GHC Summer Schools

2018: Paris

GHC  Paris Summer School, Monday June the 18 –Saturday June the 23rd.


Venue: EHESS. 54 Bd Raspail 75006 Paris

Room A 06-37


Venue for all the sessions :

54 bd Raspail 75006

Room A 06-37

(sixth floor, you see a room just in front of the elevators. Entry on the right door (from the elevators) then left.



Monday morning 9:30-11:45


Decolonization Narratives.

Marc Elie, Paris

Masashi Haneda, Tokyo



Monday afternoon


Miloš Vojinović, Berlin, Undesidered Migration: the Round Table, State Prerogatives and peopling of the British Empire.

Shi Zhiqiang, University of Tokyo, Legal pluralism and the Qing Empire: a focus on Northeast China


Eleonore Chanlat, EHESS, The uncertainties of Indian finance and famine relief: an imperial debate ? (1877-1910s)



Dinner 20 h: Les éditeurs, 4 carrefour de l’Odéon,  75006 Paris





Morning 9:30-11:45  Panel 2 seniors

Xavier Paules

Natasha Wheatley




Tuesday afternoon  14-17 students

Wang Wenlu, University of Tokyo, Translating Christianity into Asia: Chinese Catholic Catechisms of the 17th Century

Daniel Kolland, Berlin, Doing Modernity — Or « How to Launch an Illustrated Journal ».

Caitlin Harvey, Princeton, University Boosterism in the British World, 1850-1914.


Dinner, 20h

Le parc au cerfs, 50, rue Vavin, 75006 Paris,2.3287478,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x7319c42bead6d447!8m2!3d48.8427523!4d2.3287478




Wednesday morning: students

Seyni Alice Gueye, EHESS, To be Portuguese in Macao in the seventeenth century (ca. 1620-1660)

Miles Macallister Princeton, A Pacific Crisis, Solved in Paris: the 1893 Fur Seal Arbitration



Wednesday afternoon: meeting of the organizers




Thursday morning

9:30-11:45 Panel 3 seniors. framing time of the Global.

Alessandro Stanziani

Matthew Karp

Thursday afternoon: students 14-17

Gabriela Goldin, Paris, 18th century antiquarianism between Mexico and Rome

Vincent Huang, University of Tokyo, The Production of Colonial Spatial Knowledge: a Case Study on Imperial Japan


Leonie Wolters, Berlin, The Making of a Global Intellectual: Otherness as Cultural Capital 1900 – 1950




Dinner 20 h

La Chantairelle, 17 rue Laplace 75005 Paris





Friday morning: students  9:30-11:45

Yorim Spoelder, Berlin, Transcolonial Knowledge Networks and the ‘Discovery’ of Greater India

Niharika Yadav, Princeton, Indian socialism in the 20th century.


Friday afternoon : students

Jessica R. Mack, Princeton, The development of Mexico’s UNAM in global context, 1920-1975.

Albertine Duprat, EHESS, Aluminum everywhere ? An environmental history of Aluminum Company of America.

Asada Rei, University of Tokyo, A balancing act: rural development without urbanization, case of Sri Lanka





Saturday morning

Musée de l’homme, 10 h.

metro Trocadéro




2017: Berlin


GHC Summer School, Berlin

September 03 – 10, 2017

Draft Program

Sunday, September 3rd

Arrival of participants

7 p.m. Welcome reception at re:work

Monday, September 4th

9.30 a.m. Opening

10 a.m. Yuki Terada, The Establishment and Evolution of Museums in Iran

(Discussant: Susanne A. Schmidt)

11 a.m. Mengfei Pan, The Meiji “Art” that Crossed Boundaries: A Study of

Asahi Gyokuzan’s Life and Works

(Discussant: Yaruipam Muivah)

12 a.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Rob Konkel, Creating a Global Economy: (Un-)Cooperative

Internationalism, Technocratic Global Capitalism, and the Making of

the Modern World, 1919-1939

(Discussant: Federico Del Giudice)

3 p.m. Christoph Plath, Reframing Human Rights. Collective Rights, the New

Economic Order and the Legacy of Third-Worldism

(Discussant: Pablo Pryluka)

4 p.m. Coffee

5 p.m. Guided tour of the Holocaust Memorial

7.30 p.m. Dinner

Tuesday, September 5th

10 a.m. Yufei Zhou, Imagining the Self with the Other’s Voices: Karl August

Wittfogel and East Asia

(Discussant: Disha Karnad Jani)

11 a.m. Susanne A. Schmidt, The Midlife Crisis, Gender, and Social Sciences in

the United States, 1970-90

(Discussant: Mengfei Pan)

12 a.m. Lunch in a nearby restaurant

2 p.m. Yorim Spoelder, Staging the Nation Beyond the Raj: Visions of

Greater India, the Discourse of Civilization and Nationalist

Imagination (1905-1964)

(Discussant: Yufei Zhou)

3 p.m. Disha Karnad Jani, “A People Gets the Kind of Leader It Deserves”:

M.N. Roy and the Problem of Freedom

(Discussant: Eléonore Chanlat-Bernard)

4 p.m. Coffee break

4.30 p.m. Global history already on decline? (Discussion of Jeremy Adelman,

What is Global History Now?)

