A Different Point of View: Scales, Spaces and Contexts in Histories of the Local and the Global

A Different Point of View: Scales, Spaces and Contexts in Histories of the Local and the Global

Maxine Berg, Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick
United Kingdom
From - Until
17.05.2018 - 19.05.2018
Amy Evans

This conference on Global Microhistory is the first of a cycle of three conferences on new pathway of Global History. This first conference of the series is also this year’s GHCC Annual Conference, and focuses on the theme of ‘Scales, Space and Contexts in Histories of the Local and the Global’.

A new generation of historians challenges us to bring together two popular historical methodologies of recent decades: micro history and global history. A number of microhistories now seek to engage in the histories of places, events and individuals in a way that also captures the history of global connections as brought to life by global historians. Global historians also seek to move beyond large-scale syntheses and comparative data sets to engage closely with primary sources, philology, and local context. They too seek ways of conveying agency, individual histories, events and locality within a global framework. This cycle of conferences and museum events addresses major problems and opportunities arising in our writing about our past and in its display in museums.

‘Scales, Spaces and Contexts’, the first of the Global Microhistory conferences takes place at Warwick on the 17th to 19th of May, 2018. It brings together leading historians to address issues of connection and agency, local spaces, and the multiple contexts of our histories of events and individuals. Speakers include Paula Findlen, Francesca Trivellato, Jeremy Adelman and Anne Gerritsen.


Thursday, 17th May

5:00pm Public Lecture
Chair: Anne Gerritsen (Director of GHCC, University of Warwick)
Paula Findlen (Stanford University): Catholic Geographies of the Global
Comment: Susanna Burghartz (University of Basel)
6.30pm Drinks reception

Friday 18th May

Opening Welcome: Maxine Berg, John-Paul Ghobrial, Jorge Flores (GHCC, University of Warwick)

9:00-11:00am Localities
Chair: Erica Charters (University of Oxford)
Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick): Localities in Global History
Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University): Global History Now – Can we Reposition the Local?
Comment: Pat Hudson (University of Cardiff)

11:00am Coffee
11:30-1:00pm Microhistory
Chair: John-Paul Ghobrial (University of Oxford)
Francesca Trivellato (Yale University): What Differences Makes a Difference? Scales of Comparison in Micro and Global History
Comments: Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Oxford)

1:00-2:00pm Lunch

2:00-3:30pm Geographies of the Local
Chair: Catherine Holmes (University of Oxford)
Jan de Vries (Berkeley University): Bread in Local Context
Dagmar Freist (University of Oldenburg): Micro Spaces of the Maritime World – The Prize Papers Collection as a Source
Comment: Guido van Meersbergen (University of Warwick)

3:30-4:00pm Tea

4:00-6:00pm Merchants and Migration
Chair: Jorge Flores (European University Institute)
Cecilia Taruell (University of Oxford): Migration between the Ottoman Mediterranean and Spain
Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA): The Voyage of the Santa Catharina
Guillaume Calafat (Paris 1 and IAS / Princeton University): Commercial Trials and Commercial Litigation in the Eighteenth-Century Mediterranean
Comment: Julia McClure (University of Glasgow)
7:00pm Dinner

Saturday 19th May

9:30-11:00am Work and Labour
Chair: Zoltán Biedermann (University College London)
Adrianna Catena (University of Warwick): The Hatters of Seville and the Indigo Wars
Christian de Vito (University of Leicester): Convict Transportation and Micro-Spatial History
Comment: José Escribano Paez (University of Warwick)

11:00-11:30am Coffee

11:30-1:00pm Objects and Collecting
Chair: Claudia Stein (University of Warwick)
Michael Bycroft (University of Warwick): Minerals and Gems
Sarah Easterby-Smith (University of St. Andrews): Natural History and Scientific Collecting
Comment: Luca Molá (European University Institute)

1:00-2:00pm Lunch

2:00-3:30pm Trading Centres and Mercantile Networks
Chair: Shinobu Majima (Gakushuin University / University of Warwick)
Maxine Berg (University of Warwick): Nootka Sound as a Global-Micro Trading Centre
Song-Chuan Chen (University of Warwick): Western Merchant Wives and the Forbidden Merchant Port of Canton
Comment: Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)

3:30-4:00pm Tea

4:00-5:00pm Concluding Panel
Chair: Charles Walton (University of Warwick)
John-Paul Ghobrial, Jorge Flores, Paula Findlen

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Maxine Berg

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