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Contemporary International History - State of the Field Conference

Start Date and Time:

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 12:30PM

End Date and Time:

Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:00PM



Sunday November 18 - 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Monday November 19 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

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.


  • The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History
  • The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Contact Information

Jack Cunningham

The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History


The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place view full map


Conferences, Research


Faculty, Graduate Students

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