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(