Author: Christopher Szabla

CFP: Entangled Others – Other Entanglements: Critical Perspectives on the Relationship of Racism and Antisemitism (Berlin, June 2019)

At least since the end of the Second World War – and Hannah Arendt’s suggestion in her 1951 Origins of Totalitarianism that the Holocaust was an outgrowth of attitudes developed in the context of European colonialism – historians and other scholars have been preoccupied with the links between antisemitism and related forms of othering and…

CFP: Globalization and Migration in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Paderborn, Germany – November 2018)

“Europe has, in the final analysis, a utilitarian relationship to globalization,” write the organizers, at Germany’s Paderborn University, of a conference on how the subject relates to migration. It is a perspective that, for them, emerges from observing European efforts to impose controls on incoming refugee and migrant populations. “Yet,” they continue, “the history of migration…

CFP: Global Mountains (Cambridge, UK – July 2018)

Lauren Benton’s 2009 book, A Search for Sovereignty, introduced mountains as terrains of power often as uneven, relative to the polities that claimed them, as their angled peaks: contested spaces often beyond the fully encompassing reach of states and empires. A two-day conference at the University of Cambridge this summer now seeks to take the…

CFP: Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labor (Paramaribo, Suriname – June 2018)

The Anton de Kom University of Suriname is offering scholars worldwide the opportunity to discuss legacies of forced migration and labor in a unique time and place. The university’s history department, Institute for Graduate Studies and Research, Social Science Research Institute, and the Surinamese National Archives have partnered with a host of the country’s other…

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…

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…

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…

New and Noteworthy Works in Global Urban History

  The website of the Global Urban History Project (itself worthy of exploration in full) has begun a new series on new and noteworthy works (books and otherwise) written by its members in the field. Among the most interesting of those featured in the inaugural entry: Coll Thrush’s Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire,…

CFP: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the Challenge of a New World Order (Paris, June 2019)

A century ago today, the end of the carnage unfolding between the trenches of the Western Front of the First World War was scarcely imaginable. But so momentous were the consequences for subsequent world history of the eventual end of the conflict – the Versailles and other treaties that emerged from the Paris Peace Conference, and the movements that sought to influence them – that organizers are already mobilizing for a “major international conference” on the subject in the very city where the post-WWI order was shaped in 1919.

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The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, among the main sites of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 / Image: paristoversailles.org

To be convened under the aegis of the Institut historique allemand (IHA)/Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris (DHIP), LABEX EHNE, and the Commission d’histoire des relations internationales/Commission for the History of International Relations, “[t]he purpose of this event is to re-examine the history of the Peace Conference through a thematic focus on the different approaches to order in world politics in the aftermath of the First World War.” The organizers further specify:

CFP: Europe Between Migrations, Decolonization, and Integration (Florence, January 2018)

The Società italiana per lo studio della storia contemporanea (SISSCO, the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History) has been holding a stimulating series of seminars linking the processes of decolonization, postcolonial migration to Europe, and European unity and integration. The series, known as “Europe between migrations, decolonization and integration (1945-1992)” kicked off in Forli…