Monday, December 9, 2013

Globalization East


Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH): “Globalization East”

June 23-26, 2014 University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsors: World History Center (, Global
Studies Center (, Humanities Center (,

Each year beginning in 2010, the Flying University of Transnational
Humanities (FUTH) has gathered graduate students and young scholars in the
humanities and social sciences for a summer school centering on
presentations by leading scholars and sharing of information and
perspectives by all present. The Flying University of Transnational
Humanities, based at Hanyang University, Seoul, was brought into existence
through the energies of Professor Jie-Hyun Lim, director of the Research
Institute for Comparative History and Culture.

During the week of June 23-26, the University of Pittsburgh will host the
2014 FUTH meeting, with the theme “Globalization East.” The summer school
will address contemporary and past globalization in its socio-economic and
cultural dimensions. It centers on “the East” – the various regions of Asia
– in two ways. First, it focuses on the nature and impact of globalization
in the East, present and past, tracing the nature of globalization in the
region of densest population. Second, it focuses on the impact of Eastern
processes of globalization on other regions in the world, notably Europe,
the Americas, and Africa.

The program is to include lectures, discussions, and panels of papers
presented by participants. Distinguished speakers include Edmund Burke III
(Univ. Cal-Santa Cruz), Patrick Manning (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Rila
Mukherjee (Hyderabad Univ.), Naoki Sakai (Cornell Univ.), Joanna
Waley-Cohen (New York Univ.-Shanghai), and Christine Yano (Univ. of
Hawai’i). FUTH 2014 will include up to 40 participants from around the
world. Conference facilities, including food and lodging, are on campus at
the university.

We invite applications from graduate students and junior scholars in all
disciplines. Prospective participants should send proposals that include a
title, a 500-word abstract, a short (2-page) CV, names of two referees to by Feb 28, 2014.  Proposals should include a clear
topic and may include methods, temporal organization, and reference to any
links between the proposal and broader global, historical, and especially
interdisciplinary approaches and questions. Participants will be selected
for paper presentations or as discussants in transdisciplinary workshops.
Those admitted will be notified in mid-March.

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