Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

For readers of the Global History Blog interested, like some of the previous guests to the Global History Forum, in American diplomatic history, here’s a recent call for applications at Duke University‘s Sanford School of Public Policy that should be of interest.:

The Sanford School of Public Policy invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor of public policy or associate professor of public policy with tenure.  This search is to fill an Assistant or Associate Professorship in the field of American military history and policy or American diplomatic history and policy.  While the preference is for candidates at the Assistant level, we will consider files of advanced junior professors close to tenure or recently tenured. The successful candidate’s research interests will fall within the 20th/21st century period and at the intersection of history and public policy and will contribute to Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy (for more information on the AGS Program.

The Sanford School includes a full-time faculty of 65, and offers an undergraduate major, two masters programs, and a Ph.D. program. More information on the Sanford School can be found at www.sanford.duke.edu

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, CV, and three letters of reference to Peter Feaver, Chair, Modern American Military/Diplomatic History Search via Academic Jobs Online. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2016.


Developing Global International Relations: What, Who, and How? – TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research

Amitav Acharya, “Developing Global International Relations: What, Who, and How?”

Over at TRAFO, a Germany-based blog of for transregional research, Professor Amitav Acharya has penned a useful post titled “Doing Global International Relations” that offers a point of view on how a global history perspective could contribute to scholarship on international relations. As we have explored in Global History Forum pieces, like our conversation with Robert Vitalis on the role of race in the making of international relations, a dogmatic insistence on the timeless existence of schools of realism, liberalism, and constructivism doesn’t quite capture the history of the discipline. Nor, Acharya suggests, does it account for the ways in which non-Western actors have experienced the international system and theorized about it.

In his piece, Acharya asks the question of what an alternative perspective might look like:

So what does it mean to “do” Global IR? Doing Global IR is not simply adding a case-study from non-Western parts of the world, or having a regional perspective on world politics. Such works mainly end up applying theories from the West. It is also not done by simply highlighting the exclusion of regions, themes, or non-Western voices. This has already been done in a good deal of recent work on postcolonialism and Non-Western IR Theory. Finally, it is also not done by treating Global IR as if it were a theory in itself that merely needs to be “applied” to different world contexts. So what then?

He suggests a few possible answers to this question:

There are multiple pathways to “doing” Global IR. No single way can be imposed. But the key to any approach to Global IR is to “bring the Rest in”: to end the marginalization of the non-Western and Global South’s ideas, history, voices, and agency. Hence, in developing Global IR, it is important to have as many voices as possible, representing different subfields: development, security, feminist IR, foreign policy, IR theory, and other sections. This will be consistent with a core principle of Global IR, which is to engage in broad conversation across perspectives, rather than a dialogue of the like-minded, or preaching to the converted.

In my view, “doing” and writing Global IR thus involves:

• Bringing in multiple and global origins of concepts and processes
• Focusing on time and context
• Paying attention to both material and ideational/normative causes and consequences
• Comparing and generalizing from the local to the global and vice versa; a two-way process acknowledging diversity and circularity but seeking to identifying shared and common patterns
• Drawing from global history and philosophy, and developing narratives on the basis of autonomous, comparative and connected histories
• Shedding Westphalianism and acknowledging the contribution of classical and hierarchical (international) systems
• Focusing on agency of the states and societies other than the West

Attentive readers will note that these priorities share much with feminist critiques of international relations, or theories of IR that situate themselves within established schools, like Mohammed Ayoob’s subaltern realism. Archarya, however, calls for new institutional endeavours to build up the field of global international relations including blogs, journals, and awards devoted to fostering the new field.

For more, read the blog post here!


Call for Nominations: International Research Award – TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research

International Research Award, Max Weber Foundation & Historisches Kolleg (Munich, Germany)

Do you know a scholar in the humanities or social sciences whose work deserves recognition, or who would benefit from a period of research in Munich? If so, consider the recent call for nominations for the International Research Award run by the Max Weber Foundation and the Historisches Kolleg in Munich:

The Max Weber Foundation and the Historisches Kolleg are inviting applications for the International Research Award of the Max Weber Foundation in cooperation with the Historisches Kolleg. Former laureates are Isabel V. Hull and Georges Didi-Huberman.

The aims of the International Research Award include, amongst others, the recognition of the achievements of those scholars whose work to date has made an exemplary contribution to international research in the fields of the humanities and social and cultural sciences. The International Research Award is worth 30,000 Euros.

