GLOS forms a collective platform for a series of case studies that look at the issue of how global trends are expressed and how what is local shapes that which is global.
The principal theoretical bases of this research group can be found in the spatial turn within the humanities and the social sciences. For us, the spatial turn comprises an analytical tool on the one hand and, on the other hand, a perspective that allows for a study of changes and their expressions in a local and global context as well as in a Nordic and global context in the 1900s.
The research group was formed in the spring of 2015 and since then has met once per month on an active basis.
Head of the research group is Holger Weiss, Professor of History at Åbo Akademi in Finland and Visiting Professor of History at Dalarna University since 2015. Holger defended his thesis in 1997 at the University of Helsinki and was selected as Associate Professor in African History at the University of Helsinki in 1998 and, in 2003, as Associate Professor in Global History at Åbo Akademi. He has been a researcher at U-landsinstitutet and Senior Lecturer in African History and Cultures at the University of Helsinki. In 2003, he was employed at Åbo Akademi as Professor of History. He is a member of The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.