How to write a nation’s history in a global age? For two decades, calls have been made in the academia to "denationalize" history and open larger perspectives. Global and transnational historians have highlighted the numerous connections, circulations, and exchanges that were long overlooked in classical national narratives. Still, nation-states, boundaries and sovereignty, haven’t disappeared with globalization, on the contrary.
Published in 2017, Histoire mondiale de la France (translated in english as France in the World. A New Global History, Other Press, 2019) brought together more than 120 historians to offer a new history of France, open to connections, wider spaces, and plural voices, without forgetting the many conflicts and power relations that have shaped the nation-building process. Building on previous endeavours to "transnationalize" US, German and other national histories, this bestselling book triggered a vivid, and sometimes harsh, debate within French public sphere.
Is it possible to write the history of a nation without relying on the traditional myths and clichés that some people want to restore when defending the "roman national"? What kind of narrative do we offer when we take seriously the longue durée approach, the role of migrations, empires and global flows in the construction of a nation? This also raises a debate about the public role of historians and their ability to counter the resurgence of nationalist discourses all over Europe and the world.
All participants are also cordially invited to attend the lecture by Nicolas Delalande at the colloquium "History of the 19th to 21st Centuries" on the topic "United against Capital. European Workers and the Practice of Transnational Labour Solidarity (c. 1860 - 1914)" on 30 November 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, in Seminar Room 1 of the Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, 4051 Basel.
Tuesday, 1.12.2020, 9.30 am - 1:30 pm
Europainstitut, Riehenstrasse 154, 4058 Basel, Seminarraum Pavillion 2
Please register via this form no later than 22 November 2020.