Contemporary International History State of the Field Conference

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Sunday, November 18th, 2018 – Monday, November 19th, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 201812:30PM - 5:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
Monday, November 19, 20189:00AM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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Contemporary International History is a highly popular graduate program at outstanding universities, and undergraduate courses in the field are often filled first. Popular histories and even academic studies of wars since 1939 occupy frequently appear on bestseller lists, and filmmakers seek out spy stories and tales of international intrigue. Yet within the university, particularly in history departments, contemporary international history has been in retreat for several decades. Many smaller departments lack a specialist in the field, and historians in most universities do not participate in thriving International Relations programs. There is no counterpart among historians to the International Studies Association with its large annual conference and significant international range. This conference will assess the state of the field of Contemporary International History, its past, present, and future. Bringing together prominent international scholars, political scientists whose work reflects historical research, and younger academics undertaking new directions, the conference will provide a better understanding of the importance of Contemporary International History in the academy and in public discourse and policymaking.

Sunday, November 18
12:30 – 12:40 pm Welcome Remarks
Provost Mayo Moran and Professor Carol Chin

12:40 – 2:00 pm
Panel One: The State of United States International History
Daniel Sargent, University of California, Berkeley
William Hitchcock, University of Virginia
Chair / Commentator: Carol Chin, University of Toronto

2:00 – 2:20 pm Coffee Break

2:20 – 3:50 pm
Panel Two: The State of Canadian International History
Asa McKercher, Royal Military College
Greg Donaghy, Dept. of Global Affairs
Jack Cunningham, Trinity College, University of Toronto
Chair / Commentator: Jon Allen, Munk School of Global Affairs and
Public Policy, University of Toronto

3:50 – 5:10 pm
Panel Three: Launch of Canada Declassified
Matt Wiseman, University of Toronto
Tim Sayle, University of Toronto
John Dirks, Trinity College
Elizabetta Kerr, University of Toronto
Chair / Commentator: John Kirton, University of Toronto

Monday, November 19

9:15 – 10:30 am
Keynote Address: Margaret MacMillan, Oxford University
Chair: The Hon. Bill Graham (introduced by Provost Mayo Moran)

10:30 – 10:45 am
Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 pm
Panel Four: New Approaches to International History
Julie Gilmour, University of Toronto
Simon Miles, Duke University
Chair / Commentator: Andres Kasekamp, University of Toronto

12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 – 3:00pm
Address: International History Today and Tomorrow
Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University (introduced by Janice Stein) Chair / Commentator: Ron Pruessen, University of Toronto

3:00 – 3:15 pm Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:45 pm
Panel Six: The Next Generation of International Historians
Susan Colbourn, Yale University Tim Sayle, University of Toronto Cindy Ewing, University Of Toronto
Michael Morgan, University of NorthCarolina
Chair / Commentator: John English, University of Toronto

4:45 – 5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Robert Bothwell, University of Toronto

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Book Launch: The Final Act
Michael Morgan

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