Global Borders

posted by ush on 2008/03/28 11:15

[ Call for Papers ]

The Institute for Historical Studies at UT-Austin invites proposals for 2008/09 in two categories; the deadline for submissions is April 15, 2008:

1) We invite proposals for weekly workshops to be held throughout the year. Our current theme is Global Borders. Please note that we conceive of borders very broadly in conceptual (for instance, legal, cultural, aesthetic, gender and so on) as well as political or geographic terms, and we welcome proposals that explore "Global Borders" in a wide variety of ways.

2) We solicit paper proposals for a conference in international environmental history to be hosted by the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas in April 2009. The conference, tentatively entitled The Nation-State and the Transnational Environment, will consider intersections between international/diplomatic and environmental history. Key questions include the following: 

  • How have governments of territorially bounded nation-states sought to cope with transnational environmental problems throughout history?
  • What has been the role of international organizations and other non-state actors such as corporations, NGOs, and expert communities? 
  • How successful have nation-states and international organizations been in confronting transnational dilemmas? 
  • How have local communities attempted to resolve these problems?
  • What are the prospects for international agreements to fight global warming and other urgent issues? 

We welcome paper proposals exploring these problems in any place or period.

In both categories, we will pay the expenses of the selected participants whose papers will be pre-circulated.

For full details of the theme and the application procedure for proposals, see here.
For the other activities of the Institute, including its year long residential fellowships, visit our homepage.
For any queries, email to

Julie Hardwick
Associate Professor & Director of the Institute for Historical Studies
Department of History
1 Univ Sta B7000
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 475-7221

Courtney Meador
Administrative Associate
Institute for Historical Studies
University of Texas at Austin


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