Workshop Announcement: Global Archivalities

May 7, 2013, 9-11 AM (PDT)
Convenor: Randolph Head (UC-Riverside)
Co-convenors: Arndt Brendecke (Munich), Hilde de Weerdt (London-King’s College)

Attendance: In-person in Riverside, CA, or via Adobe Connect (globally)

To participate: contact the convenor

Archives play a fundamental role in historical research, yet archivality as a human
cultural product subject to enormous variation – across cultural systems and across time –
has received almost no comparative attention. We propose the
formation of a collaborative network among humanistic scholars interested in
investigating the formation, use, and representation of archives around the globe in the
pre-modern period. By bringing together researchers with the necessary linguistic skills,
specific knowledge, and diverse theoretical and epistemological approaches, this network
will contribute to enriched research on various regions and topics.

Of equal importance,however, will be the project’s contribution to understanding how archival
accumulation has shaped legal, political, memorial and not least historiographical expectations
about the production and preservation of records in different cultural contexts. In light of the
last half-century’s theoretical and methodological insights, it is no longer tenable to write
scholarship from the archives without understanding the history of the archives.

The conceptual workshop on May 7 seeks to define more clearly the terrain that such a
network and project will consider. Bringing together experts on diverse record-keeping
traditions and from varying theoretical perspectives, we seek to promote shared
understandings of the decisive theoretical and empirical issues that the comparative study
of pre-modern archivality must address. A second goal is to highlight the many research
opportunities that the comparative study of archivality can offer, and to help create a
supportive network of junior as well as senior humanists that can promote such research.
Scholars working on any part of the world where systematic recordkeeping took place are
invited to participate.

The core time frame of the subject envisioned by the convenors
runs from the post-Classical through the early modern periods (as they may be defined in
various regions); anyone with interests in the field, regardless of discipline, period or
approach, is welcome to the conceptual workshop.

Adobe Connect allows participation from any networked computer equipped with camera
and microphone. To ensure a smooth flow of events, a moderator will manage
interventions from various participants, with priority given to a number of core sites but
with opportunities for contribution from any participant.

This event is sponsored by the University of California Multi-Campus Research Group
“Material Cultures of Knowledge, 1500-1800,” funded by the University of California
Humanities Network and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

Call for abstract submissions: Italy, Persia, and Early Modern Globalism

Please consider submitting an abstract for this session at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in Chicago in February 2014.

Chicago, CAA Annual Conference, February 12 – 15, 2014

Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University, and Pamela Jones, UMass Boston
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In late antiquity the eastern frontier of the Roman empire confronted Sassanian Persia. The rivalry between these two world empires was redefined centuries later when the Pope served as the titular head of Christendom and the Shah led Safavid Iran. This session centers on interactions between Italians and Persians as represented in visual culture from 1500-1700. Papers that consider dialogue and exchange, transculturation, or cultural mobility will be especially welcome. Topics might include: maps and travel, missionaries and hagiography, embassies and political imagery, and involve media such as paintings, sculptures, prints, ephemeral decorations, and the decorative arts.

For further information, application form and procedure, see:

World History Center, University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Workshop in World History

World History Center, University of Pittsburgh

Doctoral Workshop in World History, June 3 -15, 2013

The World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh is happy to announce its third two-week summer doctoral workshop on World History. The workshop addresses the construction of dissertation projects and teaching curriculum in world history. The program is based on common readings and discussions in World History, interdisciplinary, and additional macro-historical branches (such as Transnational History and Comparative History) applied during the workshop to both the formulation of dissertation projects and course syllabi. Participants will evolve research proposals and syllabi in mutual discussion and in close consultation with the World History Center workshop mentors. The workshop will take place at the University of Pittsburgh from June 3 until June 15. The fee for each participant will be $1000 plus transportation (room and board are covered by the program). Fee waivers may be available for students with special needs.

Workshop participants may focus on any field or time period, but should have a strong interest in building a global dimension into their work. Applications are open to doctoral students from any university in any country. Preference will be given to students who have completed at least a year of graduate coursework and are currently working on their dissertation proposals.

