Funded by the Australian Research Council, the Laureate Research Program in International History is devoted to advancing our understanding of the international and internationalist origins of the global present. Led by Professor Glenda Sluga, this team of historians is investigating the international history of globalization from the perspective of people and ideas, with special attention to how, since the nineteenth century, economic ideas have influenced the intellectual, institutional and legal frameworks of today's global order. Working in cooperation with international institutions such as UNESCO, this research program aims to regenerate public debate concerning globalization seen through the past, present and future of international political and economic institutions.

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  • UCLA Master Class Series: The International Turn with Professor Glenda Sluga

    January 2015

    Dates and Locations TBA

    In Europe, the United States, and increasingly in Australia, a revival of scholarly interest in all things 'international' is pushing historical research into new directions. A decade after Lynn Hunt, as President of the American Historical Association, predicted that diplomatic history would be the 'next big thing', it is the broader reach of international history that is captivating historical imaginations. This 'international turn' includes the study of foreign policy, but its methodologies and themes are richer than we could have expected, feeding into histories of imperialism, colonialism, feminism, economics, women, the national as well as the transnational and global.  


  • Sophie Loy-Wilson has been awarded an Australian Social Sciences Academy Workshop Grant

    Sophie Loy-Wilson has been awarded an Australian Social Sciences Academy Workshop grant for 'Thinking Labour Rights through the Coolie Question' conference, September 2015.

  • Documenting UNESCO in Australia

    Professor Glenda Sluga has won funding from the Australian National Commission for UNESCO for a project organised with Professors Kate Darian-Smith and Iain McCalman on ‘Documenting UNESCO in Australia’. 

  • Laureate affiliate, Aden Knaap on the legacy of internationalism in early twentieth century Australian history.

    Aden Knaap's Honest History article, entitled ‘Family matters: internationalism in early 20th century Australia’, examines the development and role of League of Nations Unions in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s and notes some parallel developments in Britain. Argues that internationalism during Australia in this era has not been sufficiently recognised. In particular, ‘the vitality of the League of Nations movement in Australia forces us to reconsider the place of internationalism in early 20th century Australia’.

    Aden Knaap has recently completed honours in the Department of History at the University of Sydney.

  • Professor Glenda Sluga awarded a prestigious Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.

    ARC Laureate Professor Glenda Sluga has been awarded a prestigious Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, University of Oxford for the Hilary Term in 2016.

  • Abbie Clancy Award 2015

    ​​​The Society of Women Writers NSW wishes to announce the 2015 Abbie Clancy Award which is open to female honours or postgraduate students in NSW Universities.

    The Abbie Clancy Award is named in honour of Abigail Mary Clancy (1898-1984) one of the founders of the Society of Women Writers (1925) and the first female journalist assigned to the NSW Legislative Assembly (1923-1930). The Award valued at $1000 is presented for an outstanding abstract for a research paper on an aspect of the work (fiction or non-fiction) of an Australian woman writer of journalist.

    We would be pleased to receive entries from students in your university particularly in areas such as  Australian Literature, Creative Writing, History, Journalism, Communications or related fields.

    Conditions of Entry and Entry Form

  • UNESCO Histories (1945-2015) - Call for Articles

    The last few years have seen an expansion of popular interest and scholarly research in international history. In responding to this historiographical shift, a new e-journal, INTERNATIONAL HISTORIES/HISTOIRES INTERNATIONALES has been launched and will provide a forum for a new international history that concerns itself with the past, present and future of global civil society, the international public sphere, international institutions, globalism, and internationalism. Its Editors are Glenda Sluga, Poul Duedahl, Ibrahima Thioub, Jean-François Sirinelli, Jens Boel, and Akira Iriye.

    The journal’s first special issue will focus on the history of UNESCO on the occasion of the Organization’s 70 years anniversary in November 2015, and researchers from around the world are invited and encouraged to submit articles. Up to 10 articles will be chosen for publication. The articles can touch upon all themes and time periods across the history of UNESCO.

    Articles are expected to be of 5,000-10,000 words written in either English or French.

    Deadline: 15 January 2015.

    The special issue will be edited by Professor Poul Duedahl and Chief Archivist Jens Boel, and will be launched at the International Congress of Historical Sciences in Jinan,China, in August 2015. Articles, as well of questions of any kind, should be sent directly to the editors, Poul Duedahl: or Jens Boel:

  • After Empire: The League of Nations and the former Habsburg Lands - Call for papers

    11-12 December 2015
    University of Vienna, Austria 

    If the Austro-Hungarian empire gave way to a new order of nation-states at the end of the First World War, the birth of that order coincided with a broader new international settlement with the League of Nations at its heart. In light of new literature on the relationship between empire and international order, as well as on the relationship between regional and international orders, this workshop will examine the interaction of the League of Nations and its sister organizations, like the ILO, with the former Habsburg lands. Across a range of economic, social, political, and legal domains, international institutions shaped and guaranteed the new order in Central Europe. At the same time, statesmen, bureaucrats and experts from the successor states embarked on influential careers in the new organizations.


  • International Research Award in Global History 2015

    The Universities of Heidelberg, Basel and Sydney are proud to announce the International Research Award in Global History, to be awarded for the first time in 2015. The successful applicant will receive up to €10,000 towards the organization of an international symposium on a topic of his/her choice at one of the participating institutions. 

    The International Research Award in Global History is jointly advertised by the Department of History and the Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context' at Heidelberg University (Roland Wenzlhuemer), the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel (Madeleine Herren‐Oesch) and the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney (Glenda Sluga).


  • Professor Glenda Sluga won ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships

    Professor Glenda Sluga has been awarded one of seventeen ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships just announced by Senator Kim Carr for 2013. The fellowships are designed “for outstanding Australian and international researchers to build Australia’s ability to make new discoveries, pursue innovative studies as well as mentoring early career researchers”.

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