World History

Seminar or event series

The World History seminar is one of the oldest regular research seminars in the Cambridge history array, having its origins in the `Commonwealth and Overseas History Seminar'. The seminar was retitled `World History' in 2006 in recognition of changing intellectual interests and political contexts.

Our scope if very broad: in recent years we have featured contributions from around the globe with a particular focus on Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Post-graduates and World History faculty constitute the largest portion of our cohort, in particular students pursuing the MPhil in World History.

A student-led workshop often runs before the Thursday seminar. Drinks after, and the occasional meal out, means that the seminar is a congenial and lively place to meet up and exchange a range of ideas and information. We hope to return to the pre-Covid format as soon as possible. A list of recent seminar-givers can be found on this website.

Attending the seminar

To receive receive the Zoom link and pre-circulated paper for a specific seminar please register at .

Attenders are strongly encouraged to read in advance the precirculated papers which will be circulated before the seminar.

If any issues with accessing the pre-circulated paper or registering for these seminars, please get in touch with Malika Zekhni



In memoriam, David Washbrook



Launch of Sujit Sivasundaram’s Waves Across the South. A New History of Revolution and Empire (2020)

with comments from Sarah Pearsall and Renaud Morieux (Cambridge)

Emigration state: race, citizenship and settler imperialism in modern British history, c. 1850-1972

Freddy Foks (Cambridge)

The 2019 Prorogation Crisis in Westminster - Perspectives and Precedents from Commonwealth History

Harshan Kumarasingham (Edinburgh)

Twentieth century lineages of Indian international thought

Martin Bayly (LSE)

"Time's Monster”: How History Began to Make History in the Age of Enlightenment?

Priya Satia (Stanford)

Neither Settler nor Native: Israel/Palestine and South Africa

Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia and Makerere)
Discussants: Shruti Kapila and Emma Mackinnon (Cambridge)