Graduate School

Edinburgh Centre for Global History seminars

The Edinburgh Centre for Global History seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all, within and outside the University.

All ECGH events will take place online at 4pm on Wednesdays, unless otherwise stated.  Please contact us ( to be added to our mailing list or for the link to a single event.

Semester 2

Date Speaker Topic

Wednesday 20 Jan 

Rémi Dewière (University of Warwick) The sultan of paper": Reconstruction of a Mamluk letter for a fifteenth-century Sahelian Ruler'

Wednesday 3 Feb

Julie Gibbings (University of Edinburgh) Book Launch: 'Our time is now: Race and modernity in postcolonial Guatemala', with commentary from Christine Mathias (King’s College London)

Wednesday 24 Feb

Tereza Valny (University of Edinburgh Waterscapes and memory: The role of water in post-genocidal reconciliation’

Wednesday 10 Mar

Dexnell Peters (University of Oxford) ‘The liminal zone: The greater southern Caribbean in the revolutionary Atlantic world’

Wednesday 24 Mar

Melanie Newton (University of Toronto)  ‘Counterpoints of conquest: The 1763 Royal proclamation, the Lesser Antilles and the ethnocartography of genocide’

Wednesday 21 Apr

Professor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) 

The 2021 Annual Lecture in the History of Slavery:  ‘Slavery in the age of memory: Britain, France, and the United States’

NB 4-6pm More information

Thursday 22 Apr

Professor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) 

Between History and Memory: Slavery and Race: A workshop with Professor Ana Lucia Araujo'

NB 1:00-5:30pm More information

Semester 1 2020-21

Date Speaker Topic
Wednesday 23 Sept

Anne Gerritsen (Warwick), in conversation with Stephen McDowall (ECGH)

'The City of Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain and the Early Modern World’
Wednesday 7 Oct Manuel Barcia (Leeds) ‘The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade’

Monday 12 Oct


Online Roundtable Discussion 

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)

'Critical Globalism: Perspectives from Early Modern Artistic Networks (16th–18th Centuries)'

Details and Registration here:

Wednesday 21 Oct Ceyda Karamursel (SOAS) ‘The Sack and the Bowstring: A Global History of Ottoman Slavery and Freedom’
Wednesdays 4 Nov Kalathmika Natarajan (Edinburgh) 'Histories of the "International" : Caste, Migration and Indian Diplomacy'
Tuesday 10 Nov

Online Roundtable Discussion

'Pandemics, Past and Present' - Adia Benton (Northwestern University), Mark Honigsbaum (University of London), Richard McKay (University of Oxford), Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews) and Dora Vargha (University of Exter)

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A panel event co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History and History of Science, Medicine and Technology Research Group

NB 5-7pm

Wednesday 18 Nov Luke Gartlan (St Andrews)

'Bringing Empire Home: St Andrews and the Global Networks of Victorian Photography'

Wednesday 2 Dec

Hatice Yıldız (Edinburgh)

Co-sponsored by the Histories of Gender and Sexuality Research Group

'Sleeping at the Factory Gates: Gender, Industrialisation, and Time Regulation in Bombay Cotton Mills, 1870-1890'.


Please contact the convenor if you have any questions. To be added to our mailing list or to receive the link to a single event please contact us at

Professor Diana Paton (BA, PhD)

William Robertson Professor of History

  • Director, Edinburgh Centre for Global History
  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers an exciting programme of seminars across many subjects areas. Visit the research seminars website to find out what else is happening.