Austin teaches and researches in African, comparative and global
economic history. He is now a professor in the Department of
International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of
International and Development Studies, in Geneva. Previously, at the
London School of Economics, he contributed to the creation of a
graduate programme in Global History, and to the foundation of the Journal of Global History. Forthcoming publications include Labour-Intensive Industrialization in Global History (edited with Kaoru Sugihara), and Markets, Slaves and States in West Africa (Cambridge).
Among his recent publications:
'The "Reversal of fortune" thesis and the compression of history: perspectives from African and comparative economic history', Journal f International Development 20: 8 (2008), pp.996-1027
'Resources, techniques and strategies south of the Sahara: revising the factor endowments perspective on African economic development, 500-2000'. Economic History Review, 61: 3 (2008), pp. 587-624.
'Reciprocal comparison and African history: tackling conceptual euro-centrism in the study of Africa's economic past', African Studies Review, 50: 3 (December 2007), 1-28 (or: 'Oltre l'eurocentrismo. La storia economica dell'Africa e l'approccio comparato', Passato e presente numero 73, anno XXVI [Jan 2008], 65-90).
Matthias Middell received his PhD degree from the University of Leipzig
(Germany) in 1989 and started his career as a historian of the French
Revolution, but quickly became interested in global history. His current
work focuses on world historians in the 20th century and on the
relationship of territorialisation and globalisation since the late 19th
He is director of the Global and Europan Studies Institute as
spokesperson of the Center for Area Studies of the University of Leipzig. As
head of a consortium of five European Universities, including Vienna,
the LSE, Wroclaw and Roskilde, which offers the Erasmus Mundus Master
Programme "Global Studies - A European Perspective" he is intensely
involved in developing study programs on global history.
Michel Espagne he is editor of the online-forum history.transnational,
and together with Hannes Siegrist of the network's journal "Comparativ".
For his most recent publications see
Attila Melegh is a sociologist, economist, and historian by training and received his PhD from Debrecen University. His research areas include demographic developments in Hungary during the 19th and 20th centuries, historical demography, and demographical discourses in general, as well as international migration. He is currently lecturer at the International Studies Center and Széchenyi College, Budapest University of Economics and at the Corvinus University, Budapest.
One of his last publications is: On the East-West Slope? Globalization, nationalism, racism and discourses on Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest 2006.
Further members of the steering committee nominated at the Dresden Congress are in alphabetical order:
- Carlo Marko Belfanti, Department of Social Sciences, University of Brescia (Italy)
- Giovanni Gozzini, University of Siena (Italy)
- Regina Grafe, Departement of History, Northwestern University (USA)
- Margarete Grandner, University of Vienna (Austria)
- Frank Hadler, Center for the History and Culture of Eastern Central Europe at the University of Leipzig (Germany)
- Michael Harbsmeier, Roskilde University (Denmark)
- Markéta Křížová, Center for Ibero-American Studies, Charles University
Prague (Czech Republic)
- Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Barbara Lüthi, Department of History, University of Basel (Switzerland)
- Alexey Miller, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow/ Central European University, Budapest (Russia, Hungary)
- Patrick O’Brien, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (Great Britain)
- Diego Olstein, University of Jeruslam (Isreal)
- Juan Carmona Pidal, Departamento de Historia Económica e Institutiones,
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
- Hagen Schulz-Forberg, University of Aarhus (Denmark)
- Alessandro Stanziani, EHESS/ CNRS (France)
- Eric Vanhaute, University of Gent (Belgium)
- Peer Vries, University of Vienna (Austria)