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Assistant Professor in Global and International Studies (Boston College, Massachusetts, US)

For those TPF readers looking for an assistant professor position in global and international studies, the History Department at Boston College has announced the following job opportunity.  The call for applications explains more:

The History Department at Boston College seeks to hire an Assistant Professor of Global or International History, who will hold a joint appointment with the university’s Program in International Studies. All topical, chronological, and geographical specializations are welcome. The strongest applications will demonstrate attention to the processes and problematics of globalization (e.g., environmental, social, economic, political or cultural dimensions), and a facility with moving between various temporal and spatial scales. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in History by 31 August 2018.

In addition to pursuing an active research program and making other contributions to our intellectual community and to the profession, the successful candidate for this position is expected to teach four courses each academic year that encompass a mix of undergraduate surveys suited to the university’s Core curriculum (; electives; and graduate colloquia. All four courses will be given history designation, but at least two of them should be clearly relevant for International Studies students. (For information about International Studies:

Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a research statement; a one-page summary of teaching experience accompanied by two sample syllabi; an article-length sample of research; and three letters of recommendation. Please submit these materials to Interfolio ( no later than 13 October 2017. Interviews will be conducted at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in January 2018.

Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a dedication to student formation within a liberal arts environment. Boston College is also an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category. 

For more information, visit this link.

Workshop: “Global Cultural Encounters (1750-1950)” (University of Michigan, August 2-4, 2017)

For readers of the Global History Blog, here’s a recent call for attendance at a workshop titled “Global Cultural Encounters (1750-1950)” at the University of Michigan on August 2-4, 2017. The workshop that will take place with the participation of many important scholars including Albert Wu, who was previously interviewed by the Toynbee Foundation.

Sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation, the workshop, “Global Cultural Encounters, – Between the Material and Immaterial, 1750-1950,” explores our world’s interconnectedness since the modern era. The workshop will take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

3:00–3:30 Registration

3:30–3:45 Welcome Address
Geoff Eley (University of Michigan), History Department Chair

3:45–4:00 Opening Remarks
Harry Liebersohn (University of Illinois) / Kira Thurman (University of Michigan) / Stefan Hübner (National University of Singapore)

4:00–5:00 Introductions and Discussion of Scholarly Goals

5:00 Reception

Thursday, August 3, 2017

9:30–11:00 Panel 1: The Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge in the Age of Empire
Chair: Harry Liebersohn (University of Illinois)

Moritz von Brescius (University of Konstanz), “German Science in the Age of Empire: Enterprise, Opportunity and the Schlagintweit Brothers”

Simon Layton (Queen Mary University of London), “The Sartorial Science of Sir Joseph Banks”

11:00–11:15 Coffee Break

11:15–12:45: Panel 2: The British in South Asia; South Asia in Great Britain
Chair: Amanda Armstrong-Price (University of Michigan)

  1. Barton Scott (University of Toronto), “Translated Freedoms: Karsandas Mulji’s Travels in England and the Anthropology of the Victorian Self”

Teresa Segura–Garcia (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), “Princely Alliances on a Global Stage: Baroda, the British Empire, and the World, c. 1875–1939”

12:45–2:00 Lunch Break

2:00 – 4:15 Panel 3: Musical Diasporas
Chair: Jesse Hoffnung–Garskoff (University of Michigan)

Kira Thurman (University of Michigan), “Encountering Beethoven in Rural Alabama: German Music and Black Education in the United States, 1870–1940”

Ted Sammons (University of Toronto), “From the Workshop to the World: Jazz Jamaica and the Black Freedom Movement”

meLê yamomo (Free University of Berlin), “Globalization in cylinders: Auditioning the early global acoustic epistemology”

4:15–4:30 Coffee Break

4:30–6:00 Panel 4: Global Ideological Encounters in East Asia
Chair: Perrin Selcer (University of Michigan)

Yurou Zhong (University of Toronto), “Toward a Chinese Grammatology”

