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“Humanist Among Machines”: Arnold J. Toynbee, Technology, and the Humanities

Over at Aeon, a British-based online magazine, Stanford historian Ian P. Beacock offers his take on scholars today might take from the legacy of Arnold J. Toynbee–namely, an anthropologist’s curiosity towards the world outside of the ivory tower and a dispassionate, critical attitude towards the application of technology towards the humanities. “We’re optimistic,” writes Beacock, that…

Soccer as a Global Phenomenon (Harvard University, April 14-16, 2016)

In light of the recent FIFA scandals exposing the global interconnections of soccer (football, for non-North Americans), here’s an appropriately-timed call for papers from our colleagues at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History for a conference–taking place from April 14-16, 2016–that promises to cast light on the global history of “the beautiful game”: Soccer is the most global of games and…

Assistant Professorship in Global and Transnational History, University of Waterloo

As the fall season approaches, more and more job openings are being posted–not least in the field of global and transnational history. The latest opportunity comes from the University of Waterloo (in Ontario, Canada, about an hour-and-a-half west of Toronto), with a call for applications as follows: The Department of History in the Faculty of…

Machine-Made History: Parsing the Most Important Events of the Global 1970s

Over at the blog of the History Lab–an endeavor led by Columbia University historian Matthew Connelly and statistician David Madigan “to use data science to recover and repair the fabric of the past”–there is a recent fascinating blog post that applies statistical analysis to 1.7 million U.S. diplomatic cables from 1973-1977 (the years the State Department…

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 (t.harmer@lse.ac.uk) or  Álvarez (amartin@mora.edu.mx).

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:

Two Doctoral Student/Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter Positions in Latin American History, Global History at Freie Universität Berlin

Another opportunity in Berlin, courtesy of our colleagues at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin. “The Department of History,” notes a recent application, invites applications for two positions (50%) for Doctoral Students / Research and Teaching Associates (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter) in Global and in Latin American History, commencing September 1, 2015. These are half-time (50% of…

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…

From the Banality of Evil to the Ambivalence of Good: Discussing the History of Human Rights in International Politics with Jan Eckel

When, this past summer, the Russian Federation began sending so-called “humanitarian convoys” into the militarily occupied People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, it was not clear whether the gesture marked the ultimate success or failure of humanitarianism and human rights as an international discourse. Half a century prior to the conflict, activists…

Lecturer in Early Modern Global History, Queen Mary (University of London)

Our colleagues at Queen Mary, University of London, have recently advertised a post for Lecturer in Early Modern Global History (1500-1800). The School of History at Queen Mary, explains the announcement, now seeks to appoint an outstanding historian whose research touches upon some of the following areas: the understanding of `proto-globalisation’, trade networks, slavery, manufacturing, commodities…