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Ruptures in World History - call for papers

Cambridge World History Graduate Conference


St John’s College.

13th May 2020

In recent years, contiguous, long-term factors, as well as historical convergence, synchronicity and correspondence have dominated interpretations in world history. As a result, ‘ruptures,’ ‘disruptions,’ and ‘breaks’ have fallen out of fashion. The 2020 Cambridge World History Graduate Conference hopes to question this historiographical turn.

We invite papers that will assess the usefulness of ‘ruptures’ as analytical and conceptual tools for writing the history of the modern world. We particularly welcome papers that give attention to global historical perspectives and aim to transcend ‘the nation’ as a basic unit of historical analysis. We also welcome, amongst others, contributions that focus on African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Latin American, and Asian histories, as well as on economic histories, histories of science, race, migration, trade, colonial and postcolonial studies, resistance, and comparative history.

Speakers may also wish to challenge the idea of ruptures in world history and offer alternative approaches. Others might critique how the concept of rupture is itself teleological, assuming a linear rather than a cyclical concept of time; only useful for world historians if strictly delineated.

Applications are gladly received from various disciplines including and not limited to; literary theory, sociology, political science, anthropology and history.

Submissions should be sent to no later than Friday 10th January 2020.