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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 annualseminar@uni-bielefeld.de. -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 (http://koreanstudies.ucsd.edu/). 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 http://facultyexcellence.ucsd.edu/c2d/index.html. 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 http://apptrkr.com/923100.

(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 (mailto:tahenry@ucsd.edu), 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

Requirements

Documents

• 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.

References

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 katja.mueller@zirs.uni-halle.de. 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: lukas.neissl@doew.at  -no later than 29 January 2017. For more information you can visit this website.

 

CFP: “When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective” (King’s College London, June 22-23, 2017)

For readers of the Global History Blog here’s a recent call for paper titled “When East meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective” by King’s College London on June 22-23, 2017. The call for paper explains more:

The Second World War was the largest conflict the world has ever experienced. The war drew in combatants from nearly every continent, affected the lives of hundreds of millions, fundamentally changed societies and rewrote the global balance of power. It was, as Richard Overy has argued, ‘a truly global war’. Nevertheless, scholarship on the war frequently remains confined to the boundaries of national history. Moreover, many of the most creative and wellresearched analyses have focused exclusively on the conflict either in the West or in the East. Over seventy years on from its end, there is an opportunity to integrate analyses of the wars in Europe, Africa and Asia and the numerous home fronts in order to explore the complexities of waging a multi-national, multi-front war at supra-state, state and sub-state levels.

The conference aims to explore the changes in perspective that emerge from a global rather than national approach to studying the Second World War. With that aim in mind, we invite paper proposals on themes including, but not limited to:

The meeting of different cultures and ideologies – Alliance and coalition warfare – Grand strategy – Propaganda and diplomacy – Mobilisation – Neutrality and belligerence – Intelligence – Political and social change – Empire – Writing the history of the Second World War – Inter-theatre and inter-combatant learning.

If this sounds interesting, then consider applying via an abstract of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV no later than January 31, 2017. Orginizers also note that “panel proposals for groups of three to four speakers are also welcomed; they should, in addition to individual paper abstracts and CVs, include a brief description of the panel theme (no more than 500 words).”

CFP: “The Modern Invention of Dynasty: A Global Intellectual History, 1500–2000” (Birmingham Research Institute of History and Cultures, September 21–23, 2017)

Here’s an interesting call for papers on global history organized by Birmingham Research Institute of History and Cultures called “The Modern Invention of Dynasty: A Global Intellectual History, 1500–2000.” The conference will be devoted to understand how the construction of the concept of ‘dynasty’ affected actors, publics or scholars -taking place at Birmingham on September 21–23, 2017.  The call for papers explains more about the conference:

What is dynasty? Historians rarely ask this question. The term is taken for granted to such an extent that although there are hundreds of publications with ‘dynasty’ or ‘dynastic’ in their titles, which offer histories of dynasties from around the world, almost none of them provide any conceptually rigorous definition of ‘dynasty’. It is automatically assumed that the word corresponds to some really existing institution(s) that played an extremely important role in pre-modern politics. At this conference, we intend to overturn this uncritical assumption, and, instead, interrogate ‘dynasty’ as a modern conceptual construct, which has been projected onto both the past and the present. The conference is inspired by the publications of late Cliff Davies, the ongoing work on the Jagiellonians Project at Oxford, as well as the ‘Nationising the Dynasty’ project at Heidelberg. These researches have shown that the Latin word dynastia was rarely used in the Middle Ages and was infrequently deployed even in sixteenth century Europe, while, in many other regions of the world too, including in South Asia, the construction of the concept of ‘dynasty’ was, in part, the result of modern interventions. Terms which were used to articulate genealogical and familial identity in premodern societies do not necessarily map well on to the modern historiographical concept of ‘dynasty’. Collective ‘dynastic’ names, such as ‘the Tudors’, ‘the Plantagenets’ or ‘the Jagiellonians’ were late or retrospective inventions, rarely, if at all, mentioned in contemporary sources. If ‘dynasty’ and ‘dynastic’ identity are so difficult to locate in medieval and early modern sources, this begs a question: how has ‘dynasty’ become one of the key concepts for narrating and explaining pre-modern political history, as well as for defining modern monarchical regimes?

