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Transnationalising the Humanities

We live in an entangled world in which the local, regional, national and global are interconnected through
intricate networks and loops of exchange. The analysis of the multidirectional movement of people, languages, ideas, knowledge, and things requires innovative methodological perspectives that are capable of capturing all kinds of spatial and temporal practices. Transnationalism is often associated with an emancipatory politics of resistance as manifest in hybrid or creolized communities which often engender forms of agency that ‘deterritorialize the nation state’.

On the other hand, the history of transnational exchange and contact also includes the history of empires, warfare, colonisation, slavery, the global exploitation of natural resources, and climate change. In the light of this intrinsic tension, the research strand on Transnationalising the Humanities explores methodological issues alongside specific case studies of transnational and transcultural practices, both from historical and contemporary perspectives.

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