Internationalism in the (long) Twentieth Century - Extended deadline

Internationalism in the (long) Twentieth Century - Extended deadline

Alina Oswald, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Ana Carolina Schveitzer, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Lea Börgerding, Freie Universität Berlin; William Lyon, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Tristan Oestermann, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Oscar Broughton, Freie Universität Berlin
IGK „Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive“ (re:work)
From - Until
21.10.2020 - 23.10.2020
Tristan Oestermann, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The international history of the twentieth century was long viewed primarily through the lens of nation-states, their foreign policies, and international institutions. In recent years, however, this focus has shifted. Exciting new scholarship now moves beyond the ‘national’, centering for instance on internationalisms in world socialist theory and practice or anti-colonial internationalisms of the Bandung era. Historians have also turned to transnational and transimperial women’s and anarchist networks, global peace movements, and trans-state intercultural structures of the ‘world religions’, to name but a few. As such, they started to unearth a plethora of political imaginaries of the international sphere that flourished both alongside and in competition with nationalism and imperialism.

Organized by a group of PhD students from Humboldt University and Free University Berlin, this interdisciplinary PhD workshop explores the histories of internationalisms in the long 20th century. Participants will be asked to reflect on the political, economic, social, and cultural circumstances and infrastructures that made internationalist thinking and activism throughout this period possible. To this end, the workshop poses important questions such as: How have different ideas about and actors of internationalism travelled across time and space? What mediums – from mass media over literature, image and music, to transportation technologies – allowed for the dissemination of concepts beyond national and imperial confines? And through what identities, groups, and networks did internationalist thinking emerge? In times in which liberal internationalist norms are increasingly under threat, this PhD workshop also seeks to focus more closely on competing internationalist ideas and unearth some of their inherent contradictions: how inclusive or exclusive were different internationalist visions? What kinds of knowledge have internationalists created or reconfigured?

The workshop particularly welcomes applications that focus on the following topics:
- State-sponsored internationalism / internationalism as diplomacy
- Non-liberal ideas of internationalism
- Mediatization, communication, and the spread of internationalist ideas
- Relationship between internationalism and refuge / exile
- Activist / non-state forms of internationalism (e.g. anti-colonial, feminist, religious)
- Circulation of (visual) knowledge about internationalism
- Mobile / sedentary actors and groups of internationalism
- Intergovernmental / institutionalized internationalism

Workshop on Internationalism in the (long) Twentieth Century

Practical Information
Proposals for papers should include the title, an abstract of maximum 300 words, and a short CV of the applicant.

Due to the unique circumstances, we have decided to extend the deadline by 30 April. So please send proposals to before 30 April 2020.

Notification of acceptance will be announced at the beginning of May. Participants are expected to submit a 3,000 – 5,000 word paper ahead of the workshop in September.

An amount of funding is available for travel reimbursements. We particularly encourage PhD students from the Global South to send their contributions. For further information and questions please contact us at


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Tristan Oestermann

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Nobility, History of agriculture, Work and labour, Labour movement history, Architecture, Archaeology, Historical semantics, Business history, Historical demography, History of education and university , Biography, Middle classes / Bourgeoisie, Digital history, Discipline and subject of history, History of emotions, Remembrance / Collective memory, Ethics and moral concepts, Ethnology / Historical Anthropology, History of european integration, Film / TV / Broadcasting, Finance and banking, Women's, men's and gender History, History of leisure and sport, History of ideas, Intellectual history, Rural populations, Didactics / Public History, Historiography, Antisemitism research, History of images, Discourse analysis, History of peace and war, Historical auxiliary sciences, Holocaust, Shoa, Genocide, Conceptions of identity, History of empires, Industrial history, history of trade and business, History of international relations, International organisations, Justice, Police, Jewish history, Church history, Colonial history, Consumption history, Crime and deviancy, Culture, Cultural history, Art history, Body narratives, Literature history, Material culture, Media history, History of medicine, Intellectual history, Micro-, local history, everyday life, Military history, Musicology, History of nazism, History of fascism, History of nationalism, History of natural sciences, Oral history, History of political parties and organisations, Politics, Political history, Political concepts, ideologies, Postcolonial history, Geography, Law, History of law and administration, Local and regional history, Regions / Regionalization / Regionalism, History of religions, confessions and churches, Reception history, Social history / Social sciences, Social Affairs, Social policies and welfare state, Sports, Urban history, History of technology, History of Theater, Theory and methodology, Transnational history, Environmental history, Constitutional history, Comparative history, Transport and infrastructure, History of administration / bureaucracy, World and global history, Economy, Economic history, Economic policy, Science, History of science, Science policy, History of knowledge, Civil society
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