Early Modern World History

Seminar or event series

This seminar grows out of the Comparative Social and Cultural History Seminar, founded in the 1980s by Peter Burke (Emeritus Professor of Cultural History) and the late Bob Scribner. In line with developments in scholarship, the seminar has evolved a more global approach to the early modern and often highlights new work on encounters and exchanges. Our programme usually includes a mixture of full-length papers given by distinguished speakers and roundtable events. We are especially keen to hear suggestions from our graduates of historians to invite and topics to discuss.

This research seminar is complemented by a workshop alternating week by week throughout the term.

In keeping with History Faculty policy, seminars will be held virtually at least until the end of 2020. We hope to be able to return to physical meetings in 2021, at which tea and coffee will be served.
We are grateful for the support of the Trevelyan Fund.

Previous seminar podcasts on itunes.

This year’s Seminar will be held via Zoom and will meet on alternating Thursdays at 3 p.m. and finish at 4.30 p.m. Details of meetings will be circulated via the Faculty mailing lists and website. 



Ignorance and the ‘Shambolic State’ in Early Modern Europe

Peter Burke (Cambridge)

Panel on Environmental histories of the early modern world

Domenico Cecere (University of Naples ‘Ferdinando II’)
David Gentilcore (Ca’ Foscari)
Vera Candiani (Princeton)
Online: Zoom


Maya Stanfield-Mazzi (Florida)
Online: Zoom

Book launch

Dr Helen Pfeifer (Cambridge)
Page credits & information

Banner image: detail from The Prospect of Constantinople by Melchior Lorck

At a glance

Michaelmas Term
Thursdays from 3.00 -4.30pm (unless otherwise indicated)
Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College
Dr Melissa Calaresu (mtc12@cam.ac.uk)
Dr Valentina Caldari
Professor Mary Laven (mrl25@cam.ac.uk)
Dr William O'Reilly
Dr Helen Pfeifer
Dr Gabriela Ramos
Professor Ulinka Rublack