In existing scholarship on intellectual history, particularly those emanating from Anglophone and German scholarly worlds, concepts such as ‘kingship’ or ‘sovereignty’ have received detailed attention, but not the related notion of ‘dynasty’. We hope to address this scholarly gap, while also engaging with the newly emergent field of global intellectual history. We believe that the modern construction of ‘dynasty’ as an encompassing concept can be understood only in resolutely transborder, transcontinental, or even global terms. It was the result of reflections by actors not only about polities in one’s own region, but also about other polities, including spatially or temporally distant ones. The increasing interconnectedness of the early modern and modern world resulted in growing European awareness about political regimes in other societies, while extra-European actors often hybridized (and thereby radically transformed) their regional political categories by bringing them into dialogue with European political vocabulary. Imperial encounters often lay at the heart of such ‘transcultural’ exchanges, leading ultimately, by the nineteenth century, to the crystallization of ‘dynasty’ as a globalized category of historical narration.

The conference invites paper proposals from prospective speakers who bring specific case studies from around the world (focusing on the period of ca. 1500-2000) into dialogue with these broader theoretical questions. In line with recent discussions about global intellectual history, we welcome papers that explore issues of multi-scalarity, bringing regional scales of transformation into conversation with translocal shifts in regimes of power. We are especially looking for papers that use intellectual history as a vantage point to tackle broader questions of material and ideological power and see transformations in concepts as not just rarefied academic shifts, but as the result of changes in political economies (including relating to colonialism), arrangements in gender relations, religious and cultural formations, and in the (often, revolutionary) reorganization of political/state power. The conference seeks to understand how the globalized construction of the concept of ‘dynasty’ was ultimately a matter of importance not just for scholars, or even for ruling elites, but for wider publics as well, including for various subaltern actors and groups: issues of class, gender, or race which structured conceptual formations lie at the heart of our investigation.

We are delighted to announce that keynote lectures at the conference will be delivered by Julia Adams (Yale), Pamela Crossley (Dartmouth College), Faisal Devji (Oxford), and Richard Wortman (Columbia).

If you are interested in contributing, then consider applying. An abstract of max. 300 words including name, affiliation, and contact details may be send to organising committee Ilya Afanasyev (I.Afanasyev@bham.ac.uk) and Milinda Banerjee (milindabanerjee1@gmail.com) -no lather than 30 January 2017.

Workshop: “Global Legal Regimes: Beyond Imperial Frames” (Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, 20-21 April, 2017)

For readers of the Global History Blog interested in legal history in global context, here’s a recent call for paper for a workshop titled “Global Legal Regimes: Beyond Imperial Frames” at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario that should be of interest:

How do the concepts and methods of global history illuminate, enrich and complicate legal history scholarship? What are the global processes, concepts and problems that might be illuminated through a legal archive? How does the study of legal cases shed light on cultural, economic and political interactions between societies and nations? How do legal regimes enable, and restrict, the movement of people around the globe?In the inaugural event of the Queen’s Global History Initiative, we invite presenters to consider the law as an archive for illuminating global problems and concepts, to study legal regimes as contact zones that forge transnational interactions and connections, and to think through the law to track the movements of peoples, concepts, goods and ideas in time and space.

Building on the explosion of legal history scholarship in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, we seek to explore how we might conceptualize legal regimes in global history beyond national, imperial and colonial frames. What does a global reframing offer to scholars working on these regions? How might an understanding of legal pluralism, jurisdictional politics, and legal subjectivities be transformed when the frame of reference is freed from fixed geospatial and imperial units? We welcome papers that are located in a particular geographical context, or a local archive, but illuminate global phenomena or legal norms – rights, custom, evidence, oaths, family, sovereignty – to name a few.

