Tag: Global History

Summer Academy: “Labour and Leisure in Global History” (University of Nairobi, 9-16 September, 2018)

For those interested in summer programs on global history, here’s a recent call for you! The international research centre Work and Human Lifecycle in Global (re:work), the IAAW at Humboldt University Berlin, and the Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi have announced a summer academy related to labor history. The call explains more: The international research…

CFP: “Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments – International Conference about the First World War” (University of Newcastle, Australia, July 16-18, 2018)

For those interested in the First World War in a global context, this conference titled “Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments – International Conference about the First World War” is for you. The call for papers explains more: A century after the end of the First World War, this conference is an occasion to reflect…

Summer School: Imaginations, Construction and Staging of Space in Global Processes (University Leipzig, Germany, June 11-14, 2018)

It’s time to begin planning your summer program and conference travels in global history! The Graduate School Global and Area Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany is organizing a summer school titled “Imaginations, Construction and Staging of Space in Global Processes” for June 11-14, 2018. The announcement explains more: Over the past decade, the…

CFP: “Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives” (October 17 – 20, 2018, UC Berkeley)

For those interested in the history of migration in a global context, this conference titled “Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives” is for you. The call for papers explains more: GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute, Washington DC, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2nd Bucerius…

Conference: 1968—The Global and the Local (March 23-24, 2018, Georgetown University)

Georgetown University has announced an international conference on political and cultural activism in a global and local context on March 23-24, 2018. The announcement explains more: This two-day international conference to be held at Georgetown University in spring 2018 will use the fiftieth anniversary of “1968”–an international symbolic shorthand that signifies a broader moment of…

CFP: Global Labor Migration: Past and Present (20-22 June 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

For those interested in labor migration in a global context, this conference titled “Global Labor Migration: Past and Present” is for you. The call for papers explains more: Labor migration is a vast, global, and highly fluid phenomenon in the 21st century, capturing public attention and driving political controversy. There are more labor migrants working…

CFP: Global History Student Conference Istanbul (22-24 June 2018, Istanbul, Turkey)

For those undergraduate and graduate students interested in global history, here is a recent call for papers for you! The History Department of Istanbul Sehir University has announced a conference entitled “Global History Student Conference Istanbul” on 22-24 June, 2018. The call for papers explains more: The History Department of Istanbul Sehir University invites you…

Workshop: “Between & Beyond: Transnational Networks & the British Empire” (21-22 June, 2018, University of Warwick)

For those interested in the transnational history of British Empire, here’s a recent call for papers for a workshop announced by the University of Warwick titled “Doctoral and Early Career Workshop: Between & Beyond: Transnational Networks & the British Empire.” The call for papers explains more: This workshop intends to bring together early career research scholars…

CFP: “Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900” (14-15 February, 2019, Stanford University)

For those interested in historical geography studies, here’s a recent call for papers for a conference to be announced by David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University titled “Mapping and the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900.” The call for papers explains more: Maps have long been used to bring imaginary places to life, from Thomas More’s Utopia to…

Writing Global Ecological History ‘From Below’: An Interview with Gregory Cushman

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Greg Cushman, Associate Professor of International Environmental History, University of Kansas.  Photo: Brian Hamilton 

To further our understanding of the development of industrial capitalism over the past two centuries Greg Cushman claims, we need to write histories ‘from below,’ in two senses: first, we need to write histories that consider not just those who ‘invented the steam engine’, but those which trace the origins of the steam engine’s parts (material and intellectual) wherever across the globe that leads us – often far beyond the ‘Global North’. Second, we need to investigate our planetary history below the earth’s surface. Lithospheric history Cushman calls it. That entails researching the history of rock and mineral extraction from the lithosphere and tracking the movement, use, transformation and impact of those materials upon humanity and the earth’s environment over millennia. He also claims that it entails taking elemental history seriously, that is, historicising the relationship between humankind’s understanding of the extraction and application of a chemical element or compound upon the earth’s environment. These trajectories are big and bold and they challenge forms of disciplinary knowledge historians presume they should master, but they’re exactly the type of interdisciplinary lines of enquiry that Cushman has been pursuing since his days as a doctoral student at the University of Texas, Austin.