From Mediterranean to global history in the modern age: a round-trip historiographic journey

29 November 2023. From 18:30 | Conference | Spanish | IEMed
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Since the last decades of the twentieth century, Global History emerged as a driving force in the international historiographic landscape. Its rise was understood as a direct threat for other historiographic approaches such as the so-called Mediterranean History. This presentation aims to show that the opposition between Global History and Mediterranean History is more apparent than real. Far more important, I will argue that both historical approaches could establish a fruitful debate whose main outcome is twofold: allowing Mediterranean History to transcend some of its circular debates; and helping Global History to address some of the criticisms it has recently received.

José Miguel Escribano Páez is a lecturer in Modern History in the Department of Geography, History and Philosophy at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville. He obtained a doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence, has done research stays in Paris, Lisbon and the Vatican, among others, and taught at universities in the United Kingdom and Spain. In his research he worked on the configuration of political spaces on the Ibero-Maghreb border or the changing relationship between political and religious border in the Mediterranean at the beginning of the 16th century. His current research focuses on the configuration of intercultural mechanisms of conflict resolution and violence containment on the global borders of the Iberian empires. The result of this line of research is his current project “On the Frontiers of Peace. Cross-cultural Peacebuilding on the Frontiers of the Iberian Empires (1500-1580)” in which, based on the study of a series of cases from Africa, America and Asia, he analyzes how peaceful interactions were reconstructed after episodes of intercultural violence in the framework of European expansion.

Session moderated by Jorge Luengo Sanchez, lecturer in History and coordinator of the master’s degree on World History, UPF, which coorganises the conference with the IEMed.

This conference takes place in English at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona.

It can also be followed on IEMed’s Youtube Channel.


José Miguel Escribano Páez

José Miguel Escribano Páez

Lecturer in Modern History Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville
Jorge Luengo Sanchez

Jorge Luengo Sanchez

Lecturer in History and coordinator of the master’s degree UPF

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