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Second Annual Berkeley International and Global History (Big-H) Graduate Student Conference “Actors and Agency in the International Past”

Conference/Symposium: Other UCB Archaeology | March 15 – 16, 2013 every day | Dwinelle Hall, 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Department of History


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

“Actors and Agency in the International Past”

March 15-16, 2013
3335 Dwinelle Hall
UC Berkeley

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?

For additional information, please contact the conference organizers at bighist@gmail.com

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


history@berkeley.edu