The workshop will be held on April 20-21 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a keynote delivered by Prof. Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University.

If interested in applying, please send 300-word abstracts and a brief c.v. including contact details to Ishita Pande and Amitava Chowdhury (ghiq@queensu.ca) with the subject “Legal History workshop” by December 15, 2016. The organizers note that “selected participants will be notified by January 1 and invited to submit complete drafts of their papers for pre-circulation by April 1, 2017. Participants will read all pre-circulated papers, make a brief presentation on their own work, and comment on another paper. The Global History Initiative will fund accommodation and some meals for all participants, who will be expected to make their own arrangements for travel to Kingston, Ontario.”

Wokshop: “War Veterans and the World after 1945: Social Movements, Cold War Politics, and Decolonization” (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany, 6-8 July, 2017)

Here’s an recent call for papers for a wokshop on  history of war veterans in transnational context – taking place at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany on 6-8 July, 2017 entitled “War Veterans and the World after 1945: Social Movements, Cold War Politics, and Decolonization.” The call for papers explains more about the workshop’s ambit:

The history of war veterans movements and politics around the world is a growing and fertile historiographical field. War veterans have often formed political lobbies, conducted protest campaigns for pensions and benefits, and kept alive the memory of war, in very different countries of the world. A number of recent contributions by historians have focused on the organizations and activities of veterans and war invalids of the First World War. Comparative and transnational perspectives have been introduced to examine inter-war veteran politics. As for the world after 1945, historians have analysed the role of veterans in different nation-states such as the Soviet Union, the United States, Germany, Italy, and China. However, introducing an innovative global perspective on the history of war veterans after the Second World War can provide further insights into the topic, while contributing to filling important historiographical gaps in the field. This conference aims to bring together historians working on the history of war veterans of any armed conflict between the Second World War and 1989, with a view to advancing towards a global history of veterans’ movements and politics in the twentieth century.

We seek contributions that re-examine the history of the most influential veterans organizations in western and eastern European countries during the period after 1945, as well as contributions focusing on less-known veterans movements from Asian, African and Latin American countries. We would specially welcome papers on the following topics:

– The role of American Legion, the British Legion, and the Canadian Legion in shaping foreign policy in their countries after the Second World War.

– War veterans from countries of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.

– The history of native veterans from the colonies of the main powers that participated in the Second World War. This might include not only those veterans who remained loyal to the Empire and supported organizations such as the British Empire Service League, but also those who joined movements for national independence (for example: veterans from the Algerian war of independence).

– Veterans from the main armed conflicts of the 1950s, particularly the Korean War and the Indochina war.

– Japanese veterans from the Second World War.

– Indian and Pakistani veterans during and after Partition, and after the Indo-Pakistani wars.

– Veterans from the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

– International organizations of veterans such as the World Veterans Federation.

– Veterans’ movements against war and nuclear weapons.

– Organizations and movements of Resistance fighters in Europe after 1944.

– The history of combatants from the Cuban revolution.

– Veteran politics and race relations, particularly in countries such as South Africa and the United States.

– Veterans from the Vietnam war, particularly from the Vietnamese, Chinese and North Korean forces.

– The activities of war veterans from Third World countries in the field of development and their participation in national politics.

– Comparative analyses on disabled veterans’ legislation, rehabilitation programmes and pension schemes.

After the workshop, the organizers will consider to publish an edited volume or a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal with a selection of the contributions.

For those interested, proposals should include a title and a 350-400 words abstract, plus a one-page CV  and be sent  to angel.alcalde@eui.eu  no lather than 23 December 2016. Also organizers note that they will select papers based on “1) the scientific quality of the proposal, 2) the originality and novelty of the topic, 3) the objective of composing balanced, diverse yet coherent panels for discussion. In order to assess the quality and interest of the papers the organizers may require the expert opinion of external reviewers. Selected papers (5,000-6,000 words) must be submitted in pdf or word file by 31 May 2017.