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Faire l'Europe. Les origines globales du monde ancien

Making Europe. The Global Origins of the Old World

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Publié le vendredi 16 avril 2010 par Karim Hammou


In recent years, a new specter is haunting Europe - the explosion of writings on the history of the continent. These works all advocate an internalist view of Europe that explains Europe - its successes, its failures and its tragedies - largely out of itself, a perspective that contrasts Europe starkly to its Others. Making Europe will offer one of the first sustained critiques of that vision by investigating the economic, cultural, ideological, scientific, and political connections of Europe (and, especially, its regions) to the rest of the world.


This conference, and the volume that will result from it, will argue, in contrast to much of the existing literature, that much of what is allegedly distinctly "European" is the result of interactions between particular European regions and other parts of the world. It will show that the efforts to write a history of Europe confined to its own ill-defined boundaries might serve particular political needs of the contemporary moment, but is, in fact, historically inaccurate.


Friday, May 28, 2010

10-10:15         Welcome

  • Sven Beckert
  • Dominic Sachsenmaier
  • Julia Seibert

10:15-12:15    Economic Development; Science

Chair: Ibrahima Thioub, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

  • Aditya Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India: "Colonial      India in the World Economy and the Shaping of the Modern British
  • Marcel Ngandu Mutombo, University of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo: “La Dépendance de la Belgique du Congo”
  • Ken Pomeranz, University of California, Irvine, USA: "A New World of Growth: European Industrialization in Global ContextEconomy"
  • Pratik Chakrabarti, University of Kent, UK: “Globalization, Science and the History of Conquest: The Non-West and the making of Western Sciene.”

Comment: Marcel van der Linden, Institute for Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 – 4 PM         State Formation

Chair: Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

  • Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University, USA: “The Extra-European Origins of European Revolutions”
  • Eric D. Weitz, University of Minnesota, USA, “Imperial Governance and the Shaping of the Modern European State System”
  • Lim Jie-Hyun, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea: “The Impact of Colonialism on European Forms of Mass Dictatorship” 

Comment: Mridula Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India 

6 PM               Keynote Address 

  • Enrique Dussel, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico, “Modern Europe in World History: A Non-Eurocentric Interpretation” 

Saturday, May 29, 2010  

9.00 - 11:00 AM Ideas and Political Cultures

Chair: Mridula Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

  • Selcuk Esenbel, Bogazici University, Turkey: “The Global Dimensions of European Nationhood”
  • Lamin Sanneh, Yale University, USA: “The Papacy and Lessons from Africa: Gray’s Anatomy of Christianity”
  • Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, USA: “Making Subjects: The Role of Colonialism in European Mass-Education Programs”

Comment: David Simo, Université de Yaoundé, Cameroon

11:15 – 1:15    Society and Culture

Chair: David Simo, Université de Yaoundé, Cameroon

  • Marcel van der Linden, Institute for Social History, Netherlands, “Outside In: How Colonial Managers and Workers Shaped European Labor Relations”
  • Jürgen Osterhammel, University of Constance, Germany, “Global Horizons of European Music-Making, 17th to Early 20th Century”
  • Naomi Davidson, University of Ottawa, Canada, “Colonial Islams, Metropolitan Islams: Secularism and the Nation in France and Britain?”
  • Jorge Liernur, Centro de Estudios de Arquitectura Contemporánea de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina, “The Extra-European Origins of European Modernism.“

Comment: Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, USA

2:30 PM          Concluding Discussion

3:30 PM          End of conference



  • Albertstr. 19
    Fribourg-en-Brisgau, Allemagne


  • jeudi 27 mai 2010
  • samedi 29 mai 2010


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  • Alma Melchers
    courriel : europe [at] frias [dot] uni-freiburg [dot] de

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    courriel : Laetitialenel [at] aol [dot] com

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