Volunteers Wanted: Editor-at-Large Position for the Toynbee Prize Foundation

The Toynbee Prize Foundation (TPF) invites applications for Editors-at-Large for its Global History Blog. Through its website, TPF promotes both long-form interviews and articles on the field of global history produced by TPF’s Executive Director, as well as shorter-form material of interest to audiences interested in developments in the field: such as job postings, cross-postings of material from other blogs, and recently-published articles in the field. Working with staff from the Toynbee Foundation and George Mason’s Center for History and New Media, Editors-at-Large will nominate pre-curated content for posting on the Toynbee Foundation’s website via the Foundation’s WordPress PressForward plug-in.

Editors-at-Large sign up for weekly rotations to review the pieces produced or shared by the global history community. The weekly rotations run from Saturday through Friday. While the weekend material can be saved for Monday, we ask that you plan for an hour a day during the work week (Monday-Friday) to read and nominate content for publication. Content nominated on Fridays will be considered for publication the following week. At the end of your week’s rotation, we will invite you to give us feedback, both on the pieces that you found for the week and on the nominating process itself.

This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students wishing to gain more exposure to one of the most vibrant fields in the discipline today, or for professionals in the field who want to stay up-to-date with current work in the field of global history. Undergraduates with a strong interest in history are also welcome to volunteer, and instructors of global history courses are welcome to contact the Toynbee Prize Foundation to receive group logins for students who wish to participate.

Please visit the Editors-at-Large Corner of the Toynbee Prize Foundation’s website (also accessible under the “Participate” drop-down menu on the top right of your page) to volunteer.


Interview with Serge Gruzinski on “L’histoire, pour quoi faire?”

Readers following recent historiographical debates about global history may be following not only scholars like Sebastian Conrad (whom we interviewed on his recent intervention this winter) but also the French historian Serge Gruzinski, who has written widely on the opportunities and pitfalls of a global history approach. Most recently, Gruzinski has authored a new book on the subject, L’histoire, pour quoi faire? (Paris: Fayard, 2015).


One hopes that a translation of the book into English is forthcoming, but in the meantime, Sébastien Rozeaux, a post-doctoral fellow at the EHESS, has conducted an interview with Professor Gruzinski on the book for Books and Ideas. Check it out here!




Open Rank Faculty in Humanities and World History, American University of Iraq (Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq)

As noted in our previous post regarding a position at the Jacobs University in Bremen, there are still plenty of academic positions out there with spring deadlines—especially for those adventurous enough to look outside of the American market. One such example is this recent posting for open rank faculty in Humanities and World History at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani (AUIS). AUIS is an independent, non-profit university that has offered American-style education to students from diverse backgrounds in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2007.

The call for applications explains more:

The Department of Social Sciences at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani invites applications for a full-time, open-rank position, to teach in our general education core program. The successful candidate will be flexible and willing to offer a variety of undergraduate courses. The main responsibility will be teaching in our Civilization sequence. These courses introduce students to the serious study of primary texts, to their analysis and interpretation. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to teaching through primary texts, through big books and big ideas. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand; the field might be in literature, philosophy, politics, history, or archaeology. Another important responsibility would be to teach introductory survey courses in world history. Demonstration of serious study of history is necessary. The Department of Social Sciences offers upper-level courses in history, politics, and archaeology. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to teach upper-level courses in these disciplines, according to specialty.

The primary responsibility of a faculty member is teaching and supporting student learning both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, faculty members are expected to keep current in their fields, to create syllabi for their courses that represent the current state of knowledge, to select textbooks and course materials that are appropriate to the level of the course, to use instructional methods and technologies that will engage students, to challenge students intellectually, to assess and support student progress during the course both in class and though individual appointments as may be required, and to evaluate student performance fairly and accurately at the conclusion of a course.

Beyond the above description, candidates are expected to hold a doctorate in History, possess the equivalent of native or near-native fluency in English, and have strong experience in teaching students from diverse backgrounds, including those for whom English is not a native language. Among the responsibilities for the position are developing new courses as needed, student advising, participating in service activities and faculty governance, and maintaining professional scholarship.

