Tag: Conferences and CFPs

2017 SHAFR Summer Institute, July 3-7, 2017, Cambridge University, “Security and the State: Cultures of National Security and Insecurity in American Foreign Relations”

For scholars of US foreign relations, here’s what looks to be a terrific event, “Security and the State: Cultures of National Security and Insecurity in American Foreign Relations,”  run by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) at Cambridge University next summer: The term “national security” is everywhere. It permeates virtually every aspect of U.S. foreign…

Call for Applications – Blankensee Colloquium (Berlin, Germany)

For scholars based in Berlin or the surrounding area, here is a recent attractive call for applications to organize a colloquium on a thematic topic of your choice, courtesy of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin. As the application materials are in German, we reproduce here the text of the call in its original German:

Mit der vorliegenden Ausschreibung werden jüngere Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus Berlin und Brandenburg eingeladen, einen Antrag für die Ausrichtung eines Blankensee-Colloquiums zu stellen. Die Blankensee-Colloquien sind kleine internationale Tagungen oder Workshops mit etwa 20 Teilnehmenden zu einer innovativen Fragestellung aus dem Bereich der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Der Gegenstand der Tagung sollte dem thematischen Rahmen des Programms – der Erforschung gesellschaftlicher und kultureller Wandlungsprozesse unserer Zeit – Rechnung tragen. Dabei ist die Verknüpfung unterschiedlicher disziplinärer und methodischer Zugänge ebenso willkommen wie eine vergleichende Perspektive, aus der solche Wandlungsprozesse auch im Lichte historisch ferner und kulturell fremder Erfahrungen betrachtet werden. Der thematische Rahmen des Programms – Kultureller und Sozialer Wandel – ist bewusst weit gesteckt. Er ist auch als eine Einladung zu verstehen, Fragestellungen in den Blick zu nehmen, die nicht im Zentrum der jeweiligen Disziplin oder der üblichen Arbeit stehen und deshalb unter dem Gesichtspunkt der Karriereentwicklung riskant erscheinen mögen. Die Blankensee-Colloquien wollen einen Raum bieten, neuartige, experimentelle Forschungsfragen zur Diskussion zu stellen und für ihre Akzeptanz zu werben.

Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Promovierte, Habilitierte, Juniorprofessorinnen und -professoren, Nachwuchsgruppenleiterinnen und -leiter oder Neuberufene mit einer Anbindung an eine wissenschaftliche Einrichtung in Berlin. (Bei gemeinsamen Anträgen von mehreren Personen muss mindestens eine eine Anbindung an eine Einrichtung in Berlin haben (Hauptantragsteller/-in)). Jüngere Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, die am Anfang ihrer Karriere stehen, sollen die Möglichkeit erhalten, sich und ihre Arbeit im Rahmen eines Blankensee-Colloquiums einem Kreis von Fachkolleginnen und Kollegen aus dem In- und Ausland vorzustellen. Sie sollen die Tagung nach ihren eigenen Vorstellungen gestalten und durchführen, sowohl im Hinblick auf die thematische Ausrichtung als auch auf das Format und die Wahl der Teilnehmenden. Die Colloquien bieten die Chance, die eigenen Netzwerke zu erweitern und Kontakte zu einschlägigen Fachkolleginnen und Kollegen herzustellen bzw. zu vertiefen. Sie eröffnen mitunter auch die Möglichkeit, ausgewählte Beiträge zu veröffentlichen, was zur Sichtbarkeit des spezifischen Forschungsansatzes beiträgt.

Zum Verfahren:
Interessierte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler – Einzelpersonen oder kleine Teams von bis zu drei Personen – reichen einen Antrag (3 bis 5 Seiten) ein, in dem das Forschungsfeld vorgestellt und erläutert wird, wie es in einem Blankensee-Colloquium inhaltlich präsentiert und weiterentwickelt werden soll. Der Antrag sollte den state of the art des vorgeschlagenen Feldes beschreiben und darlegen, welche Entwicklungen wünschenswert erscheinen. Es sollte gezeigt werden, welche Forschungspotenziale dafür in Berlin und Brandenburg vorhanden sind bzw. fehlen, wie die Fragestellung von internationalen Expertinnen und Experten eingeschätzt wird und welche anderen Forscherinnen und Forscher – aus Berlin, national und international – als Gesprächspartner einbezogen werden sollen.

Die Blankensee-Colloquien werden vom Kooperationsfonds am Wissenschaftskolleg getragen. Die Auswahl aus den eingegangenen Anträgen obliegt den Präsidentinnen/Präsidenten bzw. Rektoren der Freien Universität Berlin, der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Technischen Universität Berlin, der Berlin Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, des Wissenschaftszentrums Berlin für Sozialforschung und des Wissenschaftskollegs zu Berlin. Jährlich wird ein Blankensee-Colloquium vergeben. Das Wissenschaftskolleg koordiniert das Programm.

