Call for Submissions: International Organizations and the History of Global Development

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Call for Publications
Date: 
July 31, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Economic History / Studies, Political History / Studies, World History / Studies

Call for Article Submissions – Yearbook for the History of Global Development

Issue 3: International Organisations and the history of global development

Co-edited by Dr Nicholas Ferns and Prof Angela Villani

The Yearbook for the History of Global Development (YHGD) is inviting submissions for its third volume, dedicated to the history of international organizations and their role in global development.

The YHGD is a serial publication centrally dedicated to the study of past developmental theories, policies and practices, including those with a direct bearing on present-day challenges. Thereby, it serves as an arena for fresh research on the history of development, broadly understood, providing a forum for a variety of historical perspectives on and understandings of development. Relevant perspectives include, for instance, development as a long-term process of different countries that determined their trajectories in world history; as a field of international and global political, economic, technological, cultural, and intellectual interaction; as an aspect of North-South and East-West relations in the context of imperialism, decolonization, the Cold War, and globalization; as a significant domain of international, non-governmental, and research organizations; and, most generally, as the study of the entire spectrum of concepts, discourses and policies related to ways in which countries or regions could and should evolve. Its first volume, dedicated to concepts of and perspectives on the history of development, is about to be published https://www.isbn.de/ebook/9783110730296_perspectives-on-the-history-of-global-development.htm. A second volume, with a focus on health and development, will appear later this year. The third volume on international organization aims for a publication date of 2023.

International organizations, such as the Bretton Woods institutions, the United Nations, and multilateral development banks have been central players in shaping the global system of development. By setting agendas, supplying funding for, and organizing projects, collecting data and providing authoritative information on a wide range of topics international organizations have framed ideas and practices regarding development on local, national, regional and global scales. Alongside these intergovernmental organizations, international NGOs have also played a profound role in global affairs, mobilizing people at grassroots level, something in unison with, sometimes in opposition to official political structures.

We welcome contributions that address questions of conceptualization, implementation, and debate about development throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, using approaches from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, law, area studies, cultural studies, public health, science and technology studies, and economics. We also welcome research that focuses on specific organizations or regional groupings, with no geographical limitations.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words to Nicholas.ferns@monash.edu not later than 31 July, 2022.
  2. You will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of your submission by August 15, 2022.
  3. Authors whose submissions are accepted will be expected to submit article manuscripts by December 31, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicholas.ferns@monash.edu

Contact Info: 

Dr Nicholas Ferns, Research Fellow, Monash University