The aim of this event is to explore what
thinking, teaching and researching ‘globally’ entails for scholars across
different fields. ‘World’ studies in art history, literature, music, philosophy,
as well as in many numerous other fields, have generated much debate about the
methodological and theoretical implications of the ‘global turn’ of recent
scholarship. In bringing together scholars from different fields, the aim of
this informal event is to discuss the problems and possibilities of ‘world’
studies as our disciplines are shaped by and adapt to the global circumstances
in which they are practiced and taught. Challenges to national schools and
divisions, the continued, but by no means unproblematic, importance of the
study of ‘regions’ and the questions raised about a monolithic or universalist
conception of the ‘world’ make this a lively, often contentious, but vitally
important area for debate. How do we formulate conceptions of our research,
pedagogy and disciplines more broadly which do not simply ‘go global’ but which
retain a sense of the fractured, asymmetrical and complex circulations of
ideas, people, materials, goods and objects which have shaped the modern world?
How can we conceive of projects which look across cultural boundaries but which
are grounded in particular ways of looking, writing, producing and thinking?
There will be a couple of set readings
and plenty of wine to help get the conversation
Whitney Davis 'Worlds Without Art' (PDF , 439kb)
We will also discuss possible future events, conferences and research
collaborations for the Cultures of the
Global research strand for 2011-2012.