Entsprechend dem Antrag planen und organisieren die ausgewählten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ihre Tagung selbstständig. Sie bestimmen das Programm und die Teilnehmenden. Soweit gewünscht berät sie das Wissenschaftskolleg oder vermittelt Kontakte zu ehemaligen Fellows. Für die Tagung stehen einschließlich Vor- und Nachbereitung Mittel in Höhe von maximal € 20.000 zur Verfügung. Diese Mittel des Kooperationsfonds können für die üblichen Tagungskosten wie zum Beispiel Reise, Unterbringung und Verpflegung der Teilnehmenden verwendet werden. Bei Bedarf kann ein Teil auch für vorbereitende Aktivitäten (z.B. Gespräche mit auswärtigen Kollegen, Planungstreffen) oder für eine Hilfskraft unmittelbar vor und während der Veranstaltung vorgesehen werden.

In order to apply, applicants are required to send an application as a PDF file to Martin Garstecki (garstecki@wiko-berlin.de) no later than October 19, 2016. The application will include a five-page conceptual sketch as to the project and a CV no longer than 5 pages (including a list of publications).

CFP: “From Refugees to Restitution: The History of Nazi Looted Art in the UK in Transnational and Global Perspective” (Newnham College, UK, March 23-24, 2017)

For those followers of the Toynbee Prize Foundation’ Global History Blog interested in the history of art, here’s recent announcement for a conference entitled “From Refugees to Restitution: The History of Nazi Looted Art in the UK in Transnational and Global Perspective” that looks of interest, to be held on March 23-24, 2017 at Newnham College (Cambridge).

The call for papers explains more:

In recent years, the subject of looted art and the restitution of cultural property has come to the fore of historical enquiry and public consciousness alike. While popular recollections of this politically sensitive subject often display a certain lack of historical accuracy, a growing number of historians, art historians and legal scholars have devoted their energy to investigating the nuances and complexities of the phenomenon across time and space. Parallel to this, experts based at local, national and international institutions such as ministries, museums, auction houses, archives, galleries or even private collectors have started adopting measures designed to prompt the art world to adopt fair practices for identifying, recovering and restituting looted art. The field, however, remains rather compartmentalized along national, institutional and professional lines and still displays a marked tendency to focus on specific cases or collections. Instead much could be gained by studying the phenomenon in a broader comparative perspective and by exploring the tangible links to some of the central themes of 20th-century history: revolution, persecution, displacement, war, migration and genocide.

The aim of this conference is to identify and address the historical continuities and specificities of the history of looted art and restitution in the overlapping contexts of 20th- and 21st-century British, European and World history as well as to assess its scope and relevance in light of present-day good practices and restitution policies in place in the UK and beyond. We seek contributions investigating the history of Nazi looted art and its restitution in order to gain a deeper understanding of these processes as political and cultural practices as well as to assess and foster the development of fair practices in art trade and restitution in transnational and global perspective.

Conference CFP: “Trespassing the Border: Redefining Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences” (University of Warwick, March 11, 2017)

For the readers of the Global History Blog, here is a recent call for papers for a conference titled “Trespassing the Border: Redefining Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences” taking place at University of Warwick, on March 11, 2017. The keynote speakers of the conference are Professor Gurminder Bhambra (Warwick/Linnaeus) and Professor Lucy Riall (EUI/Birkbeck College).

The call for applications explains:

Postcolonialism, conceived of as a critique of colonial empires in their political, social, and cultural epistemologies, is reassessing its methodologies in order to confront the challenges of the contemporary global context. Intensified flows of people and capital, border crossings, multiculturalism, and new conceptions of citizenship and belonging are encouraging a redefinition of concepts and methods in the study of subjectivities, societies and cultures. Within this framework, the focus on countries that have been considered for decades ‘peripheral’ cases in terms of the colonial/decolonial experience offer an important contribution in rethinking how we approach these subjects.

Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, alongside other ‘peripheral cases’, could be regarded as peculiar case studies due to the singularity of their colonial pasts, the complexity of their processes of decolonization and their histories of migrations that are also shaping current political and social issues. These phenomena will be studied from a multi-disciplinary perspective, which encourages new understandings of contemporary citizenship and belonging, and of related representational practices. The conference will also foster comparative approaches in order to highlight interconnections, differences and the peculiarities of these cases.

