CFP: Global Histories: A Student Journal

Graduate student readers should consider this great call for submissions for the journal Global Histories. The call explains more:

In recent years, global history has become one of the most ambitious and promising strands of historical research. The approach targets relations, flows, and actors that challenge the assumption of the nation state as a natural and inevitable category of historical analysis. It calls attention to the importance of transnational, trans-regional, or trans-local connections and their influence on the past.

But how can we actually “do global history” in practical terms? To which issues and themes does global historical research add insight? How can global history complement but also challenge other disciplines? And conversely, what critiques and new ideas can other disciplines bring to global history?

To contribute possible answers to these questions, we encourage the submission of research articles that exemplify concrete research informed by global historical perspectives or reflect relevant methodological considerations. The wide range of questions pursued in the research articles previously published in Global Histories may serve as a starting point for your consideration:

We also welcome the submission of history conference reviews. Please review a history conference which you have attended in the last months, focusing on how the conference was intellectually conceptualized and how it related to wider trends within the discipline of history.

Who We Are

Global Histories is a student-run open-access journal based in the MA Global History program at Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität in Berlin. We are looking for submissions from fellow students across the world for our journal’s fifth issue which is to be published in April 2018.


Article submissions should be 5000-7000 words and conference reviews approximately 1000-1500 words. All submissions must be in English, follow the Chicago Manual of Style for Notes and Bibliography and must not be under review or have been previously published elsewhere. For more detailed information on our submission guidelines please consult:

Authors should register on our website to submit their work. Questions related to topics or submissions should be directed to well in advance of the January 1st, 2018 final deadline.

CFP: Global History Student Conference (Berlin, Germany, June 9-10, 2018)

For graduate student readers of the Global History Blog, this recent call for applications is for you. The students of the Global History MA program at Humboldt University Berlin and Free University Berlin have announced “Global History Student Conference 2018” in Berlin. This graduate student-focused conference on global history provides the opportunity to enhance academic network and experience for early career researchers! The call explains more:

We have now opened our Call for Applications for next year’s GHSConference to be held on June 9th and 10th in Berlin!

We are excited about your proposals for presentations to be submitted on this website before February 1st, 2018.

The core of the conference’s program are the all-student panels, the keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Sebastian Conrad, head of Freie Universität’s Center for Global History and we will offer several workshops to familiarize you with alternative approaches to studying and presenting history.

We invite you to submit research projects of different time periods, crossing geographical but also disciplinary boundaries. The goal is to exchange experiences and to work together in an open and non-competitive way which is why we explicitly invite undergraduate students to apply: if you have ever written a paper or essay in this field, this is the perfect place to present it!

You find all further information in the actual Call for Applications, if any questions remain unanswered, please do not hesitate to email us to

Please share this call with your friends and co-students, we are looking forward to reading your abstracts!

CFP: Anti-Catholicism in Europe & America, 1520-1900 (Newcastle, UK, 11-13 September 2018)

A three-day workshop on anti-Catholicism in Europe and America will be held at Newcastle University 11-13 September 2018. The aims of the workshop are to compare and contrast the anti-Catholic traditions of a range of countries and regions across Europe and America from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century; to see how definitions of ‘popery’ changed according to the political/religious context in which they were situated; and to assess how, why, and to what extent anti-Catholicism might be seen to have contributed to wider historical processes such as the Reformation, Enlightenment, empire, state building, and the formation of national identities.

The workshop will not be run via a series of formal papers, but will encourage discussion, exchange and interdisciplinary debate. We would like to encourage historians, art historians, theologians, and literature scholars, and those from other disciplines and at all stages of their careers to participate in this workshop. If you are interested in contributing, please submit a 300 word abstract of your research interests and how they relate to one or more of the following themes to by April 30th 2018:

  • Anti-Catholicism and National Identities
  • Anti-Catholicism and the Atlantic World
  • Anti-Catholicism in America
  • Anti-Catholicism and the Reformation
  • Anti-Catholicism and the Enlightenment
  • Anti-Catholic readings of the past
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Stereotypes
  • Representations of ‘papists’
  • Anti-Catholicism and politics/political thought
  • Anti-Catholic violence, unrest, and riot
  • Change and continuity in concepts of anti-Catholicism
  • Catholic reactions to anti-Catholicism

It is expected that proceedings from the workshop will be published at a later date.

The workshop is being organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded network, ‘Anti-Catholicism in British History: c. 1520-1900’. The aim of this network is to outline the history of anti-Catholicism in Britain by focussing on how it contributed to political, cultural, and religious movements during moments of crisis, by tracing the roles which stereotypes and conspiracy theories played in maintaining anti-Catholic ideology, and by assessing the ways in which anti-Catholicism changed across the centuries and how vital this change was to ensuring that it remained a significant part of ‘British’ and ‘Protestant’ identities. This workshop on Europe and America is intended to draw comparisons between nations: anti-Catholicism is often cited as being crucial to national identity, but was it, perhaps, a supra-national ideology? Given that so many countries and groups claimed it as a hallmark of their identity, can it be seen as a ‘national’ phenomenon in any meaningful sense?