Stefan Huebner (National University of Singapore), “The ‘Oceanic Colonizing Mission’ and floating city projects since the 1950s”

Friday, August 4, 2017

9:30–11:00 Panel 5: Colonial Projects in/and the Middle East in the Interwar Era
Chair: Melanie Tanelian (University of Michigan)

Elizabeth Matsushita (University of Illinois), “Alexis Chottin’s Moroccan Music: Race, Colonialism, and Modernity in the Protectorate’s Musicological Project”

Shuang Wen (National University of Singapore), “The YMCA and the Arab–Chinese Laborers in WWI”

11:00–11:15 Coffee Break

11:15–12:45 Panel 6: Policing the Body under Colonial Rule
Chair: Victor Mendoza (University of Michigan)

Emma Thomas (University of Michigan), “Rape, Indenture, and the Colonial Courts in German New Guinea”

T.J. Tallie (Washington and Lee University), “Sobriety and Settlement: the Racialized Politics of Alcohol Use in Colonial Natal”

12:45–2:00 Lunch Break

2:00–3:30 Panel 7: Measuring the Body: Global Medicine and Anthropology under Empire

Chair: Zhiying Ma (University of Michigan)

Albert Wu (American University of Paris), “Superstition and Quackery: Scenes from a Global History”

Fenneke Sysling (University of Utrecht), “Anthropometry and the human Wallace line”

3:30–3:45 Coffee Break

3:45–5:00 Final Discussion, Possible Plans for the Future, and Closing Remarks

Harry Liebersohn (University of Illinois)

6:00 Conference Dinner 

If you are interested in attending, please email Kira Thurman: thurmank(at)


For readers interested in transnational history, the second volume of The Yearbook of Transnational History (YTH) is accepting articles for publication. The call for papers explains more:

The Yearbook of Transnational History (YTH) is a newly established peer-reviewed annual journal published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. This annual is dedicated to publishing and disseminating pioneering research in the field of transnational history for an (maybe add interdisciplinary and diverse) international audience.

Exile and Refugee

The focus of the second volume of YTH, is “exile and refugees.” Political changes, revolutions, and military conflict have always forced individuals of very different political orientation, religious belief, and ethnic belonging to leave the country of their birth. In some cases, people’s refugee status has been temporary, in other cases permanent. Often exiles and refugees became citizens of the country to which they fled. Exile and refuge are an important, and yet understudied, phenomenon of modern history. The French Revolution forced both royalists and revolutionaries into exile. The European-wide Revolution of 1848/49 created a stream of refugees who exerted significant influence on the political and social life of the United States. The Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, Josef Stalin’s terror, Adolf Hitler’s ascension to power in 1933, the defeat of Nazism in 1945, the Greek Civil War (1946-1949), Mao Zedong’s victory in the Chinese Civil War in 1950, the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, the Prague Spring in 1968, Pinochet’s putsch in Chile in 1973, the defeat of the United States in Vietnam in 1975, and the fall of European Communism in the early 1990s, to name just the most prominent events, created a steady stream of exiles and refugees across the globe and turned citizens into refugees and exiles. The group of exiles and refugees included men and women of very different political, social, and economic backgrounds. Among them were Friedrich Hecker, Lajos Kossuth, Leon Trotsky, Albert Einstein, Wernher von Braun, Adolf Eichmann, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Michelle Bachelet, Dean Reed, and Margot Honecker.

In the last five years, academics, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and individuals from several other professions have fled countries such as Turkey, Russia, North Korea, China and settled in countries that offered them a new home. Individuals from developed democracies like Australia and the United States also sometimes seek exile abroad as the examples of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden indicate. As the conflict in Syria and the threat of ISIS persist, refugees from the Middle East are fleeing to Europe and North America. Today, the United Nations estimates that there are about 4.8 million Syrian refugees and 6 million displaced Syrians.

