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Sebastian Conrad is professor of history at the Freie Universität Berlin. He joined the faculty in 2010 after teaching for several years at the European University Institute in Florence. He was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and a visiting professor at the Ècole des Hautes Études in Paris. His main interest is currently in trans-national and global history approaches and their contribution to an understanding of the interactions and entanglements of the past. He has a background in both modern Western European and Japanese history, and he has worked extensively on issues of colonialism and post-colonialism, trans-nationalism, intellectual history, memory, and historiography. Most recent publications include “Enlightenment in Global History: A Historiographical Critique,” American Historical Review 117 (2012), 999-1027; German Colonialism: A Short History (Cambridge University Press, 2012); Globalisation and the Nation in Imperial Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2010); The Quest for the Lost Nation: Writing History in Germany and Japan in the American Century (California University Press, 2010); and Globalgeschichte: Eine Einführung (C.H. Beck, 2013). His critical engagement with key issues in the field of global history has been published as What is Global History? in February, 2016, by Princeton University Press.
Sebastian Conrad is currently one of the directors of the Forum of Transregional Studies in Berlin. He is on the editorial board of Past & Present, and of Geschichte und Gesellschaft. Together with Andreas Eckert and Margrit Pernau, he is the editor of the book series Globalgeschichte (Campus publishers). He is on the advisory board of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, and of the Excellence program of the University of Munich.