If you would like to join the network or participate in its workshops and events, please send a brief outline of your research interests to

CFP: Fighters in a Foreign Conflict, 1848-1999 (Paris, June 2018)

With increasing attention being paid to the role of foreign volunteer fighters in recent armed conflicts around the world – whether fighting alongside Kurdish peshmerga or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Ukrainian forces in the Donbass, or the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan – the Center for History at Sciences Po proposes to examine the past and evolution of the phenomenon at a conference to be held in Paris on 28 June 2018. The event, the organizers write, intends to encompass a broad spectrum of conflicts across a long time period – aiming “to…compare…the experiences in different countries and during different wars from the Revolutions of 1848 to the Yugoslav Wars.”

Among the themes they hope to address: motivations for volunteering, volunteers’ training, their reception in host militaries and societies, their use and performance in battle, the logistical questions posed by linguistic and cultural differences volunteers may have possessed vis-a-vis their hosts, and their treatment by or in the postwar societies that emerged from the conflicts in which volunteers participated.

Contributions should be related to these questions and themes, among others, which are presented in more detail here. However, the conference is also interested in presentations concerning noncombatants such as volunteer nurses, ambulance drivers, and journalists. (Scholars working on Hemingway appear encouraged to apply.) Proposals from all disciplines related to the study of war are welcome, should be between 200 and 300 words, and be sent to by 31 December 2017. The conference language will be English, and limited funding is available for those traveling from other continents.

CFP: Survey, State, Map – Symposium of the International Society for the History of the Map (Maine, June 2018)

The International Society for the History of the Map will be hosting its 2018 symposium at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on 21-23 June of that year. The symposium welcomes “contributions on any aspect of the production, circulation, consumption, and curation of early maps and mapping;” “early” maps including all that are no longer used for their intended purposes, and “maps” including those found in literary, artistic, or popular works. The symposium especially encourages proposals that address two or more of the symposium’s three keywords (survey, state, and map), including thematic mapping of either natural or social features (or both), census mapping, topographical mapping, boundary mapping, intelligence mapping, among other related topics. An expanded call for papers with more detail is available on the Osher Map Library website.

Proposals must be original and not related to published work. They may be individual papers, poster presentations, or roundtable discussions – the organizers especially enocurage innovative panel structures. Abstracts of 250-400 words, along with accompanying information (name, email, title, institution) should be sent, along with any questions, to by 15 January 2018. Papers intended for a panel presentation should be submitted together. USM’s Matthew Edney, well known for his contributions to the history of imperial mapping, is the point of contact for the event.

CFP: A Period of Global Revolutions – Mid-1900s to Mid-1920s (Bochum, May 2018)

Scholars from the Ruhr University of Bochum and the University of Bielefeld in Germany are organizing a workshop for both “PhDs” and “early postdocs” centered on an interesting new periodization: an early twentieth century “age of revolutions,” stretching from the middle of the first decade of the century (encompassing, presumably, events such as the 1905 Russian Revolution and 1908 Ottoman, or “Young Turk” Revolution) to the mid-1920s (including the revolutionary ferment of the immediate post-First World War era). The workshop also aims to break free from the national or even regional narratives from within which these revolutions are typically seen and embrace the transnational turn in considering how they influenced one another. Going further, it seeks to interrogate whether placing these events in dialogue changes our understanding of whether some should count as “revolutions” at all – or as other forms of social and/or political unrest.

Among the more specific questions the event hopes to address: whether its periodization makes sense as an endpoint for a realization of the hopes and dreams of the proletariat of earlier decades/centuries, or as a starting point for the struggles of the twentieth century (the workshop is subtitled “foreshadowing the 20th century or ending a long revolutionary tradition?”), to what extent revolutionary movements competed against other social and cultural movements, and how different historical methodologies (social history, cultural history, urban history, or global history) could enter into dialogue to help understand this period and its upheavals.

The workshop will be held on 24 May 2018 at the Institute for Social Movements in Bochum. Proposals of up to 1,000 words may be sent to both Prof. Dr. Stefan Berger ( and Prof. Dr. Klaus Weinhauer ( by no later than 31 December 2017. Travel and accommodations funding may be available, but the organizers cannot yet confirm. Applicants will be informed of the organizers’ decision by no later than the end of January.

The 1970s in Arab-American Perspective: An Interview with Salim Yaqub

Richard Nixon and Anwar Sadat ride past cheering crowds in Alexandria, Egypt, June 1974. Provided by the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

In recent months, a young and charismatic Arab-American doctor running for governor of Michigan has stirred up US politics. The son of Arab immigrants in the United States, Abdul El-Sayed is part of the latest generation of Arab-Americans. El-Sayed and people like him suggest a significant sociological transformation taking place within the Arab-American community. Their political activism can be seen as a generational leap beyond the activism of their fathers and grandfathers.

