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Nation-states and Modern Globalization

Donnerstag 2. Mai 2019, 18:00 Uhr – 20:00 Uhr

CITAS Conference Keynote Lecture by Matthias Middell

Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell, professor of cultural history, director of both the Global and European Studies Institute and the Graduate School Global and Area Studies at Leipzig University, will discuss how globalization has led to new modes of spatializing the world beyond the opposition of the global and national.

The opposition between nation-state building and globalization is a central feature of a certain understanding of globalization that became dominant in the 1990s. The underlying assumption that globalization is a rather recent process that replaces a world of nation-states has been disputed by global historians from various angles. But only very recently the ideology of “globalization” meets with growing skepticism also in political discourses and the general public. One can even state that an era of exaggerated optimism for global integration has been replaced by an era of doubt and a quest for a return to particularistic sovereignty. However, processes of global integration have not dissipated and the rejection of “globalization” as ideology has not diminished the need to make sense both of the actually existing high level of interdependence and the ideology that gave meaning and justification to it.
Against this background the presentation will focus on an understanding of modern globalization as a bundle of projects aiming at a respatialization of the world. This includes a series of spatial formats, among them the nation-state in its many variants that became a central feature in the globally more and more connected and interdependent world already from the 19th century onwards. This may serve also as a framework for the interpretation of current transformations of such projects that put protectionist strategies at the centre.

Bio:
Matthias Middell, professor of cultural history at Leipzig University, earned his PhD in 1989 with a study on French counter-revolution at the end of the 18th century. His habilitation (2002) dealt with World History writing during the 20th century.
He is director of both the Global and European Studies Institute and the Graduate School Global and Area Studies at Leipzig University. As director of Leipzig University’s Centre for Global and Area Studies he coordinates the work of various institutes and research units dealing with individual world regions in a larger research programme devoted to the analysis of different projects of globalization.
In 2007 he was the Fulbright Distinguished Professor in Transnational History at Duke University and in 2011 a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Since 2015 is a member of the Board of the Comité International des Sciences Historiques.
Since 1991 he serves as editor of the Comparativ. Journal of Global History.
His main research interests include global and transregional histories with emphasis on spatial configurations; the history of revolutions and the history of intercultural transfers as well as the history of historiography in the 19th and 20th century.

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