In the wake of globalization, the humanities and social sciences have explored the existence and the possibilities of human community on a global scale. But these investigations have been developed within separate academic disciplines, with little exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries. This book draws together a variety of perspectives to offer an interdisciplinary, and critical, examination of global community past and present.
The volume opens with a contribution by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, one of the world's most renowned scholars in the humanities, then follows up with original contributions by established and promising young researchers from across the humanities and the social sciences. The chapters provide conceptual, normative and empirical investigations of global community, examining it through the lenses of postcolonialism, cosmopolitanism, world literature, transnational networks, and global ethics. The book contributes to a renewed debate about the past, present and future of global community, allowing for a broader and deeper understanding of these timely phenomena across disciplinary boundaries.
Introduction, Henrik Enroth & Douglas Brommesson / 1. Global?, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak / 2. Narratives of Global Political Space: Globalisation Theory or Historical Sociology and Civilizational Analysis, Martin Hall / 3. Medieval World Society Meets R2P: Moral and Legal Personality in Thomas Aquinas, Douglas Brommesson / 4. Global Community as a Response to the Cosmopolitan Solidarity Problem, Luke Ulas / 5. Creating a Collaborative Community: Problems and Possibilities of Collaborative Autobiographical Writing in Jonathan Morgan’s Finding Mr Madini, Jenny Siméus / 6. Community in Fragments: Reading Relation in Fragments of Heraclitus, Carrie Giunta / 7. Virtual Religious Communities – Old Wine in New Wineskins?, Jørgen Straarup / 8. The ”Spirit of Internationalism” in the Pre-War Women’s Movement, Susan Hinely / 9. Community?, Henrik Enroth
What is the relationship between globality and community? Or is it relationships between globalities and communities? A welcome addition to these debates, the transdisciplinary conversations in this volume explore broad possibilities and challenges for human solidarities in global circumstances.
An exciting collection of essays that explore the intellectual and political possibilities that arise as we free ourselves from the modernist grip of both the nation state and disciplinary boundaries. Contributors from across the humanities and social sciences offer diverse and intriguing commentaries on the possibilities of community and fellowship outside and beyond the confines of the nation.
Henrik Enroth is an Associate Professor at Linnaeus University.
Douglas Brommesson is an Associate Professor at Lund University.