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Lecture | INVISIHIST Keynote Roundtable

New(er) Histories of the United Nations

Friday 14 October 2022
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Telders Auditorium
Cornerstone laying ceremony to mark the UN Permanent Headquarters in New York (24 Oct 1949 | UN Photo #117535)

Almost fifteen years after its publication, Glenda Sluga (European University Institute) and Sunil Amrith (Yale University) come together once again for a re-enactment of the much-discussed, co-authored historiographical essay "New Histories of the United Nations" (Journal of World History, vol.13, n. 3, 2008).

This keynote roundtable discussion is part of INVISIHIST's first major event: the ERC-funded international conference "Making and Breaking Global Order in the Twentieth Century". The scholars will reflect on the state of the art in historical assessments of international organizations and global orders, as well as reverberate what seemed to them in 2008 as "the endless possibilities" of addressing the "significance of the UN as a historical site for a wide range of intersecting historiographies". What has changed since in the way historians approach the 75-year-old multilateral forum?

The event will be chaired by Prof. Alanna O'Malley in the Telders Auditorium, at the Academy Building in Leiden. Amrith will be joining the discussion online.

Glenda Sluga is Professor of International History and Capitalism at the European University Institute. In 2020, Sluga was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for a research program on "Twentieth Century International Economic Thinking and the Complex History of Globalization." Her most recent book was published by Princeton University Press in 2021, The Invention of International Order: Remaking Europe after Napoleon. Professor Sluga is also an Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, as the recipient in 2013 of a five-year fellowship for ‘Inventing the International’. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Sunil Amrith is the Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale, and the current chair of the South Asian Studies Council. His areas of particular interest include environmental history, the history of migration, and the history of public health. His most recent book is Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History (2019) in which he explains why monsoons and rivers play such an important role in the history of South and Southeast Asia. Amrith is the recipient of the 2022 KNAW-Heineken Prize and was a speaker at Leiden's Institute for History.


To register for this event, please send an e-mail to the conference organisation: invisihist@hum.leidenuniv.nl 
The event is free of cost.

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