CFP: BGEAH 2017: “Land and Water: Port Towns, Maritime Connections, and Oceanic Spaces of the Early Modern Atlantic World.” (Aug 29-Sep 3, 2017)

The British Group of Early American Historians has chosen the theme of “Port Towns, Maritime Connections, and Oceanic Spaces” for their 2017 conference to take place from August 29 to September 3, in Portsmouth, UK. While this conference will be of special interest to those studying the Atlantic World, the consideration of intercultural exchange, movement of peoples, and transitional/border zones speak to important questions in global history.  Further details:

The British Group of Early American Historians will hold its annual conference at the University of Portsmouth, 29 August – 3 September 2017.Drawing on Portsmouth’s historic significance as a port town this year’s conference theme is: “Land and Water: Port Towns, maritime connections, and oceanic spaces of the early modern Atlantic World.” Portsmouth was a site of embarkation for those who shaped (or attempted to shape) the political, social, and demographic contours of the Atlantic World: the Roanoke colonists departed from the town in 1587; as did Admiral Nelson for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It was a hub of imperial force in the form of the Royal Navy and intimately connected with the imperial conflicts across the globe, and also of the protection and then prevention of the transatlantic slave trade.

Yet, as with all port towns, the social space between water and land was a space for contestation and conflict; a space for opportunity and escape.The organisers therefore welcome work that explores the themes of port towns in the early modern Atlantic World in their broadest construction: sites of intercultural exchange, sites of tension, and sites of community. The relationship between land and water is intended to encompass all of the inhabitants of the Atlantic World: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas; Africans; Europeans; and their descendants. Moreover, we are keen to encourage scholars with interests from all parts of the Atlantic World in the broad early modern era. In keeping with BGEAH tradition, however, papers that do not necessarily fit the theme are still invited for consideration.

We invite proposals for panels and papers of many types: from traditional panels of three 20-minute papers to pre-circulated papers/panels to roundtables to “state-of-the-field” reviews. We will accept individual paper proposals, but whole panels are encouraged.Programme Committee: Thomas Rodgers (Organiser), Sheryllynne Haggerty (Nottingham), Rachel Herrmann (Southampton), Gareth Davis (UCL).

Please email proposals to Thomas Rodgers at with the subject line BGEAH 2017. Proposals should be sent as a single document attachment with the name of the submitter and BGEAH in the file name (either Word doc. or PDF). Individual submissions should include a 250-350 word summary of the paper and a brief (1-2 page) C.V. Panel submissions should include a one-paragraph overview of the intended session in addition to the individual paper descriptions and a brief C.V. for each participant. The deadline for submissions is March 3, 2017.

CFP: International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Conference

From Cape Town as the “Tavern of the Seas” to Liverpool as the “World in One City”, ports pose some unique questions–and opportunities–for global historians. The Centre for Port and Maritime History has organized a two-day international conference in late April for graduate students and early career researchers who work on shores, coasts, and other watery subjects. The CFP:

The Centre for Port and Maritime History will hold its second annual postgraduate conference at the University of Bristol on 20-21st April 2017. The aim of this two-day conference is to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers working on any aspect of port or maritime history across a wide range of chronologies and geographical settings. It is hoped that this event will encourage postgraduate students to become part of the vibrant research community brought together by the International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Network. As this network is international, we particularly invite proposals from researchers working at institutions outside of the U.K.

Possible themes, are not limited to, but may include:

  • Urban culture in port towns and cities
  • Literary representations of ports and maritime endeavour
  • The economics of trade and commerce by sea
  • The social and economic impact of naval warfare
  • Crime and deviancy at sea and on shore
  • Shipbuilding, navigation and maritime instruments

Proposals for both 20 minute papers, and for panels of three papers are welcomed. Abstracts of 250 words, along with a short, biographical note, should be sent to Siobhan Hearne and David Wilson by 5pm (GMT) on Monday 27th February 2017.

CFP: ‘Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environment’ III CHAM International Conference (Lisbon, 12-15 July 2017)

Scholars across multiple disciplines–international relations, archaeology, visual arts, music, and geography, to name a few–are invited to Lisbon this July to discuss the shared cultural heritage of oceans. Panels address such diverse themes as maritime Asia, anti-colonial resistance, oceans in antiquity and in the Middle Ages, and climate change policy. The call for papers and posters closes Wednesday, February 1.

The convenors describe the concept as follows:

Coastal seas and open oceans have always been a realm for epic adventures, for misfortunes and new discoveries, a place for the construction of stories and legends, and for the creation of myths and imaginary geographies. Home of different ecosystems and of plentiful resources, in the offshore waters of the world oceans and in the nearby shores of all continents, sources of food were found and exploited, new industries, cities and ports were established and developed, different ways of communication and transfer of people, products and knowledge were created and explored.

Humans throughout time and geographies, by exploring the oceans and coastal regions, have produced new technical competences, new political and social strategies, new systems of exchange and circulation, new cultures and ways of living, and new worldviews. And by doing so, have created a panoply of historical, cultural and natural models that can nowadays be perceived and analysed in a multitude of perspectives. The presence of the sea in human societies and the use of sea by people have produced both tangible and intangible heritage, impacts and memories, that can help us understand the historical relation of people and the sea and shape its legacy for future generations.

