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CFP: The Inaugural Conference for the Imperial and Global History Network

Submission deadline: January 31, 2014

Conference date(s):
June 19, 2014 - June 20, 2014

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Conference Venue:

Department of History, The University of Exeter, The University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom

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Increasingly historians are investigating the historical roots of globalisation, often linking the process to the rise of European imperialism. By tracing the historical patterns of migration, trade, and conquest, as well as the trans-border flows of knowledge and ideas, historians have highlighted the complex networks that connected people, states, and empires. However, although the value of the network concept is acknowledged, critics have argued that such an approach privileges the connected over the disconnected and as a result the centre-periphery divide has simply been replaced with a new narrative of many cores and peripheries. With this in mind, the conference will re-consider the network concept, evaluating both the possibilities and constraints of such an approach to the study of global and imperial history.

The organisers invite 20-minute papers from postgraduate and early career researchers that address one or more of the following broad themes:

  • The movement of people, commodities, and capital.
  • The production and circulation of ideas, information, and knowledge.
  • Agents and mediators in transnational, global, or imperial networks.
  • State-building and processes of de- and reterritoralization.
  • International organisations, including transnational social and political movements.
  • Displacement and disconnection.
  • The relationship between local and global and imperial histories.
  • Concepts and methodologies in global and imperial history.

Papers from scholars of both global and imperial history are welcome. Chronologically the conference will focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries but papers that consider any region of the world are invited. The organisers also encourage papers from any academic discipline. It is expected that a selection of the papers will be published as a special issue.

To apply please email a 250 word abstract and short biography to the conference organisers:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Friday 31 January 2014.

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