100 World Histories in 100 Words



Global History, Globally – this is the title of a book recently published. What is meant seems evident, but it is not that easy to realize. Challenges arise to make world or global history an inclusive discussion of many and to welcome the plurality of perspectives that are encompassing such an endeavour, which are as diverse as this world is in fact. Our project is more modest in scope than some of the universal histories in the field that can be found in libraries. We intend to collect 100 statements on what world and global history can mean and means in the daily practice of research and teaching. We invite colleagues from around the world to express their ideas in 100 words. One hundred histories in one hundred words – we call on everyone who is interested in contributing to this project to record a statement and send the video to us!

All statements will be published on our website in the next months and we hope to make the video and its commentaries a living resource of how people from around the globe understand world and global history. What is more, the videos will be turned into one film that will be launched at the research forum of NOGWHISTO at the XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences, held in August 2021 in Poznań (Poland).

Below you will find a list of contributors that we will keep updated over the course of the project. The diversity of the field will hopefully expand little by little. While research gaps are likely, please take any imbalances as an invitation to participate and to engage colleagues in the project.

We are looking forward to your participation!


Jie-Hyun Lim, Matthias Middell, Katja Naumann, Intaek Hong, Heeyun Cheong & Eva Ommert


Please find here the first recordings as examples for the project by

as of 16 June 2020


Guido Abbattista

University of Trieste (Italy)

R. Bin WongUniversity of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Christof DejungUniversity of Bern (Switzerland)
Michel EspagneCentre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris (France)
Toyin FalolaUniversity of Texas (USA)
Isabel HofmeyrUniversity of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Joseph E. InikoriUniversity of Rochester (United States)
Jin-A KangHanyang University, Seoul (South Korea)
Hodong KimSeoul National University (South Korea)
Jie-Hyun LimSogang University, Seoul (South Korea)
Matthias MiddellLeipzig University (Germany)
Shahin MustafayevAzerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku (Azerbaijan)
Katja Naumann

Leipzig University (Germany)

Diana Roig Sanz

Open University of Catalonia (Spain)

David SimoUniversity of Yaoundé (Cameroon)
Edoardo TortaroloUniversity of Eastern Piedmont (Italy)
Zsófia TuróczyLeipzig University (Germany)
Liem Vu DucHanoi Normal University (Vietnam)

As for the individual contributions, please record a video with a statement two minutes or approximately 100 words. We invite concise and engaging statements (beginning, for example, with “For me, global history means…”). The time/word limit is set in order to assure fairness among the participants and to give equal opportunity to express one’s own view.

You may use a video camera or even just your smartphone with a decent video recording quality (min. Full HD or ~2 million pixels; landscape format). You are, of course, also free to choose the language in which you record the video. We strongly encourage recordings in your native language. We would like to ask you, however, to hand in an extra text document including the original text as well as the English translation if the language is other than English.