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Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions

Fifth European Congress on World and Global History
Submission Deadline Wednesday, 15 June 2016  
Location Budapest  
Date Wednesday, 31 August 2016–Saturday, 03 September 2016  
Organization European Network of Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)
Centre for Area Studies (U Leipzig)
Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” (U Leipzig)
Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO at U Leipzig) Global and European Studies Institute (U Leipzig)

Central European University (Department of History)
Corvinus University (Karl Polanyi Research Centre at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy)
Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Centre for Humanities

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Following the successful and rewarding congresses of the European Congresses on World and Global History held in Leipzig, Dresden, London, and Paris, the next ENIUGH Congress will take place in Budapest, hosted by the Central European University (Department of History) and Corvinus University (Karl Polanyi Research Centre at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy), supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Centre for Humanities.

Under the overall theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we seek to discuss the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general.

All proposals must be received by 15 June 2016 and submitted electronically through the ENIUGH congress website.

In recent global history scholarship, the relationship between empire and revolution has been less explored than other topics. Furthermore, revolutionary upheavals have mostly been interpreted as caesuras in national histories and not as being situated in global dynamics. Considering still influential narratives, like the supposedly universal trend from “empire to nation”, we encourage such views to be challenged through a comparative and global perspective on empires and imperial societies. The chosen focus also has the potential to place centre stage as well as compare and explore the interconnectedness of uneven social and political change around the world, including both colonial as well as post-colonial settings. Against the backdrop, panel proposals will explore large-scale socioeconomic crises, changing labour and social regimes as well as economic orders, movements advancing social and political reforms, as well as the breakdown and the reconstruction of political orders, with the cultural, technological, and ideological underpinnings.

With Budapest as the venue of the next European Congress on World and Global History, we hope to attract colleagues particularly from and/or working on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Middle East/Western Asia at large to an already well-established pan-European network that has, as the past congresses have demonstrated, also been of interest to scholars from other continents. With the 5th ENIUGH Congress, we will continue to explore the relations, transfers, and entanglements between states, peoples, communities, and individuals situated in, or spanning, different regions of the world in a comparative and a longue durée perspective. The common emphasis of the 2017 congress is a commitment to transcending national and Eurocentric historiographies. The panels will not only deal with specific historical subjects but also with questions of method and theory in global history as well as those of teaching and other scholarly practices. The conference will include keynote sessions, roundtables, and a publishers’ exhibition.

We look forward to welcoming to Budapest scholars from all over Europe and beyond who are working on historical interactions and connectivity – whether conceived as micro- or macro-history – that consider and examine specific cross-border movements or intercontinental relations. Topics can include cultural and economic processes as well as the various aspects of material and social life, and can represent approaches from disciplines throughout the area studies, humanities, arts, and social sciences. Under the congress theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions”, we invite panel proposals addressing the following – but not to be considered exhaustive – list of topics: - histories of empire: formation, expansion, stabilization and reform, dissolution and legacies, in relation especially to their larges-scale repercussions - inter-imperial and international relations and forms of cooperation and competition, and in general actors, institutions, and issues of cross-border collaboration - continuities, discontinuities, and connections between imperial and national organization of politics, economy, culture, and society at large, including complex spatial arrangements - transnational, region-wide, and global ruptures – especially wars, violent transformation, and radical interventions in the distribution of ownership – and their connections resulting in new orders - actors, biographies, and mobility in relation to revolutionary history in a global perspective - the end of empire and its effects on international law and the reconfiguration of the international state order - comparison of revolutionary upheaval across areas and times with a special emphasis on the relationship between global processes and revolution in order to overcome the focus on isolated case studies within comparative revolutionary history; revolutionary times as crucial eras for transborder communication and cooperation - comparing and/or correlating representations and imginations of empires and revolutions in various media and arenas and how they circulated across empires and regions in efforts both to legitimize ruptures and revolutions as well as to combat the mobilization of actors for revolution; political, cultural, as well as historiographical strategies to relate past, present and future across ruptures


We invite proposals for panels comprising up to 4 participants, or double-panels with 5–7 participants, in both cases including commentators. In addition to the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of the participants, proposals should include titles and abstracts of the panel as a whole (200–600 words) and of each individual paper (100–300 words). Please note that, at this stage, it is only proposals for whole panels, rather than for isolated papers, that are sought. After the Steering Committee of ENIUGH and the Budapest Congress Committee have selected panels by the end of June 2016, there will be a second call for individual paper proposals, which either can included in open slots in the already accepted panels or form additional panels. Submission All proposals must be received by 15 June 2016 and submitted electronically through the ENIUGH congress website: eniugh.org/congress Costs For the participation fee we offer an early-bird rate: 4 day-attendance 150 EUR (full); 120 EUR (students); 100 EUR (ENIUGH members), and 80 EUR (ENIUGH student members). There will also be a day-ticket of 50 EUR (full); 40 EUR (students). Unfortunately we cannot provide travel grants but we will organize accommodation suiting different needs and financial situations.

Dates and deadlines

June 2016: Call for panels closes; authors of panel proposals will be notified of the outcome.
September 2016 Call for papers announcement; opening of and review of individual paper proposals. November 2016: Call for papers closes; authors of individual paper proposals will be notified of the outcome.
March 2017: Conference registration announcement; publishing of programme, and opening of conference registration and accommodation reservation (through the ENIUGH Congress website). Accommodation will be available to suit different needs and financial situations.
30 November 2013: Publication of the Conference Program


For information about the 5th ENIUGH Congress, please contact us at: ENIUGH Headquarters Steffi Marung, Centre for Area Studies / SFB 1199, University of Leipzig Katja Naumann, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig E-mail: congress@eniugh.org

Organizing team in Budapest

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Institute of Advanced Study / Department of History, Central European University, Budapest Judit Klement, Department Atelier, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest; Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Attila Melegh, Institute of Sociology and Social Policy / Karl Polanyi Centre for Global Social Studies, Corvinus University

Members of the Steering Committee

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Central European University, Budapest; Gareth Austin, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Carlo Marko Belfanti, Department of Social Sciences, University of Brescia; Michel Espagne, ENS, Paris; Zaur Gasimov, Orient-Institut Istanbul; Giovanni Gozzini, University of Siena; Regina Grafe, European University Institute, Florence; Margarete Grandner, University of Vienna; Frank Hadler, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe at the University of Leipzig; Yuval Harari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Michael Harbsmeier, Roskilde University; Markéta Krížová, Charles University, Prague; Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Mikhail Lipkin, Russian Academy of Sciences; Barbara Lüthi, University of Cologne; Attila Melegh, Corvinus University, Budapest; Matthias Middell, Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig; Juan Carmona Pidal, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Hagen SchulzForberg, University of Aarhus; Alessandro Stanziani, EHESS/ CNRS; Eric Vanhaute, University of Ghent