Lecturer Position in Imperial or Global History (University of Exeter)

Our colleagues at the University of Exeter – incidentally home to an excellent blog on imperial and global history – have recently announced a search for a full-time, permanent position as a Lecturer in Imperial or Global History. According to the job advertisement,

The successful applicant will hold a PhD (or will have submitted and be awaiting examination) in Imperial or Global History and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in these fields of research, in areas related or complementary to existing Exeter strengths. He/she will be able to demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics; a strong record in attracting research funding, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding, teamwork skills to work in collaboration with existing group members, an active and supportive approach to inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research that will help to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally, the attitude and ability to engage in continuous professional development, the aptitude to develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning and enthusiasm for delivering undergraduate programmes. 

Applications for the position, which is remunerated at £33,242 per annum, are requested no later than April 12, 2015. Interviews, the advertisement notes, will likely take place in the month of May.


Assistant Professor Position in Global History, University of Warwick

The University of Warwick (located in Coventry, England) has announced a search for a three-year Assistant Professor position with a specialization in Global History. “The Department,” reads the advertisement,

seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Global History for the period 1st September 2015 to 31st July 2018. You will conduct research and teaching in Global History both individually and in collaboration with colleagues within the Department, and across the University. You will be expected to build research networks in your specialism beyond the University.
You will have a proven record of achievement in research, with clear potential for and/or demonstrated excellence in publication in an area or areas of Global History. Candidates with a strong research record in Global History focussing on connections between Europe and Asia in the early modern period are particularly invited to apply for this post.

The position comes with compensation of £38,511 to £45,954 per annum; further details of the position are available at the above link. Applications are due no later than April 20, 2015.


Getting to (Global) Work with Andrea Komlosy: Discussing “Work: A Global History”

Work remains ever-present with us, yet somehow elusive. We spend more time doing it than anything else, other than sleeping, and yet defining what, exactly, the term means can be a challenge. Part of the reason may be the decline of solid salaried work, where one punched in and out of the factory, and knew that hours logged meant hours logged. For a time, even white-collar workers had the certainty of knowing that the weekend was just that – physical and infrastructural distance from fax machines, cell phones, and the papers, mountains of paper at the office. Today, however, many people not only allow office e-mail to intrude into the weekend; more than that, they embrace working from home.

 Others are less lucky. Among historians, those who wash out in the brutal competition for the promise of tenured lifetime employment sometimes submit to the even crueler reality of the adjunct route. The root of the term itself demonstrates their precariousness: in linguistics, an adjunct is an optional, a “structurally dispensable” part of an utterance. All the same, as more and more work seems to become “casualized” (another telling term), organizers demand rights and privileges that were traditionally bundled with “full-time” or “traditional” employment. All the while, back at home, partners may grumble that there is precious little talk of unionizing or granting medical insurance to those of us stuck doing dishes, vacuuming, or putting a hot meal on the table.

The cover of Andrea Komlosy's "Arbeit: eine globalhistorische Perspektive" ("Work: A Global History Perspective")
The cover of Andrea Komlosy’s “Arbeit: eine globalhistorische Perspektive” (“Work: A Global History Perspective”)

The vocabulary that we use to talk about work remains, in short, of massive political importance, but all too often, we don’t scrutinize it very closely. Not, at least until Andrea Komlosy‘s 2014 book Arbeit: Eine globalhistorische Perspektive (Work: A Global History Perspective), published by Promedia Verlag. We recently had the chance to speak with Komlosy about her road to writing about social history and the history of work, as well as what it means to apply a global history perspective to a theme that necessarily stretches across hundreds of years. Let’s get to work, then, and dive into a discussion about Work. Continue reading


Lecturer Position in International History (King’s College London)

As our recent posts suggest, it’s an exciting job market season for UK positions in international and global history. It’s about to get even more exciting, as our colleagues at King’s College London have recently advertised a Lecturer position in Twentieth-Century International History, tenable from September 1, 2015.  This is a great opportunity for historians interested in modern international history, particularly as KCL boasts not just a great History Department, but also a Department of War Studies with overlapping areas of interest with the post in question.

The call for applications (more here) reads as follows:

Applications are welcome from scholars with research expertise in any aspect of twentieth-century international history. We would particularly welcome applicants with research interests of broad global reach and wide thematic significance. Applications from candidates with the demonstrable ability to attract external grant funding, and/or to engage with public audiences, would be particularly welcome.
The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the delivery of teaching at all levels, including introductory undergraduate lectures in modern world history, upper-level undergraduate modules, MA modules and PhD supervision. S/he will work closely with colleagues in the Department of War Studies, and will take particular responsibility for the delivery of the new undergraduate degree in History and International Relations that will be offered jointly by the two departments from September 2016. S/he will also conduct and publish top-quality research in their area of specialism.
The Department of History at King’s is a large, top-ranking department, covering all broad areas of post-antique history, and with particular strength in modern world history. The successful candidate will play an important role in the further development of our teaching, research, public engagement and international reputation in this area.

Those interested are requested to send in their application materials no later than April 12, 2015.


Lecturer in Early Modern Global History, University of Chester

The University of Chester is searching for a candidate for a position in Early Modern Global History (1650-1800) as a Permanent Lecturer. The post, which begins on September 1st of this year, notes to candidates that

You will have a good Honours Degree (normally 2.1 or First or equivalent) in History and a Ph.D. in Early Modern Global History, 1650-1800. You will have considerable higher education teaching experience and a proven capacity to deliver a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Early Modern Global History, 1650-1800, including an existing Special Subject on ‘Revolution Politics, War and the Jacobites: The Emergence of Britain 1688-1746’. You may have experience of supervising undergraduate history dissertations as well as an ability to enhance the MA and MRes postgraduate provision. You will have evidence of either publications on Early Modern Global History, 1650-1800, or demonstrable evidence of work-in-progress towards such publications.

For more information, see the job advertisement here, or the more specific job description here.  Move fast, though: applications are due no later than March 26th.


Political Economy of the World System Conference (PEWS) in Berlin, Germany

Followers of global history in the German capital, or simply those interested in one of the most venerable traditions of global history, will be interested to know that the 39th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of the World System will be taking place this March 19–21, 2015, at the Institute for Latin American Studies of  the Free University of Berlin.

The event features a rich mix of panels from scholars working in the tradition of world systems theory, and keynote talks by Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale), Madina Tlostanova (RANEPA), and Hans-Heinrich Nolte (Hannover. The conference organizers note that non-participants are welcome to attend the sessions, but request registration in advance (more information here).


Incidentally, one of the panel chairs at the conference will be Andrea Komlosy (University of Vienna), whose recent book  Arbeit: eine globalhistorische Perspektive (Work: A Global History Perspectivestands at the center of an upcoming interview with the Toynbee Prize Foundation.


2015 Harvard International History Conference – “Transitions: States and Empires in the Longue Durée”

Our colleagues at Harvard have announced the schedule for this year’s Harvard Graduate Student Conference on international history, taking place this March 12-13, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).

In addition to stimulating presentations by graduate students around the world, the conference features a public keynote address by NYU’s Jane Burbank, “Escaping Empire, Escaping Europe? History and Historians in Transition.” Conference attendees will be treated to remarks over dinner by Tufts historian and Toynbee Prize Foundation Trustee David Ekbladh, who will reflect on changes in the field of international and global history since the inaugural Harvard International History conference fifteen years ago.

For more general information, check out the conference’s website here.


Job in International History at the University of Sheffield

Here’s another good job posting: our colleagues at the University of Sheffield have advertised a position for a Senior Lecturer or Reader in International History, with a starting date of this September. (For those unfamiliar with the British academic system, a Senior Lecturer or Reader position is roughly equivalent to an Associate Professor position in a North American university.)

The posting, an advertisement explains:

is an ideal opportunity for a scholar with an outstanding publication record and excellent teaching ability to join one of the leading centres for historical research in the United Kingdom. You will have teaching and research strengths within the broad area of international and imperial history and you will provide leadership both in international history and in the Department as a whole. You will also be able to direct teaching and research with imagination and ambition and serve as a mentor and collaborator for junior colleagues. This will include design and delivery of teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, developing the Department’s research profile through the production of high quality publications and attracting external research funding.
You will also be expected to contribute to the Department’s presence within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the wider University and, through outreach and knowledge exchange, in Sheffield and beyond. You will have a PhD in History or a related subject area (or have equivalent experience), proven teaching and leadership ability and the capacity to carry out high quality research and disseminate research findings. The ability to communicate to a variety of audiences is also essential for this position.