For 2017, the Max Weber Foundation and the Historisches Kolleg are inviting applications for the International Research Award for the third time. The award includes the option of a period of research spent in Munich. The awardee can also conduct an international colloquium at the Historisches Kolleg. Scholars from the host countries and regions of the institutes of the Max Weber Foundation are eligible for nomination. Scholars from German universities and research organizations are eligible to make nominations. Academics from research facilities in Germany are eligible to nominate.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 15 November 2016.

Interested in nominating someone? Detailed information regarding to the guidelines, programme description and nomination formular you will find here.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the individuals nominating recipients of the prize should be based at institutions in Germany, while the person being nominated for the prize should be based in one of the countries where the Max Weber Foundation maintains a presence. That means the USA, the UK, France, Poland, Italy, Japan, or Turkey.

Research Fellowships in Historical & Philosophical Studies at University of Cambridge

Research Fellowships, St John’s College (University of Cambridge)

For readers of the Global History Blog on the job market this year, here’s a recent call for applications for Research Fellowships at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge:

Applications are invited for Research Fellowships in Historical & Philosophical Studies and related fields intended for outstanding researchers early in their careers. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic environment. Applications will be accepted from any graduate of a university within or outside the United Kingdom.

All candidates should note that these Research Fellowships are extremely competitive and typically less than one candidate in 100 is successful.

Successful candidates are expected to be either graduate students, probably in the latter stages of their research leading to a PhD Degree, or post-doctoral researchers who have been awarded their PhD Degree after 1 October 2015. Candidates who do not fulfill these criteria are unlikely to be considered.

More details on how to apply (the deadline is 5 PM local time in Cambridge, UK on October 3, 2016), as well as the application form itself, may be found here.

Call for Applications – Blankensee Colloquium (Berlin, Germany)

For scholars based in Berlin or the surrounding area, here is a recent attractive call for applications to organize a colloquium on a thematic topic of your choice, courtesy of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin. As the application materials are in German, we reproduce here the text of the call in its original German:

Mit der vorliegenden Ausschreibung werden jüngere Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus Berlin und Brandenburg eingeladen, einen Antrag für die Ausrichtung eines Blankensee-Colloquiums zu stellen. Die Blankensee-Colloquien sind kleine internationale Tagungen oder Workshops mit etwa 20 Teilnehmenden zu einer innovativen Fragestellung aus dem Bereich der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Der Gegenstand der Tagung sollte dem thematischen Rahmen des Programms – der Erforschung gesellschaftlicher und kultureller Wandlungsprozesse unserer Zeit – Rechnung tragen. Dabei ist die Verknüpfung unterschiedlicher disziplinärer und methodischer Zugänge ebenso willkommen wie eine vergleichende Perspektive, aus der solche Wandlungsprozesse auch im Lichte historisch ferner und kulturell fremder Erfahrungen betrachtet werden. Der thematische Rahmen des Programms – Kultureller und Sozialer Wandel – ist bewusst weit gesteckt. Er ist auch als eine Einladung zu verstehen, Fragestellungen in den Blick zu nehmen, die nicht im Zentrum der jeweiligen Disziplin oder der üblichen Arbeit stehen und deshalb unter dem Gesichtspunkt der Karriereentwicklung riskant erscheinen mögen. Die Blankensee-Colloquien wollen einen Raum bieten, neuartige, experimentelle Forschungsfragen zur Diskussion zu stellen und für ihre Akzeptanz zu werben.

Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Promovierte, Habilitierte, Juniorprofessorinnen und -professoren, Nachwuchsgruppenleiterinnen und -leiter oder Neuberufene mit einer Anbindung an eine wissenschaftliche Einrichtung in Berlin. (Bei gemeinsamen Anträgen von mehreren Personen muss mindestens eine eine Anbindung an eine Einrichtung in Berlin haben (Hauptantragsteller/-in)). Jüngere Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, die am Anfang ihrer Karriere stehen, sollen die Möglichkeit erhalten, sich und ihre Arbeit im Rahmen eines Blankensee-Colloquiums einem Kreis von Fachkolleginnen und Kollegen aus dem In- und Ausland vorzustellen. Sie sollen die Tagung nach ihren eigenen Vorstellungen gestalten und durchführen, sowohl im Hinblick auf die thematische Ausrichtung als auch auf das Format und die Wahl der Teilnehmenden. Die Colloquien bieten die Chance, die eigenen Netzwerke zu erweitern und Kontakte zu einschlägigen Fachkolleginnen und Kollegen herzustellen bzw. zu vertiefen. Sie eröffnen mitunter auch die Möglichkeit, ausgewählte Beiträge zu veröffentlichen, was zur Sichtbarkeit des spezifischen Forschungsansatzes beiträgt.

