CFP: Fifth European Congress on World and Global History “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” (Budapest, 29 August – 2 September 2017)

Under the congress’s general theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we seek to discuss the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general. In recent global history scholarship, the relationship between empire and revolution has been less explored than many other topics that became “globalised” over the past two decades. Furthermore, revolutionary upheavals have mostly been interpreted as caesuras in national histories and much less as being situated in global dynamics. Considering still influential narratives that give revolutions its rank primarily within national histories of nation building and social transformation, we encourage such views to be challenged through a comparative and global perspective on empires and imperial societies as well as on their revolutionary crisis. The chosen focus also has the potential to place centre stage as well as compare and explore the interconnectedness of uneven social and political change around the world, including both colonial as well as post-colonial settings. The congress will take place from 29 August – 2 September 2017 in Budapest.

Since the congress will be organised in panels of two or two and a half hours length, the steering committee of ENIUGH will choose paper proposals with a particular focus on their capacity to allow for fruitful discussions among the panelists.

We specifically look for paper proposals that complement and fill slots in already existing panels while also expanding the intellectual range of the conference’s programme. We particularly welcome proposals addressing the following topics:

  • Pre-1500 cross-cultural developments, ruptures and changes
  • Wars, violent transformation, and radical interventions in the distribution of ownership, in their connections to new orders
  • Comparative military history and the destructive effects of international and global connectivity
  • Connected histories of the South-East Europe
  • Revolution and empire in conceptualisations and methodologies of world and global history, for both teaching and research
  • Revolutions and the reordering of spatial configurations from the late 18th to the beginning of the 21st century
  • Connected histories of the Eastern Mediterranean and Arab world at large
  • Gendered perspectives on the theme of the conference
  • Internal peripheries between imperial arrangements and global markets
  • Colonial agricultural policies, African farmers and the development of the cooperative movement in Ghana and Sierra Leone (1920s-1950s)

This is only a selection of topics for papers presented at the congress. We are very much welcoming topics beyond this list as well.

Proposals: In addition to providing a name, affiliation and email, the proposal should include the title of the paper and an abstract (100 words).

Submission: All proposals must be received by 15 November 2016 and submitted electronically through the congress website:


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