The position begins in September 2016 and includes a generous compensation package: “salary is competitive, tax-free, and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include relocation and shipping allowances, faculty housing, transportation to and from campus, subsidized medical and dental insurance, and a summer travel allowance.”

Interested in applying? The screening of applications begins immediately. Applications should submit “a cover letter that includes teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, a teaching profile outlining teaching method and philosophy of teaching, and names and contact information of three professional references” to recruitment at auis.edu.krd.


Assistant Professor, History (Riverside City College, Riverside, CA)

For those readers of the Global History Blog still on the job market–and looking for employment options in Southern California–here’s a recent posting that might be of interest. Riverside City College, a city college in Riverside, California (approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles) has announced a search for a full-time tenure-track professor of history in their Department of History, Philosophy, Humanities, and Ethnic Studies

Successful candidates for the job, the advertisement notes,

should have a primary field in History with a concentration in East Asia, South Asia, Pan-Asian or Asian American History with a responsibility to teach introductory courses based on their specialization. Initially, the candidate will be the lead subject matter expert in developing the introductory course curriculum for this area concentration for history or ethnic studies majors at the college. The candidate must also be prepared
to teach most of her or his course load in World Civilization and/or US survey courses.

A minimum of two years’ teaching experience are also requested for the position, which is a full-time tenure-track position (10 months) with a salary range between $57,903 – $89,213, plus other benefits.

In order to apply, please use Riverside City College’s online application system for the position. There, you can upload your Resume or Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Teaching Philosophy, two letters of recommendation, and proof of (at minimum) a Master’s Degree. The deadline for applications is May 26, 2016. Good luck!


Call for Proposals: International History Research Seminar, London School of Economics

For those readers of the Global History Blog based in the United Kingdom or Europe more generally, here’s a recent call for proposals for LSE’s International History Research Seminar worth considering.  This is a terrific opportunity to present work in progress from scholars at various stages, from in-progress PhDs to post-doctoral fellows to junior faculty.

Here the proposal – note that the due date for submissions is May 25, 2016.

We invite proposals for the Michaelmas term session of next year’s LSE International History Research Seminar (HY509).

The seminar welcomes presentations on any aspect of international history, broadly defined, with a focus on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The seminar is an ideal environment to present research at an early stage and meet other students and LSE faculty members.

Seminars will be held between September and December (LSE term time).

The International History Research Seminar is open both to LSE and non- LSE presenters. These include PhD students, postdoctoral researchers as well as visiting and teaching fellows.

Each session will feature two speakers presenting on a similar topic. Presenters are expected to submit a long abstract (around 1,000 words) ten days before their presentation. The abstract will be circulated among HY509 participants beforehand. Presentations are typically 30 minutes for each speaker, followed by Q&A.

Those interested in presenting are invited to submit a provisional title, an abstract (300 words maximum), and a short bio to internationalhistory509@gmail.com by Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

We will aim to ensure a balance of doctoral, post-doctoral, and other presenters from LSE and elsewhere. LSE applicants are invited to encourage non-LSE PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, visiting and teaching fellows whom they would like to present with to apply. Special consideration will be given to abstracts that fit well together.

Please feel free to email internationalhistory509@gmail.com if you have any question.

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“Empires after the First World War” (Conference, University of Trento, May 19-20, 2016)

For those TPF readers in the vicinity of northern Italy, here’s a reminder that the University of Trento will host the conference “Empires after the First World War – Ideas of Empire, Identity and Citizenship” from May 19-20 (i.e. Thursday and Friday of this week).

Organized by Gustavo Corni, Massimo Campanini, Paolo Carta, Sara Lorenzini, Marco Pertile, and Simone Bellezza, the conference will be hosted by the Department of Humanities in the School of International Studies, and will feature scholars whose work promises to treat the First World Warin an international context. All sessions will take place in Room 001, via Tommaso Gar, 14.