7 p.m. Dinner

Wednesday, September 6th

10 a.m. Shohei Okubo, The Trade, Distribution and Consumption of South

Asian Products in the Eighteenth Century Malay-Indonesian


(Discussant: Devika Shankar)

11 a.m. Pablo Pryluka, Consumption and Advertising: A Genealogy of Anti-

Consumerism in Argentina from a Global Perspective

(Discussant: Fabian Steininger)

12 a.m. Lunch

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Internal meeting GHC coordinators

3.30 p.m – 5 p.m. Guided tour of the Boros Collection, followed by dinner

Thursday, September 7th

9 a.m. Devika Shankar, Slippery Sovereignties: The Princely States of

Malabar and the Development of British Cochin, 1800-1920

(Discussant: Yorim Spoelder)

10 a.m. Eléonore Chanlat-Bernard, An Imperial History of Welfare between

Britain and Colonial India (c.1870s-1940s)

(Discussant: Shohei Okubo)

11 a.m. Coffee break

11.30 a.m. Federico Del Giudice, Migration, Labour and Welfare: The Case of the

Italian Workforce in France During the Interwar Period

(Discussant: Rob Konkel)

12.30 p.m. Lunch

Free afternoon & evening

Friday, September 8th

10 a.m. Yaruipam Muivah, Servitude and Abolition in Colonial North-East

India, 1881-1930

(Discussant: Christoph Plath)

11 a.m. Fabian Steininger, Mass Violence against Istanbul Armenians in

August 1896

(Discussant: Yuki Terada)

12 a.m. Lunch

1.30 p.m. Roundtable: National Narratives of global integration

4 p.m. END

Saturday, September 9th

Excursion to Potsdam

Sunday, September 10th

Departure of participants


The 2016 Summer seminar will take place in Princeton, on May 7-15, 2016


  • GHC (Global History Collaborative) First Annual Summer School – September 7-13, 2015 – Tokyo

    Overall Title: The Question of Scale in Global History

    Concept and Objective:
    In global history studies that are not entrenched in the conventional frameworks of historical research, it is important to keep three “scales” in mind. These are the temporal scale, spatial scale and the scale of the subject.

    What is the appropriate time scale for discussing a specific research topic? The time scale can range from the entire history of the universe or the Earth, and thus from an emphasis on the very longue durée, to events and specific moments, and thus to a focus on the synchronicity. Every topic can be studied using different temporal frames depending on the questions we ask. What scale is the most appropriate for our own topic and questions? How should the periodization used in national or regional histories be treated in global history? Is a different periodization needed in global history?

    The question of what is the appropriate spatial scale for discussing a specific research topic is also a challenging one. The spatial scale can range from the entire Earth or regions of the Earth to villages or towns. Global history, by definition, should be concerned with the “world.” But, the scale of the “world” varies. Sometimes, one can see the world in an island, or a person, or an institution. Sometimes, it is planetary. Sometimes, a single unit can cross scales from the micro to the macro levels. Indeed, one important turn in global history has been towards tracking subjects across a variety of scales to overcome the dichotomous tendency to go global for “context” or go local for “detail”. As far as issues of space are concerned, it is helpful to differentiate between units and scales. Within the field of global history, historians have begun to explore alternative spaces beyond the nation states, ranging from oceans and large regions to networks and to micro-histories. But, whatever the unit of enquiry, historians can relate their unit of analysis to a variety of scales: local, national, regional, trans-oceanic, global. What are the advantages of opting for specific analysis of units? What are the effects of referencing multiple scales? To what extent do we locate causality on a global scale?

    Furthermore, what is the appropriate scale of the subject being studied in a given research project? The subject of research can range from plants, animals, or individual or groups of people to the Earth as whole. It is possible to seek historical understanding and descriptions of a wide variety of subjects. Accordingly, the methods for understanding and writing historical narratives will inevitably differ by scale of the subject.

    The question of scale is closely linked to the question of what the researcher wants to elucidate. In that sense, the question of scale is a shared concern for all global history researchers, irrespective of their specific research themes.

    The objective of the summer school is to enable participants to gain new insight and knowledge and to produce high-level research through the exchange of ideas and information related to their individual research topics while paying sufficient attention to these three “scales.”

    Faculty members of GHC institutions will attend the school to and discuss with students.

    Dates: September 7 (Monday) to 13 (Sunday), 2015

    Sep.7 to 9: The University of Tokyo, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
    Sep.10, 11: Hokkaido University
    Sep.12, 13: Excursion. Visiting historical sites related to scale issues of global history in Hokkaido

    Faculty members expected to attend the school:
    Andreas Eckert (Berlin-Humboldt University)
    Sebastian Conrad (Berlin Free University)
    Antonella Romano (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
    Alessandro Stanziani (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
    Silvia Sebastiani (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
    Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University)
    Haneda Masashi (The University of Tokyo)
    Kuroda Akinobu (The University of Tokyo)



    Further information and Contact:
    GHC summer school program office: