I promised earlier to come back about a possible institutional home base for the Big History European Network. Although we have not discussed the details, Esther Quaedackers has indicated that – if this should be the wish of our members – the University of Amsterdam could become such an institutional home base for us in the future. Just like Grand Rapids University is the official home base of the International Big History Association (IBHA).
Without centralizing things too much, I believe this could be advantageous. First of all, it will create a strong link between our network and the most advanced Big History research group in Europe. And consequently to the IBHA. Moreover, if at any point we would like to apply for (European) grants for network activities, it will definitely be a great advantage to have such as respectable institution behind a proposal.
At the same time, this should of course not limit us to take initiatives elsewhere. I don’t think there is any objection to having our digital home base – this one – hosted from the UK. Or to have meetings or summer schools organized by our members in attractive places like Salas or Coldigioco, as proposed earlier. To the contrary.
Before taking next steps, however, I think it should be discussed within the network how we feel about it. As Wyken proposed earlier, I also think it would be useful for us to jointly identify some first priorities. This could be one of them, but it is not necessarily. We can do that by posting here, or in an online forum, or in a Skype session with those people interested. If you have any thoughts about this, or on how to proceed, please share them!