Rethinking the Contemporary: The World since the Cold War


This network was funded from Dec 2017 - Dec 2019.

This network provided a forum for examining the main forces that transformed the world since the end of the Cold War, bringing together people from a number of disciplines who are studying them from different perspectives. The focus was very broad, and not confined to geopolitics: we were interested in a number of issues, including the renewed importance of religion in global politics; the rise of global markets and the increased power of consumerism; the effects of environmental change and of developments in global communications; the extent to which ‘post-modern’ cultures have superseded the modernizing projects and modernist cultures of the early and mid-20th century.

Our approach was interdisciplinary, and while the backgrounds of the founders of the network were in History and Literary/Cultural Studies we used a number of disciplinary approaches. 

We developed an interdisciplinary network, while inviting scholars from outside to speak who had developed new ways of thinking about the post-cold war era, uniting the detailed and empirical with the comparative and thematic. This included both well-known and younger speakers.


For further information, please contact:

David Priestland


The network conveners are:

Faisal Devji, Faculty of History

Marilyn Booth, Faculty of Oriental Studies

David Priestland, Faculty of History




David Priestland

Faisal Devji

Marilyn Booth

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