Tag: Internationalism

“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.

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,…

Fung Global Fellows Program, Princeton University

As the application season descends upon us, here’s a recent posting for one-year post-doctoral positions as part of the Fung Global Fellows Program, at Princeton University’s  Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). The call for papers, also available here, reads: Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung…