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. 

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: Lent 2024 

Unless otherwise specified, we will meet on Thursdays (3–4 pm) in Room 6 of the History Faculty building. Participants may also join us on Zoom. Links will be available via our mailing list. 


25th January

‘Trilateral Colonialism’: Japanese Artists and Architects on the German-touched Colonies in the South Seas

  • Speaker: Moe Omiya (University of Zurich)


1st February

Workshop: Navigating Overseas Archives and Libraries

  • Speakers: Andi Schubert, Di Liu, and Nathanael Lai (all University of Cambridge)


8th February 

Hierarchies and Histories: The Politics of Transitional Justice in Postcolonial Mauritius

  • Speaker: Sarah Gray (SOAS, University of London)


15th February

‘A Mother to Tigers’: Care and Cruelty in the Transnational Zoological Trade, 1895–1921

  • Speaker: Ruby Ekkel (Australian National University)


22nd February [Online only]

P. G. Lim: The Appointment of the First Malaysian Female Ambassador to the United Nations

  • Speaker: Ren Yalan (University of Malaya)


29th February [Panel: Hong Kong in World History (3-4.30 pm)]

Housing Problem and Chinese Migrant Workers in the Colonial Port: The Case of Interwar Hong Kong

  • Speaker: Alex Cheung (University of Bristol)

Cases of ‘Doubtful’ Nationality: Claiming British Citizenship in Hong Kong, 1945–1962

  • Speaker: Phyllis Chan (University of Bristol)

Chasing the Dragon: Therapeutic Governance and Hong Kong’s Anti-Narcotics War, 1959–1980s

  • Speaker: Kelvin Chan (McGill University)



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.