Call for Papers: Inclusion and Exclusion in the History of Ideas

Application Deadline: 30th June, 2017

Conference Dates: 14th and 15th of December, 2017

Location: The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History

Papers and panels should address intellectual history, broadly speaking, and relate to the general conference theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’. While the theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’ can be approached from many different perspectives and applied to many different topics, research in fields related to intellectual history has not prominently done so thus far. The conference organisers want to highlight a few ways of how this might be done, but the conference is also open to other suggestions:
  • Inclusion and exclusion in theorising on political representation. How has the lack of representation due to gender, income or status been historically addressed? How has the fulfilment of citizenship been treated in the history of political thought? How are conceptualisations of politics and forms of government related to mechanisms of exclusion?
  • Inclusion and exclusion in the recognition of social, cultural, religious or ethnic difference and the tradition of conceptualising tolerance. How have religious convictions and doctrines shaped the intellectual history of mutual recognition and toleration? Does the recognition of different identities and beliefs endorse or rather prevent the creation of cooperative and sociable societies?
  • Inclusive and exclusive mechanisms regarding the location of knowledge and intellectual life. How do travel and communication between intellectuals and translation processes shape thinking in different parts of the world? How can today’s attempts to move toward global intellectual history shape and transform the practices and outputs of the field?
  • Inclusion and exclusion through trade politics, institutions, and regulatory mechanisms. How were current international trade regimes shaped by forms of economic, fiscal, legal, and diplomatic inclusion and exclusion? How did different institutional and legal regimes develop in their usage of inclusion and exclusion mechanisms, thereby shaping trade patterns and political power relations?

The conference is free of charge, but participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation. We will provide information on discounted hotel rates and a list of recommended hotels. Lunches and a conference dinner will be provided for presenters.

The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History has its own working paper series (‘Intellectual History Archive’) through which papers may be circulated and published afterwards.

Proposals for individual papers and panels of multiple papers are welcome at intellectual-history@helsinki.fi. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 21 July. Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes with 10 minutes reserved for questions and comments. Panels may include up to four papers.

 

Global History Colloquium Series – The Rise of Labor Courts in Latin America: Insights from Argentina During the First Peronism

As part of the Global History Colloquium Series at the Freie Universität Berlin, Juan Manuel Palacio from the Universidad de San Martín, who is currently a fellow at re:work in Berlin, presents his most recent work on the development of labour courts in Argentina and in relation to Peronism.

 

Extension for Call for Papers – Global Histories of Capital: New Perspectives on the Global South

New Deadline: 1st May, 2017

The New York University Department of History and the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at the New School are inviting abstracts for a workshop entitled Global Histories of Capital: New Perspectives on the Global South. We are seeking paper proposals from advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty working broadly on themes related to the history of capitalism, historical political economy, the history of economic life and new materialism. The workshop aims to connect scholars working on topics or countries considered part of the global south, international history and those engaged in comparative historical research.

Suggested themes include but are not limited to:

Built-environments; slavery; labor; internationalisms; gender, gendered labor and unpaid work; concept histories; financialization; agrarian change; radical traditions; state structures; sovereignty; law; commodity histories; environmental history; histories of economic thought; science, technology and the economy; culture and translation; decolonization; markets and market governance

The conference will take place the weekend of October 7th, 2017 in New York.

Applicants should submit a 250 – 300 word abstract to globalcapitalconference@gmail.com

Call for Papers – Data-driven Conceptual History: New Methods and Approaches

Application Deadline:  31st May, 2017

Conference Date: 7-9 December, 2017

Venue: University of Manchester

This panel aims to bring together scholars to present the state-of-the-art in digital conceptual history and to discuss epistemological and methodological questions related to computational approaches to conceptual change.

The digitisation of historical material and the implementation of new computational tools have spurred the study of semantic and conceptual change. The availability of large digitised corpora of historical newspapers, for example, has broadened the scope of traditional approaches in conceptual and intellectual history. On the one hand, these corpora enable the study of conceptual change over much longer periods of time. On the other, they enrich conceptual history with views from sources, such as public media, that hitherto have been used to a much lesser extent. Above all, data-driven techniques like topic modeling or word embeddings—although certainly not without limitations of their own—have the potential to contribute to the theoretical underpinnings of what concepts are and how they change over time.