We invite submissions from scholars who work on the phenomenon of exile, refugees, and asylum seekers from the eighteenth century to the present day. We are especially interested in manuscripts that discuss the contributions made by exiles and refugees to the political, cultural, and economic life of the countries that accepted them. We are, of course, also interested in articles that deal with the impact diaspora communities formed by exiles and refugees had back in their home countries. We hope to receive papers that deal with individuals and their contributions to their second home country, papers on groups of exiles and refugees and their impact on their host countries, and systematic papers that provide a theoretical approach to exile and refugee studies as part of the transnational paradigm.

We welcome articles from both professionals and advanced PhD students that are based upon original research. Articles should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes) and follow Chicago Style.

Submissions should be emailed to the editor, Professor Thomas Adam, by November 1, 2017 to be considered for inclusion in the second volume. Please ensure that you have included all relevant contact information on a separate page, including your name, your professional or institutional affiliation, and a permanent e-mail address. The main document should be prepared for blind review and not include any author information.

Assistant Professor in Global Studies (Lesley University, Massachusetts, US)

For those TPF readers looking for assistant professor position on global studies, Lesley University, Massachusetts, US has announced job opportunity for 9 months. The call for applications explains more:

Lesley University is committed to active learning, scholarly research, critical inquiry, and diverse forms of artistic practice through close mentoring relationships among students, faculty, and practitioners in the field. Lesley prepares graduates with the knowledge, skill, understanding, and ethical judgment to be catalysts who shape a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a tuition remission policy that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.

Please note that all Core faculty at Lesley University are represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 509 (SEIU).

Information on the Department:

The social sciences division is a multidisciplinary division of ten faculty members within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We have approximately 150 undergraduate students in 5 majors: Children, Youth and Family Studies; Human Services; Global Studies; Political Science; and Sociology and Social Change. In our curriculum, we emphasize applied and experiential learning as well as traditional academic scholarship.

Job Description:

The social sciences division of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences of Lesley University is seeking a faculty member to teach in the interdisciplinary field of global studies at the rank of assistant/associate professor (full-time, 9-month). Area of specific disciplinary background is open, but we are primarily interested in candidates with training in one or more of the following fields: human/world geography, political science, sociology, anthropology or women’s studies. We seek broadly trained candidates who have had international or transnational research experience. Area of geographic specialization is open, but we seek a candidate whose work complements the strengths of our current faculty. We welcome details about how the candidate will contribute to the Social Sciences Division and its major in Global Studies.

The successful candidate will teach three or four courses per semester (7 courses per academic year) and will have the opportunity to develop the division’s offerings in global studies. Successful candidates should be flexible in terms of course delivery models (e.g., face-to-face, hybrid, online). In addition to teaching undergraduate students, faculty members advise students, participate in curriculum development, engage in academic scholarship, serve on appropriate college and university committees, and participate in recruitment and division activities.


  • Earned PhD in a closely aligned field to global studies by June 30, 2017.
    • Record of teaching experience at the college and/or university undergraduate level.
    • Demonstrate engagement in academic scholarship.
    • A clearly outlined research agenda.
    • Must have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a visa, your visa status must allow you to work at Lesley University.

Additional Information:


Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of the university community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.

If this sounds interesting, consider applying via this website  including a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references which have full consideration no later than February 19, 2017.

Good luck!

CFP: Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology (July 13-15, 2017, Germany)

For readers of the Global History Blog here’s a recent call for paper titled “Grappling with the Global: The Challenge of Boundaries in History and Sociology. 9th Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS)” by Bielefeld University on July 13-15, 2017. The call for paper explains more:

Over the past 25 years, scholars in history, sociology, and related fields have emphasised the need to overcome the analytical category of the nation-state by replacing it with various notions of ‘the global’. Facing the pitfalls of Western-centrism and nationalism, recent research has attempted to analyse entangled relationships on a (trans-)local, (trans-)regional, and even global scale. New research areas, such as transnational and global history and sociology, histories of globalisation and world society, and sociology of the Global South bear witness to this ongoing trend.