Zum Verfahren:
Interessierte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler – Einzelpersonen oder kleine Teams von bis zu drei Personen – reichen einen Antrag (3 bis 5 Seiten) ein, in dem das Forschungsfeld vorgestellt und erläutert wird, wie es in einem Blankensee-Colloquium inhaltlich präsentiert und weiterentwickelt werden soll. Der Antrag sollte den state of the art des vorgeschlagenen Feldes beschreiben und darlegen, welche Entwicklungen wünschenswert erscheinen. Es sollte gezeigt werden, welche Forschungspotenziale dafür in Berlin und Brandenburg vorhanden sind bzw. fehlen, wie die Fragestellung von internationalen Expertinnen und Experten eingeschätzt wird und welche anderen Forscherinnen und Forscher – aus Berlin, national und international – als Gesprächspartner einbezogen werden sollen.

Die Blankensee-Colloquien werden vom Kooperationsfonds am Wissenschaftskolleg getragen. Die Auswahl aus den eingegangenen Anträgen obliegt den Präsidentinnen/Präsidenten bzw. Rektoren der Freien Universität Berlin, der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Technischen Universität Berlin, der Berlin Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, des Wissenschaftszentrums Berlin für Sozialforschung und des Wissenschaftskollegs zu Berlin. Jährlich wird ein Blankensee-Colloquium vergeben. Das Wissenschaftskolleg koordiniert das Programm.

Entsprechend dem Antrag planen und organisieren die ausgewählten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ihre Tagung selbstständig. Sie bestimmen das Programm und die Teilnehmenden. Soweit gewünscht berät sie das Wissenschaftskolleg oder vermittelt Kontakte zu ehemaligen Fellows. Für die Tagung stehen einschließlich Vor- und Nachbereitung Mittel in Höhe von maximal € 20.000 zur Verfügung. Diese Mittel des Kooperationsfonds können für die üblichen Tagungskosten wie zum Beispiel Reise, Unterbringung und Verpflegung der Teilnehmenden verwendet werden. Bei Bedarf kann ein Teil auch für vorbereitende Aktivitäten (z.B. Gespräche mit auswärtigen Kollegen, Planungstreffen) oder für eine Hilfskraft unmittelbar vor und während der Veranstaltung vorgesehen werden.

In order to apply, applicants are required to send an application as a PDF file to Martin Garstecki (garstecki@wiko-berlin.de) no later than October 19, 2016. The application will include a five-page conceptual sketch as to the project and a CV no longer than 5 pages (including a list of publications).

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Assistant Professor of History (Willamette University, Salem, Oregon)

For those hitting the job market this year with an eye on the Pacific Northwest, here’s a recent call for applications to a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, the state capitol and not far from the Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Coast, or Portland.

The Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2017.

We seek candidates with combined teaching and research expertise in transnational history with an area of focus in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, or Pacific Rim/Pacific Indigenous Studies. Teaching responsibilities include five courses annually. Candidates should have a proven and/or potential capability for excellence in undergraduate teaching and an active research agenda.

For more information about the Department of History, please visit 

Willamette University is a small, distinguished undergraduate institution with a strong liberal arts curriculum, committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Founded in 1842, as the first University in the West, Willamette takes full advantage of its location in the heart of the Willamette Valley, in Salem, across the street from the state capitol, and a one-hour drive from Portland, Eugene, the Oregon Coast and the Cascade Mountains. The 72-acre campus consists of an undergraduate college of liberal arts together with professional schools in law and management.

To apply, please submit an online application including the following items:

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required before hiring)
• One-page statement of teaching philosophy
• Writing Sample
• One-page statement of how, as a scholar and teacher, you might engage and sustain our institutional commitment to diversity and equity
• Sample Syllabi
• Three letters of recommendation

The deadline for applications is September 23, 2016; inquiries maybe directed to Dr. Wendy Petersen Coring, Search Committee Chair, Department of History, at wpeterse@willamette.edu.



Advanced Associate Professor / Full Professor, Military History, University of Texas-Austin

While not a topic we’ve featured enough here at the Toynbee Prize Foundation, military history is alive and well and a necessary part of the conversation on global history. Luckily for its practitioners, too, there’s a recent call for applications for a great job at the University of Texas-Austin, whose Department of History is in the process of re-orienting itself towards transnational approaches. As a recent call for applications announces,

as part of a major departmental initiative in transnational history, the History Department of the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a position in military history. The area of specialization is open; however candidates with experience in the area of transnational history are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have an outstanding record of publication and an established reputation in the field.  Applicants should also have documented evidence of teaching excellence. 

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in high quality research/scholarly activities, demonstrate effective classroom teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, direct graduate research, and exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university.

A PhD degree in History or related field is required. Applicants should have prior experience in the rank of advanced associate or full professor. Salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should be submitted via Interfolio no later than October 15, 2016. Complete applications will include “a letter of interest, detailed curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Charters Wynn, Department of History.”


“Crossing Borders, Challenging Boundaries” (Conference, Central Michigan University, March 31-April 1, 2017)

For graduate students interested in transnational approaches and based in the Midwest, here is a recent call for papers for a graduate student conference at Central Michigan University. This is a great opportunity to present one’s work early on during graduate education.

The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will host “Crossing Borders, Challenging Boundaries, ” at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, March 31-April 1, 2017. We invite graduate students from across the social sciences and the humanities to submit proposals for papers or panels that adopt an interdisciplinary or transnational approach but we are also seeking papers or panels that approach historical topics in more traditional ways. All submissions must be based on original research.
In keeping with the theme of the conference, individual papers will be organized into panels that cross spatial, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries. The IGHSC will present prizes for the best papers in several categories.

To apply, please send an abstract of 250-350 words and a short curriculum vita as an attachment to histconf@cmich.edu. As the organizers note, “preference will be given to papers and panels received during the early submission period which ends December 19, 2016. The final deadline for abstract submission is February 8, 2017.”



Fung Global Fellows Program, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University

For scholars of global history–particularly those working on topics related to the theme of resentment–here’s a terrific opportunity to spend a year in idyllic Princeton, New Jersey, with a community of scholars devoted to global history approaches. As a recent call for applications explains,

Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).  Each year the program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme.  Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise, but who are still early in their careers.

During the academic year 2017-18, the program theme will be “The Culture and Politics of Resentment.” Resentment is a powerful emotion for expressing culture and politics. Experiences and memories of humiliation, oppression, and marginalization have stimulated emotions of resentment, and produced compelling demands for political inclusion and justice around the world. Alternatively, rage against what is seen as the “tyranny of the minority,” inequality, the corruption and aloofness of elites, the “foreign,” and the illegitimate have generated powerful populist upsurges against the perceived enemies of a homogeneous body of “the people.”  The goal of the 2017-18 Fung Global Fellows cohort will be to explore the full range of phenomena involved in the culture and politics of resentment, the conditions that produce such sentiments, and the projects they advance.  We invite applications from scholars whose work addresses this topic in any historical period or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the humanities and social sciences.

Applications for fellowships are invited from scholars who have received their PhD no earlier than September 1, 2007, with the deadline for applications being November 1, 2016. More information about how to apply is available at the program’s website here.


Advanced Associate or Full Professor, Asian-American Studies, Latina/o Studies, Native American or Indigenous Studies, Comparative/Transnational Ethnic Studies, Yale University

For advanced scholars with an interest in transnationalism and ethnic studies (broadly conceived), here is a recent call for applications in the Elm City (New Haven, Connecticut) from Yale University’s Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. The call explains:

The Yale University Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration seeks to make at least one senior appointment of a scholar working in Asian American Studies, Latina/o Studies, Native American or Indigenous Studies, or Comparative/Transnational Ethnic Studies. Applications are welcome from scholars at the level of advanced Associate or Full Professor who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and teaching, as well as leadership in their field and in the profession.

The successful candidate or candidates will begin on July 1, 2017 and hold a joint appointment in the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and another fitting academic department or program.

Those interested in applying are invited to make use of Interfolio, where they should upload a cover letter, a CV, and a statement of research and teaching interests. Letters of reference are not required at this stage. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2016.