New and Noteworthy Works in Global Urban History

 

The website of the Global Urban History Project (itself worthy of exploration in full) has begun a new series on new and noteworthy works (books and otherwise) written by its members in the field. Among the most interesting of those featured in the inaugural entry: Coll Thrush’s Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire, a five-century history of indigenous peoples of Britain’s imperial territories who passed through and lived in the empire’s principal metropolis, and Joseph Ben Prestel’s Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910, which transcends the perceived dissimilarity of urban histories in Europe and the Middle East to present a united history of emotional reaction to changes taking place in both the German and Egyptian capitals. Prestel also previewed his work in a blog post for the site last month.

CFP: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the Challenge of a New World Order (Paris, June 2019)

A century ago today, the end of the carnage unfolding between the trenches of the Western Front of the First World War was scarcely imaginable. But so momentous were the consequences for subsequent world history of the eventual end of the conflict – the Versailles and other treaties that emerged from the Paris Peace Conference, and the movements that sought to influence them – that organizers are already mobilizing for a “major international conference” on the subject in the very city where the post-WWI order was shaped in 1919.

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The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, among the main sites of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 / Image: paristoversailles.org

To be convened under the aegis of the Institut historique allemand (IHA)/Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris (DHIP), LABEX EHNE, and the Commission d’histoire des relations internationales/Commission for the History of International Relations, “[t]he purpose of this event is to re-examine the history of the Peace Conference through a thematic focus on the different approaches to order in world politics in the aftermath of the First World War.” The organizers further specify:

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CFP: Europe Between Migrations, Decolonization, and Integration (Florence, January 2018)

The Società italiana per lo studio della storia contemporanea (SISSCO, the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History) has been holding a stimulating series of seminars linking the processes of decolonization, postcolonial migration to Europe, and European unity and integration. The series, known as “Europe between migrations, decolonization and integration (1945-1992)” kicked off in Forli in March 2017. A second seminar will now be held in Florence – amid the Historical Archives of the European Union, hosed at the European University Institute. Titled “Mobility and Migrations in Europe: Perception and Representation,” the organizers invite scholars of all levels to submit:

proposals about the ways in which migrants and migrations from inside and outside Europe have been perceived and represented (through discourses or images) by media, national and international institutions, political parties, associations, educational institution. Special consideration will be given to proposals focused on the connections between these representations and both the processes of creation of the European Community and of re-creation of the European nations after the disappearing of empires.

The seminar will be held on 25-26 January, specifically. Presentation proposals of no more than 300 words along with a brief biographical note are due to postwarmigrations@gmail.com by 15 November 2017, with notifications of acceptance by 25 November.  Proposals – and presentations – may be made in either Italian or English. Further information is available at H-Borderlands.

Call For Panels: World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge, IUAES (July 16-20, 2018, Florianópolis, Brazil)

The 18th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) will be held in Florianópolis, Brazil, on 16-20 July 2018, hosted by the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA). The theme of the congress is “World (of) Encounters: The Past, Present and Future of Anthropological Knowledge.” The call for panels will be open until 30th October 2017.

CFP: Historians Without Borders – Writing Histories of International Organizations (Leiden, March 2018)

The European Research Council project “Rethinking Disability” has organized a conference meant to bring together early career researchers working on international organizations together to discuss the methodological challenges of integrating their work on the subject with various forms of global history. “Historians Without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations” will take place in Leiden from 22-23 March 2018 and include a master class, keynote speeches, and roundtable discussions. Confirmed speakers include Davide Rodogno of the Graduate Institute Geneva, who will run the event’s master class.

The conference seeks to move beyond “methodological nationalism,” by which it means the increasing balkanization of subfields beyond national histories into transnational, world, and global histories, among others:

In order to do this, the workshop will focus on the history of international organizations (IOs), as they are “extremely stimulating heuristic objects for historians of globalism in that they represent a true laboratory of the accords and tensions at work between the international, national, and local scenes and frames of reference” (Kott, 2011, p. 449). Therefore, writing their history automatically compels us to think about methodologies of doing ‘history beyond borders’. Although they automatically force historians to think about international connections, it is equally important to consider the continuing role of local or national scales within international organizations. Research objects in this regard can encompass both the main intergovernmental organizations (IOs) – such as the League of Nations, the UN or the NATO – and the vast field of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), spanning a diverse range of causes from the environment (Greenpeace), over human rights (Amnesty International), to humanitarianism (Médecins sans frontières).

The conference is, specifically, seeking contributions that meditate on the methodological divides between different subspecies of global, world, and transnational histories – and how each of these relate to international organizations.

An abstract of 500 words, along with a brief CV, is due for submission to rethinkingdisability@hum.leidenuniv.nl by 13 November 2017, and decisions will be rendered by 20 November. Questions may be addressed to the same email. A short draft of the intended presentation paper will be expected two weeks prior to the event. Acceptance of a paper will also imply acceptance into the master class.

