NIAS-fellow Eric Vanhaute: Commodity frontiers and the making of Global Capitalism

03 September 2018 → 25 January 2019
Funding by bilateral agreement (private and foundations)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
global capitalism
Project description

The Commodity Frontiers Initiative aims to systematically catalogue, study and analyze a wide variety of commodity frontiers over the past 500 years. Commodity frontiers are sites of cultivation of commodities like wheat, sugar cane, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, and cotton, as well as sites of extraction such as forests, marine zones, and mines. Our ambition is to understand the role of the countryside and its people in the history of capitalism through a large multi-year research collaboration that combines local in-depth studies with innovative digital technologies