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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.

 

The workshop convenors for 2019-20 are - Malika Zekhni, Martin Crevier, Thomas Bailey and Hana Sleiman

 

The workshop is happy to answer any enquiries sent to worldhistoryworkshop@gmail.com

                                       

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Lent 2020 Termcard

 

16th January 2020

Settlers and Transnational Politics

 

Inaya Khan, “Kenya’s South Africans and the Politics of Decolonization”

 

Éléna Choquette, “Liberalism, land and land taking in the 19th century British

settler world”

 

 

30th January 2020

Global Intellectual Histories of Greater India

 

Sean Phillips, “India & The ‘Pan-Pacific’ Idea: Diffusionist Nationalism &

Sub-Global Internationalism, c. 1920-1950”

 

Somak Biswas, “Making Hinduism Respectable Vivekananda, Vedanta and

the Transnational Politics of a World Religion (1890-1920)”

 

Frances P. Coiffo, “The Indo-Japanese Entanglement During the Great War:

How the Collaboration Between Lala Lajpat and Ōkawa Shūmei Shaped India

and Japan’s ‘Asia’”

 

 

13th February 2020

 

Yiyun Ding, “Making Modern Education in China: The History of China’s

First Female University President Yan Yinyu (1884 - 1938)”

 

 

27th February 2020

Mphil Presentation Day

 

Participants TBA.

 

 

12th March 2020

Sounding Out the Past across the Mediterranean: Musical

Representations of Belonging and Memory

 

Matthew Machin-Autenrieth, “The Memory Burns: Musical Constructions of

the Past in Spain”

 

Stephen Wilford, “ ‘L’histoire les a séparés, la musique les a réunis’: Present

and Absent Histories of Judeo- Arabic Music-Making in Algeria”

 

Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, “Singing through the Porphyryan Tree: Arab

Andalusian, Sephardi and Flamenco Repertoire”

 

 

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                                                                                  Ruptures in World History

 

The Cambridge World History Workshop is excited announce our 2020 Graduate Conference, Ruptures in World History, which will take place from 08:45 - 19:00 in the Castlereagh Room, St John’s College, Cambridge on the 13th May 2020. The conference will be immediately followed by dinner for all registered guests and speakers.

 

In recent years, contiguous, long-term factors, as well as historical convergence, synchronicity and correspondence have dominated interpretations in world history. As a result, ‘ruptures,’ ‘disruptions,’ and ‘breaks’ have fallen out of fashion. The 2020 Cambridge World History Graduate Conference hopes to question this historiographical turn.

 

Papers at this conference will assess the usefulness of ‘ruptures’ as analytical and conceptual tools for writing the history of the modern world. Particularly welcome are papers that give attention to global historical perspectives and aim to transcend ‘the nation’ as a basic unit of historical analysis. Also welcome, amongst others, are contributions that focus on African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Latin American, and Asian histories, as well as on economic histories, histories of science, race, migration, trade, colonial and post-colonial studies, resistance, and comparative history.

 

Speakers may also challenge the idea of ruptures in world history and offer alternative approaches. Others might critique how the concept of rupture is itself teleological, assuming a linear rather than a cyclical concept of time; only useful for world historians if strictly delineated.

 

 

Conference Schedule TBC