The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) aims to encourage scholarship and collaboration across the boundaries of national histories and disciplinary frameworks.
Members come to FEEGI from a wide range of fields, interests, and perspectives. Some members study Europe, others European colonies overseas. Some focus on European expansion, while others work on powerful kingdoms and empires or small scale societies around the globe with which Europeans had different kinds of interactions. We focus on the colonist and the colonized, on the conqueror and the conquered. We specialize in different oceanic basins and land masses. Some of us adopt a global perspective while others pursue microhistory. Some live within nations whose histories are deeply entangled with the issues central to FEEGI's intellectual scope. But, together, we look at places and people touched directly and indirectly, benignly or catastrophically, by the process of enhanced global interaction that commenced in the fourteenth century.
FEEGI holds a biennial conference in even-numbered years. The first meeting in 1996 established a practice that continues to the present: panels at FEEGI meetings are organized thematically, rather than geographically or by nation, to encourage comparative thinking across large amounts of space and time. By custom all sessions have been plenary, thus privileging the collective and collegial interaction which is at the heart of FEEGI's enterprise, and offering the possibility of making theoretical connections outside the limits of a conference session.
The Forum is an affiliated organization of the American Historical Association, and is linked to the journal Itinerario, which is based in Leiden, The Netherlands. FEEGI also has established partnerships with the John Carter Brown Library and the Huntington Library, two of many research institutions and other organizations with purposes and interests similar to FEEGI. In 2010, FEEGI has more than 200 members, largely based in North America but spanning the globe. The executive committee and membership invite you to become a member and participate in upcoming FEEGI activities.