Podcast: Why we must record the global, the local, and everything in-between

Recording Global Diplomacy: Contextualizing Perspectives

In 1999, the Organization of African Unity cited dissatisfaction with the solely “global” approach that the UN had applied in their International Decade for Disabled Persons (1983–1992), and declared an African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (1999–2009) to explore “local” approaches

Was the UN’s approach truly detached from the ground reality? In this podcast, Sam De Schutter discusses his paper “A Global Approach to Local Problems? How to Write a Longer, Deeper, and Wider History of the International Year of Disabled Persons in Kenya” published in Open Access in Brill’s Diplomatica, where he argues that to get to the truth historians must go beyond the global-local dichotomy.

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