An organization of scholars dedicated to the study of the
history of the expansion of Europe and the world-wide
response to that expansion, from its beginnings in  the
14th century to the middle of the 19th century.


    Despite the obvious importance of European expansion to the history of the people of the whole word -and regardless of whether one views this fact negatively or positively - academic attention to this monumental phenomenon has been constrained by disciplinary conventions which have made it difficult to view the process in its entirety or to understand its impact on people around the globe. Two factors hinder this broader perspective. First, many historians approach European expansion through national or imperial prisms, thus focusing on the enterprises of a single European population, whether Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, or Russian, but rarely finding the opportunity to communicate with colleagues who engage similar questions for different populations or even for the same population in a different part of the globe. Second, historians who view European activities overseas and across continents from the perspective of populations whom Europeans conquered, absorbed, or exploited, or even with whom Europeans traded, rarely come into contact in the usual course of professional meetings with those who specialize in the study of Europeans. Thus those of us who are interested in these larger issues of expansion and interaction often find we understand dimly only one small piece of a large and opaque process, when in fact there are colleagues who might help shed light on the subjects which engage our interests if only we could find a constructive venue for the exchange of ideas. Our experience suggests that collegial interaction among scholars who work on all different parts of the globe within the particular chronological focus of FEEGI's purview offers the opportunity to bring problems more clearly into focus, to frame new avenues for research, to learn of new methodologies, and to consider our tiny piece of the puzzle within a larger perspective.
    We come to FEEGI from a wide range of fields, interests, and perspectives. Some members are historians of Europe, others of European colonies overseas. Some focus on European expansion, while others work on powerful kingdoms and empires or small scale societies around the globe with which Europeans had different kinds of interactions. We focus on the colonist and the colonized, on the conqueror and the conquered. We specialize in different oceanic basins and land masses. Some of us are world historians; others pursue microhistory. Some live within nations whose histories are deeply entangled with the issues central to FEEGI's intellectual scope. But, together, we look at places and people touched directly and indirectly, benignly or catastrophically, by the process of enhanced global interaction that commenced in the fourteenth century.
    FEEGI aims to provide a collegial setting which formalizes the interaction of scholars from such a wide range of perspectives. It seeks to challenge and-at least temporarily-to suspend traditional field boundaries which separate those who frame similar questions for different populations and those who approach issues of expansion and interaction from different vantages. We achieve this goal through several mechanisms: we are affiliated with a journal, Itinerario, which is based in Leiden. We have a biannual newsletter. We have a website, which posts information of interest to FEEGI's members. And, most importantly, we host a biennial meeting, at which by custom all sessions have been plenary, thus privileging the collective and collegial interaction which is at the heart of FEEGI's enterprise.
  • Membership information
  • News and announcements
  • Biennial conferences
  • Newsletters
  • ITINERARIO: European Journal of Overseas History
  • Officers and executive board members
  • The constitution of FEEGI
  • A brief history of FEEG
Officers and executive board members
Current FEEGI officers, Council, and committee members:
Peter Mancall, University of Southern California (mancall@usc.edu)
Wim Klooster, University of Southern Maine/Clark University (klooster@maine.edu)
Markus Vink, SUNY-Fredonia (markus.vink@fredonia.edu)
James Williams, Middle Tennessee State University (jhwillia@mtsu.edu)

Alison Games, Georgetown University;
David Hancock, University of Michigan;
Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University;
Paul E. Lovejoy, York University

Nominating Committee:

Kumkum Chatterjee (Chair), Penn State;
Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University;
Kris Lane, College of William and Mary
ITINERARIO: European Journal of Overseas History
The U.S.-based Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (F.E.E.G.I.) is affiliated with the European Science Foundation's Network on the History of European Expansion and with the Leiden University Institute for the History of European Expansion and the Reactions to It (I.G.E.E.R.). The Leiden Institute's journal ITINERARIO, is the official journal of the U.S. Forum on European Expansion. Subscription information for ITINERARIO follows. For other information about ITINERARIO write to:
    Institute for the History of European Expansion
    Leiden University
    P.O. Box 9515
    2300 RA Leiden
Information about joining the Forum on European Expansion follows.
Membership information
in the Forum is open to all interested parties. Dues are $20.00 (USD) and payable annually on January 1.
Graduate students membership: $10 (USD)
The dues include a subscription to the organization's newsletter. A subscription to ITINERARIO, the official journal of the Forum, is available to members of the Forum at the special reduced rate of $35.00 (USD).
To enroll as member send the above form, or the comparable information, with a check of $20.00 (USD) payable to
c/o Markus Vink, Secretary-Treasurer
Dept. of History, E318 Thompson Hall
State University of New York College at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (F.E.E.G.I.) will hold its next meeting at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island, on February 20-21, 2004. Individual proposals on any theme in the field of European expansion or global interaction during the early modern period, broadly defined, will be considered. F.E.E.G.I. hopes to provide support to enable graduate students to participate in the conference. Visit our website at www.yorku.ca/nhp/feegi for more information about F.E.E.G.I.

An abstract of a paper proposal should be sent as an email attachment to:
Prof. Wim Klooster,
Department of History,
Clark University,
950 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01610-1477,

klooster@maine.edu (through August 25),
wklooster@clarku.edu (after August 25).

Proposals should include a 250-word abstract of the paper and an abbreviated c.v.
Those who prefer a hard-copy submission must provide six (6) copies of the abstract and c.v. Proposals should be sent by October 1, 2003.

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