Second annual King’s College London World History Conference, organised by and for students. Open to BA, MA and PhD students from any and all institutions.
Conference Date: 6 May 2017
Location: King’s College London, Strand Campus
Call for papers: 4 January 2017 – 19 February 2017
Deadline Paper Proposals: ***FEBRUARY 19th***
The call for papers is open to students of all academic disciplines and university levels (undergraduate to doctoral) interested in World History. The conference serves as an opportunity to have your research discussed in an academic environment. Depending on the topics of their submissions, authors of selected papers will be one of three panelists leading a debate on a particular field of World History. Suggested topics for proposals are listed below, but these are not exclusive.
Theory and Methodologies of World/Global History
History of Right-Wing Politics
Transnational Social Movements
International Governing Institutions
History of Science and Medicine
History of Emotions
Proposals should include a 500 word abstract of the author’s research and a short CV. In the abstract, you should summarise: 1) the topic; 2) arguments and/or a thesis; 3) the relevance to World History (i.e. its transnational value). Please note that we welcome papers from all historical periods. It is not necessary for the paper to be completed for a proposal to be accepted. Accepted proposals will be notified via e-mail by mid-March. The submitted abstracts will then be published on the conference website. After the conference, authors of accepted proposals will have the opportunity to have their final papers published.
The proposal can also be written in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish to facilitate non-fluent English students and should be submitted as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, at the conference, papers must be presented in English.
If there are any remaining questions, please refer to the FAQ section of our website or contact us directly via e-mail.
The students of the MA Global History at Humboldt University Berlin and Free University Berlin have just announced the Global History Student Conference 2017 in Berlin. Here students are invited to present their work to fellow students, and engage in discussions surrounding their work as part of panel discussions and workshops. This year the keynote speaker will be Prof. Michael Goebel, author of Anti-Imperial Metropolis (2015) and winner of the AHA Jerry Bentley prize in World History (2016).
The Global History Student Conference will take place at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute in Berlin. The language of the conference is English, therefore please write submissions in English. To register for the conference please follow this three step application process:
Submit the registration form by the 1st of February 2017.
The abstract should be entitled according to the following format: Surname, First name, Title
On acceptance of your paper, please send us a 2000 word summary for us to review by 31st of March 2017.
We will be able to offer some financial support for transport and accommodation to participants coming from outside of Berlin. Please see our website for further details.
Conference papers can also be submitted for publication to the online academic journal Global Histories: A Student Journal. To read our report of the 2015 conference and read some of the papers presented, check out the first issue at www.globalhistories.com
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
History on Tape presents its final interview for the year, a conversation with Felipe Corrêa, a researcher for the Institute of Anarchist Theory and History (IATH), in São Paulo, Brazil. Today they discuss the history of anarchism in brazil, global history, and how these currents intersect with the current political situation in Brazil.
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Global Histories: A Student Journal is happy to release a call for papers for our next edition.
The success of the Global History Student Conference 2016 in Berlin will act as a central focal point for this issue, showcasing how Global History is conceptualized and practiced in differing political and socio-economic environments around the world. We especially encourage the submission of historical or interdisciplinary work in relation to Global History with a particular focus on the following themes.
• Decentralizing the Cold War
• Global History before 1750
• Methodology and Marginalization
• Global Urban History
• Gender, Body, and Power
• Transnational Ideologies and Networks
• Memory Studies
• Postcolonial Studies
• Visual Representations and Art History
As part of the Global History Colloquium Series at the Freie Universität Berlin, Gergely Baics (Columbia University) presents his work on residential segregation, food systems and immigration in New York City, drawing upon a GIS methodology.
King’s College, London (KCL) has been a key participant in British colonial history. To catch glimpses of this past is to give a look at the area surrounding the Strand Campus. The High Commissions of India and Australia, for example, are located in front of the main building, while the Maughan Library, once known as ‘the strong-box of the Empire’, or, to put it more bluntly, the Public Record Office, also echoes this connection with the empire. We should not forget that King’s College is home to the Rhodes Professorship in Imperial History, one of the most important international chairs of its kind.
As far as the latter is concerned, the Rhodes Trust has been financing the course in Imperial History since 1918. Richard Drayton currently holds the Rhodes Professorship in Imperial History. He was appointed to the Imperial and Commonwealth History chair in 2009. In the same year, he reorganised the course and renamed it ‘MA in World History and Cultures’. The students are stimulated to corroborate the course with meaningful modules offered by other KCL departments or by other institution from the University of London, such as Royal Holloway, UCL and Queen Mary.
The MA in World History is one of the first of its kind in the UK and since 2009 has grown considerably. Other institutions in and outside London have also launched their own transnational courses. From LSE and Birkbeck to Oxford and Cambridge, many have joined a competitive market for one of the rising academic trends.
