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Salon Discussion with Prof. Glenn Penny: “Central Peripheries From Salzburg to Basel”

The Institute for European Global Studies invited Prof. Glenn Penny from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to a salon discussion titled “Central Peripheries From Salzburg to Basel”. The event took place on 31 May 2024 and was organized by the Institute for European Global Studies.

The Institute for European Global Studies welcomed Prof. H. Glenn Penny on Friday afternoon for a discussion of his ongoing research into “central peripheries”, in particular the German-speaking regions stretching from Salzburg to Basel. The debate centered on questions relating to the characteristics of such regions and their historical role in the formation of identity, ethnicity, and citizenship, as well as diaspora politics and nation-building. Central peripheries offer opportunities to research and write truly polycentric histories. Central peripheries can thus contribute to the project of decolonizing history, they link Landesgeschichte(n) and global history, and many sites in central peripheries speak not to national but to human history.

H. Glenn Penny is Professor and Henry J. Bruman Chair in German History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His latest monograph, German History Unbound. From 1750 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2022), challenges conventional narratives by highlighting the polycentric nature of German history and advocating for a broader integration of migration flows and pluralities of belonging.