Crossing Intellectual, Institutional
and International Borders: Strengthening Area Studies through World History
|This project is a joint effort of the
American Historical Association (AHA),
Community College Humanities Association
(CCHA) and the Library of Congress (LC)
with the support of the Ford Foundation
and in cooperation with the African Studies Association, Association for Asian
Studies, Latin American Studies Association, Conference on Latin American
History, Middle East Studies Association and World History
Association. The overall aim of the project is to use
the discipline of history--particularly world history--to stimulate new
ways of thinking about area studies.
Phase I was a three-week summer
seminar for community college faculty held at the
Library of Congress in July 1999. Seminar participants attended workshops conducted
by leading scholars in fields as diverse as cross-cultural trade, migration
and diaspora, and democratization and civil society. They also
conducted an original research project related to their college teaching
and to curriculum development. In the academic year following the
seminar, participants have been carrying out a variety of on-campus and national dissemination
activities assisted by CCHA and AHA.
Phase II will be a conference
(Interactions: Regional Studies, Global Proceses and Historical Analysis) to discuss
the latest research on how transnational and transregional processes affect
world history and to explore how those findings can be brought to bear
on teaching. Specifically, the conference, which will take place 1-3 March 2001,
will explore how new approaches
to area studies research can be used to create a more coherent approach
to the teaching of world history. Several summer seminar participants
will attend, along with other invited scholars. The conference
is scheduled for spring 2001. There will also be a range of follow-up
activities, including panel sessions at annual meetings and publication
of conference papers in journals of the participating organizations.
Funding for this project is provided by
the Ford Foundation.
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