GHL study circle: Mamadou Diouf

The study circle is online again. To our amazement we only recently found the excellent work by Mamadou Diouf who is the Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, the Director of Institute for African Studies, and a professor of Western African history at Columbia University. (source: Wikipedia)

Here we discuss his article from 1998 ‘The French Colonial Policy of Assimilation and the Civility of the Originaires of the Four Communes (Senegal): A Nineteenth Century Globalization Project’

Master’s Program in “Global History” at the University of Bayreuth

On the behalf of colleagues in Bayreuth, we would like to spread the news among (undergraduate) history students and other possible interested parties about this opportunity (see attached message below).

Dear colleagues,

we are happy to inform you that a new Master’s Program in “Global History” at the University of Bayreuth is now open for application. This Master’s program not only offers a general introduction to the theories and methods of global history, but also enables students to specialize in one of three world regions and expand their language skills accordingly. They can choose between Africa, Europe or the Atlantic World and the Americas; but they may also choose transnational/-regional history as their individual field of expertise.

Please find more information by following this link:

With kind regards,
Joel Glasman and Kristin Skottki

Who’s history? Report shows many minorities are poorly included in Finnish history teaching

The largest newspaper in Finland pays attention to a newly published report (in Finnish) by Historians without borders in Finland on how colonialism is regarded in the subject matter of university courses. It also studies how minorities and people with diverse historical backgrounds, who might or might not share milestones in Finnish history, are included in history teaching in schools.

Results show that there is still a lot of work to be done in both how colonialism and its legacy is being taught at university level and in the way schoolbooks could include the increasing multicultural backgrounds of today’s Finns. The report committee was led by Holger Weiss and GHL is also mentioned in the report as one of several platforms where these issues can be discussed and influenced towards the better.

Finnish article below:

GHL study circle: Karl Schlögel

In this podcast we revisit our meeting in Falun last May, where we discussed Karl Schlögel’s “In Space We Read Time”. The translation of the original, “Im Raume lesen wir die Zeit” published in 2003, has been highly anticipated. Hope you enjoy our discussion and thoughts on it!

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ENIUGH 2020 to be organized in Turku!

Save the date! The lab welcomes all friends of global history to Turku in 2020 to participate in the  the Sixth European Congress on World and Global History (ENIUGH). The main theme for the congress is ‘Minorities in Global history’. Hope to see you there!

“The ENIUGH congress will be organised in Turku on 25–28 June 2020. The congress will be the sixth of its kind. The previous congress, held in Budapest in 2017, hosted 750 delegates.”

Study circle: On the Postcolony – Achille Mbembe

Before taking a short but well deserved break from work during the holidays, we had the chance to discuss Achille Mbembe’s On the Postcolony, published in English in 2001 by University of California Press. This time we were visited by our member Kaarle Wirta, who is finishing his PhD in Leiden University, give us a short but interesting introduction into this very enticing work.

Dalarna University visited Åbo Akademi

This past Tuesday Åbo Akademi University was visited by historians from Dalarna University (Sweden). To kick the day off we had a morning meeting with introductions, interesting discussions and future planning. Later that noon, Hanna Hodacs gave a lecture on Early modern globalization for masters students.

Hanna Hodacs giving a lecture on Early modern global history

In the afternoon we had a very fun and exciting research seminar with compelling text and discussions that lasted for several hours. Before wrapping up the day we still had time for a study circle session on recent developments concerning spatial theories. The resulting discussion from the study circle will soon appear as a podcast episode.

Recording the next GHL podcast with historians from Falun

All in all it was a very inspiring day and furthered the collaboration between the two universities while producing new exciting ideas and material for the Global history lab.