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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40225 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 1.122

Course Description

How can we represent social change in ways that recenter nation-bound narratives and transcend the limitations of parochial historiographies? How can we connect the results of our research to the concerns of other scholarly disciplines and address multicultural international publics? This seminar provides a forum for approaching these challenges. It explores attempts, both classic and very recent, to conceptualize global history and the processes now known as globalization. It likewise explores their persistent difficulties, such as Eurocentrism, narcissistic teleologies, and premature totalization of partial conclusions. The goal is to give seminar members a place to apply transnational and global approaches to their own research agendas. We also consider the work of several UT historians, who will be invited to visit to discuss their approaches to the subject.

The moment is opportune for historians. As a field of research, transnational history, grounded in specific regional and thematic expertise, is the growth edge of the discipline. University faculties increasingly seek fellow scholars who can offer credible research and teaching approaches to global history and global studies. This seminar mixes studies of method, context, and case studies, adapted to mesh with participants' interests. Interested students are encouraged to email me before the start of the semester at, to introduce your specific research interests. May be taken as either a reading or a research seminar.


Among the topics and texts to be discussed in one or more weeks are: • Spaces of flows; approaches to global history. Texts: selections from Manuel Castells' Information Age trilogy + TBA. • Pretensions of global governance; the crisis of the 1980s and 1990s in Latin America, Africa, and Eurasia in historical context. Texts: Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents + TBA • Globalization boom in the late 19th-century? Or globalization holocaust? Texts: Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts + TBA. • Cultural globalization, hegemony, countercultures, anti-globalization. • Early modern globalization: a Eurocentric process? • Classic theories; structure and conjuncture. • Globalization and labor: slavery, labor migration, labor regimes. • Globalization, postcoloniality, and postmodernity. • Global resource and ecological questions; the "earth system" and the “world system.” Plus other topics and readings, variable according to student interest.


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