“Towards a New History of the League of Nations”
International Scholarly Conference
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
August 25-26, 2011
The past decade has seen a flowering of new work on the history of the League of Nations. A group of research scholars at universities across four continents will convene on August 25-26, 2011 for a conference dedicated to presenting and discussing the findings of those scholars who have been re-examining the League’s history through the use of its archives in Geneva. This conference is being hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and is made possible by the generous support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Pierre Du Bois foundation.
The conference features panels on the League and security; on the role of experts and the practices of internationalism; on competing visions of global order; on popular internationalism and mobilization; and on the role of the League in shaping understandings and regimes about rights. There will be invited speakers for each of these sessions, but the conference organizers anticipate and welcome the participation by additional scholars from around the world interested in the history of the League of Nations. Scholars interested in attending the conference are invited to “table” additional papers relevant to specific panels, and while those papers will not be formally presented, they will become part of the collective discussion. Papers for the conference, and related “tabled” papers, will be available on a password-protected conference website.
The Conference Organizing Committee includes Davide Rodogno (GIIDS), Patricia Clavin (Oxford), Susan Pedersen (Columbia) and Corinne Pernet (St. Gallen). Scholars interested in attending the conference and/or “tabling” papers should contact Davide Rodogno, at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than April 1, 2011. Information about the Graduate Institute and advice about local transportation and accommodation will be made available on the GIIDS website.
Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, eight fellowships to support conference attendance and research at the League archives will be made available to North American graduate students working on dissertations related to the League of Nations. Those fellowships will be awarded by a committee of faculty associated with the Center for International History at Columbia University, and application instructions are posted on the CIH website: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cih/. A workshop for those students, and for European graduate students also working on aspects of the history of the League, will be held at the GIIS on the afternoon of Wednesday August 24, the day before the conference. Information about the graduate workshop will be available by April on the conference website.
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