Tag: World History

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.

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, World History, Utah State University

For  world historians looking for an academic position, here is a recent call for applications for a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow position at Utah State University. The call for papers explains more: The Department of History at Utah State University invites applications for a one-year (non-renewable) postdoctoral teaching fellow in World History for the 2018-2019 academic…

CFP: Female Entrepreneurship in the Long 19th Century: Global Perspectives – Edited Collection and Workshop

Scholars who are working at the intersections of gender studies, entrepreneurship and global history would be interested in this call for an edited collection on Female Entrepreneurs in the Long Nineteenth Century: a Global Perspective. Read the original call from the editors, Dr Catherine Bishop (University of Sydney) and Dr Jennifer Aston (University of Northumbria), below:…

CFP: 27th Annual World History Association Conference; Milwaukee WI, 21st-23rd June 2018

The World History Association invites proposals for its 2018 conference, a joint meeting with the Midwest World History Association. The conference provides an ideal opportunity to interact with an international community of world history scholars, teachers, and students. Proposals for panels, workshops, round tables, and individual papers are welcome on topics related to the conference…

CFP: “Interrogating Boundaries: Mapping the Mental and Material in World History” – Northeastern University’s 10th Annual World History Graduate Conference (March 24-25, 2018)

The Northeastern University History Graduate Student Association invites proposal submissions for its 10th annual graduate student conference to be held on March 24th and 25th 2018 at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. The deadline for submissions to the conference is Friday December 15th 2017. The 2018 conference title is “Interrogating Boundaries: Mapping the Mental and Material…

CFP: Women and World War I (Slovenia and Italy, November 2017)

Readers of the global history blog working at the intersection of gender studies and world history may like to explore this international conference to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Gorizia, Italy in November 2017. Please find below the original call for papers from the organizers: Women and World War I The Department of History at the…

CFP: Geographies of World History (Graduate Conference, University of Cambridge)

Scholars working on the margins of world history and geography will be interested in participating in this conference sponsored by the Royal Historical Society at the University of Cambridge. The event is organized by the convenors of the Cambridge World History Workshop: James Wilson, Stephanie Mawson, Lachlan Fleetwood, Louise Moschetta, Eva Schalbroeck, and Chris Wilson.…

University Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History since c.1500, University of Cambridge

For those on the job market, here’s a new position in Caribbean and Atlantic history, with an interest in world history more generally, at the University of Cambridge: The Faculty of History is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History in any period since c.1500. Candidates must have exceptional abilities in…

CFP: “In Global Transit: Jewish Migrants from Hitler’s Europe in Asia, Africa, and Beyond”

Readers of the blog interested in the global history of migration and immigration may like to participate in a conference exploring new perspectives on Jewish flight and exile from Nazi Europe. The event is organized by the German Historical Institutes London and Washington DC together with the newly established Branch Offices of the Max Weber Foundation in Delhi,…

Instructor, World History, University of Memphis

Open positions continue to abound for historians working in world or global history. Here’s another call for applications emanating from the Department of History at the University of Memphis for a non-tenure track instructor, with the possibility of staying on for up to three years (four years total). The call for applications explains: The Department…