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CFP: Spain and the American Revolution Conference (Johns Hopkins, June 2018)

For readers interested in Spain’s role in the American Revolution, here’s a call for papers for a conference to be held at Johns Hopkins University from June 8-10, 2018:

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invite proposals for papers to be presented at the Ninth SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. This conference shall examine and reconsider Spain’s role in the American Revolution. Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well-established in the historiography, the role of Spain—France’s ally as a result of the so-called “Family Compact” that united the two Bourbon monarchies—is relatively understudied and underappreciated. This neglect is surprising, given Spain’s significant material and martial contributions to the American effort from 1779. The renewal of interest in global and international history makes such continued neglect untenable: Spain and Britain clashed repeatedly during the global war of which the American Revolution was but one theater, whether in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and Florida, Minorca, and Gibraltar. Following the establishment of American independence, Spain remained one of the nascent republic’s most significant allies and the Spanish empire became one of its most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners.

Proposals should explore an aspect of the involvement of Spain in the American Revolution and may consider, secondarily, Spain’s (and Spanish America’s) interactions with the United States in the early republican period. All approaches and historiographical orientations will be considered, whether diplomatic, cultural, military, economic, social, imperial or intellectual.

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract and a short (maximum 2-page) CV. Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2017 to, with the subject line “2018 SAR Annual Conference Proposal”. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of June 2017.

Publication of accepted papers, following revisions, in an edited volume with a major university press is anticipated soon after the conference. It is therefore required that participants submit their full-length (c. 6,000 words), relatively polished papers for pre-circulation two months prior to the conference itself (i.e. by April 8, 2018).

To apply, send a 300-word abstract and a 2-page CV by June 1 to, with the subject line “2018 SAR Annual Conference Proposal”.

CFP: Journal of Working-Class Studies Special Issue, June 2017: Popular Revolt and the Global Working Class

For scholars of labor history in a global context, see this timely call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies:

Epitomised by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and Australia’s hard line on asylum seekers, we are living in a time of global revolt against establishment systems of governance. Working-class, poor, and other disenfranchised people are appearing as both agents and casualties of change.

What can help explain this moment? Economic precarity, nationalism, protectionist sentiments, xenophobia, anti-elitist resentment, or a combination of these elements? Who truly suffers, and who benefits, from times when, as Michael Moore suggested, the masses throw a ‘human Molotov cocktail’ like Trump at politics-as-usual, or use the Brexit referendum as a way to send a message? And how is class uniquely shaping this moment of popular revolt, reaction, and — on a more hopeful note —potential ‘consciousness raising’ around the intersection of class with issues like immigration, refugee sanctuary, health care, environmental degradation, and human rights more generally?

This issue of The Journal of Working Class Studies seeks essays including, but not limited to, investigations of:

· The impact of protectionist trade policies on working-class people
· The effects of hard-line immigration policies on working-class communities
· The impact of Brexit, Trump’s presidency, or other disruptive political events on working-class people of color, the LGBTQI community, and/or other marginalized communities
· How nationalist racism operates in working-class communities
· Voting patterns of working-class people
· Working-class attitudes toward immigration policies
· ‘Anti-elitism’ and class
· The role of working-class activism in resisting nationalism and protectionism

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

University Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History since c.1500, University of Cambridge

For those on the job market, here’s a new position in Caribbean and Atlantic history, with an interest in world history more generally, at the University of Cambridge:

The Faculty of History is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History in any period since c.1500. Candidates must have exceptional abilities in research and teaching. The post is based in central Cambridge and is available from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding and developing research profile in early or late modern Caribbean and Atlantic history. The ability to teach in the history of Latin America and south Atlantic history over a wide temporal and geographical range will be an advantage. The incumbent must: have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills; show a commitment to supporting students academically; and be able and ready to co-operate in Faculty affairs, including undertaking administration.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching Caribbean history as well as contributing to general World history teaching, at all levels from first-year undergraduate to PhD. She or he will be expected to offer a taught course to the MPhil in World History and to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. In due course, the appointee will be expected to design and teach a Part II Specified or Special Subject paper on a Caribbean or Atlantic topic, and to play a part in convening Part I papers and directing the MPhil in World History.

The Faculty welcomes applications from both early-career scholars and those who already have established careers. By the start of the appointment, the successful candidate must hold a doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant field.

For more information, visit the job portal. Applications must be submitted by 29 March 2017.

CFP: “The United States and Global Capitalism in the Twentieth Century,” (Fordham University, March 8th to 10th, 2018).

