Annalise Higgins is undertaking a PhD in History at Trinity College, supervised by Professor Alison Bashford, and is supported by a Gates Cambridge scholarship. After completing a BA in History and Psychology, she went on to complete a BA(Hons) and MA in History at the University of Auckland under the supervision of Associate Professor Maartje Abbenhuis. She also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for courses in Global History, European History, and the International History of Europe in the nineteenth century. Her previous research has focused on public perceptions of ideas about international law. In particular, she has worked on public petitioning in response to the 1899 Hague Peace Conference and on ideas about neutrality in late nineteenth century British newspapers. She recently co-edited, alongside Maartje Abbenhuis and Christopher Barber, a collection entitled War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of the Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907 (forthcoming: Routledge, 2017). Her forthcoming articles include ‘The idea of neutrality in British newspapers at the turn of the twentieth century, c.1898-1902’ (forthcoming: New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe, 2016).
At Cambridge, Annalise intends to work on the history of the idea of the environment in international diplomacy. She contends that studies of diplomatic and legal history often concern themselves with words recorded within a meeting hall’s sterile walls but that historians rarely consider how the behaviour and conduct that diplomatic agreements sought to regulate occurred in contexts transcending such constructed confines. This observation underpins a PhD project, provisionally titled ‘International diplomacy and the world’s oceans, c.1850-1977’, which aims to expand historical understanding by integrating environmental and diplomatic histories. It treats international diplomatic negotiations concerning oceans as texts which should be situated within their environmental contexts and considers how those who negotiated conduct within, transit across, and movement between oceans grappled with ideas about the environmental dimensions of the world with which they dealt.
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