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.

Call for Applications now OPEN

We have now opened our Call for Applications for next year’s GHSConference to be held on June 9th and 10th in Berlin!

We are excited about your proposals for presentations to be submitted on this website before February 1st, 2018.

The core of the conference’s program are the all-student panels, the keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Sebastian Conrad, head of Freie Universität’s Center for Global History and we will offer several workshops to familiarize you with alternative approaches to studying and presenting history.

We invite you to submit research projects of different time periods, crossing geographical but also disciplinary boundaries. The goal is to exchange experiences and to work together in an open and non-competitive way which is why we explicitly invite undergraduate students to apply: if you have ever written a paper or essay in this field, this is the perfect place to present it!

You find all further information in the actual Call for Applications, if any questions remain unanswered, please do not hesitate to email us to

Please share this call with your friends and co-students, we are looking forward to reading your abstracts!


Review of GHSC 2017

Kathleen Burke, seasoned participant in our conferences and doctoral student in Toronto, has reviewed this year’s GHSC in the latest edition of our sister project, ‘Global Histories: A Student Journal’.

You can download a pdf of the review on the journal’s website under this link. In this fourth edition of the journal, you also find a review of the World History Student Conference, run by our friends at King’s College London.

Kathy’s review, that will be of interest not only to this year’s participants but also to students who wish to submit paper proposals for the student conference of 2018, reads:

“Three years after its establishment, the annual Global History Student Conference in Berlin remains one of a kind. It is one of the few conferences open to both undergraduate and graduate students in global history, and gives them an opportunity presenting their work to an international audience of peers. At the same time, it provides the responsible student team with the chance to gain experience in holding an academic conference. The Berlin conference has inspired students to organise similar conferences in other European capitals. Spanning two days, the 2017 conference topics covered a range of temporal and geographical spaces and drew students from around 20 different countries. The generous funding offered by the Center for Global History at the Freie Universität (FU) sets it apart from the majority of other student conferences, and gives the organisers the opportunity to widen the geographical range of participants, as well as to refine their experience over the years in running a successful conference.
Three years on, the conference also provided an opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of global history research. For the first time, the conference included thematic workshops on new methodologies such visual history and digital humanities. This was a welcome addition, and future conferences could look at making the workshops even more praxis-focused. As in previous years, the conference also raised broad questions about global history. While many of these remained unanswered, the quality of the discussions around methodology has deepened over the years of the conference’s existence.
The question of methodological Eurocentrism has remained a key theme over the three years. This is a complicated question that a single student conference cannot be expected to answer, but it seems like a preoccupation that will not go away. This reflects, of course, broader institutional structures and trends in which the conference is implicated, but which go far beyond it. Some student participants were critical of the fact that the majority of presenters were from European universities. Of course, a global history student conference held in New Delhi or Shanghai would look completely different, and likely reflect a different set of geographical and institutional biases. Others countered that despite students’ own position in the global hierarchy of universities, they should strive to use sources in non-European languages in their work, in order to develop new non-Eurocentric paradigms. At the same time, the discussion invariably left a few questions unresolved, particularly how the desire to transcend methodological Eurocentrism was a particularly Eurocentric concern, and how different conversations might be taking place in universities outside of the Atlantic.
There was also discussion about whether to ‘mainstream’ gender throughout panel discussions, or to dedicate a separate panel on gender history. While the first two Berlin conferences had separate panels on gender and sexuality, the 2017 edition tried the approach of mainstreaming gender throughout different panels. There are risks and benefits to both approaches. The compartmentalisation of gender history risks reducing it to a side-issue that some academics, for example global economic historians, do not consider relevant to their work. The tendency for some historians to dismiss gender as ‘women’s’ history is related to this, despite the aim of gender history to investigate the production of both masculinities and femininities in a relational sense. The mainstreaming approach has the advantage of avoiding the ‘siloisation’ of gender, but risks trivialising it at the same time. As long as gender inequality remains within academic structures themselves, it is difficult to know which approach carries less risk, but the 2017 conference was a good opportunity to experiment with the mainstreaming approach and reflect on what kinds of messages this sends.
As in any conference, it can be hard to stimulate audience engagement, but perhaps this is especially in global history where the remit of time periods and geographical spaces is so broad. The 2017 conference tried to rectify this by circulating papers to panel members in advance, with the suggestion that speakers draw links to broader methodological themes. Not everyone took up this challenge of course, but chairs made particular efforts to draw out broader implications and link detailed work into larger theoretical debates. This helped to get all the panel members engaged and avoid a situation where only a few panel members had the opportunity to answer questions.
Building on the successful workshops, future iterations of the conference could consider how to share the knowledge acquired by students and staff at FU with a wider audience. For example, students at the FU also run a journal on global history that only accepts student submissions and is peer-reviewed by students.
While the keynote lecture discussed the different target audiences of major journals in urban history, a similar kind of review of academic journals would also be useful in global history. Members of the ‘Global Histories’ journal team could also share some of their knowledge about the peer review process and how to get work ready for publication, as this is a mystifying process for most students. There is also considerable faculty expertise on how to position oneself for an academic career in global history, as well as the differences between the European and US systems, which might also be beneficial for students.
Overall, the 2017 conference was a testament to the hard work of the organisers and the participants. There was a palpable sense of team spirit among the organising committee, which showed through in almost all aspects of the conference. Networking—one of the key aspects of every conference—was also well facilitated, with ample opportunities to mingle over coffee or a post-conference beer. Students with an interest in global history are strongly encouraged to apply, as it gives them an opportunity to showcase their work within a more relaxed context before moving on to larger conferences in their academic career.”

‘Global Histories’ Vol.3 No.2 published!

Dear all,
our sister project, ‘Global Histories: A Student Journal’ has published its fourth edition this week.
The eight articles give a great insight into the opportunities of global history research from a student perspective.
Three of the articles published are based on presentations at this year’s Berlin Global History Student conference and the issue also features a review of our conference by panelist Kathleen Burke.
Have a good read and feel welcome to submit your papers to the journal once the next call for papers opens in November!
You find the Table of Contents here:

Click on the image of the front cover to go to the journal’s website where you can download the full edition:



Global Histories: A Student Journal – Open Call for Submissions!

Thank you all for coming to this year´s Global History Student Conference, for presenting, listening, commenting, discussing, and beergardening with us. It has been wonderful to have you all and we hope you´ve enjoyed the conference weekend as much as we did!


Right now, our sister project, the ‘Global Histories’ student journal, has an open Call for Submissions! We encourage everyone interested in our projects to spread the word about the opportunity for students to publish with us, be it research articles or conference reports, or to submit papers themselves before July 10th.

You can find the full call for submissions with all the detailed information you need on the journal´s website under this link:

… and here you can download the Call  as a pdf file: Call_for_Submissions_vol.3(2)