'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.
We run research workshops and seminar programs on several themes:
'Inventing the international' comprises four main themes
The Laureate Research Program in International History comprises academics and researchers from across the University and we welcome visiting international scholars.
Professor Glenda Sluga
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
Tuesday 16 July | 6 - 7.30 pm
Social Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre 200
University of Sydney
THE CHALLENGE: 100 years ago, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the glittering Hall of Mirrors, outlining the peace settlements of the First World War. Among its legacies was the foundations of an international economic order— multilateral trading, liberalised finance, new global governance institutions and American ascendency. 1919 also harboured great inequities, especially for Germany and Soviet Russia, and fostered nationalism, militarism and extremism that led to a Great Depression and Second World War.
On the anniversary of the peace of 1919, four young economic historians reflect on the lasting legacies of 1919 and put the challenges of the present in sharp relief. Our world in 2019 is very different from 1919. Empires have declined and new planetary threats in the form of climate change and infectious disease, and AI are shaping the future international order. There are eerie similarities, from economic inequality, to the uncertain status of the United States and Europe and struggles to accommodate a new power – now China. These are threatening isolationism, xenophobia and extremist nationalism. This symposium, discusses 1919’s legacies for economic nationalism, the economics profession, the role of international economic institutions and European integration today. Not to be missed.
13-17 July 2019
University of Sydney
Convened by Dr Benjamin Huf (Sydney) and Dr Anne Rees (La Trobe) with support from the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Research Fellowship in International History
What is capitalism’s history? How do we write this chapter in our national and global pasts?
And how can this historical knowledge inform our economic present and future?
This July, budding historians are invited to consider these questions at a winter school intensive at the University of Sydney. Over three days, participants will engage with the recent revival in economic history and histories of capitalism and consider the role of economic and material analysis in their own research.
The program will feature a range of Australian and international historians, and will include both skills-based and conceptual workshops covering topics such as neoliberalism, settler capitalism and Indigenous economies, work and the Anthropocene, statistical methods and public history.
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Photo credit: Traders at the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney selling off stock during the stock market crash 20 October 1987, SMH BUSINESS, Picture by ANTON CERMAK, Fairfax Photos.
Tuesday 6 August
6 – 7.30pm
Social Sciences Lecture Theatre 200
Social Sciences Building A02
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The polar regions are increasingly at the centre of environmental, geo-political and cultural shifts occurring in the world. As experts warn that humans have only twelve years to take action to avert devastating and irreversible climate change, the poles have become a striking focus for observing and understanding environmental change. As ships plough new routes through their melting ice floes, the exploitation of the Polar regions present us with a changing theatre of geo-politics. The prospect of warming polar regions is generating fresh interest – and concern – about new industrial and military applications for the poles. At the same time the Antarctic Treaty System, a bundle of international agreements that regulate the Antarctic region, has taken on a new significance as a model for cooperative international action. Firmly-established images of the poles as pristine wilderness areas have been called into question, forcing humans to rethink their relationship to the Arctic and Antarctic through literature, media, and culture. This panel will discuss how our relationship with the polar regions has changed in the 21st century and what the polar regions reveal about the challenges facing the world today.
In conjunction with Sydney Ideas
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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
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.