CFP: LSE History Graduate Conference - Transnational Disruptions: Decline, Renewal, or Change?

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Call for Papers
December 20, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History


LSE History Graduate Conference

in association with the UCL Centre for Transnational History

Thursday 19 March, 2020, LSE, FAW 9.04



Transnational Disruptions: Decline, Renewal, or Change?

The erosion of the post-Cold War liberal international order

The once broad consensus of the post-Cold War liberal international order has experienced increasing disintegration in recent times. This rapid destabilisation has taken place in polities, economies, and societies across the global north and the global south, as liberal institutions, values, and assumptions are challenged. The encounters faced are transnational in their nature, concerning global matters such as conflict, migration, capitalism, and labour. Extending the notion of ‘transnational disruption’, this conference invites scholars to examine historical moments of decline, renewal, and change. How does analysis of political, economic, and social disruption inform the present?

The LSE History Graduate Conference 2020 invites students and academics to engage with questions concerning historical moments and processes of disruption, including, but not limited to:

  • Has the consensus of the liberal international order ever been truly global?
  • To what extent do narratives and/or the social and political memory of disruption presage disruptions?
  • What do the histories of social movements tell us?
  • Where is the place of national boundaries in historical disruption?
  • To what extent is it possible to quantify the impact of disruptions?
  • What parallels can be drawn between disruptions rooted in their different spatial contexts?

Please send your individual and/or panel proposals (title, 300-word abstract, and CV for each applicant) by 20 December 2019 to While participation in the conference is open to all, we encourage applications from PhD candidates and ECRs.


Opening Keynote Address: Dr Charlotte Riley

Closing Keynote Address: Prof Gopalan Balachandran


Funding is available (full or partial) for conference speakers. Email us for more information.




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