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070143 SE Seminar - From Local to Big History: Comparing World Systemy (2021S)

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work
MIXED

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Start 11.3.!

Thursday 11.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 25.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 15.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 22.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 29.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 06.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 20.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 27.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 10.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 17.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Thursday 24.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The chief objective of this seminar is to discuss and develop new methods for a Global History as if people mattered. They do matter especially due to the present Covid-19 related risks and the perils of the Lockdowns, not only in the fields of public health. Therefore, Global History is urgently requested to make people fit to meet the challenges of the world of tomorrow, but as a discipline Global History is itself required to get fit for doing so.

Anyway, in the early days of Global Historiography, when teachers who are now working in colleges or schools had been students themselves, the school of Global History was a matter of “High Theory”. Conventional historians found it difficult to cope with these macro-sociological approaches. In the meanwhile, Global History itself rose in reputation and relevance. The first almost global pandemics, the Black Death had an impact on Europe and Asia in the long run, which is still poorly understood, but crucial for the pre-European non-planetary World System. Therefore, a growing number of scholars having intellectually dwelled in each one’s specific allotment garden (Schrebergarten), are now starting to cope with the fact that each and every allotment garden is situated on the same planet: How do global processes affect local life and local history and vice versa? A decade or so ago, Austrian ecologic farmers started to get connected with indigenous people running their agricultural areas of pristine crop diversity overseas frequently against all odds. Under the label “Alliance for climate” these networks are promoting decarbonized farming with open source seeds in the interest of food sovereignty as their alternatives to deforestation and mono-cultivation. Such peer-to-peer networks belong to a category for which the term had been coined.

This Global History seminar ventures to trace the links between local, regional and global affairs by the novel “Google Earth approach” to World System research. “Google Earth” allows to see the globe on both, the planetary scale and that of the allotment garden, it is just a question of the “eye’s altitude”. Technically this is possible thanks to the digital globe’s fractal geometry which makes hidden dimensions visible at a lower eye’s altitude in specific regions, still a part of the globe. The same way we will trace the fractal dimensions of Global History, i.e. Global History as if people mattered. The historian’s variable “eye altitude” allows to understand Glocality as an effect of the hitherto little understood fractal dimension of Global History viz. World Systems. These dimensions will be traced by:
- Combining different scales among actors of global history (communities, countries, civilizations, ethnoscapes etc. you name it)
- Combining spatial dimensions of smaller World systems at different historical periods in time, from episodic events, cyclical conceptions of time or structurally moulded periods of time (longue durée), for instance: The European expansion since 1492 which did not really matter to China until the 19th century.
- Elaborating a historical view on the world from another or specific region’s point of view with its specific chronology (schemes of periodization) ruptures and developments (e.g. Eastern European, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Indian Ocean trade diaspora perspective etc.)

Assessment and permitted materials

We start with building up common knowledge by reading texts from different world system scholars and “High Theories” confronting them with critiques and revisions (Wallerstein, Frank, Arrighi, Chase-Dunn, Grinin, Korotayev, Hamashita, Ikeda, Bose etc.). Moreover, the advisors will each introduce their own practice of linking local to global issues (Komlosy: Combining labour relations locally and globally; Plachetka: future studies /risk analysis by Big History,) as an incentive to have students forming their own groups pursuing their specific research interests they eventually have to declare.

Students may direct their individual (or group) research
- Towards theoretical-methodological questions of scaling global connections, using case-studies to underline their arguments to identify phenomena.
- start from a research question addressed to a specific spot on the World Map as a starting point of their tracing mutual global influences and impacts on that geographically identified unit of historical study (e.g. port cities -emporia- as hubs in trade networks and hence intelligible fields of studies on what is glocalism)

Developing the research question and a concept for research represent a central assignment.

In sight of the most important episodic event of our times, Covid, some students might want to place this or other pandemics in historical and systemic contexts.

Deliveries: Literature review, development of a research proposal, cooperation in seminar groups, presentation of results, feed-back to other proposals and presentations, final written seminar paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Requirements:
Regular attendence (max. 2 absences)
Participation in discussions of texts, concepts, feedbacks
Openness to work in groups
Oral presentation of results (with ppp or handout)
Seminar paper (appr. 20 pages per person)
Consultation with advisor/s on request

Grading:
Grading: Min. 36 points, max. 70 points
Essay on required reading 5 points
Concept 5 points
Class presentation 20 points
Written seminar paper 30 points
Active participation 10 points

36-43 points = 4
44-52 = 3
53-61 = 2
62-70 = 1

Examination topics

See deliveries.

Reading list

Will be announced on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

MA Geschichte: Globalgeschichte (Wahlfach PM4) (6 ECTS)

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