Project: A Global Network for Global History

Referring to article and interview "Replacing the Yardstick and Changing Perspective", in: Crossing Borders 2016, pp. 36 to 41.


Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahuja, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Sven Beckert, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, Harvard University, Boston/Cambridge, USA

Prof. Dr. Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History and co-chairs the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History as well as the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard. He has contributed to the history of commodities with a book on the global history of cotton – an effort to understand the global history of capitalism during the past 250 years through the lens of the history of one commodity (Empire of Cotton. A global History; finalist for Pulitzer Prize; also published in German: King Cotton. Eine Geschichte des globalen Kapitalismus). He has written on the social, political and economic history of American capitalism, has organized several conferences on global history, including the 2007 conference "Global History Globally" at Harvard, and has also organized a semester abroad program for Harvard undergraduates based in Basel, Freiburg, and Strasbourg. He is also the co-editor of a series of books at Princeton University Press on "America in the World."

Marcel van der Linden is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Senior Fellow of the International Institute of Social History. He is the founding President of the International Social History Association (2005), a founding member of the Association of Indian Labour Historians (1996), and editor or co-editor of a large number of scholarly journals in the field of social history. The University of Oslo awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2008. His books and articles have been translated into sixteen languages. Among his most important works are Transnational Labour History: Explorations (Aldershot, 2003; Spanish translation 2006), and Workers of the World. Essays toward a Global Labor History (Leiden, 2008; Portuguese/Brazilian translation 2014); and Beyond Marx. Theorising Global Labour Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Leiden, 2013).

The network includes, amongst others, the following scholars

At Delhi University, India: Shahid Amin, Chitra Joshi, Prabhu Mohapatra.

At the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal: Babacar Fall, Omar Gueye, Ibrahima Thioub.

At the East China Normal University, China: Bei Wenli, Feng Shaolei, Gu Hongliang.

At the Universidade de São Paulo, Brasilia: Rafael de Bivar Marquese, Peter R. Demant, R. Sean Purdy (and Lab Mundi—the center for global history at USP).