CFP: Britain and the World Conference (Exeter, June 2018)

After its tenth annual conference in Austin last year, the British Scholar Society invites submissions to its eleventh Britain and the World Conference, to be held at the University of Exeter from 21 to 23 June 2018. The conference will concern, as always, interactions with the “British world” – including the British Empire and wider interactions between Britain and other points of the globe – from the seventeenth century to the present. Publishers from Edinburgh University Press and Palgrave Macmillan will be on hand to discuss the society’s journal and book series, including a commissioning editor open to discussing publishing plans.

The conference will accept both individual twenty minute papers and complete panel submissions of three papers each. In addition to paper abstracts, panels should be accompanied by 100-300 word descriptions of their respective themes. Participants may span the entire range from graduate students to senior scholars.

Submissions should be received by 15 December 2017 to editor@britishscholar.org, with all information in the body of an email (no attachments) in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords. Decisions on submissions will be rendered by 8 January 2018. Further information is available in the official call for papers, and further questions may be submitted to conference@britishscholar.org.

CFP: 27th Annual World History Association Conference; Milwaukee WI, 21st-23rd June 2018

The World History Association invites proposals for its 2018 conference, a joint meeting with the Midwest World History Association. The conference provides an ideal opportunity to interact with an international community of world history scholars, teachers, and students. Proposals for panels, workshops, round tables, and individual papers are welcome on topics related to the conference themes, the Anthropocene and Material Culture, or on topics of general interest to world historians.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Marquette University, and other local institutions. Tours and presentations offered by the conference will include the Milwaukee Public Museum, Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee Art Museum, and walking tours of this fascinating city.

The World History Association and the Midwest World History Association invite proposals from scholars, teachers, and graduate students around the world on topics related to the conference’s themes, the Anthropocene and Material Culture, and on topics of general interest to world historians. The WHA promotes interdisciplinary conversations about scholarship and teaching, so work in anthropology, political science, literature, art, the natural sciences, and other fields is welcomed and encouraged. Proposals may take several forms:

  • Organized panels of generally three panelists, one chair, and optionally, one discussant
  • Organized round tables with four to six participants, which involve five-minute opening statements from participants and then conversational dialogue with the audience
  • Workshops on specific teaching or research techniques or practices
  • Individual papers, maximum of 15-20 minutes in length
  • Meet-the-author sessions, in which the authors of recently-published books discuss their approach and methods, and engage in exchange with possible endusers

Organized panels/roundtables/workshops are given priority in the program and receive earlier notification of acceptance. If accepted, individual papers will be arranged into suitable panels by the Program Committee, but these will receive later notice of acceptance. Papers should be presented in English. A/V requests will be honored as much as possible, but A/V is always subject to failure, so handouts of essential information are always welcome.

More detailed guidelines, and the portal for submitting panels and papers may be found at: http://www.thewha.org. Please address any questions to: info@thewha.org.

Deadline: 30th November 2017

CFP: “Interrogating Boundaries: Mapping the Mental and Material in World History” – Northeastern University’s 10th Annual World History Graduate Conference (March 24-25, 2018)

The Northeastern University History Graduate Student Association invites proposal submissions for its 10th annual graduate student conference to be held on March 24th and 25th 2018 at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. The deadline for submissions to the conference is Friday December 15th 2017.

The 2018 conference title is “Interrogating Boundaries: Mapping the Mental and Material in World History”. The conference will address a wide variety of themes within world history and public history, looking specifically at the physical, social, mental and material boundaries that have been present through human history. We encourage papers that think broadly about the definition of boundaries and frontiers, and those that explore these issues within both local and global contexts.

Submissions may engage with a variety of related themes including: Incarceration; Empire; Trade and Transport; Global Systems; Migration and Mobility; Class and Conflict; The Urban Space; Gender; Borders and Boundaries; Race; The Environment; Hegemony and Society; Theory and Practice, and many more.

We invite graduate students in degree programs in history and other cognate disciplines to present work on any of these topics and more. We welcome and encourage papers that deal with these issues in interdisciplinary ways, as well as those engaging with the digital humanities. We also encourage the submission of pre-organized panel proposals. Faculty are invited to volunteer as chair/commentators in their research areas.

We especially encourage the submission of papers on the history of incarceration in America and around the world. The conference will be running in conjunction with the upcoming installation on “States of Incarceration,” a project of the Humanities Action Lab. The exhibit, installed through the efforts of history graduate students, graduates of the public history program, faculty, and staff, will be on the Northeastern University campus from March 16th-May 20th, 2018. A conference on incarceration will also be held on campus on March 23rd, 2018. We encourage attendees of our conference to attend that conference if possible, and also to visit the exhibit.

