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Actors and Agency in the International Past

Conference/Symposium: Other UCB Archaeology | March 15 – 16, 2013 every day | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History

The Second Annual Berkeley International and Global History (Big-H) Graduate Student Conference

In recent years, historians have offered new kinds of stories about the past to describe and explain processes that transcend nation-state boundaries. These efforts challenge us to reconsider our understandings of responsibility and power in history and in particular, who and what can effect change. This graduate student conference will consider the transnational histories and agency of non-state actors—such as people, ideas, cultures, environments, businesses, commodities, institutions-–as well as their encounters, collaboration, and conflict with state actors.

· How and under what conditions have non-state actors been able to influence the actions of states? For example, how have businesses and states collided or cooperated in history?
· How have non-human actors, including microbes, plants, and animals, aided or undermined the actions of states?
· How do actors working at a local scale shape, import, and change international and global processes and narratives?

March 15-16, 2013
3335 Dwinelle Hall
UC Berkeley

For additional information, please see HERE

Confirmed speakers and commentators:

· Jerry Davila, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
· Manu Goswami, New York University
· JR McNeill, Georgetown University
· Kenneth Pomeranz, University of Chicago
· Gordon Chang, Stanford University

From UC Berkeley:

· Abena Osseo-Asare
· Jan deVries
· Brian DeLay
· James Vernon
· Mark Brilliant
· David Hollinger
· Tom Laqueur
· Rebecca McLennan
· Kerwin Klein
· Daniel Sargent

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Please note that parking in not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.