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Date: May 05, 2019

Dependency Workshop Series 2019


Dependency Workshop Series 2019


Workshop 2 - Structure, Agency and Practices.

Date: 25 June 2019

Time: 10:00-12:00

Place: Genscherallee 2


How can we study the role of the "dependent"? For many, the answer is to use the concept of agency, which is central to the BCDSS. The second workshop in the "Dependency Workshop Series" will therefore look at the concept and use of agency and the related concepts of structure and practices. Particular focus will be on the relationship between them.



·      Hans Medick, “‘Missionaries in the Rowboat’? Ethnological ways of knowing as a challenge to social history”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 29, 1 (Jan. 1987), pp. 76-98.

·      Walter Johnson (2003), "On Agency", Journal of Social History 37:1, pp. 113-24.

·      I. Hodder, Agency and individuals in long-term processes. In M.-A. Dobres & J. E. Robb, eds. Agency in Archaeology. London and New York: Routledge, 2000, pp. 21–33 (esp. the introduction).

·      Cluster application, section “Agency and interagency: contributing to a new social history approach (2)”, pp. 17-18.



Workshop 3. - The spatiality of dependency

Date: 24 September 2019

Time: 10:00-12:00

Place: To be confirmed


In the study of the production and reproduction of dependency, the key methodological issue emerges regarding the ways “the local” and “the global” are understood, combined and constructed. The third workshop in the “Dependency Workshop Series” addresses several related questions, among others: How can the standard local/global divide be overcome? Is “scale” an appropriate analytical tool to this end? How can we concretely ground large historical processes (including dependency) in specific places and connections? How do flows of individuals, objects, ideas and practices impact on the production of large historical processes? Underlying these questions, the epistemological issue emerges of the circumstances under which global history and microhistory can be combined.



·      Francesca Trivellato, “Is There a Future for Italian Microhistory in the Age of Global History?”, California Italian Studies, 2, 1 (2011):

·      John-Paul Ghobrial, “The Secret Life of Elias of Babylon and the Uses of Global Microhistory”, Past & Present, 222, 1 (2014), pp. 51-93.

·      Christian G. De Vito, “History without scale: The micro-spatial perspective”, forthcoming.

·      Cluster application, section “Macro and Micro: towards a spatially aware mindset and methodology”, pp 18-19.



Workshop 4 - Comparisons

Date: 26 November 2019

Time: 10:00-12:00

Place: Genscherallee 2


At the BCDSS, scholars explore a number of different regions, areas and countries from almost all time periods in human history. The task of this fourth workshop in the "Dependency Workshop Series" is to explore how we can compare "dependencies" over time and across space. The workshop will look at this from two perspectives: first, the methodological question of how we choose unit(s) of comparisons, and second, how we can compare i) in the same time period, but particularly ii) trans-epochally?



·      H.-G. Haupt, "Introduction: Comparisons and beyond. Traditions, scope and perspective in comparative history", in J. Kocka and H-G. Haupt (eds), Comparative and Transnational History. Central European Approaches and New Perspectives, Berghahn 2012.

·      Jan Lucassen, “Brickmakers in Western Europe (1700-1900) and Northern India (1800-2000): Some Comparisons”, in Jan Lucassen (ed.), Global Labour History: A State of the Art, Peter Lang, 2006: 513-571.

·      On comparisons and connections:

·      Cluster application, section “Comparison and Connection: towards decentering the way of comparison”, p.19.


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