Applications are to be submitted electronically. For details and application form, see

For inquiries: contact any of the workshop mentors:

Diego Holstein,

Molly Warsh,

Patrick Manning,

Application due date: March 31, 2013. Final decisions will be announced by Mid April.

Rothermere American Institute Inaugural Lecture: Prof Sir John Elliott: ‘Spanning the Atlantic’

Friday 3 May at 17.00

Rothermere American Institute, Oxford
All welcome

No scholar has done more to explain and illuminate the history of the Atlantic and the nations and empires that have bordered it than Professor Sir John Elliott, FBA. For more than fifty years, his work has shaped the understanding of European settlement and colonization in the Americas, imperial Spain, and the empires of the Atlantic world. Sir John has held professorships at Cambridge, London and Princeton universities, and the Regius Professorship of History at Oxford University from 1990 to 1997.

At Oxford University, he pioneered the study of Atlantic and global history, and was instrumental in the creation of the Rothermere American Institute, where he holds a Distinguished Fellowship. The RAI honours Sir John’s extraordinary contribution to the history of the Atlantic, the Americas and Europe by creating an annual lecture and a graduate scholarship in Atlantic history in his name.

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Oxford Centre for Global History: Global Knowledge Workshop

The University of Oxford’s Transnational and Global History group is pleased to announce a one-day interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Global Knowledge’, to be held at Ertegun House, Oxford on 10 May 2013,with a keynote address by Professor Sir Christopher Bayly. It is being planned in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Global History’s ‘Empires of Knowledge’ workshop on 9 May 2013.

This workshop seeks to illuminate how knowledge, broadly defined, has migrated beyond national or local boundaries and what effects it has had. Whether considering the early expansion of Islam in the seventh and eighth centuries, or the proliferation of transnational networks in the modern era, the movement of knowledge consistently serves to shape distant societies, often producing profoundly different results than had been originally intended. Yet the history of knowledge has remained largely confined to the domains of national or regional history.

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Colloquium – Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning (February 8 2013, CUNY Graduate Center)

Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning

February 8 2013 – 5-8 pm – Room C 197, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, NY, NY

Al-Andalus was a rare example where Muslims, Christians and Jews largely, if uneasily, co-existed and where, as a result of this intermingling, exceptional art, architecture and literature developed over the course of nearly 800 years. Visited by tourists and scholars, the Alhambra is a lasting testament to an era whose art and literature drew upon the artistic traditions of Islam and Christianity. In some historical narratives, this remarkable structure has come to symbolize an idealized environment that allowed peoples of multiple faiths to flourish. This two-part colloquium will delve into the multiple tensions that characterized the field in which not only the Alhambra, but also other remarkable objets d’art, architecture and literature were created. We aim to better understand the multi-religious and multi-cultural world of Al-Andalus as well as its operation within Spain’s contemporary exercises in cultural memory.

This colloquium explores these issues in two panels of papers by leading academics in the fields of history, literature and material culture.

The first panel, Cultural Practices, Religion and Politics in Al-Andalus, focuses on history and material culture in order to assess the co-existence of Muslims, Christians and Jews through their artistic, architectural and literary practices and productions.  This theme is approached from a multi-confessional perspective, considering not only the experience of ruling Muslims, but also that of minorities, such as Jews and mozarabes, who were subjected to Muslim rule.

The second panel, Memories of Al-Andalus: A Reflexive Take on Current Historiography, focuses on the place that contemporary Spain has assigned to its Islamic heritage.  It will examine the dialectic relation between current debates about ethnicity, religion, and language in Europe, and Spain’s strategies of institutional recognition and discursive processing of its Islamic history and material culture.


