School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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.

Time and location

Please see below for details of times and location.

A drinks reception will follow evening seminars. Everyone is warmly welcome.

In the case of lunchtime work in progress seminars, those on the mailing list will receive a copy of the paper for discussion in advance, anyone else should contact the organisers to request a copy.

How to find us

Events schedule

Semester 1, 2019/20

Date Speaker Title Time & venue


26 Sept

Emily Callaci (Wisconsin-Madison)

‘Decolonizing reproduction: African health workers and the population control movement’

5:15-7pm, LG.11, David Hume Tower


27 Sept


‘Another world? Concepts and methods in East Africa’s global histories’


11-4pm, 2.05, Old Infirmary, 1 Drummond Street


9 Oct

David Finkelstein (Heriot-Watt)

‘Mapping Victorian print migration across space and time’

5:15-7pm,  G.01, 50 George Square


22 Oct

William Pomeranz (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

‘Law and the Russian State: Russia's Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin’

(Co-sponsored by the HCA Graduate School)

5:15-7pm, LG10, David Hume Tower


30 Oct

'The Grenada revolution after 40 years': Film screening and discussion'

Screening of 'Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution (2013)'

This award-winning documentary explores the short-lived but influential People's Revolutionary Government (1979-83) of Grenada that ended with the killing of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and the subsequent US invasion. The screening will be followed by a discussion with guests Jacob Ross, author and editor at Peepal Tree Press, and Professor Richard Drayton, Kings College London, chaired by Lisa Williams, Edinburgh Caribbean Association.

Co-sponsored by the CSMCH and the Edinburgh Caribbean Association. Part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival

6-8:30pm, Appleton 1, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh
Thursday 7 Nov

Rachel Douglas (Glasgow) and Christian Hogsbjerg (Brighton)

'C. L. R. James and the Black Jacobins'

5:15-7pm,  G.01, 50 George Square
Tuesday 12 Nov

Ingeborg Høvik (Tromsø)

'Agency in the British-Arctic contact zone: The case of Zakæus (1792-1819)'


5:15-7pm, venue tbc

Thursday 5 Dec


‘Powerful stuff: Colonial objects in a decolonising world’

12pm, Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, Doorway 1, Old Medical School

Further information

Please contact the convenors if you have any questions or wish to be added to our mailing list.

Dr Stephen McDowall

Director, Edinburgh Centre for Global History; Senior Lecturer

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

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Professor Diana Paton

Programme Director

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

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Find out what else is on

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.