Mission Statement

The general objectives of ENGLOBE are to both provide a non-Eurocentric model of Global History and promote the intercultural competence of our research follows in global contexts.

ENGLOBE rests on the basic theory that the future of globalization will no longer be a process dominated by Europe. Through the newly emerging supra-disciplinary field of Global History, the program critically examines the cultural and historical dimensions of globalization processes.
The significance of the Enlightenment in this field is two-fold. It marks the first emergence of questions and problems arising from globalization. Even more importantly, in light of recent debates regarding the so-called “clash of civilizations,” issues brought forth by the Enlightenment still remain significant today.

Current outside perspectives of Europe are inextricably linked to the Enlightenment. With respect to this scientific field, the Initial Training Network ENGLOBE bridges a specific gap between existing academic training programmes:

(1.) In contrast to the USA, where from the high school to university level Global History is already organised and integrated as a field of study, the Global History approach is still in its infancy in Europe.
(2.) ENGLOBE links the existing bi-national and multi-national doctoral study training structures while expanding, or "englobing", these structures in two directions: towards the extra-European regions of Asia, Africa and North and South America, and towards the non-academic field of foreign cultural policy affairs.  The aims of the network steer these directions and participants broaden the doctoral students' career opportunities.