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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.


Seminars take place on Wednesdays between 17.30 and 19.00 in the Junior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College except where otherwise noted.


Laura Channing (lc679)

Annalise Higgins (arh86)

Louise Moschetta (lpgm2)

Ayse Polat (hap41)

Tom Smith (tds33)

Chris Wilson (cw498).


Michaelmas 2017 Schedule

11 October

Welcome drinks - 19.30 at the Pint Shop


18 October

Lachlan Fleetwood (Clare)

Altitude sickness, intermediaries, and instrumentalised bodies in the exploration of the Himalaya, 1800-1850


1 November

Using Archives Overseas Roundtable


8 November      12.30-1.30pm, Room 10, Faculty of History

Luna Sabastian (Clare Hall) 

‘Not a sin but a bounden duty of every Hindu youth’: miscegenous intimacy and the destruction of Hinduism in ‘Veer’ Savarkar’s Hindu race’


15 November     12.30-1.30pm, Room 10, Faculty of History

Mattin Biglari (SOAS)

Refining knowledge: expertise, power, and labour in the Iranian oil industry, 1939-1973


22 November      12.30-1.30pm, Room 10, Faculty of History

Jamie Banks (Leicester)

British imperialism, Indian labour migration, and the consequences of British opium policy 


29 November       12.30-1.30pm, Room 10, Faculty of History

Catarina Madruga (Lisbon)

The Portuguese Third Empire: the appropriation of the African hinterland through taxonomic practices





Seminars take place on Wednesdays between 17.30 and 19.00 in the Junior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, except where otherwise noted.