School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Periodisation in Asian, European and global history

Can we talk about a ‘medieval’ period beyond Europe? What does ‘modernity’ look like in Asia? Was there ever an ‘early modern’ world?

An open table discussion, entitled ‘Periodisation in Asian, European & Global History’, will explore the meaning of such terms from a variety of Asian and European disciplinary perspectives, and ask whether comparative periodisation is possible, or even desirable, in the wake of history’s global turn.

Date and venue

The interdisciplinary forum will take place 1.15-2.45pm, Thursday 19 September 2013, in Room G.15, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place. Tea/coffee served from 1pm. All welcome.


Dr Stephen McDowall (History), will chair the discussion, which will include contributions from:

  • Dr Talat Ahmed (History)
  • Dr Naomi Appleton (Religious Studies)
  • Dr Felix Boecking (History)
  • Dr Tom Brown (History)
  • Dr Stephen Bowd (History)
  • Dr Erika Hanna (History)
  • Professor Naomi Standen (History, University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Matthias Zachmann (Asian Studies)

Dr Stephen McDowall

Senior Lecturer

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

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