School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Global histories of material culture

Event details

Established scholars, early career researchers, and graduate students are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary workshop on the theme on Material Culture in Global History.  Contributions are from history, the history of science and medicine, the history of art, archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage and other disciplines.  The workshop will consist of two roundtables with group discussion to follow individual presentations.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend.  A small drinks reception will follow.


Individual presentations will be given by:

Ian Astley - Not just pretty pictures: the importance of things in eight and ninth-century Japan

Catherine Bateson - The materiality of Irish song dissemination during the American Civil War

Kate Boehme - Smuggling, subversion and salt: the struggle for economic autonomy in Western India

Joan Haig - 'Malachite on the soles of his feet': displays of belonging among Zambia's Hindus

Jagjeet Lally - The moral economy of colour: blue(ness) in Northwest India, c. 1750-1900

Ewan Morris - Māori and memorials

Mark Nixon - Printers, the press and the poetry of reform

Naomi Parkinson - The politics of the hustings: materials and symbol in a colonial context

Vikram Visana - Wearing many hats: Dadabhai Naoroji, the Parsis and the politics of dress in Britain

Further details

For more details contact Vikram Visana (, Stephen McDowall ( or Emma Hunter (


May 24 2016 -

Global histories of material culture

The global and transnational research group invite you to participate in their interdisciplinary workshop on the theme of material culture in global history.

University of Edinburgh
G16 Seminar Room
William Robertson Wing, Doorway 4
Old Medical School
Teviot Place