Papers may be empirical or methodological in nature and can address, among others, the following issues:

  1. Case studies presenting examples of the use of computational techniques to study conceptual change over time;
  2. Case studies focusing on the cultural transfer of concepts and the use of quantitative textual analysis in multilingual datasets;
  3. Reflections on the ways in which computational methodologies can be used to historicize concepts;
  4. Presentations of new tools and techniques, such as word embeddings or linked data collections, to extract concepts from large textual datasets;
  5. Presentations of innovative visualisation techniques for the research of conceptual change;
  6. Reflections on the implications of computational techniques for our theoretical understanding of conceptual change.

Submission of Paper Proposals

Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent by 31 May 2017 to:

Dr. Pim Huijnen, P.Huijnen@uu.nl

Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 June 2017.

Global Histories: A Student Journal Vol 3, No 1 (2017)

The latest edition of Global Histories: A Student Journal is now available, featuring articles and reviews on current work, emerging sub-fields and debates within the frame of Global History. To find out more and either read the latest addition online, or download it, follow the link bellow.

http://www.globalhistories.com/index.php/GHSJ

Call for Papers: Gendering Internationalism – Gendering Jewish Internationalism

Application Deadline: 19th April, 2017

Conference Date: Monday 12 March, 2018

Venue: University of Oxford, Weston Library (UK)

This workshop has two aims: first, to bring considerations of gender into international history; second, to reconceptualise international Jewish history as having a gendered dimension. This focus on the experience of a particular group of actors will allow for a more systematic engagement with the conceptual issues involved in gendering internationalism. While many of the papers will engage specifically in gendering Jewish internationalism, we also welcome papers which compare and contrast Jewish and non-Jewish experiences, and which use Jews to think about gendering international history more generally. We would furthermore encourage contributions from those whose work features Jewish actors – both women and men – but who do not necessarily situate them within the framework of Jewish history; as well as from those who work on gendering internationalism from a variety of comparable perspectives, such as diaspora, religion, nation, and ethnicity.

The workshop will explore how hierarchical relations between men and women, social and cultural constructions of masculinity/femininity, organizational structures and asymmetries, division of labor along gender lines, and relationships among activists vary according to certain gender dynamics, and how they interacted with a variety of internationalist commitments, ideologies, and causes. This could include secularism, spirituality, and religious commitments; liberalism and the habits of diasporic belonging; or socialism/Bundism, pacifism, nationalism/Zionism, trafficking, migration/refugees, and communism.

Questions we seek to address:
• How did gender shape the politics and culture of internationalism? What happens when gender is added as a category of analysis for Jewish internationalism?
• How effectively was women’s internationalism integrated into the broader sphere of international organisations and institutions like the League, the UN, the ILO, or the Third International? How does gender play into the different scales or levels of internationalist activity? Does the history of Jewish women’s activism look different when the international level is scrutinized in addition to the home front?
How far did the gendered nature of Jewish internationalism reflect the gender roles attached to/ assumed by Jewish men and women in local and national contexts?
• How did gender identity intersect with other kinds of identity (class, nation, religion, etc.) in the international arena? What are the similarities and differences between the gendering of Jewish internationalism and the internationalism of other religious, national, and diasporic groups?
• How did gender politics and different conceptions of masculinity and femininity and the gendered nature of intellectual/political discourse shape international activism? When and why do Jewish men and women go international?
• How might historians effectively integrate the history of women’s internationalism with the history of other internationalist currents and international bodies? What happens, for example, when we broaden the definition of modern Jewish politics or international history to take account of subtler political acts that were open to a broader range of people and organizations, such as philanthropy, commerce, social reform, or religious reform? Or if we agree to see Jews in non-Jewish roles as Jewish actors?
• What was distinctive about internationalist action undertaken by women? How far did the international activism of Jewish women replicate broader patterns? What was the relationship between Jewish internationalism and causes embraced bythe international women’s movement like feminism, trafficking, disarmament, pacifism, and the status of women and children?
• Did the gendered nature of internationalist activity create or rely upon homosocial worlds and networks? Did the sociability and gendered patterns within organizations like the World Jewish Congress or the Alliance Israelite Universelle mean something for the kind of internationalist activity they undertook?
• What was the relationship of the family and kinship to international activism? Did certain Jewish families become conduits for internationalist activities?
• What, if anything, was different about the gendering of Jewish internationalism?

