Recent decades have seen the re-emergence and, on an unprecedented scale, the further development of various interacting strands of world, global and transnational history, all shar­ing the common aim of transcending national historiographies. Central to these intellectual enterprises has been the study of connections and compari­sons. These perspectives provide for sustained re­flection on a great variety of themes and studies. Under the framework of “Connections and Comparisons” about 100 panels presented new findings on research topics, including the following:

  • Entanglements between polities, societies, communities and individuals situated in, or spanning, different regions of the world
  • Interactions between humanity and the environ­ment, including those which developed over the very long term, through the cultural and economic histories of material and social life
  • Histories of empires, large-scale crises, interna­tional organisations, and the intercontinental sources and consequences of revolutions, whether political, technological, social or ideological
  • Exchanges on oceans as spaces of sustained interaction between communities from different continents, the experience and consequences of migration, periods of ‘de-globalisation’ and ‘globalisation’

Not least, this included a critical reflection on the methodological and conceptual issues involved in comparative, transnational and entangled histories: both in general terms as well as in relation to specific areas of historical inquiry, from religions to real wages and from diasporas to epistemic communities.

The common emphasis was a commitment to tran­scend national historiographies and explore different approaches to wide-ranging comparisons.

The programme of the congress can be downloaded here.