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 two 25 to 30 minute presentations 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.


Term Card: Michaelmas Term 2022

The World History Workshop provides a forum for postgraduate students and early career fellows to present their research. We will meet weekly on Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm. In-person sessions will take place in a hybrid format: Participants are welcome to join us in room 11 of the History Faculty building, while they may also attend via Zoom. Online sessions will take place entirely on Zoom. Links will be available via our mailing list.


13 October (In-person)

  • Medha Bhattacharya (London School of Economics and Political Science), Conceptions of Belonging and Construction of Identity in Bihar in the Late Colonial Era (1910-1940)
  • Suchintan Das (University of Oxford), ‘My Magic Mountain Transformed into a Military Camp Surrounded by Barbed Wire’: A Transnational History of German Civilians’ Internment in Second World War India (1939-1945)

20 October (Online)

  • Zachary Fleishman (University of Cambridge), Plague and the Materiality of ‘Hygiene Knowledge’ in Colonial Cape Town and Accra
  • Bryan Kauma (Durham University), ‘Our Stomachs Are Still Hungry’: The Colonial State, African Nutrition and Small Grains in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), c.1950 to 1970s

27 October (In-person Workshop: Navigating Overseas Archives) [UPDATED]

  • Jean-Marc Hill (University of Cambridge), Archival Research in Nassau and the Wider Caribbean
  • Jonathan Yeung (University of Cambridge), Following the Footsteps of Chinese Students in Japan - An Archival Angle
  • Allan Pang (University of Cambridge), Researching the History of Chinese Communities in Malaysia and Singapore

3 November (Online)

  • Laura Díaz-Esteve (Pompeu Fabra University), ‘This Part of the World Does Know’: The Singapore Free Press and the Spanish-American War in the Philippines
  • Wilbert Wong (Australian National University), Colonialism and the Historical Invention of ‘Malaya’ as a Nation

10 November (In-person)

  • Philipp Horn (University of Bern), To Challenge an Empire: The ‘Jeunes Sénégalais’ in a Global Historical Perspective
  • Eirik Kvindesland (University of Oxford), Steam, Mobility and Jewish Migration Between Palestine and the Persian Gulf

17 November (Online)

  • Madhumitha Krishnan (University of Cambridge), An Empire of Conceit: On Bureaucracy, Resistance, and Torture in the Madras Presidency from 1800-1850
  • Debadrita Saha (Presidency University, Kolkata), Exorcising the ‘Bitch-witch’: Diverse Literary Propaganda Against Prostitution and the Demonisation of the ‘Whore’ in Nineteenth-century Bengal

24 November (CANCELLED)

1 December (Online Panel: British Engineers and Chinese Railways)

  • Yanli Xie (University College Dublin), Gabriel J. Morrison and William C. Kinder: British Engineers and the Railway Technology Transfer into China, 1870s to 1900s
  • Leena Lindell (University of York and National Railway Museum), Engineer of Empire: Kenneth Cantlie, the Guomindang and the Ministry of Railways in the mid-1930s China
  • Adonis M. Y. Li (University of Hong Kong), ‘Sensible Railway Management and International “Face”’: British Rail in Hong Kong and China, 1970s–1980s


CALL FOR PAPERS: Lent Term 2023

The Cambridge World History Workshop is now inviting submissions to deliver papers during Lent Term 2023. 

The workshop welcomes contributions that give attention to global historical perspectives. We welcome, amongst others, presentations that focus on migration, race, gender, empire, environment, networks, medicine, science and technology, colonial and postcolonial history, transnational history, and comparative history. We encourage presenters to consider their research within the broad framework offered by world history to allow for a productive discussion across various academic sub-fields. 

We invite submissions from individual graduate students and early-career researchers at all stages of their research (including work-in-progress) from Cambridge and beyond. Each paper should be 25-30 minutes in length, and will be followed by 30-45 minutes of discussion. 

The workshops will take place on Thursdays at 2.00-3.30 pm during term time. We encourage submissions from speakers from within and beyond Cambridge. As always, we are committed to providing a forum for diverse contributions and helpful feedback in an inclusive environment. 

Please submit your abstract (200-250 words), a short bio (50-100 words), a note on your availability, and your preferred mode of presentation (in-person or online) by completing this Google Form by 10th December 2022

We hope to announce decisions on all submissions by 20th December 2022. Please contact us ( with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you! 



The convenors for the academic year 2022-2023 are Bipasha Bhattacharyya, Darold Cuba, Thomas McNally, Allan Pang, and Thomas Parkinson. Please contact them via email ( if you have any questions regarding the workshop.