At the same time, ‘the global’ has gained increasing significance in the context of political and public debates. History and sociology are thus not merely facing an intellectual paradigm shift, but also the need to examine ‘the global’ on an empirical basis. Academic research could therefore provide meaningful contributions, addressing global issues and crises. These include the re-emergence of nationalism, anti-globalism, and socio-economic problems resulting from globalisation.

Although very much en vogue as an object of enquiry and an analytical framework, ‘the global’ tends to be difficult to pinpoint in the context of practical research. How can it be operationalised within a narrowly defined research project such as a doctoral dissertation? Where does ‘the global’ begin – both in spatial and temporal terms? What are its theoretical and methodological implications? What are its conceptual, empirical, and analytical limitations? Where can we draw the line between the aspiration to conduct research within a global framework and the very real impact of national boundaries? Moreover, how can we accommodate historiographical and sociological traditions which do not support the global research paradigm?

The 9th BGHS Annual Seminar, Grappling with the Global, will offer an interdisciplinary forum for junior researchers to present their approaches to the conceptual, methodological, and empirical challenges of ‘the global’. At the same time, we wish to provide participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and research techniques with colleagues from within as well as outside their own disciplinary backgrounds.

Possible topics for contributions to the 9th BGHS Annual Seminar include, but are not limited to:

Cultural entanglements and local specificities

– religious, ethnic, and other forms of belonging
– networks of communication, knowledge, and power
– migration and displacement

Dimensions of and responses to globalised inequalities

– poverty
– gender and queer relations
– (new) social movements and insurgencies
– environmental questions

Clashes and conflicts

– war and violence in their local and global dimensions
– imperialism, (post-)colonialism, nationalism
– fundamentalist movements

‘Speaking about’ the global and globalisation

– public discourses and forms of critique
– political endeavours and projects
– debates revolving around multiculturalism

Theoretical and methodological considerations

– overcoming methodological nationalism
– issues of digitalisation

The conference is intended for junior researchers at any career stage and invites proposals for papers and other contributions that touch upon one or more of these issues within the (transdisciplinary) frameworks of history and the social sciences.

We are looking forward to your papers.

The organising committee of the Annual Seminar 2017: Britta Dostert, Julia Engelschalt, Lasse Björn Lassen, Pinar Sarigöl, Sebastian Matthias Schlerka.

If you’re interested in participating, then consider submitting an application including; Abstracts (max. 250 words), along with a short biographical note, should be submitted to the conference organisers at -no later than 29 January 2017.

CFP: ESSHC World History Network: Endings in World and Global History (April 4-7, 2018, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)

International lnstitute of Social History is pleased to announce The Twelfth European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) titled “World History Network: Endings in World and Global History” to be held on April 4-7, 2018 at Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. The call for papers explains more:

Most histories deal with phenomena that seem to be new or are presented as the inauguration of new times. In this respect, historiography has established a narrative tradition of opening towards the future, which implies that another era comes to an end. Through analyses and debates concerning revolutions since 1789, we observe three different constellations: (1) a constellation where such caesuras promote sharp contrast between the new and the old, (2) a constellation where there is more of a sense that continuities and discontinuities go hand in hand, and (3) a constellation where there is a parallel existence between the emerging new and the remaining old that does not come to an immediate end. This is particularly true in world and global history where more than one dimension, more than one space, and more than one temporality has to be included. The problem of endings is central to the writing of world and global history. This not only includes dissolution and breakdown but also the end of violence and tension, which has to be addressed in this context. Endings may come for some historical actors as a surprise, but others are actively involved in overcoming crisis and dead ends.

With world history acting as a backdrop, we therefore invite contributions to the World History Network’s sessions of the European Social Science and History Conference – to be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 4 to 7 April 2018 – that deal with endings in all its various forms. As in the past, the World History Network especially encourages the submission of panels that make comparisons across either times or spaces in a truly global manner; nevertheless, we also welcome a well-argued selection of case studies.