Confirmed speakers include Anne Summers, Rebecca Kobrin, Glenda Sluga, and Deborah Hertz. We are now inviting abstracts for 15-minute individual papers to be presented within panels. Reasonable travel and accommodation will be covered. Besides Western European and North American, we are interested in contributions that consider these issues from the perspective of actors and organizations based in Asia, Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and that engage Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrachi Jewish experiences. The workshop is expected to result in a peer-reviewed publication.

Please submit your proposal with title, abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short bio/CV in one pdf or doc to GenderJewishInternational@history.ox.ac.uk  by 19 April, 2017.

Call for Papers: Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung invite submissions for a three-day conference in Berlin on concepts of historical periodization in transregional perspective. The conference is convened by Thomas Maissen (Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris, DHIP), Barbara Mittler (Heidelberger Centrum für Transkulturelle Studien, HCTS), and Pierre Monnet (Institut franco-allemand de sciences historiques et sociales, Frankfurt am Main). The conference will feature a keynote lecture on December 7th and several topical panel sessions on December 8th and 9th. It is arranged in cooperation with the Einstein Center Chronoi and the Graduate School Global Intellectual History at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Concept

Epochal divisions and terminologies such as “antiquity”, “baroque,” the “classical age,” the “renaissance,” or “postmodernity,” the “long 19th!” or “short 20th” centuries are more than mere tools used pragmatically to arrange school curricula or museum collections. In most disciplines based on historical methods the use of these terminologies carries particular imaginations and meanings for the discursive construction of nations and communities. Many contemporary categories and periodisations have their roots in European teleologies, religious or historical traditions and thus are closely linked to particular power relations. As part of the colonial encounter they have been translated into new “temporal authenticities” in Africa, Asia and the Americas, as well as in Europe. German historians in particular, in C.H. Williams’ ironic description, “have an industry they call ‘Periodisierung’ and they take it very seriously. (…) Periodisation, this splitting up of time into neatly balanced divisions is, after all, a very arbitrary proceeding and should not be looked upon as permanent.” In producing and reproducing periodisations, historians structure possible narratives of temporality, they somehow “take up ownership of the past,” (Janet L. Nelson) imposing particular “regimes of historicity” (François Hartog). Accordingly, periodisations are never inert or innocent, indeed, they have been interpreted as a “theft of History” (Jack Goody).

The aim of this conference is to uncover some of the dynamics behind particular cultural and historical uses of periodisation schemes, as concepts for ordering the past, and thus to reconsider these terminologies “devised to think the world” (Sebastian Conrad). Periodisations are culturally determined. They beg for systematic comparison in order to identify the contextual specificity and contingency of particular understandings of particular historical epochs. An interdisciplinary and transregional perspective allows for a reconsideration of the (non-)transferability of historical periodisations and the possibility to work out categories of historical analysis that go beyond nation-bound interpretative patterns. The conference aims to show where and how periodisation reveals clear cultural, social, and national leanings and predispositions. We will discuss the making of these chronologics, the variable systems and morphologies it takes, e.g. religious, spatial and other models (e.g. linear, spiral, circular). We will focus on different agents and modes involved in the making of periodisation schemes (institutions ranging from the university to the school or the museum but also genres such as the documentary, the historical novel or local communities). We will discuss how European attempts at structuring the History, and along with them, particular chronotypes have been translated worldwide into universal and/or national, and communitarian models. At the same time, we will also focus on alternative, complementary and or silenced models of periodisation and epoch-making. By bringing together scholars with an expertise in different regions of the world, we hope to better understand the importance of temporality in the making of global history.

Application Procedure

This call is open to emerging as well as established scholars on all levels. Abstracts should address themselves to some of the following issues and questions:

1. The Making of Periodisation Schemes

2. Morphologies and Models of Periodisation

3. Axial Times and Epochal Breaks

4. Time and Power: Periodisation in a Global Context

5. Popular and Pedagogical Dimensions of Periodisation

As the institutions involved have French, German and English as working languages, papers can be held in all of these three languages while the working language at the conference will be English. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words for paper presentations of 20-25 minutes. Please submit, along with a brief biographical statement, to initiatives@trafo-berlin.de by April 30, 2017. Selection of papers will take place in May, applicants will be informed by the end of May. The Forum Transregionale Studien will cover participants’ travel and accommodation expenses. Participants invited for presentation will have a version of their paper published online at “Trafo – Blog for Transregional Research” and may have the option to publish their papers in an edited print/open access format as well.

For questions regarding the organisation, please contact Alix Winter: initiatives@trafo-berlin.de; T: +49 (0)30 89 001-424; F: +49 (0)30 89 001-440.