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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


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In 2019-20 the World History Workshop will meet on alternate Thursdays at 2.30pm in the Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Room, Old Divinity School, St John’s College. The conveners are proud to present in Michaelmas term 2019:



October 17th

Technocracy and Indigeneity: Contesting Colonial Environments


Harriet Mercer

Seeking Aboriginal Australians’ knowledge of the atmosphere in colonial Australia, c. 1790s to 1850s


Samuel Grinsell

Making colonial environments in the Anglo-Egyptian Nile Valley, 1880s-1920s



October 31st

Internationalist and Anti-Colonial Thought: Two Atlantic Perspectives


James Farquharson

‘To the benefit of Africa, the world, and ourselves’ Black Internationalism and the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-1970


Maria Reyes Baztán

Anti-colonial imagination and internationalism in Basque radical nationalism (1892-1939)



November 14

Roundtable: Working in Archives Overseas



November 28th

Global Modernities and Asian Nationalisms


Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz

The idea of ‘Asia’ in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Philippine thought and Pan-Asian revolutionary organizing


Yiyun Ding

Making Modern Education in China: The History of China’s First Female University President Yang Yinyu (1884-1938)