International Society and its Discontents

March 12-13, 2010

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Friday, March 12

12:30pm-1:45pm: Registration and Opening Lunch

Session I: Ideological Foundations of International Society (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Chair: David Armitage (Harvard University)

Benjamin Coates (Columbia University)

To Internationalize International Law: The Carnegie Endowment and The Institut de Droit International, 1910-1921

Commentary: David Armitage (Harvard University)

Mira Siegelberg (Harvard University)

Statelessness and the Interwar Origins of the International Legal Personality of the Individual

Commentary: Peter Niesen (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Henrik Elmersjo and Thomas Nygren (Umea University)

With More Than Peace in Mind: International Cooperation for Reforming History Education, 1927-1956

Commentary: Kris Manjapra (Tufts University)

Coffee Break (4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.)

Session 2: Imperial Expansion and International Society (4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.)

Chair: Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University)

Tristan Stein (Harvard University)

"The Insolency's of Christian Pirates": English Navigation, Christian Corsairs, and the Organization of Trade in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean

Commentary: Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University)

Kiniyuki Terada (University of Heidelberg)

Immigration and Race in the Mid-1920s: An Analysis of a Discussion at the International Federation of League of Nations Societies

Commentary: Elizabeth Foster (Tufts University)

Reception (6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.)

Harvard Faculty Club

(By invitation only)

Dinner (7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Harvard Faculty Club

(By invitation only)

Keynote Speaker: Erez Manela (Harvard University)


Saturday, March 13

Breakfast (9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m)

Session 3: Non-State Actors and International Organizations (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Chair: Alison Bashford (University of Sydney)

Fritz George von Graevenitz (European University Institute)

Denying Globalism: The Commission Internationale d'Agriculture and the Defense of an Imagined European Rural Society (1889-1933)

Commentary: Alison Bashford (University of Sydney)

Alexander-Cameron Smith (University of Sydney)

International Health and Imperialisms in the Pacific Islands

Commentary: Alison Frank (Harvard University)

Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps (University of Geneva)

The Complex Position of Non-Governmental Actors within International Society: The Case of the World Council of Church During the Nigeria-Biafra War, 1967-1970

Commentary: Jacob Olupona (Harvard University)

Lunch (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Session 4: International Order and Disorder (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Chair: Paul Kramer (Vanderbilt University)

Monique Sochaczweski (Getulio Vargas Foundation)

Peripheral Empires and International Society: Brazil, the Ottoman Empire, and Europe in the 19th Century

Commentary: John Womack (Harvard University)

David Bargueno (Yale University)

Faith, Money, and Activism: A Reevaluation of the Mass Killings in German Southwest Africa and the Belgian Congo, 1890-1919

Commentary: Devin Pendas (Boston College)

Jennifer Sutton (Washington University, St. Louis)

Methods of Barbarism or Civilization? International Influences on American Reactions to U.S Counter-Insurgency Policies in the Early Twentieth Century

Commentary: Paul Kramer (Vanderbilt University)

Coffee Break (3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Plenary Session (3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Chair: Erez Manela (Harvard University)

Paul Kramer (Vanderbilt University)

William Keylor (Boston University)

Alison Bashford (University of Sydney)

Closing Reception (5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)