This two-day workshop aims to explore, through the prism of port cities and the agency of those connected to them, what new approaches mean to the study of commodities that were mobilised within and between empires in the early modern and modern eras. Cases from all geographical regions are of interest, and particularly in cases of provincial ports. Contributions on the role of Scottish ports and Scottish agents in global commodity history are especially welcome. We strongly encourage graduate students to propose papers. There are limited funds to help participants, especially those from the Global South. In addition to historians, we are interested in the involvement of anthropologists, sociologists, economists, environmentalists, and other scholars whose research intersects with these concerns.
You can find further information here. Please e-mail expressions of interest, with a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, by 31 January 2019 to Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow, firstname.lastname@example.org
The IV International Conference of the Portuguese Centre for Humanities (CHAM) on Innovation, Invention and Memory in Africa will take place 17-20 July, 2019. The panel "Commodity Frontiers and Knowledge Regimes in Africa, 1800 to present" is currently accepting paper proposals. This panel examines the formation, implementation and interaction of global and local bodies of ecological knowledge at different commodity frontiers in modern Africa, paying special attention to agriculture and animal husbandry. For further information on the panel theme, please see the extended panel abstract. To submit a paper proposal, please see the panel website, or contact convenors Jelmer Vos of the University of Glasgow and Samuël Coghe of Humboldt University Berlin. Further information about the CHAM conference can be found here.
The Fate of Nations Project at the Norwegian University of Science and Technologyin Trondheim is seeking one PhD and two postdocs to join the Fate of Nations Project. For more information about the project and the research group, see https://www.fateofnations.no/
A scholarship offered by The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) for candidates to purdue Ph.D. studies at the Institute within the Strategic Research Programme ICTA-UAB, Units of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’ Programme. The successful candidate will develop their Ph.D. in the project “Unburnable Coal and Environmental Justice in China (supervised by Prof. Joan Martínez Alier, Prof. Antoni Rosell, Dr. Juan Liu, Dr. Armin Scheidel) on anti-coal activism (coal mining, transport and power plants) in China and China’s area of economic influence. Deadline for pre-applications is 10 September 2018.
Island Southeast Asia was once a thriving region, and its products found eager consumers from China to Europe. Today, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia are primarily exporters of their surplus of cheap labor, with more than ten million emigrants from...