Closing the Door on Globalization: Cultural Nationalism and Scientific Internationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries

Lisbon, 15-18 July 2015 | Submissions deadline: 19 December 2014

Eijkman's report on scientific Internationalism - L'internationalisme scientifique, La Haye 1911 - could well be considered the swan song of a globalization process that had been molding the world since the mid 19th-century. Three years later the Great War would put a strong brake on that process with a most significant and highly symbolical first act of war: Britain's cutting off the transatlantic cables that linked Germany to the western world. Communication, that is also, information and knowledge transfer was thus at the very centre of that particular conflict (and, of course, of conflicts to come).
The disruptions brought about by wars to the flow of communication, information and knowledge during the first half of the 20th-century were the obvious and visible results of the tensions between two contradictory movements that had been developing side by side since the mid 19th-century: on one hand, the scientific and technological Internationalism that provided the conditions for the "integration of the world through large flows of goods, capital, and people" (H. James, The creation and destruction of value: the globalization cycle, Cambridge 2009); on the other hand, the Cultural Nationalism that was increasingly pervading the national public opinion of most European countries to the point of academic institutionalization (e.g. the epic foundation of some of the modern national philologies by the mid 19th-century).
Focussing mainly on the second half of the 19th-century and on the first half of the 20th-century, the panel seeks papers dealing with:
- the internationalization of science (building of international knowledge transfer networks);
- the nationalization of culture (development and institutionalization of cultural national movements);
- the tensions and dialectical interactions between these networks and the evolution of each of them.

The panel is part of the II CHAM International Conference on Knowledge Transfer and Cultural Exchanges, that will be held at the FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 15-18 July 2015.

Conference language is English. The Conference Website ( has several information regarding Travel, Accomodation, Registration Fees etc.

Details regarding this panel are (and will be) available at the conference website (

Please note that paper proposals should be submitted online at:

Fernando Clara
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, 26-C 
P 1069-061 Lisboa
Telf.: +351 217 908 300
Fax: +351 217 908 308
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Cláudia Ninhos
Instituto de História Contemporânea
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. Berna, 26 C
1069-061 LISBOA
Telf.: +351 217 908 300 - 1545
Fax: +351 217 908 308
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