Summer School 2016

The 4th GRAINES Summer School will be hosted by the University of Cologne in June 2016. The theme is “Dividing the World? Imperial Formations in Continental and Maritime Empires from the 17th to the 21st century”. We will post the exact date, further information and a call for applications here soon.

From #Graines2015 to #Graines2016

Thank you all for coming, sharing, listening, writing, collaborating. Three days under the Scottish sun in St Andrews, Fife around networks and transnational history, that was #Graines2015.

We have started discussing hosting #Graines2016 in Cologne – potentially around the theme: empires. For in-between meetings, first ideas have been floated to have one-day events in the spirit of sharing and collaborating. Be aware, more pair-writing and unconference stuff ahead. See:

#Graines2015 - The Group

#Graines2015 – The Group

#GRAINES2015: Follow our third Summer School

The third GRAINES Summer School is under way until Thursday 10th June!

You can follow us on Twitter #GRAINES2015 or  on our website.

CFP for GRAINES Summer School now open

Call for Applications

Interconnected – Actors, Objects and Ideas on the Move

3rd GRAINES Summer School, St Andrews, 7-10 June 2015

GRAINES network and the Institute for Transnational & Spatial History, St Andrews, in collaboration with the Institute for Intellectual History, St Andrews & Global Cities (AHRC Project)

Over the past years, networks, along with Actor-Network-Theory, have attracted scholars’ attention. While networks are not new as a topic, they have gained attention in particular in the field of global and transnational history. As part of global and transnational research perspectives, as well as in urban or intellectual history, in the history of science or in economic history networks serve multiple purposes. All these fields share an interest in processes of exchange, in connections and flows of people, goods and ideas that can be tracked and analysed through networks.

In these and related fields networks can be:

  • objects of research
  • outcome of research
  • a heuristic device and tool in order to generate research agendas.

Networks may also serve as a way of seeing spatial relations and dynamics beyond (or in addition) to more conventional geographical and territorial frameworks, e.g. nations, empires, regions, cities. The increasing interest in the study of networks coincides with a rapidly changing research environment and the rise of Digital Humanities. A variety of software and computing tools are available to visualise data and networks. This again poses questions on how to treat data, how to narrate and how to collaborate across and between disciplinary boundaries.

In the vein of previous GRAINES summer schools we invite applications from within and beyond the GRAINES network. While GRAINES shares a strong historical orientation with a focus on European history from the late medieval period to the present, we welcome applications from neighboring disciplines like Art History or Literature as well as the sciences (geoscience and computer science).

The purpose of the summer school is to bring together scholars and postgraduate students working on or with the concept of networks in projects related to transnational, global, urban and intellectual history.



The summer school will seeks to be a forum for sharing and collaborating, for knowledge production rather than consumption. In conjunction with more traditional elements such as reading groups, paper presentations, we adopt different elements of collaboration inspired by the model of “unconferences” (a model we successfully used for the “Mapping and Visualising Transnational (Hi)Stories” workshop in June 2014) as well as “Pair programming” in the Humanities.

Pair progamming

Pair progamming

Please send your proposal as a single word or PDF document (abstract of a project / proposal of max 250 words; brief biographical sketch of max 150 words including the motivation to participate and what you are willing to contribute & share during the summer school, e.g. contribute to reading group, writing session, workshop introducing a tool or software) to

Giada Pizzoni, mail:

Fees: 130 GBP – includes: 4 nights student hall accommodation with B&B, dinner and catering during summer school. Travel expenses are not included.

Fees: 50 GBP – participation without accommodation.

Submission Date: 9 March 2015

The CFP can be downloaded Graines Interconnected_CFP (word) or Graines Interconnected_CFP (PDF). The summer school will mainly be organised via




“Spaces – Objects – Knowledge. An Integrative Perspective on Recent Turns in Historical Research”

Graines is delighted to promote the work published by two PhD members of the University of Cologne, Alexander van Wickeren and Pascal Schillings.

How can spaces, objects and knowledge be integratively analysed  in historical investigations? New answers and perspectives can be found in “Spaces – Objects – Knowledge. An Integrative Perspective on Recent Turns in Historical Research”, the upcoming focus of the journal Historical Social Research.

For a foretaste, check the introduction written by Pascal Schillings and Alexander van Wickeren on

Summer School 2015

The 3rd GRAINES Summer School will be hosted at St Andrews, 7-10 June 2015.  This year’s theme is “Interconnected – Actors, Objects, and Ideas on the Move in Transnational & Global History”. The Call for Applications will be out in the second half of January 2015.

The Summer School is organised by the Institute for Transnational & Spatial History in collaboration with GRAINES, the Institute for Intellectual History and the AHRC funded project “Global Cities“.

PhD mobility at GRAINES

We are pleased to announce that our network has started to support research mobility for our PhD students. Basel, St Andrews and Sciences Po are now linked through the work of their doctoral researchers and more projects will soon enjoy the variety of our institutions.

  • The Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po has just welcomed Ousmane Seydi from Basel. Ousmane will be staying until January 2015 under the supervision of Roberto Zaugg. His work examines the circulation of scientific knowledge in Senegal.
  • From September to December 2014, the Basel Graduate School of History welcomed Jordan Girardin from St Andrews. Jordan’s thesis is an entangled analysis of the Alps between 1750 and 1830, focusing on travel and transnational routes. This semester has allowed him to broaden his historiographical knowledge, to take part in the department’s conferences and seminars, and to travel through Switzerland and France to collect primary sources. Jordan is currently finishing up his research in Alpine archives and will present his work in Basel next week during the Themennachmittag “Vorstellungen von Naturräumen”.