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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1426: Beyond the 'Big Things of History': Humans, Their Networks, and Entanglements - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Cultural Disrupt
Organiser:Daniel Brown, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Brown, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Abstract

One of the ideas of who or what makes 'History' previously formed around the 'Big Characters' and 'Big Ideas', yet humans, the main actors of 'History', are part of a natural and social world - connected, entangled and part of many different networks, formal or informal. These may be networks of support, of power, of dependence relations, the exchange of intellectual property, or the trading of wares, shaped by and shaping geography. In this round table, we shall discuss the value of researching what is behind the 'Big Things of History' - humans, their entanglements with each other, and their networks.

Participants include Karl Christian Alvestad (Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge, Notodden), Philippa Byrne (University of Oxford), Johannes Waldschütz (Kreisarchiv, Landkreis Rottweil), and Katherine Weikert (University of Winchester).