What is the use of an international perspective?

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In several highly influential publications—from articles, to edited volumes, to books—and through innovative collaborative research programs, Professor Glenda Sluga has enriched an appreciation of the ‘the international’ as a framework for historical research. Her work has deepened an appreciation of the ways in which the "international domain" of mobilisation, advocacy, research, ‘high politics’ and social networks have driven policy agendas and shaped ‘ways of being in the world’. It has shed light on the diverse and surprising forms of agency that actors, including women and businesspeople, have exerted in the international domain. In so doing, she has reconfigured the conversation between history and international relations, and expanded the terms in which we need to understand concepts such as nation, empire, citizenship, and government. Following from Professor Sluga’s Allan Martin lecture, this discussion will offer an opportunity to reflect on the value of the 'international perspective': what it has offered, how it can be extended, and perhaps what it still needs to address.

Professor Glenda Sluga is Joint Chair in International History and Capitalism, in History and the Schuman Centre at the European University Institute; she is also ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Professor of International History at the University of Sydney. She is most recently the author of The Invention of International Order (Princeton University Press, 2021), Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013); Internationalisms: A Twentieth-Century History (ed. with P. Clavin, Cambridge University Press, 2018). In 2020, she received a European Research Council Advanced Grant, overseeing a five-year research program on "Twentieth Century International Economic Thinking and the complex history of globalisation.

Please note that the School of History seminars will run in-person only this semester.

Date & time

Wed 02 Aug 2023, 4.15–5.30pm


RSSS Auditorium, Ground Floor (Level 1), RSSS Building, ANU, 146 Ellery Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601


Professor Glenda Sluga


School of History


David Romney Smith


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