For scholars of the US in the world, see this call for papers for a conference on the histories of US foreign relations and global capitalism in the twentieth century:

Intense exchanges of people, goods, ideas, and capital occurred in tandem with the rise of American global power in the twentieth century. These transformations had great consequences in the United States and the world and have led historians to ask probing questions: In what ways and to what extent did global capitalism transform American lives and policy at home and abroad? How did American businesses understand opportunities abroad and the role of the U.S. government in facilitating their investments and profits? How did key American industries help shape international policies and what were the limits to their power? How did imperialism, warfare, decolonization, the Cold War, and development paradigms transform American perceptions about the relationship between the global capitalist economy and foreign relations? What were the origins and political trajectories of capitalist ideology that influenced U.S. foreign relations? How did capitalism as a social system affect how different groups of American citizens understood their place in the world?

To apply, send a 250-word abstract and 1-page CV to  by March 31, 2017.

CFP: The Other Globalisers (Exeter, 6-7 July 2017)

For scholars interested in the role of socialist and non-aligned countries in the history of economic globalisation post-WWII, see this interesting call for papers for a conference at the University of Exeter from 6-7 July:

In the wake of the Second World War, the world economy began to ‘reglobalise’ – following the disintegrative processes of the interwar period. This story has most often been told as the final triumph of a neoliberal international order led by the West. Recent research, however, suggests that the creation of our modern interconnected world was not driven solely by the forces of Western capitalism, nor was it the only model of global economic interdependence that arose in the second half of the twentieth century. This conference aims to rethink the histories of postwar globalisation by focusing on the socialist and non-aligned world, whose roles in the rise of an economically interconnected world have received substantially less attention.

See the conference website for more information. Abstracts of 300-500 words and a short CV should be sent to Natalie Taylor ( by 18 March 2017.

CFP: In-Between Empires: Trans-imperial History in a Global Age (Freie Universität Berlin, September 15-16, 2017)

For readers interested in borderlands and other liminal imperial spaces of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, here’s an interesting call for papers for a conference to be held at the Freie Universität in Berlin in September:


By focusing on spaces “in-between” empires – their connectivity, cooperation, and competition – this workshop aims at establishing a trans-imperial approach to the history of empires.

Imperial history has been booming for quite a while. Along the way, innovative approaches such as post-colonial history, global history, or new imperial history have provided us with thrilling insights into the omnipresence and the everydayness of the human experience of empires. Amidst all this diversity, many studies have focussed on entanglements between colonies and metropoles, but much less is known about trans-imperial dimensions of the game. On an empirical basis, inter-imperial perspectives, which compare several empires or consider competition between them, have become more important lately. Yet, such studies are scattered and this kind of research remains in its infancy. We still lack an overarching theoretical-methodological framework with which to address the spaces in-between empires. In other words: whereas national history has been transnationalized in the past decades, the same does not hold true for the history of empires. Thus, we would like to address the current state of research and at the same time ask how a future trans-imperial history could look.

In this sense, we seek to decentralize the history of empires both on the level of empirical research and historiographical narratives. Our questions are as follows: do narratives for each empire change with such an approach? Do they appear less unique? To illustrate this: does the thesis about continuity in German colonialism from the late 19th century to the Nazi regime appear in another light if we discuss German expansion in trans-imperial contexts? Does the notion of the uniqueness of Japanese imperialism, which is often seen as a reaction to or even a mimicry of Western imperialism, still hold true? And, to add a final question: was the British empire the all-defining model for all the others or are the imperial processes of the various nations examples of mutual learning?

By discussing such concrete questions we also seek to address more overarching questions. How can we systemize such an approach in methodological and theoretical terms? Are recent concepts dealing with dissemination and practices of knowledge helpful? How can we integrate studies on anti-imperial agency or violence into the approach? And who were the brokers of trans-imperial interactions?

Research has shown that transnational approaches do not make the nation disappear. We would like to take the same stance in relation to empire. Therefore, in this workshop we will focus on specific cases. The workshop, to be held in Berlin in September 2017, will bring together an international group of scholars who have focused on one or more imperial dimensions of one of the following empires: British, French, Russian, Austria-Hungary, Japanese, German, Italian, Spanish, Ottoman, Chinese, as well as the US-American empire. Their contributions should discuss how transcending perspectives can change the perception of the empires they are specialized in, but also discuss possibilities and limits of a trans-imperial approach for the historiography per se. The focus will be on the years between 1850 and 1945. Possible topics include:

Trans-imperial learning, including different actors, such as intellectual or political elites and marginalized groups
Trans-imperial competition or the deliberate non-transfer of knowledge
Anti-imperial actors and their trans-imperial networks, actions, or conflicts
Empires at war and mutual learning in the context of colonial violence
Imperial interactions and the politics of comparison involved therein
Please note that we conceive of the Berlin workshop in September to be a ‘publication workshop’ – a workshop with relatively few but high-profile experts that enables not only in-depth discussion, but that will also result in a publication. More precisely, we intend to publish contributions based on papers (6000-7000 words) presented at the workshop in an edited volume in near future.

