Full Professor for Contemporary and Modern History, University of Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany)

For more senior applicants eyeing a W-3 (Full Professor) position in German-speaking Europe, the University of Konstanz—home of this year’s Toynbee Prize recipient Jürgen Osterhammel—has announced a call for applications for a position in Contemporary and Modern History. The call for applications reads as follows:

W3-Professorship (permanent position) for Contemporary and Modern History with a focus on the 19th and 20th century

to be filled by 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The ideal candidate must represent the contemporary and modern history in the fields of research and teaching in the BA/MA-program and BEdu-program History, and in interdisciplinary degree programs. The candidat must be willing to take part in cooperativ projects in the field of research and teaching.

Requested is especially also a global history perspective.

Preconditions for a successful application are an habilitation or equivalent scientific achievements in the subject History with a focus on Global History and also experiences with the application for third-party funds.

We are offering a research intensive and motivating surrounding in an interdisciplinary orientated department with excellent conditions to implement own ideas in the areas of research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

The University of Konstanz offers a “Dual Career Couples Programme“. Information is available at: http://www.familie.uni-konstanz.de/dual-career/ .

The University of Konstanz encourages applications from people with a disability. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact +497531/88-4016 and 88-2834).

For more on the application process, read on:

Applications including a CV, a list of publications, a record of teaching experience, copies of academic degree certificates, a completed submission form (see link below), and reference to   Job Offer No. 2016/217 are to be sent electronically in a single pdf-document not later than 10th of November 2016 to the head of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Konstanz,    e-mail: geist.sektion@uni-konstanz.de .

Amitav Acharya, “Developing Global International Relations: What, Who, and How?”

Over at TRAFO, a Germany-based blog of for transregional research, Professor Amitav Acharya has penned a useful post titled “Doing Global International Relations” that offers a point of view on how a global history perspective could contribute to scholarship on international relations. As we have explored in Global History Forum pieces, like our conversation with Robert Vitalis on the role of race in the making of international relations, a dogmatic insistence on the timeless existence of schools of realism, liberalism, and constructivism doesn’t quite capture the history of the discipline. Nor, Acharya suggests, does it account for the ways in which non-Western actors have experienced the international system and theorized about it.

In his piece, Acharya asks the question of what an alternative perspective might look like:

So what does it mean to “do” Global IR? Doing Global IR is not simply adding a case-study from non-Western parts of the world, or having a regional perspective on world politics. Such works mainly end up applying theories from the West. It is also not done by simply highlighting the exclusion of regions, themes, or non-Western voices. This has already been done in a good deal of recent work on postcolonialism and Non-Western IR Theory. Finally, it is also not done by treating Global IR as if it were a theory in itself that merely needs to be “applied” to different world contexts. So what then?

He suggests a few possible answers to this question:

There are multiple pathways to “doing” Global IR. No single way can be imposed. But the key to any approach to Global IR is to “bring the Rest in”: to end the marginalization of the non-Western and Global South’s ideas, history, voices, and agency. Hence, in developing Global IR, it is important to have as many voices as possible, representing different subfields: development, security, feminist IR, foreign policy, IR theory, and other sections. This will be consistent with a core principle of Global IR, which is to engage in broad conversation across perspectives, rather than a dialogue of the like-minded, or preaching to the converted.

In my view, “doing” and writing Global IR thus involves:

• Bringing in multiple and global origins of concepts and processes
• Focusing on time and context
• Paying attention to both material and ideational/normative causes and consequences
• Comparing and generalizing from the local to the global and vice versa; a two-way process acknowledging diversity and circularity but seeking to identifying shared and common patterns
• Drawing from global history and philosophy, and developing narratives on the basis of autonomous, comparative and connected histories
• Shedding Westphalianism and acknowledging the contribution of classical and hierarchical (international) systems
• Focusing on agency of the states and societies other than the West

Attentive readers will note that these priorities share much with feminist critiques of international relations, or theories of IR that situate themselves within established schools, like Mohammed Ayoob’s subaltern realism. Archarya, however, calls for new institutional endeavours to build up the field of global international relations including blogs, journals, and awards devoted to fostering the new field.

For more, read the blog post here!


Associate Professor of International History, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland)

With the academic year now over for many of our readers, we move quickly into … the season of more job postings. Here’s one of the first for this season–with an early application deadline–that should surely interest readers of the Global History Blog. “The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,” announces a recent posting from that institution in Geneva,

invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of


with a specialisation in one of the following fields:

The history of international governance and systems

The history of transnational actors and actions

The history of cultures, societies and markets in regional or global perspective

starting on 1st February 2017 or on a mutually agreed-upon date.

The Institute is seeking candidates about to be appointed associate professor or already at the rank of associate professor with a few years of experience. Candidates must hold a PhD in history or equivalent. They should have an outstanding teaching experience and research track record. They should be open to comparative analysis and active on the frontier of methodological innovation. The ability to work with colleagues from other disciplines will be an asset.

The successful candidate will teach courses at both the master’s and doctoral levels and supervise master’s dissertations and PhD theses in the Department of International History. She or he will also be called upon to teach classes and supervise master’s theses in the Institute’s interdisciplinary programmes and possibly contribute to executive education’s programmes.

The teaching language is either English or French. Prior knowledge of French is not required, but the successful candidate is expected to acquire at least a passive knowledge of it within two years of being hired.

The Institute reserves the right to fill this position by invitation at any time.

If this sounds like you, then make sure to apply using this portal no later than August 20, 2016.