School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Edinburgh Centre for Global History seminars

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 as listed below at 4pm on Wednesdays, unless otherwise stated.  

Semester 2 2021/22

Date Speaker Topic Discussant/Chair Venue Register
Wed 19 Jan Elisabeth Leake (University of Leeds) 'Afghan crucible: The Soviet invasion and the making of modern Afghanistan'


Online Register
Wed 16 Feb

Richard Anderson (University of Aberdeen(

POSTPONED - 'Free soil at sea? Enslaved asylum seekers and the Royal Navy'

Sonia Tycko (University of Edinburgh) Seminar 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building  
Wed 16 Mar

Farren Yero (IASH Fellow, University of Edinburgh)

'A remedy to empire: Preventing smallpox in the age of abolition' 

(This paper will be precirculated)

  Seminar 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building  
Wed 30 Mar

Book launch

Meha Priyadarshini and Florina H. Capistrano-Baker (eds) 'Transpacific engagements: Trade, translation and visual culture of entangled empires', co-organised with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence

  Online Register
Wed 6 Apr

Workshop - Intellectual histories of post-independence Africa 

There is a growing body of scholarship by historians and others exploring the intellectual history of politics and society in post-independence Africa, adopting a variety of different methodologies and approaches to do so. Prompted by the recent publication of Miles Larmer’s 2021 book, 'Living for the City: Change and Knowledge Production in the Central African Copperbelt', this workshop offers an opportunity to reflect on and discuss current research and potential ways forward for this fast developing field.  


G14, Doorway 4, Old Medical School



Semester 1 2021/22

Date Speaker Topic Discussant/Chair Register

Wednesday 22 Sept

Christopher Tounsel (Penn State, author of 'Chosen Peoples: Christianity and Political Imagination in South Sudan')

'Political Theology in South Sudan'



Discussant: Ismay Milford (University of Edinburgh) Register

Wednesday 13 Oct

Alex Renton (Journalist and author of 'Blood Legacy: Reckoning with a Family’s Story of Slavery')

Gaiutra Bahudur (Rutgers, author of 'Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture')

'Global Family Histories of Slavery and Indenture'

In conversation, chaired by Diana Paton.


Wednesday 3 Nov

Roundtable: Disconnection and (institutional) cooperation in Global History

Bringing together scholars based in Edinburgh and Munich, this roundtable considers how the concept of 'disconnect' could be useful for thinking about the research agenda of global history and its relationship to the present -- and how to counter 'disconnect' at an institutional level.

Confirmed speakers: Roland Wenzlhuemer, Christina Brauner, Meha Priyadarshini and Jeremy Dell.

Chaired by Ismay Milford. Co-sponsored with the Munich Centre for Global History and the Käte Hamburger Research Centre “Dis:connectivity in Processes of Globalisation”.


Wednesday 17 Nov 

Rachel Silberstein (University of Puget Sound, author of  'A Fashionable Century: Textile Artistry and Commerce in the late Qing') 'Textile Artistry and Commerce in Qing China'

In conversation with Stana Nenadic and Stephen McDowall (both University of Edinburgh). Chaired by Meha Priyadarshini.

Note: this event will take place at 5.00 pm UK time


Please contact the convenor if you have any questions. 

Professor Diana Paton (BA, PhD)

Head of History Subject Area; William Robertson Professor of History

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

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