Conference: Liberal-(Il)liberal-Internationalisms. New Paradigms for the History of the Twentieth Century (7. – 9. 12. 2016)
In the first decades of the twenty-first century, scholars of internationalisms are opening up new areas of historical research, probing older stories of imperial and national pasts, reconnecting state and non-state actors and institutions, and moving historical narratives past the simple identification of internationalism as communist or socialist. At the same time, new histories of ‘liberal’ internationalisms are often cordoned off from socialist and other non-liberal internationalisms, occluding the overlapping and interconnected nature of political approaches to the international in the twentieth century.
This workshop will probe the ideological complexities at the core of these twentieth-century histories. It will decentre the specifically liberal and illiberal ascriptions of internationalisms, in order to ask:
Where do the boundaries between these internationalisms lie? How do we engage the normativity of these fields? What can comparisons between different internationalisms tell us about ‘the international’ as a field of political action that defied traditional political boundaries in the twentieth century? How have historians mobilised terms such as liberal and illiberal in relation to internationalism and is it possible (or necessary) to move beyond them? Ultimately we anticipate the workshop will encourage the problematization and even breaking down of the binaries that currently frame the study of internationalisms.
The workshop begins with a keynote lecture by Alison Frank Johnson on Wednesday, December 7, at 18.00 in the Aula in Court 1 of the Campus of the University of Vienna (Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna). The panel sessions on December 8 and 9 will take place at the Vorwärts-Haus, the seat of the Society for the History of the Workers’ Movement (Verein für Geschichte der ArbeiterInnenbewegung), at Rechte Wienzeile 97, 1050 Vienna. The event is organized jointly by Philippa Hetherington of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, Peter Becker of the Institute of Austrian Historical Research, and Glenda Sluga and Natasha Wheatley of the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney.
The full programme in PDF format is available here.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Public Keynote Lecture
Alison Frank Johnson (Harvard University): German Chemists, Austrian Sailors, and the Cocaine Epidemic in India, 1908–1914
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Philippa Hetherington (UCL): Introduction
Panel One: Social Policy
Chair: Madeleine Dungy / Discussant: Glenda Sluga
Dora Vargha (University of Exeter): Out of the World Health Organization: Eastern European International Health in the 1950s
Phillip Wagner (Bielefeld University): Intersections of the Political and the Professional. Languages of Expert Internationalism in Interwar Europe and America
Susan Zimmermann (Central European University): Equality of Women’s Economic Status? A Weighty Bone of Contention in Global Gender Governance Emerging in the Interwar Period
Panel Two: Cold War
Chair: James Mark / Discussant: Wolfgang Mueller
Timothy Nunan (Harvard University): Shi’a Islamist Internationalisms in a Cold War World
Ljubica Spaskovska (University of Exeter): ‘The moment when everything seemed possible’ – the 1963 Skopje Earthquake and the Role of the UN in Co-producing Visions of Development and International Solidarity
Joshua Sanborn (Lafayette College): Cold War Internationalism: Ethereal and Corporeal
Panel Three: Decolonization
Chair: Alessandro Iandolo / Discussant: Natasha Wheatley
Paul Betts (University of Oxford): Socialist Internationalism, Africa, and Rights: Reconsidering Second-Third World Relations in the Wake of Decolonization
Alanna O’Malley (Leiden University): Shifting Internationalisms: The Impact of the Global South and Changing Visions of the International Order at the United Nations from 1958–1970
Carolien Stolte (Leiden University): The People’s Bandung. Re-reading Anti-imperialist Mobilization across 1950s Afro-Asia
Anne-Isabelle Richard (Leiden University): Taking Liberal Europeanism Literally. African Politicians Using European Cooperation to Secure African Rights
Friday, 9 December 2016
Panel Four: Boundary Questions
Chair: Peter Becker / Discussant: Philippa Hetherington
Abigail Green (University of Oxford): Liberals, Socialists, Internationalists, Jews
Dave Petruccelli (Diplomatic Academy, Vienna): Was the League of Nations Liberal Internationalist?
Sandrine Kott (Geneva University): Liberal and Illiberal Social Internationalisms
Madeleine Herren-Oesch (University of Basel): Crossing the Lines: Repatriation of Internationalists during World War II
Sites of Memory Discussion: the book; abstracts; writing workshop