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The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at CUNY provides research, graduate training, and public education about international affairs and contemporary global issues, especially on multilateralism and international institutions. The Institute is currently conducting several relevant research projects, including the United Nations Intellectual History Project that engages in research and collects oral histories of the UN.
Professors Patricia Clavin and Susan Pedersen have compiled a list of scholars working on the League of Nations to create a network of interested researchers. Their webpage on the History of the League of Nations also provides useful information about conferences and further resources on the League.
The Academic Platform Switzerland UN aims to “foster exchanges between academics and diplomats.” It includes a database of experts and a History of International Organizations Network (HION). The Platform also organizes many conferences on the UN and has several programs in international relations. HION has a further webpage on the website of the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
Tensions of Europe (TOE) is an international scientific network that examines how infrastructure and technology influenced European history. The network organizes conferences and summer schools to foster international research cooperation.
The CISOI is an Italian interuniversity center that aims to promote research on the history of international organizations and multilateral cooperation. Established in 1997, it coordinates various research projects and publishes a series on international organizations studies. Its website provides scholars with useful resources and helps students to collect information about training courses and internship opportunities in international organizations.
The Network for New Diplomatic History is "an informal group of scholars whose work focuses broadly on the historical study of diplomats, their methods and their cultural, political and social milieux." It aims to study individuals and groups involved specifically in diplomacy (including the UN) and to bring new methodologies into the study of diplomacy, such as network analysis.
The Academic Council of the United Nations System is “a global professional association of educational and research institutions, individual scholars, and practitioners active in the work and study of the United Nations, multilateral relations, global governance, and international cooperation.” ACUNS hosts regular lectures and seminars on international organizations, publishes a journal, Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, and a quarterly newsletter, and accepts both individual and institutional members. Liaison Offices serve to connect ACUNS members and are located in New Delhi, New York, Tokyo, and Vienna.
The Laureate Research Program in International History, led by Professor Glenda Sluga of the University of Sydney, is investigating “the international history of globalization from the perspective of people and ideas, with special attention to how, since the nineteenth century, economic ideas have influenced the intellectual, institutional and legal frameworks of today's global order.” In collaboration with international institutions such as UNESCO, the Laureate Program maintains a team of research fellows, organizes workshops and conferences, sponsors research in international history, and maintains a blog, Cosmopolites.
Dr. Jessica Reinisch’s Reluctant Internationalists research group, based at Birkbeck, University of London, is interested in uncovering “the history of international collaboration and ambitions of medical professionals, politicians, generals, diplomats and policy-makers in twentieth century Europe.” The project brings together a number of European historians working on specific case studies on twentieth-century internationalisms, publishes a seasonal newsletter and blog, holds various conferences, and even convenes ‘international London’ walking tours. The related Centre for the Study of Internationalism organizes reading groups, seminars and workshops, and hosts an annual lecture and visiting fellow.
The Imperial and Global History Network housed within the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the History Department, University of Exeter, “brings together the strong research expertise of the University’s eminent imperial historians.” It publishes a blog (with regular historiographical essays and book reviews) and a podcasts series, as well as research seminars, workshops, and conferences.
At the University of Oxford, the Centre for Global History seeks to promote global history by funding research projects and hosting workshops, seminars and conferences. The Oxford International History Research Network is an “informal research network and forum for international, global, transnational and inter-disciplinary historians.” It facilitates research and networking through seminars, workshops, and research projects.
The Global History Network, based at Renmin University of China, aims to provide “a platform for outstanding scholar research on interdisciplinary studies on social sciences covering history, international relations, politics, economics and sociology as main fields.”
The Invention of International Bureaucracy Project located at Aarhus University examines the emergence of international bureaucracy by looking at the League of Nations Secretariat. The site also has a blog with regular posts on the League.
The UN History Project has Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages to facilitate further discussion amongst scholars on issues concerning United Nations History. Please visit to like the pages, reblog, or post your thoughts.
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