Scholar to speak on globalism in Britain and the US in the age of Trump

Friday, October 27, 2017

LAWRENCE — Or Rosenboim, a lecturer in modern history at the City University of London, will offer two events on the topic of globalism.

Rosenboim will give a lecture on “Globalism in the Age of Trump” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in The Commons, Spooner Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.

In current political debates, globalism attracts a great deal of interest. The omnipresent processes of globalization invite politicians and commentators to declare themselves in favor or against globalist ideologies. President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the idea of globalism to the extent that his followers now use “globalist” as a slur. Rosenboim will discuss the place of "globalism" in contemporary politics by exploring the emergence of this idea. Is globalism a pluralistic and democratic political project, or a conservative and reactionary creed? By recovering the history of globalism, Rosenboim will reveal the relations between globalism and the new tide of nationalism in U.S. politics today.

Rosenboim’s latest book, “The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1929-1950” (Princeton University Press, 2017), will be the subject of this fall’s Research on the Leading Edge (ROLE) program. ROLE will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Hall Center for the Humanities. This event is open to KU faculty, staff, and graduate students. The Hall Center will provide free copies of Rosenboim’s book to be read prior to ROLE. Please RSVP to

During and after World War II, public intellectuals in Britain and the United States grappled with concerns about the future of democracy, the prospects of liberty and the decline of the imperial system. Without using the term “globalization,” they identified a shift toward technological, economic, cultural and political interconnectedness, and they developed a "globalist" ideology to reflect this new postwar reality. "The Emergence of Globalism" examines the competing visions of world order that shaped these debates and led to the development of globalism as a modern political concept.

Research on the Leading Edge brings visiting scholars to campus who have published, or who are working upon, research that is boundary shifting within the humanities and humanistic social sciences. No formal presentation will be given by the guest scholar. A panel of KU faculty members will critique the book prior to the author’s response and a general discussion. 

Rosenboim has a bachelor's degree (hons. Bologna), Master of Studies (Oxon) in history and doctorate (Cantab) in politics and international studies. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize (Cambridge) and the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron (EHESS, Paris). Prior to her current position, she held a research fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago, Sciences- Po Paris and LUISS, Rome. Rosenboim’s research focuses on the history of political thought and international relations, and she has published extensively on geopolitics, international thought, European integration and federalism.