CfP: Fifth European Congress on World and Global History "Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions"

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Social Sciences, World History / Studies, Russian or Soviet History / Studies

Following an excellent response to our earlier Call for Panels, with over 120 proposals submitted, we now cordially invite proposals for individual papers.

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:

Dates and deadlines

November 2016:                  Call for papers closes

January 2017:                      Authors of individual paper proposals will be notified of the outcome.

March 2017:                        Conference registration announcement; publishing of programme, and opening of conference registration and accommodation reservation (through the ENIUGH Congress website).


For information about the 5th ENIUGH Congress, please contact us at:

ENIUGH Headquarters

Steffi Marung, Centre for Area Studies / SFB 1199, University of Leipzig
Katja Naumann, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig
Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig
E-mail: congress(at)

Organizing team in Budapest

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Institute of Advanced Study / Department of History, Central European University, Budapest
Judit Klement, Department Atelier, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Attila Melegh, Institute of Sociology and Social Policy / Karl Polanyi Centre for Global Social Studies, Corvinus University

Members of the Steering Committee

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Central European University, Budapest; Gareth Austin, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Carlo Marko Belfanti, Department of Social Sciences, University of Brescia; Michel Espagne, ENS, Paris; Zaur Gasimov, Orient-Institut Istanbul; Giovanni Gozzini, University of Siena; Regina Grafe, European University Institute, Florence; Margarete Grandner, University of Vienna; Frank Hadler, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe at the University of Leipzig; Yuval Harari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Michael Harbsmeier, Roskilde University; Markéta Krížová, Charles University, Prague; Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Mikhail Lipkin, Russian Academy of Sciences; Barbara Lüthi, University of Cologne; Attila Melegh, Corvinus University, Budapest; Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig; Juan Carmona Pidal, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Hagen Schulz-Forberg, University of Aarhus; Alessandro Stanziani, EHESS/ CNRS; Eric Vanhaute, University of Ghent

Contact Info: 

ENIUGH Headquarters
c/o University of Leipzig
Centre for Area Studies
Thomaskirchhof 20
04109 Leipzig


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