Communities Comparisons Connections

The CCC is a partner of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies   

Latest NEWS

New book publication

Former CCC member Angela Schottenhammer has published a new edited volume, titled Tribute, Trade and Smuggling! You find the table of content here.

Upcoming events

* 24 March 2015: lecture by prof. Cécile Fromont (University of Chicago), who will present her new book The Art of Conversion. Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo. The presentation will take place at Ghent University, Plateaustraat 22, auditorium B. More information can be found here.

* 24-25 June 2015, Lima: Interdisciplinary conference, titled Social Struggles for Land in Latin America.

On June 24 and 25, 2015, the CCC Research Group of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies will hold an interdisciplinary conference, bringing together academic researchers and social and indigenous organizations, in Lima (Peru), co-organized by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and the Red Muqui–Proposal and Action Network.

The call for papers is still ongoing. To propose a paper, send an abstract of maximum 500 words together with a short bio and institutional affiliation before February 10, 2015 to .

Detailed info on the conference and the call for papers.

Mission statement

The research group Communities Comparisons Connections brings together historians and social scientists who aim to study historical processes through the scope of a varying set of  spatial, social, religious and political geographies in comparative perspective. Our focus on Communities Comparisons and Connections is applied to a variety of research topics: case- and regional studies in comparative perspective; broader societal shifts with global ramifications; and various models of explanation for social change on a global and longue-durée scale. We pay attention to different units of analysis (societies, states, civilizations, networks, systems etc.) and to methods to investigate processes on a global scale (comparative analysis, system-analysis, network-analysis etc.)

CCC is a cross departmental research group, bringing together a varied group of scholars, focussing on a broad spectre of thematic, temporal and regional foci, ranging from the Middle-East, via Africa and Asia, to Europe and the Americas. During our monthly meetings we discuss our current affairs; new work of our colleagues; as well as new developments in the field.

Below you find an overview of the different points of particular interest within the research group. On the left you can find our activities, publications,  links, contact information, and an outline of the educational programmes in which we offer our insights.


Click here for the research report 2011(with history, objectives, research output etc)

Research foci

  • World history
  • World studies and world-systems analysis
  • Globalization
  • Migration history
  • Transnational history
  • Translocal history

 Research areas

CCC research areas weergeven op een grotere kaart

Regional foci

  • Central Africa
  • West Africa
  • North America
  • Andes region
  • East Asia
  • Northern Europe
  • Middle East
  • India



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