Kerry Goettlich

Goettlich Kerry

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I am an interdisciplinary researcher with broad interests in Global History, Historical Sociology, and International Relations Theory. My current project examines the historical origins of modern territoriality. In contrast to most work on the topic, which begins with the European state ideal and claims or assumes that this was ‘exported’ to the rest of the world, I argue that the surveying and demarcation of linear borders has historically been a practice relatively separate from the sovereign state. Modern borderlines in most of the world emerged out of colonialism, and I examine the particularly colonial circumstances that led to their origins.


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