Keynote lectures Prof. dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier (Georg-August University Göttingen) and Prof. dr. Andrew Fitzmaurice (University of Sydney) – Utrecht, 3-4 July 2019

The Huizinga Institute welcomes auditors to two keynote lectures in the Huizinga Summer School 2019, ‘Macro versus Micro: The Challenges of Global Intellectual History’:


Prof. dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier (Georg-August University Göttingen)

Wednesday 3 July 2019, Academiegebouw Utrecht

Programme: 09.00-9.30: registration and coffee/tea | 9.30-9.40: introduction | 9.40-10.40: lecture | 10.40-11.00 Q&A


‘Writing the Global History of a Man Who Never Traveled’

 Combining global historical and micro-historical perspectives opens up new opportunities for the individual researcher but it also brings new challenges. This talk will present some experiences with writing the book “Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled. A Seventeenth-Century Chinese Christian and his Conflicted Worlds” which was published by Columbia University Press in 2018. It also presents some key arguments of the latter – for instance the idea that we need to pay more attention to the power constellations (local and global) that shaped the religious exchanges during that epoch in the history of Chinese Christianity.

 Bio: Dominic Sachsenmaier holds a chair professorship in “Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives” at Göttingen University/Germany. Before coming to Göttingen in 2015, he held faculty positions at Jacobs University, Duke University as well as the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of his monographs is “Global Perspectives on Global History. Theories and Approaches in a Connected World” (Cambridge UP, 2011). Dominic Sachsenmaier is one of the three editors of the book series „Columbia Studies in International and Global History“ (Columbia UP). He is also the president of the US-based Toynbee Prize Foundation and an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.



Prof. dr. Andrew Fitzmaurice (University of Sydney)

Thursday 4 July 2019, Academiegebouw Utrecht

Programme: 09.00-9.30: registration and coffee/tea | 9.30-10.30: lecture | 10.30-11.00 Q&A


Micro-Intellectual History and the Limits of the Global Turn

Drawing on his forthcoming book, Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice will advocate an approach combining ‘Micro-Intellectual History’ and social history of ideas. Questioning recent developments in the fields of global intellectual history’ and longue durée intellectual history, he will conclude with some critical perspectives on the societal relevance of the global turn.

 Bio: Prof. Fitzmaurice’s research has focused upon the ideologies of European empires. His early work concerned the political ideas of early American colonisation. More recently, he has been concerned with Europeans’ justifications for the appropriation of land and sovereignty in the non-European world from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth. His current research project focuses on the role of the British nineteenth-century jurist Sir Travers Twiss in the justification of the Congo Free State. He is the author of: Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500-2000 (Cambridge: CUP, 2014); Humanism and America: An intellectual history of English colonisation, 1500-1625 (Cambridge: CUP, 2003). Recent publications include ‘Scepticism of the Civilizing Mission in International Law’, In: M. Koskenniemi, W. Rech, M. Jimenez Fonseca (eds.), International Law and Empire: Historical Explorations (Oxford: OUP).


 Registration for one or both lectures is free, but seating is limited. Please register here for Prof. Sachsenmaiers lecture, and here for Prof. Fitzmaurice’s lecture. Also open to non-students. 


Looking forward to seeing you on 3 and 4 July. For questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Huizinga office.