Research profile

Transnational Modernities

The research programme on transnational modernities provides a forum for combining a range of disciplines and experiences, with research in different regions, to enhance our understanding of how negotiations of concepts and actions function in transnational or global spaces. Transnational and transcultural perspectives offer an important prism through which to explore processes and connections from the 19th to the 21st century. The inclusion of non-European and European perspectives ensures a multiplicity of angles and nodes of observation. Concepts and actions are constantly being negotiated and combined in ways that render the place of origin less obvious. However, there is value in critically tracing how they have been negotiated in different places over time.

Although the exchange of goods, ideas, practices and people across national and cultural borders is not a new phenomenon, increasing numbers of individuals are encountering aspects of transnationality within their daily lives, be it the food they consume, the way they communicate, the laws that govern their social and political lives, their labour conditions, or the various locations in which members of their families live.

Global and cross-boundary dynamics are continuously reshaping economies of production and consumption, national and international governance and relations, cultural forms and practices, social alignments and movements, as well as the micro-practices and conditions of communities, families, and individuals.

While “Modernity” is a contested and polysemous concept that has been discussed and conceptualised across diverse spaces and at different times, it serves as a central term that has a history tied to places both inside and outside Europe. We will explore how a multiplicity of modernities have been and still are being negotiated in transnational spaces.

One of the central ambitions of the Transnational Modernities research programme is to bring together scholars interested in investigating the multiplicity of ways modernity has been, and is currently being, negotiated transnationally and transculturally.

The research programme brings together historians, anthropologists, sociologists, intellectual historians, and researchers from area studies and other disciplines in order to explore global, cross-boundary, transnational, transregional, and transcultural negotiations of concepts such as modernity and the actions the negotiations and interpretations inspire and have inspired over time and in various places.

The members of the research programme contribute empirical foundations for these investigations from their research on cultural productions, literature, international organisations, international education, postcolonialism, health, development, and expert and art networks.typo3/alt_doc.php?edit[tt_content][89012]=edit&columnsOnly=bodytext, rte_enabled&noView=0&returnUrl=/forskning/forskningsprogrammer/transnational-modernities/profil/