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Other Globes

Past and Peripheral Imaginations of Globalization

  • Simon Ferdinand
  • Irene Villaescusa-Illán
  • Esther Peeren

Table of contents

About this book


This volume challenges dominant imaginations of globalization by highlighting alternative visions of the globe, world, earth, or planet that abound in cultural, social and political practice. In the contemporary context of intensive globalization, ruthless geopolitics, and unabated environmental exploitation, these “other globes” offer paths for thinking anew the relations between people, polities, and the planet. Derived from disparate historical and cultural contexts, which include the Holy Roman Empire; late medieval Brabant; the (post)colonial Philippines; early twentieth-century Britain; contemporary Puerto Rico; occupied Palestine; postcolonial Africa and Chile; and present-day California, the past and peripheral globes analyzed in this volume reveal the variety of ways in which the global has been—and might be—imagined. As such, the fourteen contributions underline that there is no neutral, natural or universal way of inhabiting the global.


Globalisation Globalization Global culture Globe World Earth Planet Capitalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon Ferdinand
    • 1
  • Irene Villaescusa-Illán
    • 2
  • Esther Peeren
    • 3
  1. 1.Amsterdam School for Cultural AnalysisUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Spanish Language and CultureUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Literary and Cultural AnalysisUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

Simon Ferdinand is Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His book Mapping Beyond Measure: Art, Cartography and the Space of Global Modernity is forthcoming.

 Irene Villaescusa-Illán is Visiting Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 Esther Peeren is Professor of Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Bibliographic information


“In an era in which it has never felt more pressing that we explore our relations with the earth, interrogate our imaginations of the globe, and parse planetary thinking, Other Globes expertly assembles a series of empirically rich and theoretically astute contributions that do just this. As we struggle to make sense of the contemporary condition of life on Earth, the diverse geographies and histories of Other Globes offer an important guide. This is indeed a collection for our times.” (Harriet Hawkins, Professor in Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, UK, and author of For Creative Geographies: Geography, Visual Arts and the Making of Worlds)

“Other Globes offers a compelling interdisciplinary and remarkably transnational argument for the notion that the view from nowhere is also one of many views from somewhere. It aims not so much to do away with the ‘global’ as provincialize it.” (Benjamin Lazier, Professor in History and Humanities, Reed College, USA and author of Earthrise; or, The Globalization of the World Picture)