For the schedule with a listing of all sessions, click on “read more.”
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Call for Panels, ENIUGH Congress (Budapest, August 31-September 3, 2017)

For those readers of the Global History Blog already looking ahead to their plans for next year–or those interested in putting together panels with colleagues–here’s a recent announcement worth following. From August 31-September 3, 2017, the Fifth European Congress on World and Global History (ENIUGH) will be taking place in Budapest, Hungary. The theme this year is “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions.”

The call for submissions explains more:

Under the overall theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we seek to discuss the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general. In recent global history scholarship, the relationship between empire and revolution has been less explored than other topics. Furthermore, revolutionary upheavals have mostly been interpreted as caesuras in national histories and not as being situated in global dynamics. Considering still influential narratives, like the supposedly universal trend from “empire to nation”, we encourage such views to be challenged through a comparative and global perspective on empires and imperial societies. The chosen focus also has the potential to place centre stage as well as compare and explore the interconnectedness of uneven social and political change around the world, including both colonial as well as post-colonial settings. Against the backdrop, panel proposals will explore large-scale socioeconomic crises, changing labour and social regimes as well as economic orders, movements advancing social and political reforms, as well as the breakdown and the reconstruction of political orders, with the cultural, technological, and ideological underpinnings.
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Faculty Position in Modern History, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (Doha, Qatar)

Continuing the list of positions in the Middle East we’ve been posting recently, here is a recent attractive position in Doha, Qatar that looks terrific, especially for those TPF readers with fluency in the Arabic language. As a recent call for applications explains,

the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies invites applications for a full-time, open-rank position on the professorial scale in its History Program.  The Doha Institute is a new independent institution for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Public Administration and Development Economics, launched in October 2015. The DI offers internationally competitive salaries and benefits based on rank and experience, and the opportunity of promotion across ranks, subject to performance.

Candidates will have a PhD in at least one area of modern and contemporary history, an excellent research and publication record, and proven teaching experience, preferably including post-graduate level. The successful candidate should be able to teach courses related to history of social structures in the Arab world; the Arabs in local and regional contexts; memory and history; and the Arabs and modernity, as well as supervise theses in related fields. While English is recognized as a language of learning and research in the DI, ability to teach in Arabic is a requirement. The successful candidate will also be expected to engage in individual and collaborative research, apply for competitive research funding nationally and internationally, contribute to the development of the History Program, collaborate with colleagues across different disciplines, and participate fully in campus academic life.

The appointment is to commence September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Interested? In order to apply, you should prepare an application consisting of a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching experience, publication sample, and the names of three referees to careers@dohainstitute.edu.qa no later than May 30, 2016. Good luck!



“Global History Day” (Conference, University Of Dundee, Scotland, May 18, 2016)

The University of Dundee’s The Scottish Centre for Global History is pleased to announce Global History Day, to be held at the River Rooms, Humanities Building, Tower at Dundee on  May 18, 2016. The program is planned as two session: the morning is “New Work in Global History” by book launch of Matthew Graham and Felicia Gottmann, and the afternoon will be remained on “Secessions and Declarations of Independence” by Steve Pincus from Yale Univesity. The conference announcement explains more about the program,

The Scottish Centre for Global History at the University of Dundee presents Global History Day, an event to mark the occasion of a visit to Dundee by Steve Pincus (Yale) on 18th May 2016. 

The morning will be devoted to ‘New Work in Global History’, which will see the launch of new books by Dr Matt Graham, The Crisis of South African Foreign Policy and the ANC: Diplomacy, Leadership and the Role of the African National Congress, and Dr Felicia Gottmann, Global Trade, Smuggling, and the Making of Economic Liberalism: Asian Textiles in France 1680-1760

The afternoon session ‘Secessions and Declarations of Independence – a global perspective’ with Steve Pincus, will feature responses to Steve’s latest book manuscript on the American Declaration of Independence (which will be precirculated to those wishing to respond). In a second session following this, invited speakers and workshop participants will reflect on secessions and declarations of independence from a global perspective. We are hoping that this will encourage a lively debate on independence and secessions both historical and contemporary. 

