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 3 pm during termtime. Typical sessions contain one 25 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 dedicated presentation days 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.


Term Card: Michaelmas Term 2023 

12th October [Venue: Pfeiffer Room, Hughes Hall]

The 'Union des femmes de Tunisie' and Global Left Feminism in North Africa (1943–1960)

  • Speaker: Rebecca Turkington (University of Cambridge)


19th October [Venue: Long Room, Gonville and Caius College]

The Depoliticization of the Indus Rivers: International Law in Kashmir

  • Speaker: Rishabh Bajoria (University of Cambridge)


2nd November [Venue: Long Room, Gonville and Caius College]

Learning the International: Decolonisation and Politics of African Diplomatic Training

  • Speaker: Jonathan Harris (King’s College London)


9th November [Venue: Long Room, Gonville and Caius College]

‘Guiding Youth of the Colony’: The Girl Guide Movement and Youth Concerns in Postwar Hong Kong

  • Speaker: Tracy Leung (University of Bristol)


16th November [Venue: Long Room, Gonville and Caius College]

The Flow of Chinese Education Knowledge, Teachers and Students between Hong Kong, Singapore and North Borneo

  • Speaker: Doris Chan (Nanyang Technological University)


23rd November [Venue: Long Room, Gonville and Caius College]

Discussion of He Who is Made Lord: Empire, Class and Race in Postwar Singapore (2023)

  • Author & speaker: Muhammad Suhail bin Mohamed Yazid (University of Cambridge)
  • Respondent: Allan Pang (University of Cambridge)



The convenors for the academic year 20232024 are Allan Pang and Nathanael Lai. Please contact them via email ( if you have any questions regarding the workshop.