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* in the past month, two more CCC members successfully defendend their PhD. On 20 JuneHanne Cottyn defended her dissertation called, Renegotiating communal autonomy. Communal land rights and liberal land reform on the Bolivian altiplano. Carangas, 1860-1930. On 25 JuneMyriam Mertens subsequently defended her research, under the title of Chemical compounds in the Congo. Pharmaceuticals and the ‘crossed history’ of public health in Belgian Africa (ca. 1905 − 1939). Congratulations to the both of them!

* on 7 March, CCC member Gillian Mathys successfully defended her PhD, People on the move: Frontiers, Borders, Mobility and History in the Lake Kivu region. Congratulations!

Upcoming events

* ENIUGH 2014: from 4 to 7 September 2014, the fourth European Congress on World and Global History will take place in Paris. You can find the call for papers here.

International Conference of Labour and Social History: from 25 to 28 September 2014, the 50th Linz Conference will take place. Subject of the conference is Work and Compulsion: Coerced Labour in Domestic, Service, Agricultural, Factory and Sex Work, ca. 1850-2000s. Additional information can be found here.

Click here for more detailed information on these events

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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