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Poverty & Scarcity in Global History Conference

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 9:30 AM – Friday, February 4, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Poverty and Scarcity in Global History will interrogate the interface between poverty, scarcity, and the field of global history through three broad areas: productionpower, and affect. How is poverty produced through global processes, and how are questions of resources—animal, organic, and nonorganic— tied to the production of poverty and its concomitant scarcity? Drawing from interdisciplinary vantage points and perspectives from both the premodern and the modern era, the conference seeks to uncover the agentive roles that turn real or perceived scarcity into structural poverty. We will examine the important role that the material conditions of poverty, and socio-political fears and anxieties of poverty, have driven global history across interlocking temporal and spatial scales and how ideas about poverty and scarcity have shaped the emergence of global connections and processes.

This conference is organized by the Global History Initiative at Queen's and the Poverty Research Network at the University of Glasgow. 

Please see the conference website ( for full schedule and Zoom links. 



Bronwyn Jaques
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