Global Exchanges

International Doctoral Workshops and Exchanges


CHS organizes international workshops and exchanges. Competitively selected NU graduate students across subfields of the History Department meet with their peers in or from other parts of  the world, network, compare notes on the state of the profession, and engage in discussions of their research during an intensive two-day workshop. The Center has organized workshops in Galway, Ireland; Munich, Germany; Cambridge, UK; Sestri Levante, Italy; Rio de Janero, Brasil; Prague, the Czech Republic; Trinity College Dublin; the American Academy in Rome; and Istanbul, Turkey. A group from Trinity College Dublin came to Evanston for a workshop in 2010. In 2013 an agreement with the Institute of Historical Research in London resulted in an exchange between paired doctoral students from NU and British universities, with a trip for 7 NU students to London during Spring break, and a weeklong stay of their British counterparts in Evanston taking part in Center activities. Last year we initiated an exchange with the School of History at Queen Mary University of London and the Department of History at Hong Kong University.

2016-17 International Graduate Exchange with the School of History, Queen Mary University of London:

  • A group of QMUL School of History students and Dr. Christopher Moffatt come to NU from April 9-16, taking part in CCHS events, including the April 14, 2017 conference.

2016-17 International Graduate Exchange with the History Department of Hong Kong University:

  • HKU grads will come to Evanston to take part in the April 14 conference on "The Popular and/in History."
  • A group of NU graduate students and Professor Haydon Cherry travel to Hong Kong to take part in the annual graduate History Spring Symposium on May 11, 2017:
  1. Alvita AKIBOH (4th year)—“Undoing Americanization: The Japanese Occupation in the U.S. Pacific”
  2. Kevin BAKER (6th year)—“Living with Limits: Asia Growth, the Club of Rome, and the Birth of Sustainable Development”
  3. Anisha BHAT (1st year)—“A Social History of Africans in Early Modern India: Race, Power and Love in the Making of an Afro-Deccani Social Identity, c. 1500-1700”
  4. Youjia LI (3rd year)—“The Flowing Cho: Defining Edo’s Space through Urban Transportation”

2015-16 International Graduate Exchange with the School of History, Queen Mary University of London:

A group of NU graduate students and Professor Henry Binford spent a week at QMUL for research and networking during Spring break March 20-27, taking part in the graduate conference" Negotiating Relationships: Analysing Connections (and Divisions)" on March 21.

QMUL School of History students and Dr. Christopher Moffatt come to NU from April 10-17, taking part in CCHS events, including the April 15 conference.

In London with QMUL March 21 conference on “Negotiating Relationships: Analysing Connections (and Divisions)”

  • Ruby DAILY, “Sex in the ‘Anglo World’: Tracing Twentieth-Century Anglo-Sexual Community through Fetishism, Sexology and Amateur Erotics”
  • Amanda KLEINTOP, “The terms of Emancipation: Negotiating Federal Emancipation Policy in the Civil War in Louisiana”
  • Laura McCOY, “’I Commend My Family to Your Attentions’: Familiar and Familial Relationships in the Global Early American Republic”
  • Aram SARKISIAN, “’These Radicals’: Russian Orthodox Christianity and 100 Percent Americanism in Red Scare Detroit, 1917-21”

In Evanston for April 15 conference on “Intimate Histories: Intersections between the Global and the Personal”

  • Kerrie HOLLOWAY, “Humanising Humanitarianism: Identifying the Spanish Refugee’s Voice in the Aid Narrative”
  • Ella KILGALLON, “Angela of Foligno: An Intimate Account for a Global Audience”
  • Itay LOTEM, “Anti-Racist Activists, France’s Memory of Slavery and the Rediscovery of Black Identity”
  • James SOUTHERN, “’On the Coattails of the Clever Middle-Class Types’: Interviewing Postwar Britain’s Working-Class Diplomats”


2015-16 International Graduate Exchange with the History Department of Hong Kong University:

A group of History graduate students from Hong Kong University took part in the April 1 conference at NU, while 4 graduate students and Prof. Melissa Macauley attended the annual History Symposium at Hong Kong University (May 5).

 In Evanston for April 1 conference on “The Power of the Past”

  • Aurelio INSISA (Hong Kong U)—“The Mythopoesis of an Empire: Tang China’s Imperial Legacy and Song Dynasty’s Soft Power in East Asia (10-11th C.)”
  • Nathan KWAN (Hong Kong U)—“Mediating between Empires: The Role of the Kowloon Xunjian in Sino-British Relations, 1843-1856”
  • David SAUNDERS (Hong Kong U)—“National Identity and Local Myth: The Sulu Sultanate, the Philippines and the Manufacturing of Anti-Colonial Tradition, 1946-1963.”
  • Sarah YU (Hong Kong U)—“How ‘Modernization’ Became ‘Reconstruction’: Chinese Study Abroad, 1937-1945.”

In Hong Kong for the May 5 HKU History Symposium

  • Emma GOLDSMITH, “57 weeks in Exile: Richard Holt on a Blue Funnel Business Trip, 1892-3”
  • Michael FALCONE, “Leviathans and Lab Coats: Global Power and Technological Nationalism in the U.S. and Asia”
  • Guangshuo YANG, “Myth and Counter-Myth: The Dialectics of Mythmaking of the Animal Protection Movement in 1930s Shanghai”
  • Yanqiu ZHENG, “In and Beyond the Cultural Cold War: Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the United States at the Crossroads, 1943-1955.”

 2014-2015 International Workshops/Exchanges

International Graduate Exchange with Queen Mary University of London
March 14-22 exchange and conference--NU participants: Jessica Biddlestone, Kyle Burke, Ryan Burns, Ashley Johnson, Joel Penning, Keith Rathbone, and Emily VanBuren.
School of History, QMUL

NU students were paired with a counterpart sharing their interests at QMU for several days of collective events, with time also allotted to explore London’s academic and cultural resources independently. NU participants were expected to give a brief overall description of their research interests and to take an active part in exchange activities. Ryan Burns, Kyle Burke, Joel Penning, and Keith Rathbone delivered papers at the graduate conference “Crossing the Line: Exploring the Challenges of Borders and Boundaries” on Monday, March 15, while Center Director Sarah Maza gave a talk on “Writing History” (on her upcoming book) on March 17.

Hong Kong University History Department graduate Symposium, May 7, 2015.

NU participants:

  • Keith CLARK—“China and the World Stage: The 1971 Transfer of the UN’s ‘China Seat’ from Taipei to Beijing”
  • Alex HOBSON—“ How to Uproot an Empire: The Anti-Imperialist Vision of Dr. Hurj Habash, Dr. Wadi’a Haddad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, 1967-70”
  • Alexandra LINDGREN-GIBSON—“Class and Colonial Knowledge: The Miseducation of Private Frederick Lambert”
  • Blake SMITH—“The Circulation of Antisemitism and Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Late-Eighteenth-Century Java and Western Europe”
  • Rachel TAYLOR—“’Coolie’ Fantasies: German East Africa and the Ideal of the East Asian Laborer”

Sarah Pritchard Elzbieta Foeller Pituch Harriet Lightman 

Dean of Libraries Sarah Pritchard, Center Assistant Director Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch and Librarian Harriet Lightman show off the 7 volumes (2008-2013) of the proceedings of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (IBI) at the University of Warsaw, a gift to the University Library from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales," our host for the joint 2014 international doctoral workshop on "Borderlands" in Warsaw (see more).