The League of Nations and the Creation of International Public Administration,c. 1920-1960
Over the last 100 years, the international political scene has become increasingly organized. More than 5000 international organisations now regulate global and regional political, economic and technical affairs. As a consequence international bureaucracy, i.e. international executive bodies that function autonomously from nation states and deal with international affairs, has become an important and increasingly contested feature of world politics.
Even so, the history of these non-elected executive bodies is underresearched. This project aims to shine a light on the roots of international bureaucracy and its particular institutional and socio-cultural characteristics by exploring the principles, practices and formative effects of the League of Nations Secretariat. With theoretical inspiration from political sociology and based on extensive multiarchival research, the project will explore the institutional norms and practices of the League Secretariat and investigate its exchanges and connections with national diplomatic and bureaucratic structures, internationalist networks and institutions and subsequent international bureaucracies of the 20th century.
2017.03.16 | Arts
Myriam Piguet (master student - Aarhus University)
2017.02.16 | Arts
Mads Drange (master student - University of Oslo)
2017.01.06 | Arts
Haakon A. Ikonomou (postdoc - Aarhus University) - with Conference Summary by Professor Giles Scott-Smith (Leiden University)
2017.03.20 | Conference
19 June 2017: Paper presentation by Emil Eiby Seidenfaden.
2017.03.17 | Knowledge exchange
On 27 April 2017, Karen Gram-Skjoldager will be presenting the ideas and aims behind 'The Invention of International Bureaucracy' project at the new head office of the Danish Council for Independent Research.
2017.03.17 | Lecture / talk
On 5 April 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher Torsten Kahlert will give a talk on the use of digital tools in the history of international organisations.
2017.01.10 | Events
Karen Gram-Skjoldager will be giving a talk at King’s College London on 9 February 2017. All are welcome. Sign up here.