Regionalizing the Globe: An Experiment with Senegambia, Kunming, and a Bend in the Ganges
Princeton University: April 19-20
This conference will rethink the emergence of globality by exploring the ways in which our contemporary world was not produced by a linear and bilateral connection between imperial nation-states and their colonial possessions by way of modernization. Rather than move from the metropole to the colonies, we begin at the “periphery” – in Chandernagor, India – and radiate out immediately to St. Louis, Senegal, and Kunming, China. Presentations and discussion will explore new lines of research into rethinking the history of globalization, independent of older area studies boundaries; and new kinds of intellectual and institutional connections across numerous national, linguistic, and disciplinary frontiers.