Conference Details: 

When: March 24th-25th, 2018

Where: Northeastern University, Boston MA

Keynote Speaker: Ann Laura Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and History, The New School.

Ann Laura Stoler has been at the New School for Social Research since 2004, where she was the founding chair of its revitalized Anthropology Department. She has worked for some thirty years on the politics of knowledge, colonial governance, racial epistemologies, the sexual politics of empire, and ethnography of the archives. She has been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études, the École Normale Supérieure and Paris 8, Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory, Birzeit University in Ramallah, the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, Irvine’s School of Arts and Literature, and the Bard Prison Initiative. She is the recipient of NEH, Guggenheim, NSF, SSRC, and Fulbright awards, among others. Her books include Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra’s Plantation Belt, 1870–1979 (1985; 1995) Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995), Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (2002, 2010), Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (2009).

Format of Presentations: Accepted presentations are typically divided into three or four-person panels. Each panelist should expect to present their papers for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.

To be considered, the following documents should be sent to the program committee at nugradconf@gmail.com by Friday December 15th 2017: 

Individual Panelists:

● 200-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented

● Brief curriculum vitae

● List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

Panels:

● List of all panel members (3 per panel) with designated chairperson, if applicable

● 200-word abstract that discusses the theme of the panel

● 200-word abstract for each paper or work to be presented

● Brief curriculum vitae for each panelist and chairperson

● List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

Accepted panelists will be required to submit their papers by March 1st 2018. 

For more information about our 2018 Conference, please follow us on Twitter at @nu_histconf18 and like our Facebook page at facebook.com/nuhistconf2018

CFP: Anthrosophia 2018: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Philosophy, Anthropology, and Allied Disciplines (March 7-10, 2018, New Orleans, LA)

Founded in 2015, Anthrosophia is an annual interdisciplinary
conference bridging the fields of philosophy, anthropology, and allied social sciences. The conference is dedicated to the holistic
investigation of the questions of how and why human societies
organize themselves in the diverse ways that we do today, and have
done in the past. The basic premise of Anthrosophia is that the fields
of philosophy and anthropology have much more in common than is
typically acknowledged. Philosophical claims about humans and
human societies had to start somewhere and, indeed, they usually
began as basic empirical generalizations about the nature of human
behavior. Anthropology began as an offshoot from the field
philosophy in the early 19th century and it continues to carry the same fundamental set of theoretical building blocks with it into the
present day.

As an interdisciplinary conference, Anthrosophia aims to articulate
the theoretical principles, methodological orientations, and empirical data that form the basis of philosophy and anthropology as
traditionally distinct fields. Through this collaboration, we hope to
identify persistent shortcomings and biases in our thinking about the nature of human social life and to find better ways forward.
Participants may give oral presentations of up to 20 minutes. If you
wish to present a paper, we ask you to submit a 150-word abstract
outlining your topic to anthrosophia@cherscience.org by January 2nd. Please also indicate your preference about which day you would like to present. (We do our best to accommodate these preferences but we can’t make any promises!)

The Anthrosophia scholarly society also publishes a journal of the
same name. Papers presented at the Anthrosophia conference may be considered for publication in this journal, though we also accept
unrelated submissions. For more information about the Anthrosophia conference and the journal, please visit http://www.cherscience.org.

Conference Program Committee
Drew Chastain (co-chair), Loyola University New Orleans
Grant S. McCall (co-chair), C.H.E.R. and Tulane University
Karl Widerquist, Georgetown University SFS-Qatar
Enzo Rossi, University of Amsterdam

Any questions about the conference should be directed to
anthrosophia@cherscience.org.

Job Post: Assistant Professor, International Studies (University of California, Irvine)

The International Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine invites applications from outstanding scholars involved in critical interdisciplinary global research with substantive foci in political, sociocultural, historical, legal, geographical and economic issues to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position. All candidates with a research agenda that engages complex global issues and cuts across foci in creative ways will be considered. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline in the social sciences or humanities. Candidates should address explicitly how critical and global perspectives are deployed and/or local-global dimensions feature in their research. Candidates should have an outstanding record of research, publication, teaching and professional service.

The International Studies Program is planning to become a full department with a unique doctoral program. The candidate will be involved in building an innovative, interdisciplinary and diverse intellectual environment and developing curriculum around global theory, research, and pressing regional and transnational issues.

Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, evidence of teaching excellence, statement of teaching, curriculum vitae, up to three publications and ensure three letters of reference are submitted by the deadline. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion must also be included in the application materials. Applicants must apply online at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04275.

These materials should be directed to Professor Eve Darian-Smith, Director, International Studies, University of California, Irvine CA 92697-5100.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and continue until the post is filled.

Preference may be given to those candidates who demonstrate a sustained commitment to advance equitable access to higher education, and who have performed public and university service that addresses the needs of underrepresented minority populations.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.