The Department of History at Harvard University invites the submission of paper proposals for the 2nd Annual Harvard Graduate Conference on International History (ConIH), to take place in Cambridge, MA on April 19-20, 2002. This conference aims to bring together graduate students and faculty who are engaged in the study of international history. Twelve graduate students will present papers on the history of international relations during the early modern and modern eras (17th to 20th centuries).
The theme of this year’s conference is "The International Marketplace: People, Goods, and Ideas." This theme points to the increasing scholarly attention given to the historical process of globalization. The notion of an "international marketplace" encompasses diverse categories of interaction—commodity exchange, cultural contact, technological expansion, and ideological extension. Though it is a popular concept in the social sciences, globalization is a historical phenomenon that has influenced the contours of the contemporary world. In stressing its legacies, we hope to highlight both its achievements and discontents for peoples in different parts of the world.
As practiced today, international history frequently supplements the study of political, diplomatic, and military history with investigations of previously neglected aspects of human interaction across national boundaries. This broader scope of inquiry has led to new research agendas. The Harvard Graduate Conference is intended to highlight these innovative agendas—especially those involving multi-archival work in multiple countries and languages. An equally important goal of the conference is to attract students who might consider their work to fall outside the temporal or thematic boundaries of traditional international history. Papers on the early modern period, colonialism, non-state actors, migration, and other topics are encouraged.
Commentary on papers will be provided by leading scholars from Harvard and other universities. Faculty commentators will reflect the expansive nature of international history as practiced today.
Graduate student presenters who must travel from outside New England will receive a small stipend to help defray expenses. Details will be available in the weeks ahead on the conference website (http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~cwc/ConIH/).
Graduate students who are interested in participating in the conference should submit a one-page paper proposal and curriculum vita (in Word, RTF, or PDF format) to Isaac Campos (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals must be received by January 7, 2002 in order to be considered. Notification of acceptance will be made by February 11, 2002. For additional information about the conference, please contact Isaac Campos or visit the conference website.
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