The Nation State and Beyond: Governing Globalization Processes in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

The Nation State and Beyond: Governing Globalization Processes in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

Isabella Loehr, History Department, University of Heidelberg; Roland Wenzlhuemer, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", University of Heidelberg
Karl-Jaspers Centre
From - Until
03.12.2009 - 05.12.2009
Löhr, Isabella

Recent literature on globalization processes traces the global interconnection of groups, societies and regions back to the beginning of the 19th century. Due to the increasing density of social, economic, cultural and political interactions across national borders since the 19th century, contemporaries did not necessarily perceive national or state authorities as the main point of reference for social interaction. Rather, alternative spatial frames of reference were set up – economic, social, cultural, political or legal – that transgressed national boundaries on a regional, transnational or supranational level and became numerous and significant enough to have a formative influence on actors in culture, society and economics.


THURSDAY, 3 December 2009
16.00 – 16.15 Welcome
16.15 – 17.45 Keynote Speech
Madeleine Herren (University of Heidelberg): ‘They already exist…’ – Do They? Conjuring Global Networks

FRIDAY, 4 December 2009
09.15 – 12.15 Panel One – National Perspectives on Transnational Challenges
Chair: Katja Naumann (GWZO Leipzig)

Marco Platania (University of Frankfurt): Thinking to the Nation in a Global Perspective. From the ‘Free Trade Nation’ to the ‘Imperial Nation-State’, and back: The Fortunes and Problems of a Long-Living Pattern of Analysis”

James Casteel (Carleton University, Ottawa): “Exploring the Eastern Frontier of the Global Economy: German Observers of the Colonization and Development of Siberia 1905-1914”

Klaus Dittrich (University of Portsmouth): “Appropriation, Representation and Cooperation as Transnational Actions: The Example of Ferdinand Buisson”

13.30-17.00 Panel Two – Global Institutions and Transnational Networks
Chair: Monika Dommann (University of Basel)

Guido Thiemeyer (University of Kassel): “The Struggle for an International Bimetallic Monetary Union 1878-1900 and its Failure”

Simone Müller (Free University Berlin): “Beyond the Nations State? Cable Agents and the Global Media System on the North Atlantic, 1860-1915”

Tom Ewing (Virginia Tech University): “Connecting and Contesting the ‘Bonds of Empire’: The Eurasian Telegraph as a Transnational Instrument of Colonial Control and Political Mobilization”

Thies Schulze (University of Münster): “Nationalism and the Catholic Church: Papal Politics and ‘Nationalist’ Clergy in Border Regions”

SATURDAY, 5 December 2009
09.15 – 10.45 Panel Three – Migration and the Nation State
Chair: Antje Flüchter (University of Heidelberg)

Roberto Julio Decker (University of Leeds): “Tests ‘found so valuable in Australia’: White Settler Colonies and the Discourse on Immigration Restriction in the United States”

Gijsbert Oonk (Erasmus University Rotterdam): “Making States, Creating Strangers. Why Trading Minorities Cannot Become Natives”

11.00 – 12.30 Panel Four: National Traditions and Global Scientific Communities

Heather Ellis (Centre for British Studies Berlin): “National or Transnational? University Networks Between Britain and Germany in the 19th Century”

Jahnavi Phalkey (University of Heidelberg/ Imperial College London): “British India, Imperial History and its Global Scientific Communities”

12.30 – 13.00 Concluding Remarks
Peer Vries (University of Vienna)

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Isabella Loehr, Dr. des
Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg
Zentrum fuer Europaeische Geschichts- und
Kulturwissenschaften (ZEGK)
Historisches Seminar
Grabengasse 3-5
D-69117 Heidelberg
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