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.

Assistant/Associate Professor in World and Global History, University of Macau

The University of Macau has advertised a tenure-track position for an Assistant or Associate Professor of World and Global History, expected to begin in August 2015. “Applicants,” the call explains,

Applicants should have a PhD in hand by the time of employment and some teaching experience, and should specialize in one or more of the following research and teaching areas: Ancient/Modern/Contemporary European-Asian Relations, and related areas of the History of Europe, South, Southeast or East Asia. The successful candidate may be required to teach General Education courses in Global Issues in History and Culture. Command of at least one European or Asian language (in addition to English), relevant to her/his area of specialization, may be considered an advantage.

Applicants are invited to visit the University’s vacancies site for more information; to apply online, they should use its job application portal. (The reference number for this position is: FSS/DHIST/WH/01/2015).

The review of applications will commence on March 1, 2015, so make sure to submit your application by then! Finalists will be invited for interviews. Hence, “applicants,” notes the posting, “may consider their applications not successful if they were not invited for an interview within 3 months of application.”

University of Pittsburgh, Postdoctoral Fellowship in World History

Our colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh have advertised a neat post-doctoral position in World History that should attract readers of the Global History Forum and Global History Blog. “The World History Center and the Department of History seek applicants,” the advertisement notes,

for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in world history beginning fall 2015, with the option of renewal for a second year. We seek candidates who can demonstrate strong training in global historical studies, and whose research interests are cross-disciplinary, multiregional, and/or have varied time frames. The successful candidate will participate in research, teaching, and other activities of the center and the department. Research will include individual research plus work on such Center projects as the Alliance for Learning in World History and the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis.  Teaching will include two world history courses each year. Salary and benefits are competitive. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within the past eight years but before June 2015.

Applicants are requested to send a letter of application, a full CV, a dissertation chapter, and three letters of recommendation to Diego Holstein, Chair, World History Postdoctoral Search Committee, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Application materials may be submitted by e-mail to The deadline for applications is February 27, 2015.

Call for Papers: “The Global Public: Its Power and Its Limits” (German Historical Institute, London)

Our friends at the German Historical Institute in London are organizing a conference this coming autumn that will surely interest followers of the Toynbee Prize Foundation. Entitled “The Global Public: Its Power and Its Limits,” the conference, taking place from October 22-24, 2015 and organized by Valeska Huber (GHI London) and Jürgen Osterhammel (Koblenz),

will explore theories and practices of a global public in the long twentieth century. Recent forms of mass protest and debates around open, censored or intercepted flows of information have triggered debates about the power and limits of the global public. Yet many preconditions for such a global public had their origin in the last decades of the nineteenth century, when global travel became more standardised and new media such as telegraphy, mass print and later film entered the scene. During the two world wars, the global public was mobilized and manipulated in an unprecedented manner. Communication theorists and internationalists of the inter-war period, such as John Dewey, Harold Lasswell and H.G. Wells, saw it as a rising political force that would change future decision-making. In war or crisis, peace activists and humanitarians evoked it as a moral tribunal and normative entity. The organisers of cultural and sporting events hoped for new worldwide audiences, which businessmen and advertisers associated with opportunities for profit-making on a new scale. Politicians recognised the global public as a force for prestige and image cultivation, for instance during the Cold War, turning it into an arena of intense competition. At the same time the related technologies, especially print media and film, and their penetration of different world regions and layers of society provided a field of experimentation, and the limits of the global public, on a geographical and social but also on a normative scale, remained visible.

The call for papers elaborates on the themes of the conference. Those interested in participating are requested to send proposals including their  name, institutional affiliation or place of residence and title of paper; an abstract no longer than 500 words, and a brief CV to no later than February 28, 2015. Participants not based in the UK should not hesitate to apply: travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

Apply to Be an Global History Blog Editor-At-Large!

The Toynbee Prize Foundation (TPF) invites applications for Editors-at-Large for its Global History Blog. Through its website, TPF promotes both long-form interviews and articles on the field of global history produced by TPF’s Executive Director as well as shorter-form material that is nonetheless of interest to audiences interested in developments in the field: job postings, cross-postings of material from blogs, and recently-published articles in the field. Working with staff from the Toynbee Foundation and George Mason’s Center for History and New Media, Editors-at-Large will nominate pre-curated content for posting on the Toynbee Foundation’s website via the Foundation’s WordPress PressForward plug-in. Content nominated by the Editors-at-Large will then be forwarded to TPF Editors, who will write the introduction / commentary on selected pieces. Candidates who distinguish themselves may receive the opportunity to write commentary themselves or, eventually, to produce their own in-depth content for the website.

