Transpatialization: A new look at the old question of how the modern world was formed
Cyrus Schayegh, Associate Professor of International History
Maison de la paix, Geneva
In his recent monograph The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard University Press, 2017), Cyrus Schayegh argues that the key feature of the socio-spatial making of the modern world was not the often-studied processes of globalization or state formation or urbanization. Rather, that feature was transpatialization: the fast-rhythmed reciprocal transformation and intertwinement of cities, regions, states, and global circuits. Schayegh uses the modern Middle East to make his case, looking at key regions, their cities and interurban ties, and at transnational linkages, Ottoman and European empire-states, and post-Ottoman nation-states at work within and beyond those regions.
Cyrus Schayegh is Associate Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute. He was previously Associate Professor at Princeton University and, from 2005-2008, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. His current research focuses mainly on the interplay between post-war globalisation and decolonisation, Arab views of Afro-Asian decolonisation, interwar European inter-imperial cooperation, and historiography.