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Global History Research Cluster (GHRC)

How have the circulation of people, commodities and ideas shaped our world throughout time? The Global History Research Cluster analyzes such global flows and networks from a long-term historical perspective. Our research seeks to explain the ways in which these networks and flows have influenced the everyday lives of people, their identities and ideas, and how they have set commodities and their meanings in motion.

Researchers in the GHRC draw inspiration from socio-economic history and cultural anthropology. They all study transnational and global developments from a bottom-up perspective: from the Caribbean to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. They discuss the extent to which modes of knowledge production, notions of identity and heritage, racial and religious categories, in these regions have changed throughout history.

Global histories often illuminate contemporary issues in surprising and productive ways, and we consider participation in public debates and public outreach a vital part of our academic work. Our innovative and multidisciplinary approach has resulted in numerous national and international grants. These grants have enabled us to publish widely on these topics, both for a scientific and a general audience.

The Global History Research Cluster conducts research and propagates education on global history (1500-present) and has a strong commitment to public outreach and academic interaction.