The III CHAM International Conference follows the main strategic scientific project of CHAM – Frontiers – also encompassing the global objectives of the UNESCO CHAIR “The Cultural Oceans’ Heritage” held by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. In this conference a multidisplinary and integrative approach to the main theme “Oceans and shores: Heritage, people and environments” will be encouraged, allowing the presentation of worldwide scientific novelty, the discussion of comparative narratives and the implementation of complementary methodologies, with impacts in distinct fields of science and of the society.

This conference is sponsored by CHAM (Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar). For further information, please consult the conference website.

Africa and the World Position (Hunter College, CUNY)

Here’s a recent job posting for Africanists working in a global context, located at Hunter College at the City University of New York (CUNY):

The Department of History at Hunter College, CUNY invites applications for an open-rank professorship in Africa and the World, with any chronological focus, with an anticipated starting date on or about September 1, 2016. The department is especially interested in scholars who address the history of Africa and Africans in innovative regional, global or comparative contexts.  Review of applications will be in September 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

To learn more about the department, visit us at  Ph.D. in history is required at the time of appointment. We seek candidates with a strong record of scholarship, demonstrated teaching abilities, and a commitment to service.  Compensation provided commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Hunter College/CUNY is committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. 

More information is available by using CUNY’s in-house job search interface and searching for job number 12532. Additionally, three letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Search Committee for the job (details here). The review of applications begins in September 2015, and will be continued until the position is filled.

Call for Papers: Transnational and Global Histories of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left

Here’s an interesting call for papers for not one, but two conferences on Latin American history in a global context, both organized by LSE’s Tanya Harmer and Alberto Martín Álvarez of the Instituto Mora in Mexico City.

A long description of both conferences follows; interested applicants should be aware that the deadline for applying is July 3, 2015, with a one page proposal in either Spanish or English and a brief academic CV, sent either to Harmer ( or  Álvarez (

The LSE and the Instituto Mora are issuing calls for papers for two related international workshops that they are organising in 2016.  Funded by the British Academy’s Newton Mobility Fund, taking advantage of combined research expertise at both institutions, and linked to the established New Left Network led by Alberto Martín Álvarez and Eduardo Rey, the workshops aim to explore different perspectives on Latin America’s Revolutionary Left.

Although both workshops are part of the same broader project to examine global and transnational histories of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left (otherwise known as the New Left of the Armed Left), it is anticipated that proposals will be made to one workshop or the other rather than both. Details of the workshops and the themes they wish to explore are as follows: Continue reading

Student Research Assistant Position in Global History, Freie Universität Berlin

Here’s one recent opportunity for students in Germany interested in global history. As the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut and the Lateinamerika-Institut at the Free University of Berlin prepare for the creation of a Dahlem International Network Professorship in Latin American Studies, the need has arisen for a Studentische Hilfskraft (Student Research Assistant) (41 hours a month) to assist with an ongoing research project on the social history of global cities since 1800, among other research and administrative tasks. (More information on the post is available here, albeit only in German).

The ideal candidate will be on their way towards completing an MA or an advanced Bachelor’s student (in the German system), with an interest in global history since 1800 and excellent English language skills. Competence in additional foreign languages is a plus.

Those interested are requested to send a letter of introduction, a Lebenslauf (German CV), and proof of prior internships to Michael Goebel (Freie Universität Berlin) no later than July 17, 2015 via e-mail.

Assistant Professor Position in Global History, University of Warwick

The University of Warwick (located in Coventry, England) has announced a search for a three-year Assistant Professor position with a specialization in Global History. “The Department,” reads the advertisement,

seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Global History for the period 1st September 2015 to 31st July 2018. You will conduct research and teaching in Global History both individually and in collaboration with colleagues within the Department, and across the University. You will be expected to build research networks in your specialism beyond the University.
You will have a proven record of achievement in research, with clear potential for and/or demonstrated excellence in publication in an area or areas of Global History. Candidates with a strong research record in Global History focussing on connections between Europe and Asia in the early modern period are particularly invited to apply for this post.

The position comes with compensation of £38,511 to £45,954 per annum; further details of the position are available at the above link. Applications are due no later than April 20, 2015.

Job in International History at the University of Sheffield

Here’s another good job posting: our colleagues at the University of Sheffield have advertised a position for a Senior Lecturer or Reader in International History, with a starting date of this September. (For those unfamiliar with the British academic system, a Senior Lecturer or Reader position is roughly equivalent to an Associate Professor position in a North American university.)

The posting, an advertisement explains:

is an ideal opportunity for a scholar with an outstanding publication record and excellent teaching ability to join one of the leading centres for historical research in the United Kingdom. You will have teaching and research strengths within the broad area of international and imperial history and you will provide leadership both in international history and in the Department as a whole. You will also be able to direct teaching and research with imagination and ambition and serve as a mentor and collaborator for junior colleagues. This will include design and delivery of teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, developing the Department’s research profile through the production of high quality publications and attracting external research funding.
You will also be expected to contribute to the Department’s presence within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the wider University and, through outreach and knowledge exchange, in Sheffield and beyond. You will have a PhD in History or a related subject area (or have equivalent experience), proven teaching and leadership ability and the capacity to carry out high quality research and disseminate research findings. The ability to communicate to a variety of audiences is also essential for this position.

The position is compensated at £48,743 to £54,841 per annum, with potential to progress to £63,552; applications are due no later than March 18th, through Sheffield’s online jobs system.

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.