The College of Liberal Arts at Temple University

The International History Workshop seeks to promote the exchange of ideas among scholars working on international, transnational, and global history; and to develop contacts between Temple faculty and graduate students working in this area and their peers at other leading programs in the country.

“International history” is short-hand for scholarship that explores the history of international relations in the broadest sense. In our era of globalization, historians have grown ever more aware of the need for historical scholarship that draws on various methodologies and that examines inter-connections between states, peoples, and regional or global processes. Some international historians focus chiefly on state-to-state relations and warfare, and use sources generated by states, armies, and government agencies. This approach to international history has been much enriched by new work on topics such as empires and their collapse, borderlands, comparative genocide, ideological conflict, ethnicities, gender, migration, non-governmental organizations, health and disease, environment and scarcity issues, and so on.

Temple’s History Department is unusually rich in faculty that work on international history. We have scholars here who are experts not only on one nation, continent, or time period, but on historical trends and patterns that cross borders and that find peoples of various national backgrounds interacting, competing, warring and even peace-making. This is why we have attracted such an able body of graduate students here to work in these areas, and they are beginning to make their mark in the field of international history.

Past Conferences

2008 Human Rights in History (for PDF click here)

2007 Liberations/Occupations: Framing Intervention in the 20th Century (for PDF click here)

2006 Defining International History (for PDF click here)

Past Speakers

Thomas Westerman, University of Connecticut, “The Commission for Relief in Belgium, The United States, and Belgian Deportations during World War I”

Stephen R. Porter, University of Cincinnati, “Human Rights and the Problem of Formal Equality: Labor Exploitation in the U.S. Displaced Persons Program”

Blanche Wiesen Cook, CUNY, “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania, “Soviet Rights-Talk in the Post-Stalin Era”

Jennifer Amos, University of Chicago, “The Soviet Union and the International Covenants on Human Rights, 1948-1967”

Jim Green, Brown University, "Brazil, Torture, and the Forging of a Human Rights Discourse for Latin America, 1969-73"

Barbara Keys, University of Melbourne, "Why Torture Became Unacceptable in the 1970s: Algeria, Greece, and Brazil Compared"

Benjamin Brandenburg, Temple University, "Religious Rights: The Christian Anti-Persecution Movement and the Origins of U.S. Religious Freedom Rhetoric"

Carl Bon Tempo, University of Albany, "Human Rights from the Center-Right: Freedom House and Human Rights in the 1970s and 1980s"

Bradley Simpson, Princeton University, "Unwarranted and Mischievous Interference": The Carter Administration, Indonesia and the transnational human rights politics of the 1970s"

Kelly Shannon, Temple University, "Sending a Message": The International Campaign Against FGM Comes to the United States, 1994-1996"

Mark Bradley, University of Chicago, "The Universal Declaratin of Human Rights at Sixty"

Will Hitchcock, Temple University, “Liberation on the Normandy ‘Frontier,’ 1944-45”

Holger Löwendorf, Temple University, “‘A Coin with Two Faces’: The United States and the Cultural-Historical Reconstruction of Postwar Germany”

Daniel Cohen, Rice University, “Displaced Persons and the Rise of the Cold War West: 1945-1946.”

Erez Manela, Harvard University, “Imagining Woodrow Wilson in Asia: Dreams of East-West Harmony and the Revolt against Empire in 1919”

Mark Lawrence, University of Texas-Austin, “Recasting Vietnam: Alliance Politics and the Outbreak of the Cold War in Southeast Asia.”

Sophie Quinn-Judge, Temple University, “The End of South Vietnam: Liberation or Occupation?”

Robert Brigham, Vassar, “Is Iraq another Vietnam?”

Katherine McCaffrey, Montclair State, “Vieques: A Strategic Colony on the Margins of Empire”

John Gronbeck-Tedesco, University of Texas, “Good or Bad Neighbors? Political Legacies of the 1933 Cuban Revolution”

Jana Lipman, St. Joseph's College, “A ‘Ticklish’ Position: Revolution, Loyalty and Crisis,1959-1964 in Guantanamo, Cuba”

Geoff Wawro, University of North Texas, “Quicksand: America’s Pursuit of Power in the Middle East, from the Balfour Declaration to the Bush Doctrine”

Jeremy Kuzmarov, Brandeis, “The Myth of the Addicted Army: The Vietnam War and the War on Drugs”

Vanessa Walker, Wisconsin, “Ambivalent Allies: Advocates, Diplomats and the Struggle for Human Rights during the Carter Administration”

David Zierler, Temple, "Chemical Traces: Agent Orange at the Crossroads of Environmental and International History"

Kristin Grueser, Temple, “’A Real Brotherhood of Nations’: Anglo-American Quaker Relief Work, 1917-1920”

Eric Cimino, Stony Brook, “The Significance of the United States and the American Women's Movement to the Development of German Bourgeois Feminism, 1890-1933”

Charlie Sharpe, Penn, “Herbert Lehman and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation dministration”

Ron van Cleef, Stony Brook, “Resisting the Discourse of Exclusion: A Transnational Perspective on Homosexual Identity in West Germany, 1950-1989”

Naoko Shibusawa, Brown, “America’s Geisha Ally: Re-imagining the Japanese Enemy”

Jennifer Miller, Wisconsin, “We are not in Japan as conquerors:” American Bases, Japanese Sovereignty and American-Japanese Relations in the 1950s”

Drew McKevitt, Temple, “‘You Are Not Alone!’: Anime and the Globalizing of American Culture”

Matthew Connelly, Columbia, “Unnatural Selection: The Population Control Movement and Its Struggle to Remake Humanity”

Young-Sun Hong, Stony Brook: “Beyond the National/Transnational Divide: Doing Histories in a Global Era”