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.

Semester 1 2020-21

All ECGH events in semester 1 will take place online at 4pm on Wednesdays, unless otherwise stated.  Please contact us ( to be added to our mailing list or for the link to a single event.

Date Speaker Topic
Wednesday 23 Sept

Anne Gerritsen (Warwick), in conversation with Stephen McDowall (ECGH)

'The City of Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain and the Early Modern World’
Wednesday 7 Oct Manuel Barcia (Leeds) ‘The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade’

Monday 12 Oct


Online Roundtable Discussion 

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)

'Critical Globalism: Perspectives from Early Modern Artistic Networks (16th–18th Centuries)'

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Wednesday 21 Oct Ceyda Karamursel (SOAS) ‘The Sack and the Bowstring: A Global History of Ottoman Slavery and Freedom’
Wednesdays 4 Nov Kalathmika Natarajan (Edinburgh) 'Histories of the "International" : Caste, Migration and Indian Diplomacy'
Tuesday 10 Nov

Online Roundtable Discussion

'Pandemics, Past and Present' - Adia Benton (Northwestern University), Mark Honigsbaum (University of London), Richard McKay (University of Oxford), Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews) and Dora Vargha (University of Exter)

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A panel event co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History and History of Science, Medicine and Technology Research Group

NB 5-7pm

Wednesday 18 Nov Luke Gartlan (St Andrews)

'Bringing Empire Home: St Andrews and the Global Networks of Victorian Photography'

Wednesday 2 Dec

Hatice Yıldız (Edinburgh)

Co-sponsored by the Histories of Gender and Sexuality Research Group

'Sleeping at the Factory Gates: Gender, Industrialisation, and Time Regulation in Bombay Cotton Mills, 1870-1890'.


Please contact the convenors if you have any questions. To be added to our mailing list or to receive the link to a single event please contact us at

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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