This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students wishing to gain more exposure to one of the most vibrant fields in the discipline today, but undergraduates with a strong interest in history are also welcome to apply. Professors teaching courses in global history who wish to involve their students in the field by nominating them to serve as Editors-at-Large at Large are also welcome to apply. Applicants are invited to use the form at the Editors-at-Large page of the Foundation’s website to apply, sending in (a) a 300-word biography, (b) a 300-word statement of motivation, and (c) a link to a post that they think would be of interest to TPF’s readership. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, but successful candidates will be able to start immediately. Questions about the position can be addressed to

You can find detailed instructions on how to apply at this page, also available through the “Participate” drop-down menu on the upper right of your browser window.

PhD Scholarship in International History at the University of Geneva

The Department of General History and the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva have made the following announcement for a PhD scholarship in Contemporary History with an application deadline of January 5, 2015. The call for applications, issued in French, reads as follows:

Le Département d’histoire générale et le Global Studies Institute de l’Université de Genève mettent au concours  un poste d’assistant(e) en histoire contemporaine.
Conditions :
– être en possession d’une maîtrise en histoire (avec spécialisation en histoire contemporaine) ou titre équivalent,
– compétences linguistiques : français et compréhension écrite et orale de l’anglais et d’une autre langue,
– avoir un projet de recherche convaincant dans le domaine d’histoire des relations internationales et/ou transnationale et susceptible d’amener à l’obtention d’un doctorat à l’Université de Genève.
Cahier des charges :
Il s’agit d’un poste à 7/10e qui passera à 10/10e la troisième année. Le ou la titulaire du poste sera chargé-e de 2 heures hebdomadaires de séminaire au niveau B.A. dans les programmes de Relations internationales et d’Histoire générale. L’assistant(e) participera à l’encadrement des étudiants et à la gestion des examens. Il ou elle consacrera au moins 40 % de son temps à la préparation d’une thèse de doctorat en histoire contemporaine.
Traitement :
Fr 46’247.– par an en 1ère année pour un(e) assistant(e) au bénéfice d’une maîtrise. Le maximum du traitement est atteint après 4 annuités (Fr 78’528.– par an).
Entrée en fonction :
1er février 2015
Durée du mandat :
L’assistant(e) est nommé(e) pour une première période de 2 ans; la nomination est renouvelable pour deux périodes successives, respectivement de 2 ans et de 1 an.
Documents requis et délai pour le dépôt des candidatures :
– une lettre de candidature,
– 3 exemplaires du curriculum vitae,
– une photocopie du diplôme de licence ou de maîtrise,
– un projet de thèse.
Dans une perspective de parité, l’Université encourage les candidatures féminines.

Questions about the opportunity may be directed to Professor Matthias Schulz.

Two New Global History Jobs

In the middle of job market season, two recent postings may interest readers. At Exeter College (a constituent College at the University of Oxford), the Bennett Boskey Fellowship in Extra-European History Since 1500 offers a 36-month post-doctoral fellowship among the dreaming spires. “The position,” notes the announcement,

will be for a period of 36 months (subject to satisfactory progress). It is a fixed-term, non-renewable post, which is intended to provide an opportunity for an outstanding academic at an early stage in their career.
The main duties of the post are to undertake tutorial or class teaching of undergraduates of Exeter College and the Williams College Visiting Students programme, up to a maximum of six (‘weighted’) hours per week averaged over the three eight-week Terms of the academic year; to engage in advanced study and research; to set and mark College examinations; to submit termly reports on students taught; to provide pastoral care for students; to participate in the undergraduate admissions process; to undertake such duties as may reasonably be required to support the teaching of History at the College; and to participate in the governance of the College.

More details (including the further particulars) are available at the link above.

Meanwhile, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva advertises an Assistant Professorship in International History. The optimal candidate, the advertisement notes, will have a specialization in one or more of the following areas:

• History of International Governance and Systems – critical (non-institutional) history of international organisations, history of international relations, history of international systems and governance beyond the transatlantic world
• History of Transnational Actors and Actions – history of transnational movements, history of protests and revolutions, whether in the context of religious or secular politics
• History of Cultures, Societies and Markets in a Regional or Global Perspective – history of culture in the context of international history, with an emphasis on religion and identity, and history of political regimes and ideologies; international development policies and their relation to societies and markets in a regional and/or global perspective. In particular, questions pertaining to the evolution of development policy ideas and tools, but also broad transversal themes with strong interdisciplinary appeal: property rights, environment, health and food.

Further details can be found at the Graduate Institute’s website.

Sven Beckert on the “Empire of Cotton”

Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton: it’s one of the most keenly anticipated works of history this year, and you can read an adapted excerpt here at The Atlantic.

The Toynbee Prize Foundation will be featuring an in-depth review of the book in weeks to come–we’re busy preparing a number of other Interviews with Global Historians–but readers interested in getting an idea of this ambitious, important work are strongly suggested to check out this except from Empire of Cotton: A Global History.