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2016 SHAFR-TSA Graduate Student Summer Institute

Monday 27 June 2016 - Saturday 2 July 2016
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), in partnership with the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA), will hold its Graduate Student Summer Institute at the Leiden University Institute for History. The successful bid for the Summer Institute was made by TSA Chair Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith, together with colleagues from
Britain and the United States.

The Summer Institute will take place in between the annual SHAFR conference in San Diego (22-24 June 2016) and the TSA conference at the University of Plymouth (4-6 July 2016).

“Culture, Propaganda, and Intelligence in Foreign Relations”

The Summer Institute will focus on the use of propaganda, intelligence, and culture as lenses through which to reconsider broader approaches to international and transnational history. Emphasizing the role of government security and information agencies, state-private networks, and non-state and transnational actors, the Summer Institute will explore the interconnectedness of public and private, domestic and international, state and non-state. Participants will work with each other and the organizers in a series of research workshops to refine and enhance the analytical framework of a significant research project, ideally (but not exclusively) oriented toward publication of a first book. In addition, the Summer Institute will include professional development sessions and an active-learning pedagogical workshop on the theme of historical memory that will take place at a local site of historical significance.  

The Summer Institute is designed for advanced graduate students and early career faculty members in history from around the world, with roughly half the participants coming from North America. All sessions and readings will be in English. 


The organisers of the Summer Institute are: 

Kenneth Osgood (Colorado School of Mines) 
J. Simon Rofe (SOAS, University of London) 
Giles Scott-Smith (University of Leiden) 
Hugh Wilford (California State University, Long Beach)

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