The Research Group on Empires, Metropolises, and Extra-European Societies (GRIMSE) is the result of an ongoing collaboration between scholars, stretching over 20 years, dedicated to the study of the Spanish Empire. Our purposes are two-fold. First, the group seeks to break with old historial narratives caught within national traditions and outdated generalizations; we instead emphasize the connections and interdependencies among various empires, states, and polities throughout the world. Second, we approach our research from a comparative perspective, engaging with other historiographical traditions that have also explored the various supranational historical phenomena with which we are concerned.

The 2018-19 GRIMSE seminar schedule is available here.

To learn more about our other previous and upcoming activities, please visit this page




Departament of Humanities

Edifici Jaume I (campus de la Ciutadella)
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona

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