Pathways from Disorder to Order: Where History Meets Theory is a two-year interdisciplinary project funded by the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers funding stream and hosted by the University of Cambridge. Led by Dr. Ayşe Zarakol (Cambridge), the project aims to bring IR scholars and global historians together (along with other historical social sciences where possible) to think about how and when order reemerges from prolonged periods of disorder.
There are three global partners to help shape the conversation: Dr. Glenda Sluga (EUI), Dr. Andrew Phillips (Queensland) and Dr. Heidi Tworek (UBC). The interdisciplinary work will unfold via a series of linked workshops around the globe, each focusing on a different time period (scroll down to find out more).
Project duration: 2023-2025
Funding: 179,396 GBP
Core Group Members
To define 'disorder' from a historical, interdisciplinary, and truly global perspective....
Our project will be bookended by two meetings in Cambridge, focusing on contemporary manifestations of disorder. In between, we will have an interdisciplinary conversation about history via global workshops. Our goal is to create a durable network to sustain research on big questions of order and disorder beyond the funding period.
Disorder & Fragmentation
While IR thinks of the 17th century as a moment when order emerged from nothing, an alternative reading sees the the period as the moment older orders centred in Asia fragmented.
Workshop location: Istanbul
Disorder & Creation
In many ways, the order that we still live in emerged from the disorder of the 19th century. What conditions made that possible? We will be revisiting this period from a global perspective.
Workshop location: Florence
Disorder & Restoration
Periods of disorder in the 20th century - most notably the interwar - challenged the existing order but did not destroy it. What makes restoration via modification likely?
Workshop location: Tokyo