Global History Student Conference 2021 Cancellation

Unfortunately, the conference team has made the decision to once again cancel the Global History Student Conference for 2021.

When the conference was founded by a group of students from the first cohorts of our Global History MA, they did so in the spirit of being able to foster connections with fellow global history enthusiasts in a vibrant, student-centered space. The restrictions and regulations in which many of us continue to operate under during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic render these kinds of connections, at least temporarily, unavailable or impossible.

When it is once again safe enough to gather with fellow students from across the world in Berlin to discuss and debate global history together, we will most certainly do so. For the moment, however, we must continue on as we have been for some months, from home office, digital classrooms, and online forms of engagement.

Our student journal, Global histories, remains ongoing. The next call for papers will open around June. You can find more information here:

We’ll meet again someday!

With best regards,

Global History Student Conference Team

Global History Student Conference 2021 Updates

We would like to inform you that the Global History Student Conference for 2021 will be postponed. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and regulations from both our German universities and the German federal government, the conference will not take place in May, as it has in previous years. We hope to be able to hold the conference in some form later in 2021.

Future updates will be posted here, or on our Twitter account, @globalhistories.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to be able to welcome you to Berlin soon!

Global History Student Conference team

Call for Applications 2020 now OPEN!

May 22nd-24th 2020 // BERLIN

Application Deadline: 3rd of February 2020

The Global histories Student Conference will take place at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut in Berlin. The language of the conference is English, therefore please write your submissions in English.

To register for the conference, please follow this three-step application process:

● Submit the registration form by the 3rd of February 2020.

● Upload your 300-word abstract as a PDF file by the 3rd of February 2020. The abstract should be titled according to the following format: SurnameFirstnameShortTitle.pdf

● On acceptance of your paper, please send us a 2000-word summary for us to review by 23rd of March 2020.

You can read the complete Call for Applications here

Call for Applications 2019 OPEN!

We are glad to announce that the Call for Applications for the Fifth Berlin International Global History Student Conference is now open!

The Conference will take place in Berlin between May 31st and June 1st, 2019. If you are a student (undergraduate, or graduate) working on topics dealing with Global History, this is your chance to present your work and discuss it with fellow students from all over the world.

DEADLINE: February 15th, 2019

Partial funding for travel expenses will be available.

Find more information here




Conference Over, Journal On!

Thank you all for a terrific conference, all the participants for intriguing discussions and the panelists for their insightful presentations! We really had a wonderful time and would love to meet many of you again in the future!

This is why we want to encourage everyone who has participated in the student conference and co-shaped our practice of global history over the weekend to submit an original research article to our sister project, the ‘Global Histories’ student journal that has just extended the deadline for its current Call for Submissions to July 1st.

Find all the necessary information and the full call for submissions on our website:

We would be really grateful if you spread our call in your academic circles! Feel free to use this pdf of the call for that purpose!

We are looking forward to all your great submissions and will consider them for review in the first two weeks of July so that you will hear back from us before July 15th!

Check out Workshop No.3!

Please check out our third and final workshop on Sunday morning, June 10th, 9a.m.!
You’re welcome to come by and join, no prior registration is required!

Workshop 3 – The Historical Gaze: Reading Film as History
Room: A125
Time: Sunday, 10th of June, 09:00-11:00
By Brace Bargo
In this workshop, we will view and analyze films as archives of historical, social, and cultural information. Both film theory and historical practices will be discussed and applied to different historical and contemporary films. Together participants will engage in an academic analysis of these cultural texts and work out the benefits and complications of film as a source. The films will primarily deal with Germany and its colonial past, and contain both continuities and breaks in representation, allowing the discussion to follow narrative and cultural strands that perhaps go beyond the period in which the filmic texts were produced.
Brace Bargo is an M.A. student in the Global History program at Freie Universität. He is inspired by the interconnections between representations and identities in film, media, and culture. His primary research focus is the early cinema of Germany, however, the reverberations of these cultural productions reach beyond this limited scope and into many areas including gender and post-colonialism.

Check out the first two of our workshops!

In the morning of the second conference day, we will hold three workshops that everyone is welcome to join!
There’s no need for prior registration, you can just walk in on Sunday morning!
You can find further on the first two workshops below, the description of the third workshop will follow soon:

Workshop 1 – How to Get Published as a Student
Room: A121
Time: Sunday, 10th of June, 09:00-11:00
By Alexandra Holmes / Paul Stocker
A workshop providing students with information on the different ways students can get published. We will go through different publishing formats from blogging to journal articles, providing information, help and tips by those who have done it and been in your position.
Paul Stocker is an early career researcher and Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right. He completed his Ph.D. in 2017, published his first book last year entitled English Uprising: Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right and is currently working on another monograph on the history of fascism in Britain to be released by Routledge. He has published his research on far right politics and British imperial history on a range of platforms including online blogs and peer-reviewed journals, written book reviews and review essays and recently publicised a co-edited collection of essays entitled The ‘New Man’ in Radical Right Ideology and Practice, 1919-1945.

Alex Holmes is an M.A. student in Global History, studying at the Freie Universität. She was the editor-in-chief of our own Global Histories journal from 2015 to 2017 and has published a book review of Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about History in Vol.3 No.2 (2017) of our journal as well as a conference review of Perspectives on the History of ‘Prostitution’ in East-Central Europe for the German Historical Institute online in 2018. She continues to work as part of the journal team.

Workshop 2 – Museum Making
Room: A124
Time: Sunday, 10th of June, 09:00-11:00
By Prof. Wendy Shaw / Charlotte Sophie Kohrs

Outside of school and television, museums are one of the biggest sources of contextualised historical knowledge. However, museums as institutions have been considered more and more critically in the last decades. The workshop Museum Making tackles how we construct history: how have they shaped linear national narratives, and what is their potential for changing the public’s perception of history in a globalised world today, as well as in the future.
Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw teaches Art History of Islamic Cultures at the Art History Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin since 2014. She completed her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of California (Los Angeles) in 1999 and gained her professorial degree in 2005 from the Interuniversity Council of the Republic of Turkey. Her work focuses on the historical and intellectual intersections of history, archeology, and museology and pays special attention to concepts, such as colonialism, post-colonialism, and modernity.

Charlotte Sophie Kohrs is a member of the Global History M.A. cohort of 2016 and will assist Prof. Dr. Shaw in this workshop. She graduated from the Europa-Universität Flensburg in early 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English, History, and Pedagogy. Her research interests lie with the intellectual and identity histories of early modern Europe and North America.