British International History Group

Welcome to the British International History Group

The British International History Group (BIHG) was established in 1987. It aims to consider and promote established and new approaches to the study of international affairs as a discipline of history. As a sub-group of the British International Studies Association (BISA), it remains committed to interdisciplinary methods. The primary focus of the BIHG is its annual conference, of which it has held over 30, mainly at UK universities. These gatherings foster the scholarship of postgraduates and early career researchers alongside the work of senior academics. With over 700 members from Asia, Europe and North America, the BIHG has global reach.

The BIHG is governed by an elected committee of historians at varied career stages and co-opted members from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK National Archives. It sponsors an annual thesis prize named in honour of Professor Mike Dockrill and offers career and research support for PGRs and ECRs. At its annual conference, it holds roundtables which explore disciplinary and interdisciplinary innovations. The BIHG also invites leading scholars as keynote speakers to consider new approaches to the study of the past and the relevance of international history to contemporary global concerns.

BIHG Seminar:
Britain and International Institutions

Online (zoom) & Free: 14:00-16:00 GMT 28th Oct 2020

  • Professor Patricia Clavin (University of Oxford), ‘Britain, Global Governance, and Food Security, 1918-1947’
  • Dr James Ellison (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Britain, international law and the use of force in 1956 and 2003’
  • Professor Gaynor Johnson (University of Kent), ‘Lord Robert Cecil, the League of Nations and the New Diplomacy', 1915-1920’
  • Chair: Dr Patrick Finney (Aberystwyth University), Chair of the British International History Group)

Click Here to Register


Due to COVID-19 the
2020 BIHG Conference is cancelled

The 32nd BIHG Conference will be held:
September 2021
The University of Stirling

Further information will follow later in the year.

News & Events

News, Announcements and Call for Papers. If you have any news and wish to publicize it please email or tweet us at @BIHG.

BIHG Newsletter 2019

The British International History Group's Annual Newsletter

Obituary: Michael Dockrill, 1936-2018

Professor of International History and Founder of BIHG.
By Keith Hamilton

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The BIHG is a working group of the British International Studies Association.
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