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Histoire globale des techniques

  • Aleksandra Kobiljski, chargée de recherche au CNRS ( CCJ-CRJ )

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1er vendredi du mois de 16 h à 19 h (salle A07_51, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris), du 2 novembre 2018 au 7 juin 2019

This course will explore the landscape of the practice of the global history of technology. With no ambition of exhaustivity, this course will offer a 2-in-1 survey of the current approaches to "technology" in the practice of global history and "global" in the practice of history of technology.

In the history of technology, the "global turn" - expanding the geographical scale of the inquiry - proved to be a potent way of moving away from Europe as the sole framework for any global account and making place for the history of global connections, rather than broad-brush comparisons. On the other hand, escalating the scale raises as many questions as it answers and comes with a range of conceptual challenges and methodological pitfalls.

Since its emergence in the late 1990s, global history has been a site for reframing the core questions of economic and industrial history. Following early modern global commodities - many of which are technical objects or industrial products - has proven to be a fertile ground for the convergence of the global and history of technology.

Taking stock of this convergence, this course will probe the stakes of producing global technology stories. To date, stories from Africa and Asia have challenged not only chronologies and notions of innovation but also destabilized narrow visions of what "technology" was at a particular time and place.

History of technology, as a field, is committed to seeing technology as a critical site for the enactment of the historical orders. Its confidence in the unity of its object of study is virtually unshaken. One of the key questions thus is what happens when, as the lens widens and scale expands, the object of inquiry changes shape and unsettles some of the basic assumptions of the field?

Suivi et validation pour le master : Bi/mensuel annuel (24 h = 6 ECTS)

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Adresse(s) électronique(s) de contact : aleksandra.kobiljski(at)ehess.fr

Dernière modification de cette fiche par le service des enseignements (sg12@ehess.fr) : 30 juillet 2018.

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