15/3/2020 – CFP: Global Bodies, Global Lives

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What, when & where

Global Bodies, Global Lives
30th May 2020 | Brasenose College | University of Oxford

Deadline for Abstracts: Sunday 15th March 2020

When examining narratives of global history, macro scale analyses predominate, in which supranational formations – including empires, corporations and NGOs – often take centre-stage. Yet the aspiration of global history to encompass such broad-ranging themes has the potential to marginalise and to merely abstract individual lives and the lived experiences which underpin them. Focusing on the impact of human endeavour on the world stage – at an individual and corporeal level – would force us to consider what it means, and what it has meant, to inhabit global bodies and to live global lives.

As intersectional perspectives in history have increasingly been at the forefront of historical and scholarly research, global historians are required to engage with renewed vigour with the agents and actors whose voices and experiences permeate the archive. Resonating with the rise of the ‘anthropocene’ in historical discourse, historians must find new ways of navigating the tensions inherent in conducting global histories on the macro-scale, whilst remembering that the subjects of study are always individuals with a range of emotional and bodily reactions to the worlds they inhabited. How have human bodies and histories shaped, and been shaped by, global connections and interactions? Can one establish a reciprocal reading between individual human experience and the often-abstracted notion of ‘the global’?

The 2020 TGHS Graduate Conference invites participants to discuss these and other related questions. We welcome submissions from current graduate students, from any field and any time period, who engage with aspects of transnational and global history including, but not limited to:

Social history
History of encounter(s)
Histories of medicine and disease
History of the body
Intersectionality: e.g. race, gender, sexuality, class
History of emotions
Diaspora/Migration histories
Environmental history
Oral history
Global microhistory

Deadline & how to apply

Paper abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to tghsgradconference@gmail.com by 15 March 2020. Your abstract should briefly detail your current research project and the scope of your written submission. Notification of selected submissions for the conference will be made by Monday 30 March 2020. Accepted invitees must send their final written piece to tghsgradconference@gmail.com by Friday 15 May 2020 for pre-circulation to discussants. Accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length. Panels will consist of 3-4 papers connected by theme.


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