Call for participants: Yale Global History Working Group

September 5, 2017

Yale Global History Working Group
2017-2018 Coordinators: Zaib un Nisa Aziz and Josh Mentanko
This working group brings together graduate students seeking to write histories that foreground global connections and interruptions. We are committed to understanding historical problems in their global dimensions, and we welcome participants from all regional areas. Our working group aims not only to provide opportunities to see new connections between regions, but to exchange, build upon, and challenge analytic methods rooted in regional histories too often compromised by a commitment to an inevitable nation-state.
Our group is particularly interested in exploring problems whose full dimensions only become visible through understanding transnational vectors. Some historical problems - such as the development of racialized capitalism – inevitably entail this kind of analysis. But we also welcome participants writing local or grassroots histories that excavate alternatives to a universal global modernity or model of politics.  Related to this is a desire to emphasize connections between the Global South that challenge ideas of a global core and periphery. From how to integrate different scales of analysis in a published article to the challenges and rewards of multi-national archival research, global history poses unique methodological and writing challenges. This working group also aims to serve as a place for critical discussion and advice-sharing about how to do global history.
The Global History Working Group invites you to send us an email if you want to be part of our mailing list. We also invite proposals from people who would like to share work in progress and receive feedback from members of the working group. If you are interested in sharing your work, please let us know the title, format (presentation or paper), and an ideal date. Preferences for dates will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. The coordinators are Zaib un Nisa Aziz and Josh Mentanko. To participate or get on our mailing list, send an email to