Oxford International History Research Network
The Oxford International History Research Network (OIHRN) has been created as an informal research network and forum for international, global, transnational and inter-disciplinary historians in the University of Oxford. It facilitates research and networking in an expanding area of historical research that is well represented by scholars in Oxford. It has been established with the support of the Department of Politics and International Relations. The network is coordinated by Anne Deighton, Department of Politics and International Relations, Wolfson College.
If you would like to join this network, and/ or wish to post or receive information about relevant meetings, research, etc., please contact: Anne Deighton.
- to coordinate knowledge about the research in this field that is in progress in Oxford
- to hold seminars/workshops on substantive and methodological issues
- to conduct research projects
- to coordinate knowledge about research resources in Oxford for international historians
- to act as a contact point for interested historians working in or visiting Oxford
- to inform and involve graduate researchers in Oxford
- to inform members of the group of other national and international networks and research projects
- to inform members about conferences outside of Oxford:
David Anderson's interest is in the history and politics of eastern Africa. He is currently engaged in two AHRC-funded projects, one on 'Trauma and personhood in late colonial Kenya' (with Dr Sloan Mahone), the other on the politics of environmental management in the Omo region of southern Ethiopia (with Dr David Turton). He is also working on a history of the Cold War in Africa.
Tom Buchanan's research has primarily been concerned with the political, social and cultural impact of the Spanish Civil War on Britain. He is currently working on a book on China and the British Left in the C20th.
Jane Caplan’s research focuses on the paper-based documentation of individual identity in national & international contexts in modern Europe.
Martin Ceadel is currently writing a biography of Sir Norman Angell.
Patricia Clavin is Research Director of the Modern European History Research Centre in Oxford and director of an AHRC funded research project on the economic and financial organisation of the League of Nations.
Patrick Cohrs is the Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College. His research focuses on European and transatlantic international history in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of The Unfinished Peace after World War I. America, Britain and the Stabilisation of Europe, 1919–1932 (CUP, 2006).
John Darwin is Beit University Lecturer in the History of the British Commonwealth at Nuffield College.His research focuses on Theories of Empire since c 1500, The British Empire as an international system 1830-1960, South African, Canadian and New Zealand History, Decolonization and the End of Empires.
Tom Davies works on transnational history, especially the history of international non-governmental organizations.
Anne Deighton works on European international history, the cold war and European integration history. She is an associate member of the Cold War Studies Centre, LSE; a contributor to the Cambridge History of the Cold War. She is writing on the international career of Ernest Bevin.
Louise Fawcett's interests lie in the history and development of regional institutions, and aspects of Middle East politics and international relations.
Professor Robert Gildea has written on the impact of the German occupation in France and Europe during the Second World War; and is currently directing a collaborative research project on 1968 in Europe.
Sudhir Hazareesingh has written on various aspects of French political and cultural history since the Revolution, and is presently working on how myth and memory have shaped contemporary French political culture.
Hartmut Mayer's research interests include post-war European and international history, particularly the normative context; and European-Japanese relations.
Professor Margaret Macmillan, Warden of St Antony's. She is the author of Paris, 1919: Six months that changed the world (2003); Nixon and Mao: the week that changed the world (2007); and is currently completing a book on the use of History.
Rana Mitter's research interests include the comparative development of Cold War social and cultural structures in East Asia and Europe, and the trajectory of wartime memory in Cold War and post-Cold War China. He is co-directing the Oxford-Princeton project on Making Order in the Post-war World: A Comparative Study of Europe and East Asia in the 1940s and 1950s.
Dr Julie Newton (Visiting Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre, St.
Antony's) is working on Russia's relations with Europe, with a particular focus on its policies towards France and Britain.
Richard Ovenden is the Keeper of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, University of Oxford. He writes on the history of photography.
Dr Owen researches colonial systems of government, the decolonization of the European colonial empires after 1945, and the theory and practice of anti-imperialist resistance.
Alex Pravda is currently finishing a project on the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
Professor Robert Service works on modern Russian history and communism in a comparative global perspective.
Avi Shlaim's main research interest is the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Hew Strachan chairs the Leverhulme Changing Character of War research project. He works on military history with a particular interest in the First World War.
Jonathan Wright researches Germany's international history in the 20th century.
Latest News and Events
NATO Declassified – A new portal to explore NATO’s History
NATO’s recently launched NATO Declassified is a new way to discover NATO’s history. Whether you are interested in the NATO Alphabet, Espionage in the Cold War, or NATO’s response to the 9/11 attacks, you can find fascinating stories, supported with archival documents, photographs and audio-visuals.
