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World History

World History Workshop

'World history' refers to a variety of theoretical approaches, united only in their rejection of 'the nation' as a basic unit of historical analysis. Topics covered include all aspects of colonial and post-colonial history, as well as the histories of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America c. 1750-2000. While the workshop continues to maintain a focus on histories of European expansion and imperialism, papers also engage with comparative approaches to world history, including topics such as migration and trade networks, science and technology, and colonial and post-colonial law.

Seminars take place on alternate Thursdays between 14.30 and 16.00 in the Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Room, St John's, except where otherwise noted.


Lent Term: 

24 January

‘Terms of Service’: Negotiating Identities through Domestic Labour in the Transvaal, 1902 – 1914

Maia Silber (New College, University of Oxford)


7 February

Persian Tazkirāts and Circulation of Knowledge in 16th Century North India: Tracing Narratives and History in the Akhbār al-Akhyār

Sushmita Banerjee (Miranda House, University of Delhi)


21 February

Research Presentations

World History MPhil Students


7 March   Location: Room 5, Study Centre, Jesus College

Cultures of Memory and Meaning in Tradition and Post-Genocide Rwanda

Samantha Lakin (Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University)




Damilola Adebayo (ada27)

Tamara Fernando (tsf30)

Mobeen Hussain (amh215)

Taushif Kara (tk488)

Aoife O'Leary-McNeice (ao426)

Jake Richards (jcr56)