Harvard University and the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam will be working together intensively. In this partnership, Harvard has set up the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH), a centre dedicated to assembling a worldwide network of research institutes.
The two institutions will team up with institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that focus on Global History. The IISH and Harvard will be pivotal in this network for the time being.
The partnership derives from the idea that history is nearly always written from a Western perspective. The WIGH intends to promote historiography from a non-Western perspective as a means of bringing about new scholarly insights.
Potential partnership formats include: congresses, publications, research projects, and exchanges of students and researchers. Harvard and the IISH are presently in discussions with potential partner institutes.