Transatlantic Studies Association
16th Annual Conference
University College Cork, Ireland 10-12 July 2017
Call for Papers
The TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the ‘transatlantic’ as a frame of reference for their work in political, economic, cultural, historical, environmental, literary, and IR/security studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.
This conference thus welcomes papers in the following areas:
2 International Relations and Security Studies
3 Literature, Film and Culture
4 Planning and the Environment
6 Proposals that investigate the ‘transatlantic’ and explore it through frames of reference such as ideology, empire, race, religion, migration, political mobilisation, or social movements
7 Proposals that incorporate perspectives that involve north-south and south-south transatlantic connections, as well as north-north
Both panel proposals and individual papers are welcome. Panel proposals are encouraged to include a discussant. New members and junior scholars are especially welcome.
Please send individual paper proposals (a 300 word abstract + brief CV) and complete panel proposals (300 word overview + 300 word abstracts for the papers + brief CVs) to the conference email: email@example.com
Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 3 February 2017. We aim to make a decision on your proposal within three weeks.
For further information or enquiries please contact the following:
Chair of TSA / Local Organiser: Professor David Ryan: David.Ryan@ucc.ie
The USIA and American Cold War Propaganda in Sweden, 1952-1969
Mikael Nilsson, Uppsala University
Mikael Nilsson offers a detailed and groundbreaking analysis of how the United States Information Agency (USIA) conducted its wide-ranging propaganda campaign in Sweden during the Cold War, 1952–1969.
The overall aim of this book series is to offer new perspectives on the East-West conflict by building on recent and current historiographical developments in Cold War history. The series moves beyond traditional narratives by investigating the impact of both medium and lesser powers on the evolution of the Cold War.
Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Graduate Institute Geneva
Marco Wyss, University of Chichester
The Fell funded project on 20th Century International Archives available in Oxford is now live and on line. Click below, and try it out.
Or access it through OULS or SOLO (look for online catalogues):
OULS or SOLO - Special Collections - Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Catalogues and Finding Aids - Western Manuscripts post-1500 - online catalogues
We very much welcome your comments, and many thanks to those who have contributed good ideas so far. Please do encourage as many of your colleagues and students to access the system, pass on comments, and best of all see if it helps with research.
Note: It is accessible worldwide (not just within Oxford), so please pass the link on to those who may have an interest, wherever they are based. Let us know if it works well, and how it might be improved.
We need to raise some more money/time/support to continue to ensure that the resource reflects what is available in the University. If anyone has ideas on this, or indeed funding streams which could contribute, please let me know.
I am very grateful to Lucy McCann, who managed the creation and design of the web pages, Rasmus Pederson, and to Richard Ovenden and Chris Fletcher in Bodley for their backing and interest, as well as to all other colleagues in Bodley and DPIR for their support and input into this project. Fell Funds for this gratefully received.
Past News and Events
The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies awards postdoctoral research fellowships in Berlin.
We would like to invite applications from all over the world for postdoc Cold War historians to spend six or twelve months in Berlin.
For information on the fellowship and the online application form please see here: http://www.berlinerkolleg.com/de/intro_postdoctoral-research-fellowship
The Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg | Berlin Center for Cold War Studies is a joint project of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany and the Humboldt University Berlin.
The Center is a place of international scholarly exchange and the continuing development of historical research devoted to the Cold War. It focuses on international and inter-German relations, the perception and management of conflicts, the history of emotions, the Cold War’s impact on societies and sciences in East and West and the culture of remembrance that has emerged since 1990. The Center carries out independent projects, promotes German and international scholars through fellowships and offers public lectures, conferences and exhibitions.
For the Center’s research agenda please see here: http://berlinerkolleg.com/en/research-agenda
Modern European History Seminar, Michaelmas Term 2016
The seminar will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Modern History Faculty Building, George Street, Oxford. All are welcome to attend. Please find attached the programme here.
Seminar on Europe at Exeter College, Thursday 11 February
Lord (Stephen) Green, former chairman of HSBC and a former Government minister, will be giving a Rector’s Seminar on Thursday 11 February at 5.30 pm in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College on ‘The European Identity: Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny’, a subject about which he has recently published a book.
Please find full event details here.
Invitation to apply for the Henri Rieben Foundation Fellowship for the academic year 2016 - 2017
Applications are now open for the Henri Rieben Foundation Fellowship for the academic year 2016 - 2017.
To apply, please see the call for applications here. (Document in French).
Call for Papers
The Smaller European Powers and China in the Cold War, 1949-1989
Call for papers for the international conference on The Smaller European Powers and China in the Cold War, 1949-1989, taking place on the 18-19 November 2016 at the University of Lausanne.