Since the number of panel slots for world history is limited at the ESSHC, we will give preference to coherent panel proposals; however, individual papers are welcome as well. Panels should consist of three papers and a commentary. As the selection criteria for panels, among other requirements, is the transnational composition of the panel, we urge applicants to send in submissions that have a strong focus on exchange between scholars from different institutions and countries.

If this sounds of interest, then consider applying with your abstract (300-words) including the name(s) of the contributing scholars, institutional affiliation  and in the case of panels, the titles and short summaries of the individual papers no later than April 15, 2017. For more detail please visit this website.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Transnational Korean Studies, UC San Diego

For those readers of the Global History Blog looking for a post-doctoral fellowship, here’s the good opportunity on transnational Korean studies! University of California , San Diego has announced a postdoctoral/lecturer position in Transnational Korean Studies for the 2017-18 academic year. The call for applications explains more:

The Institute of Arts & Humanities within the Division of Arts & Humanities at UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The recipient of a five-year (2013-18) grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) in South Korea, UC San Diego is pleased to announce a postdoctoral/lecturer position in Transnational Korean Studies for the 2017-18 academic year. This inter-disciplinary position is part of a campus-wide effort to place historical and contemporary issues concerning the Korean peninsula – migration, colonialism/neo-imperialism, developmentalism, cultural flows, security, and corruption, for example – in the regional and global contexts to which they belong. We are especially interested in candidates who can dialogue with both the humanities and the social sciences and whose research and teaching complement the existing strengths of UC San Diego’s Program in Transnational Korean Studies ( Areas such as North Korean culture and politics, film and media studies, transnational labor, minority populations, and comparative economies, among others, are particularly welcome. In addition to conducting advanced mentored research, the successful fellow/lecturer will be expected to offer one lecture course on the quarter system, present one research lecture, and participate in the activities of the Program. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership or a commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting.

For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see The on-line application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is Friday, January 27, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants are required to have earned their Ph.D. between 2009 and the time of appointment (September 1, 2017). Preference will be given to applicants in non-tenured positions.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Closing Date: January 27, 2017

To Apply: To apply for the AKS Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer in Transnational Korean Studies at UC San Diego, please submit the following materials on-line at

(1) Cover Letter explaining research and teaching interests

(2) Your most recently updated CV

(3) Abstract of the dissertation

(4) Proposals for one lecture-style course

(5) An optional short statement outlining future research

(6) Three letters of recommendation that include a discussion of research and teaching abilities (letters of recommendation must be uploaded through a dossier service or from the recommenders directly)

(7) A separate statement describing past experience in activities that promotes diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions.

For further questions about this position, please contact Todd A. Henry (, Search Committee Chair, UC San Diego Program in Transnational Korean Studies.

AA-EOE: The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

La Jolla, CA



• Cover Letter – Explaining research and teaching

• Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

• Abstract of the Dissertation

• Statement of Teaching – Proposals for one lecture-style course

• Statement of Research – Outline of future research (Optional)

• Contributions to Diversity Description – Please describe any teaching strategies you currently use or plan to use to foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience, and to enable all students to excel and fully participate in the learning process.


3 letters of reference required

If this sounds interesting, consider applying via this website.

Associate Professor or Professor, University of Oxford, England

For readers of the Global History Blog, we continue to announce new job opportunities on global history! The University of Oxford has announced a job position for permanent an Associate Professor (or Professor) in Modern Global and Imperial History. The call explains more:

We are seeking to appoint an Associate Professor (or Professor) in Modern Global and Imperial History from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be made in association with a Professorial Fellowship at Nuffield College.

The salary will be in the range £45,562 – £61,179 p.a. plus additional benefits (including the College’s Academic Responsibility Allowance of £21,915 p.a.) as detailed in the job description. Additional salary of £2,626 p.a. will apply if the appointee is awarded the title of Professor.

