The unique geographic and temporal breadth of research at Leiden allows us to stimulate a shift from the classical Weberian mode of scholarly production that views historical development and modernization as emanating from Europe and the West to a multi-polar perspective that allows for more nuanced, connected and plural understandings of the world.
How does global change across time and space lead to convergence and loss of variation or increasing diversity and conflict?
Processes of globalization lead to convergence as well as divergence. Increasing globalization entails, in some periods and places, global homogenization, the rise of international institutions and conflict regulation, and a loss of cultural diversity. However, globalization also involves increasing differentiation, a growing awareness of diversity and otherness, and it may result in conflicts between encountering cultures representing different social values.
GI strives to cultivate research that includes:
Connections and comparisons between East, South, North and West
Interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary collaboration
Valorization through developing closer ties to Leiden museums
GI topics are concerned with studying:
Historicity of global interactions
Agency in processes of globalization
Assemblages resulting from global interactions
Current Themes supported by Global Interactions
Slavery and Labor Migration
Heritage and Diversity
Global Uses of Justice
While these areas represent particular thematic strengths of ongoing research at Leiden, they are not meant to define the limits and exclusive research interests of our group. Global Interactions is committed to remain open to any theme, topic or approach that enriches the study of various far-reaching and transformative interactions on a world scale.