The conference organizers note that “attendance is free and we particularly welcome graduate students. However, places are limited so please register by emailing Jenny Gorrod (HumanitiesDeanSec@dundee.ac.uk )”. You can also view  the full program via this website.

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Coordiator, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (Leipzig, Germany) – “Eastern Europe – Global Area”

For those readers of the Global History Blog interested in positions that blend scholarship with administration, here’s a recent posting for a position in Leipzig, Germany at the Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (IfL). In a German-language call for applications, it is noted that the IfL is looking for a full-time Coordinator
 für den Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus „Eastern Europe – Global Area“ (EEGA). Unter Federführung des Leibniz-Instituts für Länderkunde wird im Förderzeitraum 2016 bis 2020 ein Leibniz-WisssenschaftsCampus „EEGA“ in der Wissenschaftsregion Leipzig–Halle–Jena eingerichtet, um neue Forschungsperspektiven zum östlichen Europa zu entwickeln, den gesellschaftlichen Diskurs über die Region durch Wissenstransfer zu begleiten und Nachwuchsforscher/-innen zu fördern. Die Position ist an der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft und Management angesiedelt.

Das IfL ist als außeruniversitäres Forschungsinstitut mit derzeit ca. 80 Beschäftigten Mitglied der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. Es wird vom Freistaat Sachsen und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Rahmen der gemeinsamen Forschungsförderung institutionell finanziert.

Wir bieten Ihnen:
– eine bis zum 30.06.2020 befristete Vollzeitstelle, flexible Arbeitszeitgestaltung, gutes Betriebsklima und ein innovatives und inspirierendes internationales Forschungsumfeld in der Wissenschaftsregion Leipzig–Halle–Jena
– die Möglichkeit zur Umsetzung eigener Ideen im Kontext des Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus EEGA

Zu Ihren Aufgaben gehören:
– Aufbau und Organisation des Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus EEGA und seines Netzwerkes
– Umsetzung der strategischen Ziele in den Feldern Forschung, Transfer und Nachwuchsförderung in enger Zusammenarbeit mit den Sprechern des EEGA
– Positionierung des Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus EEGA als maßgebliche Forschungsplattform zum östlichen Europa im universitären und außeruniversitären Umfeld
– Repräsentation/Außendarstellung des EEGA sowie Öffentlichkeitsarbeit im nationalen und internationalen Kontext
– Weiterentwicklung von Strategien der Finanzierung und des Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus EEGA über den Förderzeitraum hinaus
– Vorbereitung und Erstellung von Forschungsdokumentationen und Berichten

Vorausgesetzt werden:
– abgeschlossene Promotion in den Sozial- oder Humanwissenschaften
– einschlägige internationale Forschungs- und institutionelle Arbeitserfahrungen, vorzugsweise auch im östlichen Europa
– Managementfähigkeiten mit Stärken in Organisation, Kommunikation und Netzwerkbildung
– Erfahrungen in der Einwerbung von Drittmitteln
– ausgeprägte strategische Perspektive und konzeptionelle Kompetenzen
– sehr gute Kenntnisse der englischen Sprache
– gute Kenntnisse einer osteuropäischen Sprache
– Neugier und Kreativität, Integrations- und Durchsetzungsfähigkeit, Aufgeschlossenheit, Initiative und Teamorientierung

Wir erwarten eine engagierte, selbstständig denkende und handelnde Persönlichkeit, die ein hohes Maß an Initiative, Umsetzungsstärke, Teamfähigkeit sowie Innovationsbereitschaft mitbringt. Auf Wunsch kann die Beteiligung an der akademischen Lehre ermöglicht werden.

Those interested in the position are invited to reach out to Professor Sebastian Lentz (s_lentz at ifl-leipzig.de). Applications for the position, which are to be sent in no later than May 20, 2016.

The call for applications notes that “the usual documents” should be sent in (cover letter, CV, etc.). Good luck!