Contested narratives of the global

In June 2016, academics from Sciences Po, Princeton and Oxford (among others) got together at Sciences Po for a workshop entitled “Contested narratives of the global”. This was the first stage of a research project whose primary purpose is to expose the diversity of narratives of the global and to examine the nature of the contestation between and among them.

This project, jointly conducted by Sciences Po, Princeton and the University of Oxford, will examine how different parts of the world have understood the global. Researchers want to rethink the impact of Western globalisation and the spread of the Western “idea of the global”, and to excavate the narratives that are told about how different regions, states and societies “fit into” the global.

It will bring together History, Area Studies and International Relations and seek to strike a balance between the historical and the analytical.

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