New Strand on Transnational and Global History

This year’s annual conference of the Social History Society, held at Newcastle University 8-10 April 2014, opened with a number of new strands, one of which in Transnational and Global History. The new strand was launched with a panel on “Perceiving and Conceptualising Space“. The panel included three of our current PhD students Dawn Jackson Williams, Jordan Girardin and Jason Varner.

The connecting theme and analytical perspective through the three papers on early European encounters with the new world (Jason Varner), the perception of landscape and mountains in the early modern period (Dawn Jackson Williams) and the making of the Alps as a transnational space (Jordan Girardin) was taken from Henri Lefebvre’s The Production of Space.

In particular Lefebvre’s conceptions of space and spatial practices including espace vécu (lived space) as well as representations of space have and will continue to be a theme around various activities at the Centre including reading groups and workshops on mapping and visualisation of transnational spaces.

 

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

The programme of of this year’s Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) on “Globalization and Health” is now available under http://www.worldhistory.pitt.edu/futh.php.

As part of the programme, Scott Schorr, one of our former MLitt students in Modern History, who is working on the edge between history and computer science with the goal of visualising transnational flows and connections will be presenting on “An Alternative Geography of the Global Sphere: Comparing Visualizations of the European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Institutional Complexity & Mimicry East & West.”

As the Centre for Transnational History is part of the Steering Committee of the FUTH we hope to be hosting the 2015 FUTH at St Andrews.