Indices of globalization
How globalized is a country? At our second video conference in April, the globalization-related indices were in the focus of our discussion. These indices have a complex methodology with a large number of indicators which try to measure the level of globalization of a certain country. The most important indices, the so-called KOF-index and the Maastricht index, were presented by Béla Tomka.
History of globalization and Global History
We continued our work even during the current pandemic situation. At our first zoom meeting, Béla Tomka presented a special historical branch called Global History which, of course, differs from the history of globalization. Global history seeks to combine and expand traditional research on nation-states or smaller regions to a larger scale with a new approach to historical space. More information is available in Sebastian Conrad’s book titled „What is global history?” and also by listening to a podcast series on this topic in English.
Internationalization vs. globalization – the case of international organizations
At our next meeting, our colleague, Zsombor Bódy presented his source exploration work titled „Internationalization vs. globalization – the case of international organizations”. We have been enriched with a number of new information, such as the export of knowledge to the Middle East in the Kádár era and its global and domestic contexts. Besides, we concluded the discussion of individual working plans (Katalin Baráth), and clarified the timing of the tasks for the entire duration of the research team.
Internationalization vs. globalization – the case of urban development
At our first meeting in the new year, Márkus Keller delivered a keynote speech titled „Internationalization vs. globalization – the case of urban development”, followed by a discussion. Much has been said on the global and local effects of urbanization and industrialization on housing and also on the global and local responses to these phenomena. We continued our discussion on individual research plans, this time with the topics of Gábor Koloh, Péter Nagy and Márton Simonkay. The venue of the meeting was again Szeged.
Presence on social media
We have launched our Facebook-page! Using this channel, we would like to popularize the issues and topics of the history of globalization. We will spread news about publications and conference presentations of our colleagues. Furthermore, we also recommend important historical books and studies.
Individual research plans
At our next meeting, held again in Budapest, we concluded the discussion of the Hungarian research on the history of globalization. Later we continued with the individual work plans of Zsombor Bódy, Márkus Keller, Péter Bencsik and Melinda Kalmár, including the clarification of each sub-topic and the discussion of the possibilities of solving the related research and thematic dilemmas.
History of globalization: research trends and their Hungarian reception
During our first session in Szeged, the leader of the research group, Béla Tomka held a keynote address (“Trends of globalization research”). After the following debate, Katalin Baráth, Gábor Koloh, Péter Nagy and Márton Simonkay presented their findings about the Hungarian reception of the history of globalization, including the relevant literature, discourses and past research.
History of Globalization Research Group established
The MTA-SZTE-ELTE History of Globalization Research Group has held its founding session at the Department of Comparative Historical Sociology (Eötvös University, Budapest). The members of the group briefly introduced themselves, then discussed the most important practical and individual tasks.