Conference Report: Fifth Congress of the European Network in Universal and Global History, August 31-Sept 3, 2017

Written by Stefan Huebner (National University of Singapore)

Click here for a copy of the programme.

2017 is a European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) year. The ancient Olympic Games took place every fourth year and lasted for more than a millennium. The triennial ENIUGH congress is younger, but already a very well-established event that has an important impact on the travel schedules of academics interested in global, world, and transnational history. When ENIUGH 5 concluded, about 600-650 scholars had presented their research in more than 150 panels, which was slightly less than the 700-750 participants in Paris (2014), but more than in London (2011). Not a record, but a very substantial demonstration of academic interest in the event.

2017 is also the year that marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution. Considering the long-lasting global implications of that event, it was no surprise that the organizers chose the theme of “Ruptures, Empires and Revolutions” for this year’s ENIUGH. While this theme left panel organizers sufficient space to find their own ways of reflecting on such phenomena, the plenary events corresponded to the organizers’ intention of including more scholars from or working on Central/Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The keynote address, given by Tamás Krausz (Budapest), reflected on Lenin and global history, while the first plenary roundtable, organized by Attila Melegh (Budapest), addressed the connections between socialism and global history. The second plenary roundtable on “Revolution and Religion”, prepared by Nadia Al-Bagdadi (Budapest), was the event that most obviously involved the study of the Middle East. Such thematic and geographical accentuations need to be seen in light of the fact that plenary events at the last Congress (Paris 2014) featured mostly French and African academics. It is without question desirable to use ENIUGH’s venue rotation system and shifting regional foci in plenary events to communicate to academics from Europe and all over the world that they are welcome. Long term impacts are difficult to measure, but in the case of French academia, which can be very skeptical of English language events, paging through the program (admittedly a problematic quantitative method) showed that scholars from a variety of French institutions were again present – not as many as in Paris, but there seems to have been a positive impact.

“Connectivity and Change: Regimes, Conflicts and Revolutions in Global Perspectives” (Ghent, Belgium, June 30-July 2, 2016)

For those readers of the Global History Blog looking for a summer program on global history–here’s a recent announcement is for you! From June 30-July 2, 2016, International Summer School “Connectivity and Change: Regimes, Conflicts and Revolutions in Global Perspectives” will be taking place in Ghent, Belgium. The announcement explains more:

About ten years ago historians began to open up to encounters across borders and entanglements between far-flung parts of the word. Now a lively research on transnational, transregional, world and global history topics exists, which is not only done by senior scholars but also by an ever increasing number of doctoral students. In that course connectivity has become a category for describing and explaining the past, of individual societies as well as of large-scale processes playing out at different places.

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.

Summer School, European Network in Universal and Global History, June 30-July 2, 2016

The summer may seem far away, but it’s not too early to begin planning your conference and research travel for the vacation season—especially if you’re a PhD candidate working on transnational and global topics. The European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) has recently announced a summer workshop for doctoral candidates to take place…