The Master programme is structured around a core methods and a core transnational history modules, four optional modules and a final dissertation of 15.000 words. Academics stimulates students to be aware of the different perspectives and angles from which history can be written, while showing the limits of previous western-centred approaches that privilege political history (the only ‘serious’ history). Authors like Christopher Bayly, Sven Beckert and Erik van der Vleuten are discussed in seminars to introduce the students to a different form of historical analysis. The positioning of national histories within the broader global perspective and the critique of national narratives are surely influencing the new generation of historians. But students are also encouraged to track commodity chains, social groups previously silenced due to gender, class or race, and also to focus on those historical actors that were moving across borders. The study of Transnational History, in KCL as elsewhere, has been also influenced by the increasing level of interconnectedness within the academic world. In fact, now it seems easier for students and academics to convene and communicate with each other through the internet and relatively cheaper transportations.
Last year, students from London and Berlin worked together on this interconnectedness to establish new platforms where young researchers could discuss and develop their projects. The World History conference organised in London last May and the Global History conferences organised in Berlin in the last two years, have accordingly tried to put students in contact to exchange researches and, most of all, perspectives on the different ways in which the transnational method can be applied. Perhaps the most interesting outcome of these conferences was to point out that the approach to the World and the Global is also shaped by whether you have studied in the UK, in Germany or in China.
The shift from Imperial History to World History in the context of KCL raises the question of whether the change in the name of the course did, or did not, entail a consequent change in the programme’s inner structures. The reason why the MA is named after World History acquires significance, if we take into account a trend in the Western academia that originated in the 1990s.The transnational turn formed World History, itself a subject with a long tradition, into a wider bracket around the historical roots of our modern globalised world. From this perspective, World History in KCL might have little in common with the World History courses developed in the US by McNeil and Stavrianos. Yet, it shares with Global and Transnational History programmes an interest in the modern connected period, which, following Wallerstein, originated from the imperial world system sustained, amongst others, by the British Empire. The background of Empire Studies allows KCL to be able to offer a solid starting point to its students who find themselves in one of the greatest research-hubs in the world: London. However, students should also be warned that the use of ‘modern empires’ as the main analytical framework might, in the long run, result in viewing empires as ‘closed’ transnational units. In other words, we must refrain from repeating the same mistake, writ large, that previous scholar applied to national historiographies.
In order to further ‘open’ the category of empire to transnational approaches, we might follow the advice of the old World Historians and simply expand the academic curriculum. Although this is by no means the panacea, it can lead to positive results. Among many, the possibility for the student to take notice of the co-dependency entrenched in the imperial world system and understand different narratives. A look at the list of modules offered by the MA in World History, though, shows a relatively limited diversity. The majority of the modules offered still echoes the previous MA in Imperial and Commonwealth history. It is possible to find incredibly interesting modules on the British and the French empires, the USA, Australia and India. Yet, as this makes up the bulk of the curriculum, alas, a certain degree of eurocentrism still persists in the module list. The other modules on Iran, China, Latin America, are still, at least for now, in the minority. But, the gap is being progressively filled with the inclusion of other geographical areas.
The criticism of the MA at KCL and the criticism of World/Global History as a subject cannot be separated. The blurred boundaries of a research field that uses terms like Global, World, Transnational, Connected and International history as if they were synonyms, echoes a moment of uncertainty. Transnational History, in both KCL and the wider academic world, seems in need of the crystallisation of a few main shared practices that still respect the specificities of different sites of production of knowledge. Simply being more field-inclusive can expand the list of modules offered in universities like KCL, but it will not alone clear the confusion in the seminar rooms. Students in World/Global History courses can hardly say with conviction if what they write is actually transnational, and what that entails. Actually, World History was originally constructed not only as a subject analysing many civilisations, but, most importantly, as an historical field encompassing a very wide time span. Today Transnational History , and consequently World History, has instead limited itself to the modern world and to put Globalisation as the central teleological element. While there surely were practical reasons for the development of the transnational approach upon these lines, we cannot but notice the contradictions that may arise when students read ‘global histories’ limited within the era of the apogee of the West.
Francesco Paolo Cioffo studied History as BA at Royal Holloway, University of London. Now in King’s College, London attending the MA in World History and Cultures. He is currently researching Indian anti-colonial activists in Japan between 1915 and the end of 1920s. In particular looking at the interaction between these groups and the ideals of Asianism.
(Why do monarchies survive? On the functional change of the institution of monarchy since the 19th century from a global history perspective)
As part of the Global History Colloquium Series at the Freie Universität Berlin, Dieter Langewiesche from the University of Tübingen presents his work on the transformations of monarchy since the 19th century.