Jane Gerber, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Cynthia Robinson, Cornell University

Alexander Elinson, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Eric Calderwood, The University of Michigan

Closing Remarks: Anna Akasoy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Hunter College, CUNY

Organized by Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis and José del Valle, the Graduate Center, CUNY

2013 MAMEIS Annual Conference "Frontiers and Peripheries in the Islamic World"

The Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies (MAMEIS), in conjunction with the Department of History at Indiana State University, is pleased to announce the date for the 2013 MAMEIS Annual Conference, which is to be held Saturday April 6, 2013 in Terre Haute, Ind.  The conference will highlight outstanding current research by Middle East and Islamic Studies scholars throughout the Midwest, with a special emphasis on the theme of “Frontiers and Peripheries in the Islamic World.”   Individual presentations will be allotted 50 minutes including question and answer periods.

MAMEIS – the Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies – is a nonprofit organization chartered through Indiana State University which promotes and fosters community among the many scholars of Middle East and Islamic Studies based at institutions throughout the Midwest. As a regional organization of scholars and professionals, MAMEIS is concerned with promoting the study of the Middle East and Islamic world, broadly conceived, and does not subscribe to any particular religious or political viewpoints or agenda. Our aim is to develop an open forum for discussion of scholarly issues, share news and information about regional events, and support collegial ties among our members.

The conference sessions include:

Session One: Theorizing Frontiers  in the Medieval Islamic World

Session Two:  Managing Diversity on the Periphery of States/Empires

Session Three:  Ethnographic Studies of Multiculturalism in the Contemporary World

To view a Conference Schedule click here. For more information, contact: 
James Gustafson
 or visit

Call for Papers- Parliaments and the Colonial / Imperial Experience

International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions 64th Annual Conference – Ireland
Call for Papers – Parliaments and the Colonial / Imperial Experience in Ireland and the Wider World
4 – 7 September 2013

Dublin City Centre, with a day-trip to Belfast.

Conference theme:
Parliaments and the colonial / imperial experience in the medieval and modern periods.

Secondary themes:
· Parliaments, lawyers and the law – making and judging law in parliament.
· Parliaments and political culture.
· Sources and methodology for the study of parliamentary history.
· Parliaments and nation-building.

The deadline for submission of proposals is the end of April 2013. Proposals should be sent as a Word attachment containing the speaker’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, title of the paper, along with a description of the paper (not exceeding 250 words).

All correspondence should be addressed to Dr Coleman Dennehy.

Attendance and the reading of papers at the conference is open to members and to non-members alike.

The International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions was founded in 1936. The aim of the Commission is to promote research into the origin, growth and development of representative and parliamentary institutions throughout the world in all periods. In particular, it encourages the study of the development of representative institutions in a wide and comparative way. It facilitates the international exchange of bibliographical information. It is concerned with the political theory and institutional practice of representation as well as with the internal organization and the social and political background to parliaments and assemblies of estates.

The Commission now has two hundred members from at least thirty countries including the United States of America, Russia and almost all European countries. It meets every year at the invitation of the national sections or university organizations and once every five years in association with the International Congress of Historical Sciences, of which it is an affiliated organization. Over 90 volumes have appeared in its series of Studies, and any scholars who are intending to publish monographs that fall within the range of the Commission’s interests and who might like them to be included in this series should write to the Director of Publications.

Historians and political scientists interested in any aspect of the history of representative institutions are warmly invited to join the Commission. Details are given in the Newsletter section of the journal. Paid-up members receive free copies of our peer-reviewed journal Parliaments, Estates and Representation, which is published twice a year.

All information can be found on the ICHRPI website.

Après Moi, le Déluge

I’m not saying, ‘After me, chaos,'” French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the newspaper Le Figaro with a wink in an interview published Friday, April 20, on the eve of the first-round election that saw him lose to Socialist Party leader François Hollande. But if Sarkozy was trying to make the indelicate point that, without him, the country is doomed if his looming electoral defeat in the May 6 runoff comes to pass, it’s not just France facing an uncertain future. It’s all of Europe. Critics like to paint the incumbent as “L’Omniprésident” and a “barbaric child,” but the repercussions from his all-but-certain electoral rebuke might be vastly larger than “Tsarkozy’s” critics take his ego to be.

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