This working group brings together graduate students seeking to write histories that foreground global connections and interruptions. United by a desire to work in a group defined by a commitment to understanding global dimensions of historical problems, we welcome participants from all regional areas. Our working group aims not only to provide opportunities to see new connections between areas, but to build upon and challenge analytic methods rooted in regional histories too often compromised by a commitment to an inevitable nation-state.
Our group is particularly interested in exploring problems whose full dimensions only become visible through understanding transnational vectors. Some historical problems - such as the development of racialized capitalism – inevitably entail this kind of analysis. We also welcome local or grassroots histories that excavate alternatives to a universal global modernity. Related to this is a desire to emphasize connections between the Global South that challenge ideas of a global core and periphery. From integrating different scales of analysis in a published article to the challenges and rewards of multi-national archival research, global history poses unique methodological and writing challenges. This working group also aims to serve as a place for critical discussion and advice-sharing about how to do global history.
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