News from Jan 31, 2019
The journal "Esboços: histories in global contexts" has published a Call for Papers for a special edition titled "All history is connected history?"
Submission deadline: February 25, 2019, Publication: vol. 26, no. 42 (May-Aug 2019).
Please see the release below:
The growing bibliography on global history chose as one of its main critical targets the so-called ‘methodological internalism’. Such posture would be based, according to global historians, on the overvaluation of internal factors of the units of analysis chosen for the explanation and interpretation of the historical processes. These units of analysis vary from the nation-state, the basis for the recurrent ‘methodological nationalism’, to ethnic communities, civilizations, empires regions, among others.
As a counterpoint, critics of global history argue that an emphasis on connections and integration processes produces histories with no boundaries, restating globalist ideologies such as the harmonious ‘global village’, where ideas, people and goods would flow through changing networks – an ideology particularly artificial when observed from the southern hemisphere. The defense of traditional units of analysis (above all, the nation-state) and their internal factors would, thus, represent a critical response to globalist ideology underlying global history approaches, condemned from its own conception.
The responses of global historians are varied, but, in general, they point out to the incorporation of the frontiers as a fundamental part of the integration processes. Far from eliminating the boundaries in favor of the flows, the processes of integration and connection would also promote the reconfiguration of the frontiers. Therefore, an emphasis on the connections relocates the problem of the units of analysis in new terms: nation-states, empires, regions or ethnic communities define their boundaries in broader contexts of contact and intersections in diverse frontiers. If not presupposed, boundaries and frontiers cease to be foundations of historicity to also become components of historical issues, discussed in relation to concrete processes that both surpass and guide them.
We would like to invite researchers to reflect upon the relevance of the ‘methodological internalism critique’ produced by global history approaches. The title’s provocative tone – Is all history connected history? – instead of pointing to a univocal answer, tries to challenge the naturality in which connected and disconnected histories could be based.
All papers will be submitted to double-blind peer review.
The author instructions and paper submission information can be found at https://bit.ly/2sUIyBV