Flying University of Transnational Humanities – “Globalization East”

The next session of the innovative Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) will be held in June of 2014 at The University of Pittsburgh with the theme “Globalization East.” Please find the details of the call for proposals and more about FUTH below. We can also look forward to the summer of 2015, when FUTH will join forces with GRAINES (Graduate Interdisiplinary Network for European Studies) to convene a summer school session here at St Andrews.

Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH): “Globalization East”

June 23-26, 2014, University of Pittsburgh
Co-sponsors: World History Center, Global Studies Center, Humanities Center

Each year beginning in 2010, the Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) has gathered graduate students and young scholars in the humanities and social sciences for a summer school centering on presentations by leading scholars and sharing of information and perspectives by all present. The Flying University of Transnational Humanities, based at Hanyang University, Seoul, was brought into existence through the energies of Professor Jie-Hyun Lim, director of the Research Institute for Comparative History and Culture.

During the week of June 23-26, the University of Pittsburgh will host the 2014 FUTH meeting, on “Globalization & Health: East and West.” The summer school will address globalization in its socio-cultural and health dimensions. It centers on “the East” – the various regions of Asia – in two ways. First, it focuses on the nature and impact of globalization and health in the East, present and past, tracing the nature of globalization in the region of densest population. Second, it focuses on the impact of Eastern processes of globalization and health on other regions in the world, notably Europe, the Americas, and Africa.

The program is to include lectures, discussions, and panels of papers presented by participants. Distinguished speakers include Edmund Burke III (Univ. Cal-Santa Cruz),  Rila Mukherjee (Hyderabad Univ.), Naoki Sakai (Cornell Univ.), Joanna Waley-Cohen (New York Univ.-Shanghai), James L.A. Webb (Colby College), Christine Yano (Univ. of Hawai’i), and others TBA. FUTH 2014 will include up to 40 participants from around the world. Conference facilities, including food and lodging, are on the university campus.

We invite applications from graduate students and junior scholars in all disciplines. Prospective participants should send proposals that include a title, a 500-word abstract, a short (2-page) CV, and names of two referees to worldhis@pitt.edu by March 31, 2014.  Proposals should include a clear topic and may include methods, temporal organization, and reference to any links between the proposal and broader global, historical, and especially interdisciplinary approaches and questions. Participants will be selected for paper presentations or as discussants in transdisciplinary workshops.