Edinburgh Centre for Global History

Current Programme

The Centre hosts a seminar series which takes place throughout the academic year and is open to staff, students and the general public.

All ECGH events will take place at 4pm in the Chrystal Macmillan Building Seminar Room 1 (ground floor) unless otherwise stated.  

Semester 2 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic Venue
Wed 31 Jan

Professor Samuel Fury Childs Daly (University of Chicago) 

Edinburgh Centre for Global History Research Seminar in a joint session with the Centre of African Studies 

'Soldier's Paradise: Militarism in Africa after Empire' 

Drinks reception to follow at 5:30pm. 

Note: Postgraduate researchers are invited to a coffee hour with the speaker beforehand, at 2pm in the Chrystal Macmillan Building Café (ground floor).   

Chrystal Macmillan Building, Violet Laidlaw Room (6th floor)  

Wed 14 Feb Professor Yang-Wen Zheng (University of Manchester)

Edinburgh Centre for Global History Research Seminar: 'Weaponizing ballet and “performing justice” in Mao China '

Respondent: Dr Lucy Weir (ECA)

Postgraduate researchers are invited to a coffee hour with the speaker beforehand, at 2pm in the Chrystal Macmillan Building Café (ground floor)

Co-badged with the Performance Studies Network

 
Wed 28 Feb Professor Joel Blecher (The George Washington University)

The Global History of Ideas Hub:' Islam and the spice trade: Towards a new history of global commerce'

Co-sponsored with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the Alwaleed Centre

4pm, Screening Room (room G.04) in 50 George Square
Wed 6 Mar Professor Chris Wickham (University of Oxford) 

Edinburgh Centre for Global History Research Seminar: Book talk on "The Donkey and the Boat: Reinterpreting the Mediterranean Economy, 950–1180"

Respondent: Dr Nik Matheou (HCA)

 
Thu 21 Mar Professor Sophie White (Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Leeds, and University of Notre Dame, Indiana)

'“His master’s grace”: Extrajudicial violence and mercy in Atlantic slave societies'

RSVP to david.silkenat@ed.ac.uk for the pre-circulated paper.

Co-badged with American History Seminars
5.30pm, Room 2.36, Old Medical School Doorway 4
Wed 27 Mar Professor Martin Chick (HCA) 'The economic and social history hub: Property rights and the deep-sea bed since 1945' 4pm, Chrystal Macmillan Building Seminar Room 1 (ground floor)
Tue 14 May Professor Eric Schluessel (George Washington University)  

"Merchants and Pilgrims: Religion and Economy in Chinese Central Asia" 

Abstract: During the period 1877–1918, the agrarian economy of the Uyghur region (Xinjiang, East Turkestan) became integrated into the Eurasian economy in new ways, resulting not only in the immiseration of local people, but in innovations in local economic organization. This talk explains the origins of this new integration, focusing on collusion between Chinese merchants from Tianjin and a government dominated by Hunanese officials. It shows how ordinary farmers, traders, and craftspeople responded to the resultant changes, with an emphasis on the effects on one of the region's central institutions, the Islamic pious endowment (waqf). The talk is based on new research in recently uncovered sources in Chaghatay (premodern Uyghur) as well as Chinese.

4:00 pm, Chrystal Macmillan Building Seminar Room 4 (basement)  

Semester 1 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic Venue
Wed 20 Sep

Featuring global historians from the region.

 

ECGH Welcome Back Lightning Talks

Reception to follow in the Macmillan Room, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, 1st floor.

4pm, Chrystal Macmillan Building Seminar Room 2 (ground floor)
Wed 11 Oct

Dr Peggy Brunache (University of Glasgow), Dr Mike Carr (University of Edinburgh), Dr John Latham-Sprinkle (Ghent University), Professor Diana Paton (University of Edinburgh), and Professor Daniel Smail (Harvard University)

Chair: Dr Sonia Tycko (University of Edinburgh)

Roundtable, “Writing the History of Slavery from the Medieval Mediterranean to the Atlantic World”

3pm, 40 George Square, Lower Ground Floor, Room 08
Wed 11 Oct Professor Daniel Smail (Harvard University)

Annual Lecture in the History of Slavery: Slavery and the pursuit of freedom in later medieval Mediterranean Europe

Chaired by Dr Zubin Mistry (HCA)

 

Reception to follow.

Co-badged by the Medieval History Seminar.

Please register here: https://slaverylecture.eventbrite.co.uk.

5pm, Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 1

Mon 23 Oct Gino Magnini (University of Edinburgh)

Economic and Social History Hub: Work-in-progress lunchtime seminar: Deciphering Italy's Interwar Labor Puzzle: Fascist Reforms and Unemployment Trends

1-2pm, Teaching Room 01 (G.204), Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Doorway 3

Please feel free to bring your own lunch

Wed 15 Nov

Dr Danielle Terrazas Williams (University of Leeds)

Respondent: Professor Diana Paton (University of Edinburgh)

‘Their Superior’: Father General Claudio Acquaviva, Black People, and the Challenges of Evangelization in the Provincia Mexicana

Postgraduate researchers are invited to a coffee hour with the speaker beforehand, at 2pm in the Chrystal Macmillan Building Cafe.

Co-sponsored by Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies.

4pm, Chrystal Macmillan Building Seminar Room 1 (ground floor)
Wed 22 Nov Dr Rosa Campbell (IASH) Economic and Social History Hub: Work-in-progress lunchtime seminar: Global feminism and the United Nations, 1975–2000

1-2pm, Room G.13, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Doorway 4

Please feel free to bring your own lunch
Thu 23 Nov Dr Rosi Carr (University of Edinburgh)

Enlightened and Lethal Manhood in an Interconnected Empire: Lachlan Macquarie (1761/2-1824)

Hosted by the Scottish History Seminar, with co-sponsorship from ECGH.

5:15pm, 40 George Square, Lower Ground Floor, Room 11

Convenor 

Please contact the convenor if you have any questions. 

Dr Sonia Tycko

Director, Edinburgh Centre for Global History

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