23 August 2022

New book:

Global Biographies. Lived History as Method

Over several workshops, Laura Almagor (University of Sheffield), Haakon A. Ikonomou (University of Copenhagen) and Gunvor Simonsen (University of Copenhagen) have brought together historians of empire, diaspora and international organizations to develop new biographical approaches to global history. The publication springs out of a collaboration between CEMES, University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, IN THE SAME SEA (ERC), and Central European University (Budapest/Wien).

'Global biographies' provides an advanced and comprehensive analytical framework for historians to use biography as a method to write global history. Moving beyond the state-of-the-art, the volume defines and operationalises three uniquely tailored approaches to global biographies: 'time and periodisation', 'exceptional normal' and 'space and scales'. From Icelandic communists and Jewish medical students, via Zambian Third Worldism and Albanian nationalism, to the Black/White Atlantic and Australian internationalists, the volume tests the prospects and pitfalls of the approaches it launches.

Global Biographies. Lived History as Method (Manchester University Press, 2022)