Welcome to the website for the World History Summer Dissertation Workshop, which was held at Northeastern University from July 22-August 5, 2012. The workshop included common readings and discussion about how to formulate questions and researchable topics in world history, broadly conceived as any project that crosses the usual area studies rubrics. During the first week, experts in the fields of Digital Humanities and network analysis provided short workshops about technologies and inter-disciplinary methodologies that might be of use in formulating world historical projects. Participants also worked up model research proposals and bibliographies for mutual discussion and in close consultation with the workshop mentors, Heather Streets-Salter (Northeastern University) and Peer Vries (University of Vienna).
The workshop took place at Northeastern University in Boston from July 22 until August 5. The cost for each participant, including accommodations, was $1000. Participants needed to pay for transportation to and from Boston. Fee waivers were available for a limited number of students with special needs.
Workshop participants were able to focus on any field or time period, but should have had a strong interest in building a global dimension into their work. Applications were open to doctoral students from any university in any country. Preference was given to students who have completed at least a year of graduate coursework and were working on their dissertation proposals. We would be pleased to have had participants representing each of the five regions in NOGWHISTO (Network of Global and World History Organizations) – North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The Workshop is supported by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Department of History at Northeastern University and by the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
Check back later for further details on future workshops.