Category: The Blog

CFP: The Philippines, Spain, and Globalization, Sixteenth Century to the Present (Conference, Quezon City, Philippines, July 2020)

What novel historical insights and theoretical lenses can we use to make sense of what transpired in the last 500 years? How can we look afresh at the colonial and postcolonial entanglements of the Philippines and Spain without negating historical injustices yet without lapsing to the oppositional binary between vicious colonizer and virtuous colonized—or, the…

Assistant Professor, International Law & Organizations, Boston University

For historians of international organizations and international law, here is an open job posting for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. The practice of international relations at the School of Global Studies is capacious and includes many under its banner, from geographers and sociologists to historians.…

What We’re Reading This Week

Colin Bernard Wolfgang Streeck, “Progressive Regression” , The New Left Review Ian Johnson, “The Eastern Jesus”, The New York Review of Books Adom Getachew, “Holding Ourselves Responsible”, The Boston Review  Rafael Rojas, “El 68 mexicano: la nueva historia”, Letras Libres Dexter Govan Breda O’Brien, “UCD to turn on canonisation of John Henry Newman,” The Irish Times  Rhian E. Jones, “Remembering…

Applications open: Editors-at-Large

We welcome applications for the position of Editor-at-Large from graduate students and advanced undergraduates. We are especially interested in students working on or located in the Global South and in the early modern and pre-modern periods. The Toynbee Prize Foundation’s Global History Blog features a mix of long-form (interviews with global historians, roundtables on new books, conference…

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.

CFP: Cambridge World History Workshop (Fall 2019)

The Cambridge World History Workshop is inviting submissions to deliver papers during Michaelmas Term 2019 (October – December). The workshop welcomes contributions that give attention to global historical perspectives. We welcome, amongst others, presentations that focus on economic histories, histories of science, migration, race, gender, colonial and post-colonial studies, and comparative history. We encourage presenters…

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.