Applications from candidates with internationally excellent research and teaching expertise in any area of global and imperial history from 1760 to 2000 as well as strongly developed comparative interests in the field and its intersections with other disciplines are strongly encouraged.

The appointee will conduct advanced research, give lectures, classes and tutorials, supervise, support and examine students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and undertake administrative duties for both the Faculty and College. S/he will also play a strategic role in the development of the Oxford Centre for Global History, develop research links between the Faculty and College, and secure external research funding for projects in the field.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in history, global history, imperial history, or a related relevant field. S/he will have primary expertise in one or more aspects of modern global and imperial history (1760-2000), and a research record of international standing appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career. S/he will demonstrate excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, along with the personal qualities needed to encourage a high level of achievement at all levels. The ability and willingness to undertake administrative duties, and evidence of good interpersonal and organisational skills are essential.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

If you are interested, then use online application via this link no later than 3 February 2017.

Summer School: “The Indian Ocean World and Eurasian Connections” (Halle, Germany, July 24-29, 2017)

It’s time to begin planning your summer program and conference travels, if you are interested in global history! The Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies (ZIRS) at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and the Center for Global Asia at New York University Shanghai, China, collaboratively organize a summer school which will take place in Halle -titled “The Indian Ocean World and Eurasian Connections” on July 24-29, 2017.

The recent call for applications explains more about the summer school:

After a successful first Summer School in July 2016, applications are now invited for the second Summer School in 2017, which will take place in Halle, July 24-29. It will focus on the sub-theme of “Connectivity in Motion: People, Ideas, and Animals across the Indian Ocean.” 
The movement of people, the transmissions of religious ideas and technological know-how, and the spread of plants and animals will be the foci of the second Summer School. Through the examination of travel diaries and memoirs, the study of artistic representations, and following the circulations of plants and animals as well as people and ideas, the lectures will point to the multifaceted ways the regions of the Indian Ocean World were interconnected and how these maritime connections played an important role in the lives of people not only living in coastal regions but also settled in the hinterland areas. The travels and contributions of Lutheran missionaries from Halle as well as Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, the travels of Hajj pilgrims from Southeast Asia to Mecca, the migrations of the Chinese and Indians laborers to Southeast Asia and Africa, the gifts and poaching of Asian and African animals, the historical role played by pirates in Indian Ocean connectivity in motion, as well as the establishment of tea estates and botanical gardens will be some of the key topics. 
The Summer School invites qualified participants to meet with leading scholars from various parts of the world, who will direct our shared exploration of the commercial, diplomatic, religious, political, technological, and migratory exchanges across the Indian Ocean world.
Participants will learn about and discuss the dynamics of the Indian Ocean world through rigorous analysis of texts, archaeological evidence, secondary sources, and ethnographic data. The overall aim of the Summer School is to stimulate an understanding of the importance of Indian Ocean “connectivities” and Eurasian exchanges in global history.

Eligible Participants 
The Summer School will invite a total of 25 participants (from Germany and from the NYU Global Network universities). 
Applicants from German universities should meet one of these requirements:
– Graduate students from Germany or with an affiliation to a German institution, who are currently doing a PhD in social anthropology, history, human geography, political and economic sciences, archaeology, or related fields;
– Postdoctoral researchers from Germany or with an affiliation to a German institution in the mentioned relevant fields
The Summer School will be held in English. Travel, accommodation, and meals for the participants will be covered. 
Participant Responsibility 
Summer School participants are asked to read selected materials to be distributed in advance of the Summer School. They will also be asked to prepare an essay about their ongoing research after the completion of the Summer School. The best contributions that emerge out of the ongoing collaboration will be considered for publication in an international peer reviewed journal or an edited volume.

If you’re interested in participating, then consider submitting an application. The call for applications explains how to do so:

Please send your application, consisting of a CV, a letter of intent (one page maximum) explaining why you would like to participate in the Summer School and what knowledge you have on the subject, and a short writing sample based on your current research interests. Please submit the application as one pdf-file to Deadline for all applications is January 31, 2017. Successful participants will be informed by March 15, 2017.

