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“The Indian Ocean World and Eurasian Connections” (Summer School, Halle, Germany, July 25-30, 2016)

If you are a graduate or a postdoctoral student from Germany or NYU Global Network universities in New York, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, who want to spend the summer vacation efficiently, there is a great opportunity for you!

The Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies (ZIRS) at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and the Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai, China have recently announced a summer school, titled The Indian Ocean World and Eurasian Connections”. Taking place from July 25th to 30th, 2016 in Halle (Saale), Germany, the program will focus on “Networks of Connectivities: Routes, Commodities, and the Politics of the Indian Ocean. Here’s how the call for applications describes it:

The Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies (ZIRS) at the Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and the Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai, China, will collaboratively offer a summer school on the topic of “The Indian Ocean World and Eurasian Connections”, the first in a series of three funded through a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

This year’s summer school will take place in Halle (Saale), Germany, from July 25th to 30th, 2016 and will focus on “Networks of Connectivities: Routes, Commodities, and the Politics of the Indian Ocean.” The landmass extending from the Mongolian grasslands to the Black Sea is usually portrayed as the conduit for Eurasian interactions and exchanges. However, even more of the links across Eurasia were initiated by sea. The summer school foregrounds these links, demonstrating that the Indian Ocean has been an integral and essential aspect of trans-Eurasian connections from the early historical period to contemporary times.

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, technological, and migratory exchanges across the Indian Ocean world that link the far eastern regions of Asia with the heartland of Europe and many areas in between.

Specific themes to be examined include:

  • the movement of products such as porcelain, spices, tea, and incense
  • the transmission of ideas, including those associated with Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity
  • archaeological evidence for sea travel
  • contestations over and interior working of maritime hubs
  • creation of and scrutinizing of cultural heritage sites
  • use of history for contemporary geopolitical agendas

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.

If this sounds of interest to you, send in an application! The application should include “a CV, a letter of intent (one page maximum) explaining why you would like to participate in the summer school, what knowledge you have on the subject, a short writing sample based on your current research interests” and be sent to as one pdf katja.mueller@zirs.uni-halle.edu no later than June 15, 2016.

The organizers will cover travel, accommodation and meals for the participants.

Call for Panels, ENIUGH Congress (Budapest, August 31-September 3, 2017)

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

The call for submissions explains more:

Under the overall theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we seek to discuss the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general. In recent global history scholarship, the relationship between empire and revolution has been less explored than other topics. Furthermore, revolutionary upheavals have mostly been interpreted as caesuras in national histories and not as being situated in global dynamics. Considering still influential narratives, like the supposedly universal trend from “empire to nation”, we encourage such views to be challenged through a comparative and global perspective on empires and imperial societies. The chosen focus also has the potential to place centre stage as well as compare and explore the interconnectedness of uneven social and political change around the world, including both colonial as well as post-colonial settings. Against the backdrop, panel proposals will explore large-scale socioeconomic crises, changing labour and social regimes as well as economic orders, movements advancing social and political reforms, as well as the breakdown and the reconstruction of political orders, with the cultural, technological, and ideological underpinnings.
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“Global History Day” (Conference, University Of Dundee, Scotland, May 18, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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