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CFP: Business History on Commodity Trading Companies in the First Global Economy, 1870-1929 (Norwegian University, Norway)

For those interested in the global economy, this recent call for paper is for you! The editors, Marten Boon and Espen Storli from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim invite article submissions for “a special issue on commodity trading companies in the first global economy” titled “Business History on Commodity Trading Companies in the First Global Economy, 1870-1929.” The call for papers explains more:

Business History (ISSN 0007-6791) calls for articles for a special issue on commodity trading companies in the first global economy. The special issue aims to present new, transnational research on the evolution of global business in the period between 1870 and 1929. Although the issue’s focus is on the activities of commodity trading companies, we seek contributions that engage their historical experience and evolution within a global value chain framework. We therefore welcome proposals for articles that identify the key roles played by commodity trading companies and their interaction with local entrepreneurs, traders and middlemen, multinational companies and political actors in establishing the global value chains for primary commodities that entered the global economy in this period. By investigating how different actors connected and integrated the world through physically moving and transforming commodities, the special issue makes a unique contribution to our understanding of economic globalization and the evolution of global business. Specifically, the issue charts and compares the variety of globalisation trajectories and experiences of companies, commodities and regions in the first global economy.
We welcome proposals covering a wide range of regions and primary commodities, from minerals to metals to energy and soft commodities. Proposed articles should engage with the following research questions: Who were the commodity trading companies that shaped global commodity chains? How did they organise their business across borders and continents? How did they interact with other key actors, such as local entrepreneurs, traders and middlemen, multinational companies and political actors? How did their interaction shape global commodity markets and value chains, and why did these change over time? We especially invite comparative contributions, comparing company cases, regions or commodities over time. We also give preference to articles integrating Western and non-Western perspectives, in particular if they engage with questions of globalization and localization, such as why some localities were more resilient to the penetration of foreign capital than others, how trading companies acted to overcome these barriers and why they succeeded or failed.

Proposals should be submitted before November 30th, 2017 and should be no more than 1,000 words in length. It is also possible to hand in full papers or extended abstracts. Proposals should shortly describe the topic, relevance and brief outline of the paper as well as discuss the method and sources. Selected contributors will be expected to hand in a full paper by early March 2018 and participate in a publication preparation workshop to be held in March 2018. We look to submit final versions for peer-review by late Spring 2018. Please send proposals to Espen Storli ( or Marten Boon ( 

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position, Portland State University

For those global historians looking for an academic position, here is a recent call for applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at The Department of International and Global Studies at Portland State University. The call for applications explains more:

The Department of International and Global Studies at Portland State University is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin September 2018. The candidate should have expertise demonstrated through their thesis topic, teaching, or research in one or more of the following areas: Social Justice, International Crisis Management, Migration, Human Rights, and Public Policy. The candidate should also have a regional area of expertise in one of the following: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or a transnational focus.

A PhD is required in a relevant field. ABDs will be considered but must have completed their PhD by the start of the appointment. Evidence of successful teaching (at least one course taught either as a degree candidate or afterwards, or have served as a graduate teaching assistant for three courses). Candidates should have a demonstrated familiarity with and ability to attract external funding, which includes at least one grant application of a minimum of $5,000.

The successful candidate will teach courses that include core classes, electives and a seminar, while incorporating issues of culture, class, race and gender. They should also adopt an interdisciplinary and non-Western perspective in their teaching. The candidate will have to teach some hybrid and online classes.

To apply, candidates should use the application form accessible at this website. Good luck!

Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Buffett Institute, Northwestern University

For those readers of the Global History Blog looking for a post-doctoral fellowship, here’s the good opportunity on global, transnational and international studies. The Buffett Institute for Global Studies of Northwestern University has announced two-year postdoctoral fellowship application on any range of social science. The call for applications explains more:

About this fellowship

The Buffett Institute invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the study of global, comparative, or international affairs. Up to three fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars from any range of social science or interdisciplinary perspectives whose research addresses global, international, or transnational social processes, problems, governance, or conflicts.

Each fellow will be affiliated with the Buffett Institute and an appropriate department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (political science, history, sociology, anthropology, etc.), the School of Communication(performance studies, radio/television/film, communication studies, and theater), or the School of Education and Social Policy.

Applicants should not contact the department or any faculty at this time.

Fellowship details 

Fellows will pursue a program of independent scholarship and teach one quarter-long undergraduate class each academic year. They will work with their affiliate departments to determine course subject matter and scheduling over the two years of the fellowship.

Fellows will deliver one public lecture at Buffett, and they will help organize and run select Buffett Institute programming. In general, they are expected to be active participants in the intellectual activities of both the Buffett Institute and their affiliated disciplinary departments.

Fellows will also work with an assigned faculty mentor. Intended to serve as professional advisers, faculty mentors will help fellows integrate into the Buffett intellectual community.

The salary is $55,000. In addition, fellows are eligible for $5,000 per year to fund research and conference travel and up to $2,000 in reimbursement for allowable relocation expenses in the first year.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position.

If this sounds interesting, consider applying via this website.