CFP: “Worlds of Labour Turned Upside Down – Revolutions and Labour Relations in Global Historical Perspective” (Linz, Austria, 21-23 September 2017)

For readers of the Global History Blog interested in revolutions and labour history, here’s a recent call for conference titled “Worlds of Labour Turned Upside Down – Revolutions and Labour Relations in Global Historical Perspective” by The International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) at Linz, Austria on 21-23 September 2017. The call explains:

The International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) announces its 53rd Conference

After a long quarantine, “revolution” is back as a topic of historiographical debate. The upcoming anniversary of 1917 – arguably one of, if not the most momentous event of the 20th century – has further fuelled this renewed interest. The reasons for the trend might be sought, on the one hand, in broader contemporary social experiences of crisis – including economic crises, recent upheavals in the Arab world, or movements and governments in Latin America aiming at transformation or even explicitly revolution. On the other hand, internal shifts within the domains of historical studies have made revolutions an attractive object of study again: Under the influence of dynamic debates around “global history” and “transnational perspectives” revolutions have emerged as an obvious object of study for those interested in the circulation of ideas, persons, commodities, practices, etc., as well as the connection between locations.

Taking this fresh attention given to revolutions as a starting point, the ITH Conference 2017 proposes to realign the focus and to discuss the specific interrelation between revolutions and labour relations. This interrelation is, of course, most conspicuous in all those movements and political projects, especially after 1917, in which a shift in ownership and labour relations was explicitly seen as a prime mover of revolutions. Labour relations were, however, not only on the mind of actors who were following Marxist ideas about what constitutes the social. Furthermore, also without an elaborated ideology and programme on labour-related issues, revolutionary processes have always been greatly shaped by the crises and conflicts emerging from the worlds of labour and by the aspirations and agency of labourers. For instance, the revolution of the slaves of Saint-Domingue in 1804 has to be seen as such directly labour-related upheaval (figuring as the iconic example of so many revolts and attempted revolutions by those bound by modern Atlantic chattel slavery). Yet, the importance of all matters of labour can also be seen in more recent events: for example, in a number of labour conflicts during the 2000s that preceded the movements of the Arab spring.

Approaching change within the “worlds of labour”, the conference aims at bringing the renewed interest in revolutions together with the vibrant debates in the field of Global Labour History. The latter has evolved over the last two decades focusing on the analysis of labour relations – emphasizing their diversity and the interrelated co-existence of various forms in the development of modern capitalism. Broadening both the geographical scope of labour history and the notion of “worker” it has set out to include the history of slaves and other unfree labourers, as well as of self-employed, informal, precarious, or unpaid (subsistence) workers. How were revolutions grounded and shaped by this diversity of labour relations? How did different groups of labourers act in and influence revolutionary processes? And, how did these revolutionary transformations determine shifts in the composition of the labour force as well as the shape of labour relations?

Starting from these basic questions about the interrelations of revolutions and labour, the following themes, topics, and lines of enquiry are possible:

Before-&-After-analysis: One line of enquiry can be a systematic analysis of labour relations before, during, and after revolutions. Contributions might analyse both the transformation of labour relations “on the ground” and the changes in the institutional and legal frameworks of labour (such as the introduction of novel labour laws, or, as in some countries after 1918, comprehensive “labour constitutions”). Such papers might focus both on the groups of labourers directly involved in revolutionary struggles or on those not, on groups faring better during or after revolutionary transformations or on those faring worse, on intended changes and unintended consequences.

