Thank you to everyone who applied for this year’s conference. The deadline for submissions has now passed, and we cannot accept any more applications.

We received over 170 applications from countries across the world, so it has been really hard to select applicants!

To all those who sent us abstracts, thank you for your interest and we will be in touch shortly to let you know as to the success of your application.

– Your Global History Student Conference team

Call for Papers 2016

Global History Student Conference
May 21st-22nd 2016, Berlin

Call for Papers

In recent years, global history has become one of the most ambitious and most promising strands of historical research. The approach specifically targets relations, flows, and actors which transcend borders that for a long time had been assumed to be stable and impenetrable. It calls attention to the importance of trans-regional, transnational or trans-local connections and highlights the relevance of postcolonial theory to historiography.
But how can we actually “do global history” in practical terms? What are useful methods and techniques for researching and writing from a global perspective? How can global history complement but also challenge other disciplines; conversely, what critiques and new ideas can other disciplines bring to global history?
We – a group of students enrolled in the MA Global History at Humboldt University Berlin and Free University Berlin – would like to invite you to discuss these issues with us at the Global History Student Conference in Berlin by presenting your research projects to fellow students.
Global history not only challenges geographical borders, it also tends to transcend disciplinary demarcations. Accordingly, we welcome proposals from any academic field that has points of contact with history (e.g. art history, area studies, political science etc.). Furthermore, since global history has only been part of the European academic landscape for a few years (at least in terms of institutions and study programmes) we are all more or less beginners in this quest for interconnections, entanglements and conjunctures. The field of global history is not limited to the modern period, and we invite scholars of the early modern, medieval or classical periods to consider submitting their research. We also explicitly invite undergraduate students: if you’ve ever written a paper or essay in this field, this is the perfect place to present it! The goal is to exchange experiences and to work together in an open and non-competitive way.
The Global History Student Conference will take place at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institüt in Berlin. To register for the conference please follow this three step application process:

Submit the registration form by the 14th of February 2016.

Upload your 300 word abstract by the 14th of February 2016.
The abstract should be entitled according to the following format: SurnameFirstnameShortTitle

On acceptance of your paper, please send us a 2000 word summary for us to review by 31st of March 2016.

We will be able to offer some financial support for transport and accommodation to participants coming from outside of Berlin. Please see our website for further details.

Conference papers can also be submitted for publication in our online academic journal ‘Global Histories’. To read our report of last year’s conference and read some of the papers presented, check out our first issue at

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Your Conference Team

Welcome to the Global History Student Conference!

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You can also read the corresponding article here.



Download the program here.


The Call for Papers has now closed. However, for those planning to attend the conference without presenting a paper, prior registration is not required.


In order to welcome a greater number of applicants, we are moving to another venue: Friedrich Meinecke Institut (FMI) at the Freie Universität Berlin.
This also means a minor change of date: Instead of April 24/25 the conference will take place on April 25/26.


As a response to the unexpectedly large amount of applications we have received, the deadline for handing in abstracts has been brought forward to March 1. This means that both application and abstract are now due on the same date. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In recent years Global History has become one of the most ambitious and promising approaches amongst historians. In particular it targets relations, flows, and actors, transcending traditional boundaries, which for a long time have been assumed to be stable and impenetrable. Crucially, Global History calls attention to the importance of trans-regional and global connections and highlights the importance of postcolonial approaches to history and their integration into the everyday work of a historian. But how can we “do Global History“? What are practical examples and case studies of Global History? And what are the ways in which Global History can complement and work alongside other schools of historiography? If you are interested in these questions, the Global History Student Conference might offer you a great opportunity to share and discuss your ideas with a highly motivated international group of students. Furthermore, if you always regretted to spend a lot of effort on a paper that only your professor would read, this is your chance to present it to a broader audience!

Call for Papers: CFP_GHSC