Posted on 08/09/2010
The Department is pleased to announce that Prof Sandra Halperin, Dr Yasmin Khan and Dr Steffi Ortmann (a former Teaching Fellow in the Department, now a Lecturer in International Relations at Sussex University) have been awarded £228,277 from the Leverhulme Trust for research on 'Global development: the role of trans-local elites in Afro-Eurasia.'
A growing number of specialists of non-western regions appear to be converging on the conviction that all parts of the world were closely interconnected from a very early stage onwards, and that an understanding of any one region therefore requires that we study its inter-exchange with other regions. This three year project will attempt to suggest how—conceptually, theoretically, empirically—this insight can contribute to our understanding of regional and global development. The project brings together three investigators who will produce a set of closely-related studies on transitions in different regions of the world. They begin with the conviction that the structure of social power in different regions of the world is dependent on trans-local/cross-regional connections, and that this is not a new development, but has characterised global development throughout modern history. Consequently, their aim is to make visible a horizontal set of connections, relations and processes that much regional and national historiography and social science tends to obscure. They will pursue this aim by focussing on key periods of transition and supposed disjuncture in different regions of Afro-Eurasia during the twentieth century, and exploring how they were shaped by, and worked to extend and reproduce, a trans-local/cross-regional structure of power.