Rituals of Knowledge Production about Girls’ Lived Experiences: A UNICEF Study in East and Southern Africa, 1990 – 1993

Sarah Bellows-Blakely is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Graduate School for Global Intellectual History at the Free University and Humboldt University of Berlin. Here she presents her latest work on a set of studies on girls’ access to education in East and Southern Africa from the early 1990s.

Global History Colloquium Series: The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939–1950

As part of the Global History Colloquium Series at the Freie Universität Berlin, professor Or Rosenboim (UCL) and fellow of the Royal Historical Society, presents her latest work on the global intellectual visions in the 1940s.


Global History Colloquium Series: Coalonialism – Energy and Empire before the Age of Oil

As part of the Global History Colloquium Series at the Freie Universität Berlin, professor On Barak from Tel Aviv University and research fellow at rework Berlin presents his latest work on the history of coal and its relation to empire.

Postdoctoral fellowship – Global Intellectual History – Berlin

The Graduate School “Global Intellectual History” invites applications for one postdoctoral fellowship.

The Graduate School “Global Intellectual History” is funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and jointly run by Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. lt aims to explore intellectual reactions to processes of entanglement from thc 18th to 20th century in their social, cultural and political contexts: the trans-border spread of ideas, claims to universal validity, as well as counter-movements and resistance to such claims. A particular (but not exclusive) focus is on the role of non- Western actors and ideas. The Graduate School builds on a strong research tradition in area studies and global history at both universities, including the jointly-run MA program in Global History. lt offers a stimulating research environment, substantial financial support for archival stays and a strong network of international partners in the form of the Global History Collaborative. For a detailed description of the research program, participating faculty and cooperating institutions, please visit http://www.gih.global-history.de

Successful candidates will pursue a research project in global intellectual history (18th to 20th century); they may also work on the transition of a manuscript into book, and they will be involved in the activities of the program.

The fellowship is offered as research position on a fixed-term basis, starting on 1 September 2018 (salary group TV-L 13, 100%, limited until 30.09.2021, with additional funds for research and archival trips available)

Very good dissertation in History or an Area Studies discipline on a topic related to the research agenda of the Graduate School (PhD in hand at time of interview/received within the last five years); very good knowledge of English and the languages relevant to the research proposal; thorough knowledge of relevant scholarly debates and approaches in global history and intellectual history.

Teaching experience; publications in peer-reviewed academic journals;
projects that make broad intellectual connections and/or span regions are an asset.

How to apply:
Please send your application with the following documents (cover letter including names and contact information of two referees; curriculum vitae including list of publications, abstract of PhD thesis (two pages); research proposal (five pages) including a brief explanation of how your project fits in the framework of the Graduate School) as one PDF-file and no later than May 14th, 2018 to
Dr. Sebastian Gottschalk: globalintellectualhistory@geschkult.fu-berlin.


Dr. Sebastian Gottschalk

Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut
Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin, Germany



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 tghsgradconference@gmail.com 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 tghsgradconference@gmail.com 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 tghsgradconference@gmail.com

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 reaching-the-people@geschkult.fu-berlin.de 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(valeska.huber@fu-berlin.de).