are the limits (intellectual, geographical, disciplinary, cultural) of the global turn in the Humanities?

  • How do we account for disconnected spaces and peoples?

  • What resistances are there to the ‘global’ as a discursive frame? Might it be deformed and reformed as non-/anti-Western, or a Global Northern discourse?

  • How do we think about the local in a global world, and what is the role of the nation state?

Theme Summary

What does it mean to be living in a global age? For the past five decades, much of the intellectual activity at Warwick has concerned itself with debates around international connections between people, places, cultures and ideas. The Connecting Cultures GRP is well positioned to critically consider the processes and circumstances that shape the world around us. This is a research agenda built around four themes:

  1. The global body: where is the individual in global processes?
  2. Exchange: this theme will consider the subjects of commodities, trade, currency, cultures, narratives, and people.
  3. Power: how have global networks of power in its various forms shaped the everyday lives of their subject peoples? How do they resist this?
  4. Communication and language: To what extent have language, media and cultural performance been inflected with a global discourse and with what consequences? In what ways might these intersect with the local/national?


Get In Touch!

Theme-lead: Prof Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (School of Modern Languages and Cultures)

Email: alison dot menezes at warwick dot ac dot uk