Summer School in Global and Transnational History: Theories, Methodology and Case Studies (9-12 September 2019, Florence)

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) at the European University Institute (EUI) is happy to announce its fifteenth Summer School in Global and Transnational History, which will take place in September 2019 in the historic Villa Salviati, looking out over the hills of Florence.


The EUI Department of History and Civilization is a major centre for the study of comparative and transnational European history and of European history in a global perspective. Its annual Summer School has established itself as an exciting and stimulating experience for postgraduate students. Whether you are interested in political, social, cultural, intellectual or economic history, it will give you a unique opportunity to broaden your research interests and methodological reflection.


The Summer School will combine discussion of methodological issues in global, transnational and comparative history with case studies by leading specialists from the European University Institute and other major universities.


This year, the Summer School would like to invite contributions on the specific theme of Reconceptualizing the past in the age of climate change (1500 to present).


You will also have the chance to meet EUI doctoral researchers and post-doctoral fellows and faculty, participate in the academic life of this centre of excellence, and visit the Historical Archives of the European Union. Information will also be given on possibilities for pursuing doctoral studies at the European University Institute.


In addition, you will have an opportunity to explore Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The applicants are not limited to EU members state and we welcome extra-european participants.


The structure will consist on general introductions and discussions about the new emerging fields of environmental history, guest lectures and reading groups. Applicants should be working towards or have completed a master’s degree. Except under special circumstances, PhD students will not normally be admitted.


Conveners: Profs Giancarlo Casale, Alexander Etkind and Stéphane Van Damme




External Speakers:


Elisa Andretta (CNRS, Paris): “Politics of Nature in Spain and Italy in the 16th century”

Zozan Pehlivan (University of Minnesota): “Climate Change and Violence in the late Ottoman Empire”

Alexander Semyonov (National Research University-Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg): “Imperial universalism and the history of the Russian Empire”


The final programme will also include lectures by HEC professors


The deadline for sending applications is 30 April 2019