World History Workshop


The World History Workshop is a weekly discussion group open to postgraduate students and early career fellows. In collaboration with the World History MPhil course, the workshop focuses on innovative research into global and transnational currents, colonial and post-colonial societies and regional histories from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East spanning roughly from 1750 to 2000 C.E. We encourage submissions on a variety of topics including global economic history; histories of science, migration, race, gender and empire; post-colonial studies and comparative history. In return, speakers at the Workshop can expect feedback from a wide range of theoretical and disciplinary approaches from a friendly and welcoming group of scholars.

The Workshop meets on Thursdays at 2pm during termtime. Typical sessions are structured around a 20 to 30 minute presentation followed by questions. However, the Workshop also runs a number of special events ranging from small roundtable discussions to an annual talk on using overseas archives and a dedicated presentation day for World History MPhil students. In Easter Term, the Workshop also hosts a World History Conference for graduates and early-career fellows based around a theme or theoretical debate in world history.

The World History Workshop is currently being held both virtually and in person. For online sessions, all links will be distributed through the mailing list prior to each session - you can sign up to the mailing list here or by emailing the convenors directly at You can also receive updates on the Workshop and other relevant Cambridge events by following @CamWorldHistory on Twitter.


Lent Term 2021-22

The Cambridge World History Workshop will be running during Lent Term 2021-22 (January – March 2022). Please see our term card above.

The Lent Term workshops will take place on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00pm starting from 27 January 2022. Depending on pandemic restrictions, some sessions with Cambridge-based presenters will run in-person, but most sessions will be in Zoom format. Zoom links for online sessions will be sent out via our mailing list on the mornings prior to the sessions. As always, we are committed to providing a forum for diverse contributions and helpful feedback in an inclusive environment.



The convenors for this academic year are Muhammad Suhail Bin Mohamed Yazid, Emma Gattey, Nicole Sithole and Emma Wordsworth. If you are a current History PhD at Cambridge and are interested in convening the Workshop in the next academic year, please contact the current team at