(Dis)entangling Global Early Modernities, 1300–1800 (RBS-Mellon Symposium)

Date: 24 March 2017
Time: 8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, Harvard University
Presented by: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School, Harvard Asia Center, Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard Center for African Studies, Harvard History Department, Harvard Early Modern History Workshop, Harvard Medieval Studies Committee, Harvard Center for History and Economics, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

This conference proposes a new concept—“(dis)entanglement”—in order to provide alternative narratives of the early modern world, 1300–1800. Recent scholarship has emphasized the integrative nature of economic, material, and religious developments. In contrast, we will examine what the “global” could mean in intellectual and cultural interactions in terms of both integration and disintegration across multiple continents and oceans. Our conference participants will explore how the notion of “(dis)entanglement” allows us to evoke a polycentric early modern world that is simultaneously connecting and disconnecting.

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