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CFA: Summer school 'Global History in the 2020s', Leiden 27-29 June 2023

The International Summer School ‘Global History in the 2020s’ (27-29 June 2023) for PhD candidates, is looking for applicants. The summer school is organized by the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH), and precedes the 7th European Congress on World and Global History (29 June – 1 July 2023, hosted by Leiden University's Institute for History). The application deadline is 21 April 2023.

The Summer School

Global History has become a much-debated field. Is it about globalisation, is it a method, a subject matter, all of the above? Over the last two decades global historians have outlined topics and approaches that set the foundations for a transforming field. Transcending national frameworks, challenging Eurocentric narratives and tracing border-crossing connections and interactions between societies, communities and individuals, as well as decentred comparisons are some of its common denominators that have gained substance through particular case studies. As the field moves towards the end of its second decade, we want to bring together a next generation of global historians and interrogate what are the purposes, possibilities, limits of global history? Doctoral researchers who explore global, transregional and transnational perspectives in their dissertations are key for forming these avenues and for reflecting on the related conceptual debates and socio-political conditions of writing world and global histories.

With that in mind, the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) is happy to announce its summer school in partnership with The Huizinga Institute-Research School for Cultural History, the Research School Political History, and the Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) on 27-29 June. PhD students are invited to present on-going research exploring relations, transfers and entanglements between actors or groups of actors located in, or spanning, different regions of the world allowing for comparative and longue durée conversations. The summer school provides the perfect platform to kick-start a week of intense discussions that will culminate in the 7th European Congress on World and Global History (29 June – 1 July 2023).

In this summer school we will bring together PhD candidates from around the globe to discuss the state of the art in global history and bring together a next generation of global historians. How do you position yourself in the field? How can you frame your research in relation to ongoing discussions in the field of global history? How do you get published? As well as focusing on the content of the work of the PhD Candidates, the aim of the summer school is also explicitly to root this next generation of global historians in the field, in terms of literature and in creating a network of scholars.

Each PhD candidate will have 45 minutes devoted exclusively to their work. These in-depth discussions will be complemented by more general discussions on the field of global history. The summer school will be organized around the themes the PhD candidates are working on (for example cultural global history, environmental history, decolonization, early modern exchanges, etc.). This means that the exact themes of the 5 or 6 sessions will be decided when the proposals come in. Depending on these themes specialists in the field will provide in-depth comments on the work presented by the PhD students. Besides the discussion of PhD projects, the summer school will also feature a roundtable on publishing strategies with editors of global history journals, an informal discussion on going from PhD to PostDoc and finally the opportunity to present the PhD projects at the ENIUGH conference.

The Partner Organizations

European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)

For more than two decades the European Network in Universal and Global History promotes research and teaching in the fields of world and global history. As a multilingual forum it serves the exchange among scholars based in Europe, while offering many opportunities to connect with colleagues from other world regions. Building on the long tradition of world history writing in Europe, ENIUGH promotes the multiplicity of topical and methodological approaches to the study of past and current processes of cross-cultural interaction and entanglements in historical and interdisciplinary scholarship. The network advocates the transcending of former Eurocentric, teleological and universalist assumptions, and seeks to help contextualizing the continent’s past within a global perspective. It is engaged in strengthening the linkages between the manifold institutions in Europe that contribute to a historical understanding of today’s globally integrated world and collaborates with other regional world and global history organizations.


Following the summer school participants can attend and profit from the 7th European Congress on World and Global History, that takes place at Leiden University in The Hague, 29 June-1 July 2023. Under the theme “Conflict and Inequity, Peace and Justice: Local, Regional and International Perspectives”, the congress seeks to stimulate research discussions on the causes of conflict and inequity as well as the corollary features of various quests for peace and justice in all historical periods and around the globe. Thus, the congress aims to examine how historical narratives have been constructed around moments of peace and of conflict and to reflect on the long-term impacts of conflict and inequity in relation to processes of reconciliation and peace-making. In addition to contributing to the main conference theme, the congress is also a venue to discuss historical relations, transfers, and entanglements between states, peoples, communities, and individuals situated in, or spanning, different regions of the world. Detailed information regarding the ENIUGH Congress is available at: https://eniugh.org/congress.

The Huizinga Institute

The Huizinga Institute is the Dutch National Research School for Cultural History. The Institute provides a countrywide educational programme for PhD candidates and RMA students in cultural history and serves as a national forum for the discipline.

The Research School Political History (OPG)

The Research School Political History is a research network of political historians, aimed at promoting the quality of research and (inter)national cooperation. Besides that, the Research School provides high quality training of PhD students and Research Masters in Political History. Approximately 100 PhD candidates (including external PhD candidates) and 60 research masters are registered with the RSPH.

The Graduate School Global and Area Studies

The Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS) at Leipzig University invites young scholars from all over the world to join a fascinating project that is global in scope and inter- as well as post-disciplinary in its orientation. What we are interested in is the persistence of long-lasting and the emergence of new spatial frameworks for social interaction within and between cultures, nations, and regional clusters of states.

Flying University of Transnational Humanities (FUTH) Summer School

FUTH takes its name from Poland's Flying University, an underground educational movement which first started in Warsaw in the late 19th century under Russian rule, and was later revived during the Nazi occupation. The Flying University was founded in 2010 by Jie-Hyun Lim, first at Hanyang University, from 2015 at Sogang University, Korea. Since 2010 FUTH has gathered graduate students and young scholars in the humanities and social sciences across the globe for a summer school centring on presentations by leading scholars and sharing of information and perspectives by all participants.

The Application Process

The Call is open to PhD-students from history and related disciplines, who work in the interdisciplinary field of writing connected, entangled or comparative histories that incorporate transnational or transregional perspectives or challenge the confines of national and Eurocentric historiographies. The language of presentations will be English but papers in French and German are also accepted. Participants are expected to present a paper of 3000–4000 words in length as the basis for discussion with the whole group; the papers will be circulated among the participants beforehand. On the final day, participants are invited to pitch their research to the audience of the ENIUGH congress, marking the end of the summer school as well as the opening of the ENIUGH congress.

The Huizinga Institute and OPG cover the participation fees of 10 PhD members from Dutch National Research Schools (please state your membership in your application). After successful participation, these PhD candidates receive a 3-ECTS certificate. International PhD candidates may receive a certificate of participation upon request.

For international candidates the participation fee is €80,00 and comprises lunch and dinner. We can reserve a room in a nearby hotel (€122 per night).

Applications should contain: a CV, a summary/exposé of the dissertation, an abstract of your planned paper as well as your contact data and institutional affiliation (incl. Dutch national research school affiliation). Please send your applications electronically as ONE PDF-DOCUMENT to Anne-Isabelle Richard (Leiden University) and Katja Castryck-Naumann (GWZO Leipzig/ENIUGH) by using the following email-address: headquarters@eniugh.org by April 21, 2023.

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