Labour, Revolution and War: A further dimension which merits attention is the frequent interrelation between war and revolutionary events. As epitomized in the experience of WWI, wars often brought about sharp and enforced changes for labourers, turning workers into soldiers or dictating the militarization of labour. This had multiple repercussions for the whole of society, with the intensified recruitment of women for industrial non-household work being among the most important. As wars and home front policies caused multiple and contradictory shifts along the spectrum of “free” und “unfree” labour, the composition of the industrial workforce as well as the worlds of everyday reproduction, these upheavals both fuelled revolutionary unrest in the wake of wars and, in many cases, cast long shadows on the way labour was organised during revolutionary periods and post-revolutionary societies. It is this interlinkage between “labour under war” and “labour under revolution” which will be at the heart of this line of enquiry.

Microanalysis: A sizeable literature has built up over the last decades allowing unique glimpses at the “big” processes of revolutions by focusing on rather small units either of production (factories, workshops, plantations, households) or community (villages, neighbourhoods). In that, one of the topical issues for researchers about revolutions in the 20th century is the self-organisation of workers, peasants, and other groups in councils, soviets, or committees. Which insights do these approaches allow on the ways labour relations have been transformed and re-arranged during revolutionary periods? How did local issues and labour grievances connect to more overarching revolutionary themes? Which interrelations between female reproductive and subsistence labour on the one hand, and out-of-household labour on the other hand, can be observed during revolutionary periods? In which ways did the gendered division of labour interact with revolutionary processes?

Tele-connections: Papers in this line of enquiry might, for one, analyse translocal connections between actors in different localities, e.g. the (seasonal) migration of labourers during revolutionary periods and its repercussions, or the active solidarities between actors considering themselves to be revolutionaries. At the same time, they might also focus on transhistorical connections between revolutions by analysing how actors in revolutions referred to previous examples, e.g. how actors during 1917 referred to 1789 in its vision of social transformation of labour.

Revolution as labour: Revolutions have generated a specific type of social actor – those living for and from revolutionary activity. From intellectual instigator to political orator, soldier to activist, or emissary to spy, this line of enquiry will analyse the conditions, forms, and changing characteristics of those making a living while or through being dedicated or enlisted to revolutionary activity.

Thinking revolution and labour relations: The interrelation of revolutions and labour relations is also shaped by the ways actors (both of the time and subsequently) have reflected upon and intervened regarding this relation. What were the aspirations revolutionary actors had about labour relations? How did after-the-event interpretations – by activists, intellectuals, or, more specifically, historians – conceive this interrelation? Did they highlight specific factors, such as technological change or the role of ideology?

While this list is not exhaustive and the organizers are open to all proposals connecting to the general topic of the conference, this conference particularly seeks to encourage papers which use comparative approaches (both synchronic and diachronic) or point to connections between places and actors apart. The conference encourages papers covering all world-regions and going beyond the well-known array of “classical” revolutions. The organizers also encourage a long global-historical perspective and the conference is open to papers on different periods. This includes the more remote processes and events in early modern period or the transformations around 1989 and beyond, as long as they stick to the focus on the interrelation of revolutions and labour relations in an original way. The conference will also explicitly use the notion of larger transnational “cycles of revolution” presupposing the existence of interconnected clusters of revolutions affecting different regions at the same time.

This conference will be organized in a spirit that expressly acknowledges the fundamentally contested nature of all revolutions (both among actors of the time and subsequent historians). It adheres to a rather broad notion of “revolution” – including failed or attempted revolutions, revolutionary situations, as well as those imposed from above or through war. It nevertheless insists that the debate is on condensed (and relatively short) processes of crises, conflict, and change. The conference’s focus thus remains on cases where there was both an element of (political) transition and one of (social) transformation. While this encourages papers on, for instance, the interrelations between decolonization and labour relations, other instances in which the notion of “revolution” is common to denote processes of deep transformation (such as “industrial revolution”, “Fordist revolution”, “neoliberal revolution”, etc.) will not be at the centre of interest.

If you’re interested in participating, then consider submitting an application including; abstract (max. 300 words), biographical note (max. 200 words), full address and e-mail address to be sent to Lukas Neissl:  -no later than 29 January 2017. For more information you can visit this website.