Harvard International & Global History Seminar (HIGHS)

Co-chairs: David Armitage and Erez Manela

Seminar coordinator: Annie Boniface

The Harvard International & Global History Seminar (HIGHS) is a forum for cutting-edge work in the fields of international and global history.

The seminar, organized at the Department of History and generously supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, has met several times each term on Wednesday afternoons since 2003.

The HIGHS schedule for 2021-22 is below. Past years are archived here.

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are held on Wednesdays 3:45-5:45 pm. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sessions will be held on Zoom until further notice .

Fall 2021

September 15
Patricia Owens (Oxford): “Women’s International Thought: Introduction to a New Canon”
Comment: Tania Shew (Manchester)

October 13
Gregory Afinogenov (Georgetown): “Saviors of Europe: The Russian Intervention in Italy and the Ideology of Counterrevolution, 1799”
Comment: Marcel Garbos (Harvard)

November 17
Natasha Wheatley (Princeton): “The Temporal Life of States: Central Europe and the Transformation of Modern Sovereignty”
Comment: Raphael Stern (Harvard)

December 1
Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge): “A City on the Western Indian Ocean: Muslim Colombo as Idea and Artefact”
Comment: Yi Ning Chang (Harvard)

Spring 2022

February 16 (3:00 - 4:30 pm)
Bradley Simpson (University of Connecticut): “The Boundaries of the System: Small Territories, ‘Primitive’ Peoples, and the Limits of Self-determination after 1945”
Comment: Kristin Oberiano (Wesleyan)

March 2
Beatrice Wayne (ACLS): "When a Crocodile Eats the Peace Corps Volunteer: Memory, Violence and Development in 1960s Ethiopia"
Comment: Amanda McVety (Miami University)

March 30
Mark John Sanchez (Vanderbilt University): “The Religious Case for Revolution: Global Ecumenism and the Anti-Marcos Movement, 1965-1986”
Comment: Carleigh Beriont (Harvard)

April 13
Daniel Chardell (Harvard University): "The Gulf War: Sovereignty, Statehood, and Illusive Visions of Post-Cold War Middle East Order”
Comment: Salim Yaqub (UC Santa Barbara)