CFP: “Re-thinking the Russian Revolution of 1917 as a Global Event in Local Contexts” (University of Essex, England, September 15-16, 2017)

For scholars of Russian history in particular, but also followers of global history, here’s a terrific opportunity to plan next year’ academic events as a recent call for papers “Re-thinking the Russian Revolution of 1917 as a global event in local contexts” taking place on September 15-16, 2017 at the University of Essex at England. The call…

“Languages of Internationalism” (Conference, Birkbeck College, London May 25-26, 2017)

Interested in the field of the history of internationalism? Here’s a recently posted call for papers for a conference in London, “The Languages of Internationalism,” taking place on May 25-26, 2017 and organized by Dr. Jessica Reinisch‘s The Reluctant Internationalists research group at Birkbeck College.

Scholars have in recent years re-energized the study of how peoples, cultures, and economies came, over time, to be linked and entangled across all manner of borders. Transnationalism and internationalism continue to be the watchwords of much humanities and social sciences scholarship. Yet insufficient attention has been paid to the crucial politics of language in historical scenarios of internationalism as a lived or imagined human enterprise. Organised by the Reluctant Internationalists research group at Birkbeck College London in collaboration with Brigid O’Keeffe from Brooklyn College, CUNY, this conference will bring together historians, anthropologists, literary scholars, linguists, and scholars in related fields, to debate the languages of internationalism.

The goal of the conference is to shed light on the centrality of language to people’s past pursuit and experience of internationalism. Historians must better understand the linguistic realities that their subjects confronted in their various global networks and endeavors. For any agents of internationalism, language presented a wide variety of challenges and opportunities. It imposed obstacles and provided avenues to mutual understanding and collaboration among diverse peoples. The relative successes and failures of past internationalist projects in large measure owed to participants’ ability to effectively communicate across not just linguistic, but also political, cultural, economic, and professional boundaries. This fundamental and literal question of (mis)communication has dramatically shaped the lives of peoples variously confronting the global realities or pretensions of their milieus.

CONFERENCE CFP: “XXVth Conference of the Australasian Association for European History” (Monash University, July 11 – 14 2017)

The Monash University (Australia) is pleased to announce 25th Conference of the Australasian Association for European History focusing on Europe’s Entanglements, to be held at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus in Melbourne on  July 11 – 14, 2017.  The conference announcement explains more about the program,

As Europe commemorates the centenary of the Great War, current conflicts nearby spark the largest influx of refugees since the Second World War. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom considers (once again) leaving the European Union, and economic downturn and the re-emergence of far right politics throughout the EU threatens its unravelling at the seams. What intervention can historians make to understand these developments? This conference invites a reconsideration of Europe’s entanglements – with the past, with its neighbours in the world, and within itself ­­­– and how these have been forged as well as unmade through the commemoration and forgetting of its history, the movement of people across its borders, the clash of political and economic interests, the encounters between different ideologies and worldviews.

We invite established scholars as well as postgraduates to discuss Europe’s entanglements (and disentanglements), their historical roots, contours and contemporary resonance, from the eighteenth century to the present, on the topics below. Individual papers are welcome, and we also encourage panel proposals.

Call for Panels, ENIUGH Congress (Budapest, August 31-September 3, 2017)

For those readers of the Global History Blog already looking ahead to their plans for next year–or those interested in putting together panels with colleagues–here’s a recent announcement worth following. From August 31-September 3, 2017, the Fifth European Congress on World and Global History (ENIUGH) will be taking place in Budapest, Hungary. The theme this year is “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions.”

The call for submissions explains more:

Under the overall theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we seek to discuss the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general. In recent global history scholarship, the relationship between empire and revolution has been less explored than other topics. Furthermore, revolutionary upheavals have mostly been interpreted as caesuras in national histories and not as being situated in global dynamics. Considering still influential narratives, like the supposedly universal trend from “empire to nation”, we encourage such views to be challenged through a comparative and global perspective on empires and imperial societies. The chosen focus also has the potential to place centre stage as well as compare and explore the interconnectedness of uneven social and political change around the world, including both colonial as well as post-colonial settings. Against the backdrop, panel proposals will explore large-scale socioeconomic crises, changing labour and social regimes as well as economic orders, movements advancing social and political reforms, as well as the breakdown and the reconstruction of political orders, with the cultural, technological, and ideological underpinnings.

Liberal-(Il)liberal-Internationalisms: New Paradigms for the History of the Twentieth Century (Vienna, December 2016)

Regular followers of the Toynbee Prize Foundation’s Global History Forum feature will recall one of our interviews with the Australian historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union Philippa Hetherington, whose work touches on the history of sex trafficking and the inflection of themes of gender with international history. Fortunately for readers of our blog,…

Global History Graduate Student Conference (Freie Universität Berlin, May 21-22, 2016)

Over at the M.A. Program in Global History in Berlin, our colleagues announce the second iteration of their global history conference for graduate students. This is a terrific opportunity for graduate students in Europe to begin networking, to get a sense of the shape of the field, and to receive helpful feedback and criticism on their…