Travel and accommodation expenses of all participants will be paid by the organizers.

To apply, please submit a 250-300 word abstract by March 15 to the organizers at,, and


Call for Papers: “The Transformation of Global History, 1963-1975” (Princeton University, October 2015)

Here’s an intriguing call for papers for a conference on global history – on the history of the discipline rather than papers exhibiting global or transnational approaches per se – taking place at Princeton University this October 9-10, 2015.

Historical scholarship underwent a transformative period between 1963 and 1975. From insightful thinkers as William McNeillFernand BraudelImmanuel WallersteinAlfred CrosbySidney MintzNatalie Zemon DavisKenneth Clark, and Jacob Bronowski, history became more than a selective study of the Western nation-state. Their scholarship experimented with, contextualized, critiqued, and questioned existing narratives; significantly broadened history’s scholarly scope to incorporate anthropological, scientific, and geographical insights; analyzed networks and pushed boundaries. Their intended audiences, too, radically expanded out of the ‘Ivory Tower,’ into the living rooms of millions of families.

This two-day interdisciplinary conference at Princeton University, scheduled for October 9-10, 2015 will examine these groundbreaking figures and their research. Through an engaged, retrospective approach, we intend to answer important questions about this first wave’s continuing impact and legacy. While our panels will be centered on these eight scholars, individual papers can be about any aspect or effect of their work, can contextualize, clarify, and critique. We welcome a diversity of approaches. Through collaborations with the Princeton University Art Museum and the new Center for Digital Humanities, we will exhibit a host of visual artifacts and end with a roundtable discussing new methods that continue the vision of these early historians. Following the conference, a selection of work will be published as an anthology. We therefore invite proposals from scholars across disciplines and at all stages of their careeers. Innovative approaches will be our primary criteria in selection, and we are particularly encouraging of papers that engage with art history, digital humanities, and/or transnational history. 

The conference organizer, Benjamin Sachs, requests a 350-500 word abstract with title, author contact information, and presentation description (e.g., PowerPoint or other medium; it is to be sent to by March 30, 2015.

Four Doctoral Scholarships in Trans-Cultural Studies (University of Heidelberg)

Our colleagues at the Excellence Cluster “Europe and Asia in Context,” a leader center for trans-cultural studies, have announced that they will be offering four doctoral scholarships for the coming winter semester of 2015-16. The scholarships, the announcement (here in German) notes, will consist of a monthly stipend of 1,200 Euros; two of the four scholarships are earmarked for young scholars coming from Asia.

Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany

This is a great opportunity for those interested in entering the field of global history, so check out the Excellence Cluster’s website and make sure to apply no later than March 15, 2015.

Peter J. Fraam Fellowship in Global Wellbeing (Merton College, Oxford)

Here’s a recent fellowship announcement that may be of interest to readers: Merton College, a constituent College at the University of Oxford,

proposes to elect a Peter J Braam Research Fellow in Global Wellbeing for three years commencing on 1 October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as researcher.
The main duty of the post will be to undertake independent research in a topic contributing to the solution of the most pressing global welfare problems facing the human race, such as research into the application of technology to development challenges including health, growing inequality and the lack of social cohesion, or instability in globalisation (cyber threats, collapsing financial structures).
The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College. The Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

More information can be found at the Call for Particulars; applications are due via an online application form by March 9, 2015.

Book Launch: Leslie James, “George Padmore and Decolonization from Below”

Here’s an exciting event for readers located in London: on Tuesday, February 3, Dr.Leslie James, a Lecturer in World History at the University of Cambridge, will discuss her new book, George Padmore and Decolonisation from Below: Pan-Africanism, the Cold War, and the End of Empire, which appeared recently with Palgrave MacMillan.

Readers outside of the fields of British History, or studies of the Black Atlantic, might not have heard of Padmore’s name. But the London-based, Trinidad-born Marxist led a life that, as James’ book’s subtitle hints, ran through many of the major themes of the twentieth century. Whether one is interested in Padmore’s relationship with Pan-Africanist figures like Kwame Nkrumah and Jomo Kenyatta, or just interested in following a life that illuminates the twentieth century more broadly, George Padmore and Decolonisation from Below promises to be an illuminating read.

The event will be hosted by our friends at LSE Ideas, a unit of the London School of Economics. The event will take place from 6:30 PM to 8 PM in Room B.13 at 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and will be chaired by LSE’s Odd Arne Westad, with Professors Richard Drayton (King’s College London) and Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University) appearing as discussants.