How has globalism changed from the time when camel caravans moved goods and cultures from one continent to another?
That’s the question Case Western Reserve University Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities hopes to answer during its yearlong discussion on “Globalism and Its Origins.”
The discussion launches with Arjun Appadurai, the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communications at New York University, as he delivers the keynote address during the 2010 Humanities Week celebration.
He will set the stage for the yearlong event by arguing that globalism has roots that stretch back in time. His free public talk, How New is Globalism: Reflections on the History of the Present begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 30, in the Wolstein Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road.
The contemporary social-cultural anthropologist is among the visionaries who framed the concept of what is known as globalism. He will discuss the extent to which the world has always been a place of faraway locations and distant times.
Additionally, he’ll assert the need for a new approach to the study of globalism—one that moves away from single factors, forces and causes and focuses instead on the idea that large-scale connectivity saturates the practices of everyday life.
Appadurai is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006, Duke University Press) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (1996, University of Minnesota Press; 1997, Oxford University Press, Delhi).
He is one of the founders of the Interdisciplinary Network on Globalization, a consortium of institutions in various parts of the world devoted to the study of global politics and culture.