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Time and the World: Interdisciplinary Studies in Cultural Transformations

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Conceptualizng the World

An Exploration across Disciplines

Edited by Helge Jordheim and Erling Sandmo

446 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-036-2 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2018)

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What is—and what was—“the world”? Though often conceived of as interchangeable with the ongoing and inexorable progress of globalization, metaphors of “world,” “globe,” or “earth” instead suggest something limited and absolute. This innovative and interdisciplinary volume concerns itself with this central paradox: that the complex, heterogeneous, and purportedly transhistorical dynamics of globalization have given rise to the idea and reality of a finite—and thus vulnerable—world. Through studies of illuminating historical moments that range from antiquity to the era of Google Earth, each contribution helps to trace the emergence of the world in multitudinous representations, practices, and human experiences.

Helge Jordheim is a Professor of Cultural History at the University of Oslo. His latest book is a global history of the concepts of civility and civilization, written with an international team of scholars (Civilizing Emotions, 2015). At present he is writing a book on the cultural history of time in the eighteenth century.

Erling Sandmo is Professor of History at the University of Oslo.

Subject: General History General Cultural Studies General Anthropology


Helge Jordheim and Erling Sandmo


Chapter 1. “World”: An Exploration of the Relationship between Conceptual History and Etymology
Ivo Spira

Chapter 2. A Multiverse of Knowledge: The Epistemology and Hermeneutics of the ʿālam in Medieval Islamic Thought
Nora S. Eggen

Chapter 3. Globalization of Human Conscience: A Modern Muslim Case
Oddbjørn Leirvik

Chapter 4. Creating World through Concept Learning
Claudia Lenz

Chapter 5. Between Metaphor and Geopolitics: The History of the Concept the Third World
Erik Tängerstad

Chapter 6. On the Dialectics of Ecological World Concepts
Falko Schmieder


Chapter 7. The Emergence of International Law and the Opening of World Order: Hugo Grotius Reconsidered
Chenxi Tang

Chapter 8. “Natural Capital,” “Human Capital,” “Social Capital”: It’s All Capital Now
Desmond McNeill

Chapter 9. The Worlds in Human Rights: Images or Mirages?
Malcolm Langford

Chapter 10. Democracy of the “New World”: The Great Binding Law of Peace and the Political System of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy
Lars Kirkhusmo Pharo

Chapter 11. The Immanent World: Responsibility and Spatial Justice
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Chapter 12. From Critical to Partisan Dictionaries; or, What Is Excluded from Today’s Flat World Orthodoxies?
Sanja Perovic


Chapter 13. At Home or Away: On Nostalgia, Exile, and Cosmopolitanism
Olivier Remaud

Chapter 14. Extensions of World Heritage: The Globe, the List, and the Limes
Stefan Willer

Chapter 15. Transforming the Global Past: From Heredity to Heritage
Anne Eriksen

Chapter 16. The End of the World: From the Lisbon Earthquake to the Last Days
Kyrre Kverndokk

Chapter 17. Time and Space in World Literature: Ibsen in and out of Sync
Tore Rem


Chapter 18. Middle Age of the Globe
Alfred Hiatt

Chapter 19. The Champion of the North: World Time in Olaus Magnus’s Carta Marina
Erling Sandmo

Chapter 20. The Search for Vínland and Norse Conceptions of the World
Karl G. Johansson

Chapter 21. The Cartographic Constitution of Global Politics
Jeppe Strandsbjerg

Chapter 22. The Individual and the “Intellectual Globe”: Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Vannevar Bush
Richard Yeo


Chapter 23. Toward a Theory of Nonscalability
Anna Tsing

Chapter 24. The World as Sphere: Conceptualizing with Sloterdijk
Kari van Dijk

Chapter 25. The Fontenellian Moment: Revisiting Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Worlds
Helge Jordheim

Chapter 26. Fixating the Poles: Science, Fiction, and Photography at the Ends of the World
Siv Frøydis Berg

Chapter 27. The Norwegian Who Became a Globe: Mediation and Temporality in Roald Amundsen’s 1911 South Pole Conquest
Espen Ytreberg

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