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Liberal and Illiberal Internationalisms
After a successful conference in Vienna in December 2016, the Liberal-Illiberal Internationalisms team is now preparing a special issue for publication, which will aim to deconstruct artificial scholarly boundaries between liberalism and illiberalism as frameworks for understanding the history of internationalism. In the first decades of the twenty-first century, scholars of internationalisms are opening up new areas of historical research, probing older stories of imperial and national pasts, reconnecting state and non-state actors and institutions, and moving historical narratives past the simple identification of internationalism as communist or socialist. At the same time, new histories of ‘liberal’ internationalisms are often cordoned off from socialist and other non-liberal internationalisms, occluding the overlapping and interconnected nature of political approaches to the international in the twentieth century. This research collaboration between UCL, the Institute of Austrian History (Vienna) and the University of Sydney will probe the ideological complexities at the core of these twentieth century histories. It will decentre the specifically liberal and illiberal ascriptions of internationalisms, in order to ask: Where do the boundaries between these internationalisms lie? How do we engage the normativity of these fields? What can comparisons between different internationalisms tell us about ‘the international’ as a field of political action that defied traditional political boundaries in the twentieth century? How have historians mobilised terms such as liberal and illiberal in relation to internationalism and is it possible (or necessary) to move beyond them?
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  • Prof. Glenda Sluga
    The University of Sydney - Australia
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