Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

About the Centre

The Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History was set up in 2017 as the School of History, Classics and Archaeology’s leading centre for research into the history of the modern world (c.1750-present).

Barricades, Paris Commune 1871
Barricades during the Paris Commune in 1871

To give focus to the Centre's activities, the steering committee and the director select a broad, interdisciplinary theme each year, such as “capitalism”, “empire” or “democracy”. The theme determines the research, teaching, knowledge exchange and impact priorities for that year. This thematic flexibility allows the Centre to adapt to the specific expertise of staff members and the interests of students.

The Centre organises a wide range of events, from a regular seminar series and postgraduate colloquia, to one-off public lectures and film screenings. It works closely with the MSc in Contemporary History within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and provides a home for all doctoral students who work on the modern world.

It also hosts a three-month postdoctoral fellowship in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh and acts as a focal point for staff funding bids in relevant areas of modern and contemporary history.

You can find out more about about what the Centre does and how to be part of it by browsing this website, visiting our blog, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.

This is a fantastic opportunity to bring together the wonderful range of staff expertise in history at Edinburgh. I hope that this new centre will give renewed impetus to collaborations inside and outside the university.

Ewen CameronHead of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

If you have questions about what the Centre does or how you can get involved, you can contact the admin team or the Centre director.