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The Great Frontier Game: How the Search for Economic Miracles is Re-Shaping the World

Carlsberg Foundation Monograph Fellowships

What

The project delves into the yet unwritten global history of “economic miracles,” an idea which discloses counterintuitive connections between seemingly separate spheres of human life – of national economy and historical memory, economic growth and cultural imaginaries – as well as entanglements between the global south and north. Grounded in the speculative boom of BRICS nations or emerging markets as the millennial economic miracles in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the project examines how the new taxonomy of economic frontiers – of resources and labor – is produced in a world conceived as commodity. It traces how resources are accessed, captured, and integrated into the circuits of global capital.

Why

The project addresses a key feature of the early twenty-first-century: the hyper-expansion of markets on the frontiers of global economy. It seeks to re-orient the world history perspective from classical imperial powers to emerging nations, and thereby it reflects the massive contemporary shift in power, economy, and culture. The project is comparative in an innovative way in the sense that it refrains from comparing countries or regions, but hones in on ‘economic miracles’, a phenomenon that has a global resonance in modern history.

How

The grant enables me valuable research time which I need to systematically generate and analyse the archives.

SSR

The race for natural resources is advancing at rapid pace across the globe. This entails dramatic institutional transformations at every scale. The current project aims to produce an evidence based original analysis of this crucial dynamic of our time.