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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 World History Workshop provides an informal and relaxed setting in which to test out ideas, and to practice giving conference papers among fellow graduate students. We feature submissions at every stage of research, and papers from both MPhil and PhD students. If you are interested in presenting, or have any inquiries, please contact one of the conveners listed below.


The convenors are also delighted to announce that they are now accepting submissions for the upcoming graduate conference, 'Texts in Motion: Materiality, Mobility, and Archiving in World History', which will take place at the University of Cambridge on Saturday 12 May, 2018. Please click here for the call for papers.


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.


Laura Channing (lc679)

Annalise Higgins (arh86)

Louise Moschetta (lpgm2)

Ayse Polat (hap41)

Tom Smith (tds33)

Chris Wilson (cw498)


Lent 2018 Schedule


18 January

Michael Sugarman (Magdalene)

Plague, Planning, and Poverty in Bombay and Hong Kong, 1894-1910


1 February

Tom Westland (Sidney Sussex) 

The Economics of Pan-Africanism


*16 February*

Laura Channing

Colonial Taxation Policy and the Introduction of Direct Taxation in Sierra Leone, 1896-1914


1 March

Taushif Kara, Ayse Polat, and Jake Richards

Migration in World History Panel 



The world history workshop will meet fortnightly at 2.30 pm on Thursdays in the Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Room at St John’s, except where otherwise indicated*. The new world history workshop reading group, convened by Ayse Polat and Mobeen Hussain, will be held on alternate Thursdays to the workshop at the same time and place, starting 25th January. *Please note the reading group will meet exceptionally on Friday 23rd February.* The theme of this term’s reading group is ‘Race, Gender, and Class in World History’; the readings and schedule for this can be accessed here. Please contact Ayse (hap41) or Mobeen (amh215) if there are any issues with accessing the readings or schedule.