About us

"Globalization begins at home." Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture.

We concern ourselves with the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from a global perspective and focus on the creation and transformation of inequalities and power relations. Different though our teaching and research interests may be, we nonetheless share two basic premises: In the first place, we assume that global and local, regional and also national asymmetries and identity constructions are mutually interdependent and generate one another. Moreover, we share the cultural studies´ insight that it is individual subjects in and through whom power relations are generated and passed on and in which they become productive.

Globalization begins at home. But where is "at home"? In order to practice Global History or the history of globalization, one cannot ignore Europe, but has to reach beyond at the same time. To do so, global historians often depend on the findings of local historians. Traditional, but in many cases cherished, models of world explanation, which are focused on Europe or Euro-America, need to be revised in order to do justice to the demand for a cognitive provincialization of Europe. Interconnectedness and interaction, dynamics of the dislocation and the overlapping of spaces, that are beyond national and ethnic demarcations, must come into closer view. However, the effectiveness of these demarcations is not to be underestimated.