For graduate student readers of the Global History Blog, here’s a recent call for applications for a terrific graduate student-focused conference on global history at the Freie Universität Berlin:
In recent years, global history has become one of the most ambitious and most promising strands of historical research. The approach specifically targets relations, flows, and actors which transcend borders that for a long time had been assumed to be stable and impenetrable. It calls attention to the importance of transnational, trans-regional or trans-local connections and highlights the relevance of postcolonial theory to historiography.
But how can we actually “do global history” in practical terms? What are useful methods and techniques for researching and writing from a global perspective? How can global history complement but also challenge other disciplines; conversely, what critiques and new ideas can other disciplines bring to global history?
We – a group of students in the MA Global History at Humboldt University Berlin and Free University Berlin – would like to invite you to discuss these issues with us at the Global History Student Conference in Berlin by presenting your research projects to fellow students. This year the keynote speaker will be Prof. Michael Goebel, author of Anti-Imperial Metropolis (2015), winner of the AHA Jerry Bentley prize in World History (2016).
The field of global history is not limited to the modern period, and we invite scholars of the early modern, medieval or classical periods to consider submitting their research. Moreover, global history not only challenges geographical borders, it also tends to transcend disciplinary demarcations. Accordingly, we welcome proposals from any academic field that has points of contact with history (e.g. art history, area studies, social sciences, etc). Furthermore, since global history has only been part of the academic landscape for a few years (at least in terms of institutions and study programmes) we are all more or less beginners in this quest for interconnections, entanglements and conjunctures. We also explicitly invite undergraduate students: if you’ve ever written a paper or essay in this field, this is the perfect place to present it! The goal is to exchange experiences and to work together in an open and non-competitive way.
For more on how to submit proposals, read on:
Submit the registration form by the 1st of February 2017.
Upload your 300 word abstract as a PDF file by the 1st of February 2017.
The abstract should be entitled according to the following format: SurnameFirstnameShortTitle.pdf
On acceptance of your paper, please send us a 2000 word summary for us to review by 31st of March 2017.
We will be able to offer some financial support for transport and accommodation to participants coming from outside of Berlin. Please see our website for further details.
Readers curious about the conference should look into the conference’s website, with reviews of past conferences. Better yet, read the conference report posted by TPF Editor-at-Large Fatma Aladag here.