About Our Projects

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Under Projects you’ll find a cluster of tiles that lead to worlds being reconstructed by SCGMA colleagues. This is a modest start to collect and tell the stories of our planet’s global past.

As we build these projects and add new ones, you’ll see how ideas, bacteria, goods, humans, and stories spread across the world.  You’ll view what global cities might have looked like, and how people of different races and faiths—from a variety of globalized communities—coexisted in a single town in Spain.  

You’ll find lives and rituals in Native American Cahokia; follow the path of trade goods and human relations anchoring East Africa to India, the Mediterranean, and the rest of the world; and trace the never-ending story of a European priest-king whose footprints go everywhere, even traipsing into modern time.  You can accompany travelers—fictional and actual—from the Islamic and European worlds to the Americas, and survey the fortunes of Ottoman physicians.

Our projects are assembled and curated by teams, and led by project directors from many disciplines.  Project leaders are distinguished senior scholars and emerging scholars, and each has complete autonomy over content.  They will invite you on journeys, and some will also offer you digital tools to use, and databases.

Our timeline of roughly a thousand years is flexible, and not intended to restrict.  Some projects will begin earlier, while others end later.  More interesting to us is how zones around the world produce change or transform themselves at varied rates of speed, and we are especially interested in how the western heritage of time—history as divided into clear-cut modern and premodern eras—can be re-thought and complexified in a global perspective.

Our platform also acts as a portal to important digital projects hosted elsewhere, so that you can navigate between many kinds of worlds in a Global Middle Ages.  As we add new projects, and aggregate projects held elsewhere, we hope to tell the stories of 1,001 years across the globe.