Author: Aden Knaap

Toynbee Prize Foundation names Dr. Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz as new Executive Director

Dr. Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz

The Toynbee Prize Foundation (TPF) is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz as the new Executive Director.

Originally from the Philippines, Dr. CuUnjieng Aboitiz is currently a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She holds a Ph.D. with Distinction in Southeast Asian and International History from Yale University, and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Her first book, Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912 is due to be published in spring 2020 with Columbia University Press. It charts the emplotment of ‘place’ in the proto-national thought and Pan-Asian revolutionary organizing of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Filipino thinkers, and how their constructions of ‘Asia’ and Malayness connected them to their regional neighbors undertaking the same work.

In becoming Executive Director of the TPF, Dr. CuUnjieng Aboitiz said that she aims “to expand intellectual history beyond the West and to intersect social and cultural history with intellectual history such that the latter is presented as lived experience, not merely abstracted discourse.” 

Dr. CuUnjieng Aboitiz replaces Aden Knaap as Executive Director, who has held the position since 2017. Knaap, who is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University, is taking up an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. 

The Toynbee Prize Foundation was founded in 1987. It awards the Toynbee Prize, which is granted every other year to recognize outstanding work in global history.

Applications Open: Executive Director, Toynbee Prize Foundation

The Toynbee Prize Foundation is seeking to make an appointment of an Executive Director, to begin on September 15, 2019. The position is part-time (ca. 5 hours per week), and the current compensation is US$6000 per annum. In addition, the executive director has the chance to travel to Toynbee Prize Foundation events. While the foundation is located in Boston, Massachusetts, the executive director can be based anywhere in the world. The executive director will mainly communicate with other foundation members via email and teleconferences, and so strong communication skills in English in addition to one’s native language are a must.

Dominic Sachsenmaier’s Laudation for 2019 Toynbee Prize winner Lauren Benton

Dominic Sachsenmaier, President of the Toynbee Prize Foundation, delivered the following laudation in awarding the 2019 Toynbee Prize to Lauren Benton, Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Professor of History and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. The prize was formally awarded to Benton at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago. Benton then delivered…

CFP: Graduate Student Conference: Violence in a Connecting World (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, March 21-22, 2019)

Interconnectedness and integration of the local into global networks of empire, capitalism, migration, religion, solidarity, and intellectual exchange are pervasive themes in the field of global history. Scholarship on global networks transcends methodological nationalism, problematizes nationalist histories, highlights syncretism and hybridity, and challenges Whiggish teleology. Cosmopolitanisms, transnational exchange, and global solidarity and activism are celebrated…

CFP: Colonial Cities in Global Perspective (Saint-Louis, Senegal, December 10-12, 2018)

The Global History Network, the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, and the Institute of Advanced Study in Saint-Louis, seek papers for a conference on Colonial Cities in Global Perspective, to be held in Saint-Louis, Senegal, from December 10-12, 2018. For over four centuries, the colonial city served as…

What We’re Reading This Week

COLLIN BERNARD

Tariq Ali and David Edgar, “That Was The Year That Was,” LRB.

Stathis Kouvelakis, “Borderland: Greece and the EU’s Southern Question,” New Left Review.

John Foot, “Closing the Asylums,” Jacobin.

Karoline Kan, “A Chinese Town’s Deep Bonds With Japan Bring Wealth and Hatred
Image,” New York Times.

Ian Cobain, “UK government trying to block release of files exposing Gaddafi links,” The Guardian.

Corey Robin, “The Erotic Professor,” The Chronicle.

SEAN PHILLIPS

Tracy Ireland, “How Captain Cook Became A Contested National Symbol,”The Conversation.

Dario di Rosa & Nicholas Hoare [in conversation], “Microstoria, Pacific History, and the Question of Scale: 2 or 3 Things That We Should Know About Them according to Dario Di Rosa,” The Journal of Pacific History Facebook Page.

Daniel Fernandez, “The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milk,” Smithsonian Magazine.

Tim Whitmarsh, “Black Achilles,” Aeon.

Patrick Roger, “En Nouvelle-Calédonie, le «destin commun » apparaît comme une bien lointaine chimère,” Le Monde.

MARTIN CREVIER

Rohan Deb Roy, “The Untold Story of Modern Science Is One of Empire and Colonial Exploitation,” Quartz.

Allison Miller, “The Story of the Multigraph Collective,” American Historical Association.

Robinson Meyer, “Ancient Rome’s Collapse Is Written Into Arctic Ice,” The Atlantic.

Pinar Bilgin, “How to Globalize IR?,” E-International Relations.

MEGHNA CHAUDHURI

Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, “How the Chicken Nugget Became the True Symbol of Our Era,” The Guardian.

Jacob Mikanowski, “A Silver Thread: Islam in Eastern Europe,” LA Review of Books.

Anjali Kamat, “Political Corruption and the Art of the Deal,” The New Republic.

Jonathan Sturgeon, “Dispatches from the American Gray Zone,” The Baffler.