Call for Applications

Global History Workshops

February 14-15, 2020 and June 9-10, 2020
Doctoral students at Princeton University

The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and the Global History Lab invite Princeton graduate students at the dissertation stage to submit applications for two global history workshops during 2020. A small number of applicants will be selected to participate through a competitive process. Participants from Princeton will be joined by an equal number of doctoral students from Greek institutions who will be selected by a similar application process.


We will conduct two workshops during the current academic year: one on campus at Princeton and the other at the Princeton Athens Center in Greece. The first workshop will be held in early February 2020 in Princeton, followed by a second workshop in early June 2020 in Athens. This initiative will provide an opportunity for doctoral students engaged with global history perspectives to interact with scholars from another global region and to workshop their dissertation projects with peers, as well as faculty from Princeton and other institutions. All papers and discussions will be in English.


Global history as we know it today once aimed to upset, if not fully displace, the hegemony of national and imperial state narratives. Now, just as we can no longer naively treat globalization as an inexorable process, we have met another point of inflection in this creative and growing field. These workshops will emphasize the plurality of ways that historians, based in the archives, can describe global frameworks. The concepts of regionality, transnationality, and nationality – as expressed in flows, relationships, dynamics, borders, constraints, contact and exchange – will all come under scrutiny.

Organizing Committee

Jeremy Adelman, History and Global History Lab, Princeton University
Molly Greene, History and Hellenic Studies, Princeton University


The first workshop will be held on the Princeton campus, Friday-Saturday, February 14-15, 2020. The second workshop will be held in Athens, Tuesday-Wednesday, June 9-10, 2020. Accepted applicants must commit to participating in both workshops.


Eligibility is strictly limited to currently enrolled doctoral students at Princeton. Selected applicants must participate in both workshops. Applicants must be prepared to present two distinct pieces of work, at the February and the June workshops, respectively.


Eligible candidates must submit the following application (in doc or pdf format only):

  • Abstract (400 words maximum) of a paper to be presented at the workshop.
  • Statement of motivation (250 words maximum) that relates the proposed paper to the applicant’s dissertation- or research-in-progress and situates that project within his/her academic field(s).
  • Curriculum vitae, including the name and email address of Princeton dissertation advisor.

All Greek (or other foreign) words should be transliterated. Submissions by fax or hard copy will not be accepted.

All application materials should be emailed to Chris Twiname (

Deadline for Applications: Monday, December 9, 2019.

Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged. All applicants will be notified during the week of December 16, 2019, whether or not they have been accepted.

Selection Criteria

The organizing committee will consider proposals of historical projects that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries and place their research in a wider regional or global context. Applicants should be at least at the stage of advanced dissertation proposal and have completed a good part of their archival research. Students writing dissertation chapters are especially welcome to apply.


Accepted participants will be given specific instructions for travel to Athens (June 2020) and accommodation there. Also, they will be informed about workshop format, length of presentations, and deadlines for submitting their papers in advance of the workshops. Papers will be pre-circulated to all participants.


Athens workshop: Four nights double occupancy accommodation will be provided to Princeton participants travelling to Greece. Economy class (roundtrip, fixed dates) flights will be covered from Princeton to Athens and back.

Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies
Athens Center for Research and Hellenic Studies
Global History Lab, Department of History