Deadline for proposals is 31 March 2016. For full details of the call for papers please see the document here.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Call for Papers for the 2018 edition of the Yearbook of Historical Communist Studies. "The Stalinization of the communist parties in the 1920s. Mechanisms, protagonists, adversaries" will be the main topic in 2018. www.bundesstiftung-aufarbeitung.de/jahrbuch
Deadline for outlines is 25th January 2016. Please see the document here.
INTERNATIONAL HISTORY SEMINAR
University of Reading, Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Simone Turchetti (Manchester), 'The Greening Alliance. NATO’s transition to environmentalism during the Cold War'.
Linda Risso (Reading), 'Why and how did NATO survive the end of the Cold War?'
Sanne Aagaard Jensen (Post & Tele Museum & the University of Copenhagen/Manchester), 'Connecting the alliance. A study of NATO’s Cold War communications infrastructure'
Dr Linda Risso, MA Director
Department of History University of Reading Whiteknights Campus Reading, RG6 6AA, UK Tel. +44 (0)118 378 7343 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
British International History Group
CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS FOR ISA 2016 As a cooperating organisation, the International Studies Association offers BISA four panel slots for its 2016 Annual Convention in Atlanta, 16-19 March.
The call can be found here: http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/Atlanta-2016/Call
BISA has invited the BIHG (in common with other BISA working groups) to submit a maximum of two panel nominations, to be considered by the BISA Board of Trustees. Please note that panels not complying with ISA requirements will be automatically excluded.
Specifically, panels must have a title, abstract and tag words as well as 5 papers (complete with title, tags, abstract and authors) and at least 1 chair and discussant. Titles need to be less than 50 words and abstracts need to be less than 200 words.
Please note that panels that do not represent both genders will also be automatically excluded.
Please submit your nominations to pbf(at)aber.ac.uk by 5pm on Tuesday 19 May. Once we have selected the BIHG nominated panel(s), these will be entered into the BISA selection process. BISA will communicate its decisions by Wednesday 27 May so that panels can be entered onto the ISA system by the deadline of 1 June.
Sarah B. Snyder (American University) will presenting her new work: "Causing us real trouble": The 1967 Coup in Greece.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 5:00pm
Venue: Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): Sarah Snyder (American University, Washington)
Chair: Eirini Karamouzi (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Discussant: Effie Pedaliu (LSE IDEAS)
The link to this event is: http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/research-centres/south-east-european-studies-oxford/trinity-2015-term-calendar
Foreign Office meeting
This is to let you know that we intend to hold this year’s Records Day on Wednesday 13 May from 1300 to 1700 at Hanslope Park (near Milton Keynes). This will include a tour of the FCO’s archive. Please respond to this email if you would like to reserve a place for yourself and/or any colleagues.
Pauline Clarke | Head of Transfer | Archive Management Team | Knowledge and Technology Directorate | Room 007, HP 71 | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Hanslope Park MK19 7BH
Call for Papers - International challenges and the emergence of a public space in Europe since the 1970s
18-19 June 2015, Paris Application deadline: April 27, 2015
Please see the call for paper here (in French)
History of International Organisations Seminar
Wednesday, 29 April 2015. HumSS 288, University of Reading.
Linda Risso (Reading) - How to write the history of international organisations: A proposal
Mika Suonpää, University of Turku - Western Intelligence and Transnational Espionage Networks from the 1930s to the 1950s
Louis Clerc, University of Turku - A necessity more than a luxury: Kalervo Siikala and Finland's cultural diplomacy during the Cold War
Chair: Matthew Broad
Contact: Dr Linda Risso (email@example.com)
Hiroshima At 70. Monday 9th February at 6 pm.
The Department of History at the University of Reading organised an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. This took place on Monday 9th February from 6.00 to 9.00 at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.
14th Annual Transatlantic Studies Association Conference?
Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, The Netherlands, 6 - 8 July 2015
Paper/Panel Proposals: Due 1st December 2014
Please see the Call for Papers.
TSA Conference Sub-Theme:The nature, operations, and influence in international affairs of foreign policy elites; informal networks of power, knowledge, and influence; think tanks; philanthropic foundations; the intellectual underpinnings of the formulation of policy; and the interface between the state and the non-governmental and private arena, are all topics that are attracting increasing scholarly attention.
TSA members are invited to submit abstracts for one or more themed panels in this broad area to Priscilla Roberts, Department of History, University of Hong Kong,firstname.lastname@example.org" data-mce-href="http://email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thesis prizes application: Ministry of Defence, France
The Ministry of Defence, France is accepting applications for its Thesis Prizes for 2015.