Date: Friday 25th May 2018 

Application Deadline: 15th April 2018

Location: Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Practitioners of global history have embraced a myriad of approaches in both scale and topic to their study of the past. For some, global history entails writing history with a planetary reach. Others probe the nature and strength of economic, social, cultural or ecological integration across time and space, using comparison and assessing divergence. For others, global history is an approach that aims to deliberately challenge and break from Eurocentric approaches to studies of the past.

Debate over the prospects and practice of global history is often conducted by established academics. Instead, this one-day workshop asks the question: how do graduate students practice global history?

The aim of the workshop is to explore how graduate students approach their current projects in global history and the prospects they envision for the field going forward.

To apply to take part in our one-day workshop, please send a 300 word abstract to by Sunday 15th April 2018, briefly detailing your research topic and noting a question you would like to see addressed at the workshop. The event will be held at Pembroke College, University of Oxford on the 25th of May 2018. We welcome applications from graduate students in any field who take inspiration from global historical approaches, and apply them to their own research.

Notification of selected submissions will be made by Friday April 20th. Selected papers must be sent to one week prior to the conference, for pre-circulation amongst attendees, to allow for deep engagement with each other’s work. Participants will deliver a fifteen-minute paper, followed by Q&A, which will be guided by the questions submitted by applicants.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day. We are offering a small number of grants to support applicants’ travel expenses. If you wish to be considered for a grant, please include this in your application, providing details of where you will be travelling from and an estimate of costs. We unfortunately cannot guarantee support for all attendees.

The Convenors of the Transnational & Global History Seminar (TGHS)

Gregory Hynes, Riccardo Liberatore, Harriet Mercer & Sean Phillips

For more details feel free to email the team at

Two PhD Fellowships in Global History

The Emmy Noether Research Group Reaching the People: Communication and Global Orders in the Twentieth Century invites applications for two fully-funded PhD positions (salary group TV-L 13, 65 %, 3 years, additional funds for research and archival trips available). PhD students will be fully integrated into a strong network of international scholars in area studies and global history both at Freie Universität itself and in Berlin more broadly.

Successful candidates will develop a PhD dissertation in the field of global communication history in the twentieth century as well as contribute to the activities of the research group more generally. Dissertation projects will connect with one of the three pillars outlined on this website. They should focus on a specific area outside of Europe during the period of decolonization. Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to, the role of women in decolonization movements and their connection with global public spheres or the role of rural populations and their access to news and information.

Terms of Employment

Fellowships are offered as research positions on a fixed-term basis, starting on 1 October 2018 (salary group TV-L 13, 65%, 3 years, with additional funds for research and archival trips available).


  • MA degree either in History with a significant focus on non-European/global/world history or in an Area Studies discipline with a significant historical focus
  • Very good knowledge of English and the languages relevant to the research proposal
  • Familiarity with relevant scholarly debates and approaches in global history

How to Apply

Interested candidates are asked to apply by submitting the following documents as one PDF file to the address no later than 23 April 2018.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Abstract of MA thesis (one page)
  • Research proposal (five pages) including a brief explanation how your project fits into the framework of the research group
  • Letter of recommendation by MA supervisor (with the option to name one additional reference). Please ask your supervisor to email their letter directly to the above address with a subject line that reads “Letter of Recommendation” and your full name

For the full description of the positions, please consult the PDF file which is available to download via this link.

For all further queries, please contact the head of the research group, Dr. Valeska Huber(

Call for Papers – Borders, Boundaries, Limits

Application Deadline: 31st December, 2017

Conference Dates: 10 – 13 June, 2018

Location: University of St Andrews, Scotland

The political aspects of the theme of the conference are obvious and topical:outsiders/insiders, citizens/neighbours/strangers/migrants/refugees/enemies. We would also like to encourage papers on more global subjects, including civilizations, travel, colonization, and such like. Furthermore, we would encourage papers on the history of natural philosophy, theology, metaphysics, etc.: histories of the extent of the universe, of the visible, and of the measurable. Finally, we are keen to have papers on ethics: transgressions of every kind.

Proposals for 20-minute individual papers are welcome. Proposals for panels, consisting of three 20-minute papers, are also welcome. Paper and panel proposals are welcome both from ISIH members and scholars who are not members of the Society. The language of the conference is English: all speakers are supposed to deliver their papers in English. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme.

Abstracts should be submitted via the conference submission form.

For further details and registration, please click here.


Global History Colloquium Series – Migrants, Commuters, and the Apartheid City in South Africa

As part of the Global History Colloquium Series at the Freie Universität Berlin Alex Lichtenstein from Indiana University Bloomington, who is currently a fellow at re:work in Berlin, presents his most recent work on migrant workers in Apartheid South Africa.

(Apologies for the problems with the audio quality)


Call for Papers: 1917 – Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World

Application Deadline: July 31st, 2017

Conference Date: October 19-21, 2017

Location: The University of Texas at Arlington

The Transatlantic History Student Organization, in collaboration with Phi Alpha Theta, the Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, the Africa Program and the College of Liberal Arts, is sponsoring the Eighteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History.

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.

We invite papers and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature—including interdisciplinary and digital humanities projects—that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French, Spanish, and German.

The theme of this year’s conference is the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 on the Atlantic World, examining the political, social, cultural, and economic reverberations and legacies prompted by the collapse of Russia’s ancien régime and the consolidation of Soviet/Bolshevik power. Inspiring hope and terror abroad, this conference aims to analyze the various transnational and international dimensions of the Russian Revolutions and how they shaped social and political movements in the Atlantic World, both directly and by virtue of establishing a new geopolitical context.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Communist, socialist, and anarchist internationalism
  • Imperialism/colonialism, anti-colonial movements, and decolonization
  • Transatlantic solidarity struggles
  • Women’s and feminist movements
  • Radical and social movement networks
  • Anti-war and peace activism during World War I and World War II
  • Refugees and exiles
  • Revolutions and uprisings of 1917-1923 (Russia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, Greece, Ireland, Egypt, etc.)
  • Social, political, and cultural forms of anti-communism—both left- and right-wing
  • Fascism and anti-fascism
  • Cold War studies

We also seek to explore and further establish shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters as they pertain to the field of transatlantic history. This conference has become an interdisciplinary and intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a common conversation.

Therefore, we also welcome papers on:

  • Twentieth-century empires
  • Transatlantic networks
  • Making of nation-states
  • Transnational spaces
  • Transatlantic migrations
  • Diaspora studies
  • Collective memory
  • Identity construction
  • Transatlantic cuisine and consumption
  • Intercultural transfer and transfer studies
  • Transnational families
  • Teaching transnational history

Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in Traversea, the peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal in transatlantic history.

Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three hundred words in length and should be accompanied by an abbreviated (maximum one page) curriculum vita. Panel proposals (3-4 people) should include titles and abstracts of panels as a whole, as well as each individual paper.

Paper and panel submissions should be made at
Please direct all questions to Lydia Towns at

The Conference Organizing Committee is composed of Lydia Towns, Jacob Jones, Stacy Swiney, Brandon Blakeslee, Charles Grand, and Dan Degges.

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 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.