The position is compensated at £48,743 to £54,841 per annum, with potential to progress to £63,552; applications are due no later than March 18th, through Sheffield’s online jobs system.


Samuel Moyn & Andrew Sartori on Global Intellectual History

Over at one of our favorite blogs, the Imperial and Global Forum run by the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the University of Exeter, Professors Samuel Moyn (Harvard) and Andrew Sartori (NYU) have authored a useful contribution to discussions about the future of global intellectual history. In their piece, “What is Global Intellectual History – And Should It Exist At All,” Moyn and Sartori partly respond to some of the charges levied against their recent volume, Global Intellectual History, by UCLA historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam in a review.

In response to the criticism, Moyn and Sartori argue that:

our volume on Global Intellectual History is as much devoted to whether there ought to be such a field as to what it should look like. Our goal is to slow down in the face of enthusiasm, not unthinkingly ride its wave, as otherwise seems so tempting given the proliferation of books, courses, even chairs in the subject.
Lurking in contemporary historical writing, for the most part below the level of explicit argument, are a series of provisional approaches to how we might understand the global scale of intellectual history. If we are to approach these questions about the global connectedness of ideas with any clarity and directness, we must begin by recognizing the differences between various approaches. Only then can we be confident that we are talking about the same sets of historical problems, and invoking coherent and compatible frameworks for analyzing them.
One influential conception of human history has been in terms of a gradual evolution from bad ideas to good ones. That history would then imply that the locations with the most developed and adequate ways of thinking would therefore be most likely to produce ideas that were increasingly unshackled from spatial limitations.
To take a classic example from the work of Berkeley Sinologist Joseph Levenson, when the West confronted China, the longstanding claims of Chinese scholars to the universal significance of their ideas was brought into crisis by the universal power of modern Western ideas. Mitchell gets at this one-way relationship in highlighting the enthusiasm with which the novel thinking of political economy was greeted in the east. From this perspective, the non-Western world is forever trapped in one of two roles: grateful recipient of Western truth, or irrational recalcitrant.

The point, they continue, is not only to investigate the reverse process (“the West” learning from its subalterns), nor only to place into question, as Subrahmanyam does, the value of a research agenda that places the diffusion or acceptance of Western ideas at the centerpiece of global intellectual history.  More than that, they argue for what one might dub a global topography of concepts, investigating how phenomena that have little to do with ideas per se – the divides between sedentary and nomadic societies, or the Iron Curtain, say – have had a profound effect on the contexts in which ideas could be received.

Such a research agenda – embracing the wide geographic and temporal bounds that Subrahmanyam pleads for – would not only hint at the non-intellectual reasons for the non-globalization of certain ideas; more than that, and perhaps more profoundly, it might suggest why certain ideas have found limited or unintended resonance even in settings where intellectual transfer did take place. As the pair conclude,

It might also soon turn out that those whom we (whoever “we” might be) want to listen have heard perfectly well. It might be that they articulate the same sets of concerns in terms we don’t readily recognize. Or it might be that, of the many things they hear from elsewhere, they have chosen to engage some ideas but not others. Or it might be that they have heard all too well, learning not only our meanings but also how to transform them to their ends. 

Readers can consult the full piece at Exeter’s blog. Alternatively – or additionally – Moyn and Sartori’s edited volume comes out in paperback this April.


Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History: Theories, Methodology and Case Studies (September 2015)

Our colleagues at the European University Institute in Florence have recently announced what looks to be an exciting summer school in Transnational and Comparative History. Taking place from September 14-17, 2015 and targeted at graduate students (up until their last year of enrollment), the Summer School pitches itself as a forum to participate in seminars with faculty from the European University Institute, visit the Library and Archives of the European Union and, of course, meet other practitioners. The announcement explains further:

Are you dissatisfied with the study of national history? Do you want to widen your historical horizons? If so the tenth EUI Summer School in Transnational and Comparative History is for you. It will take place in September 2015 in the historic Villa Schifanoia set in beautiful gardens overlooking Florence. Continue reading