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Laureate Research Program in International History

Home to the research theme ‘Inventing the international’
Hosting academics, postdoctoral scholars and junior research fellows to explore the history of how economics and politics intersected after 1815 to make the modern, globalised world.

About us

'Inventing the International' brings together a team of specialist researchers to ask innovative questions about how people have imagined the international as a realm of politics and society in the past.

  • What constituted internationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries?
  • What role did economic ideas and entrepreneurs play in the determination of the international as a realm of political and social life and in shaping geopolitical and civilisational divisions?

We run research workshops and seminar programs on several themes: 

  • Sites of international memory
  • What is international history now?
  • Economics and international history
  • Climate and capital
  • Planetary pasts and futures.

Research themes

'Inventing the international' comprises four main themes

We bring together a team of researchers to ask innovative questions about how humans imagine the international as a realm of politics and society.

Our people

The Laureate Research Program in International History comprises academics and researchers from across the University and we welcome visiting international scholars.


Professor Glenda Sluga

Steering committee

Sunil Amrith, Birkbeck, University of London

Jens Boel, UNESCO

Patrizia Dogliani, University of Bologna

David Engerman, Brandeis University

Madeleine Herren-Oesch, University of Basel

Akira Iriye, Harvard University

Sandrine Kott, University of Geneva

Marilyn Lake, University of Melbourne

Fiona Paisley, Griffith University

Liang Pan, University of Tsukuba

Emma Rothschild, Harvard University


Dr Philippa Hetherington, The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Vanessa Ogle, University of California Berkeley

Professor Patricia Owens, University of Sussex

Professor Naoko Shimazu, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Dr Lucia Sorbera, The University of Sydney

Our events

League of Nations mass meeting 71st Regiment  armory

Shereen Abouelnag
Women in Revolutionary Egypt (and Beyond)

Monday 26 August | 5.30 - 7.30 pm
Kevin Lee Room H609
Quadrangle A14
Camperdown Campus
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In the wake of the 2011 uprisings across the Arab world, the French political philosopher Geneviève Fraisse claimed that: “The issue of women’s rights in the Arab revolutions echoed the history of Western democracy, which has little inclination to synchronize gender equality with revolutionary dynamics” (2012). There is a tension between feminism and revolution in Egypt. On one side, women have been partners in the revolution since the first day, on the other, the post 18 days political scenario largely reproduced patriarchal institutional frameworks and practices. Shereen Abouelnaga’s Women in Revolutionary Egypt (American University in Cairo Press, 2016) explores the ‘gender paradox’ of the uprisings and zooms in on how gender came to be rethought, reimagined, and contested in post-Mubarak Egypt. This seminar takes the opportunity of Prof. Aboulnaga’s visit to Sydney to discuss her work in the context of the longer history of feminist Egyptian and international historiography on women and revolutions. We will look at how the study of feminist history questions the broader relationship between women and revolution, history and memory, between top-down politics and the micro-politics of everyday life, raising questions whose relevance goes far beyond revolutionary Egypt. This is a discussion that will be of interest to feminist and international historians more generally.

Shereen Abouelnag

Shereen Abouelnaga is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University and is a feminist literary critic who focuses specifically on gender, using the lens of socialist feminism. In the contemporary context of globalization and neo-liberalism, she is now engaging the field of cultural/gender studies with inter/transcultural encounters in literature and the arts.  Her Arabic books include: A Passion of Difference: Readings in Selected Feminist Texts (1997); Feminist or Womanist?(2001); Nation in the Narration of Arab Women Writers (2003); and Intellectuals in the Transitional Phase of Egypt(2014). In English she has published Women in Revolutionary Egypt: Gender and the New Geographics of Identity (2016, AUC Press) and several articles. Forthcoming is her book about motherhood as a comparative tool of gender construction in the global South and North. She is a member of the editorial board of New Perspectives on Theory/ Culture/ Politics (Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University) and the chair of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal Award.

To explore our events, please visit the University of Sydney's What's On calendar.

In the media

ABC Radio National Saturday Extra
1 June 2019
Sabine Selchow, Research Fellow in International History:
A Foreign Affair panel on Australian foreign policy, Indonesian election tension and European Parliamentary elections.

S2Ep3: Skeletons of Empire – History Lab podcast
December 2018
In the aftermath of World War One, nations came together in an attempt to ensure war on the same devastating scale could never occur again. The result? The League of Nations: a revolutionary idea to form the world’s first international organisation. But clearly it did not stop the world from going to war.


Contact details

Program officer