School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History seminars

The Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History hosts seminars throughout the academic year, which are open to all.

The Centre theme for 2018-19 is 'Space'.

Our seminars are open to all staff and students at the University of Edinburgh, as well as members of the public. Everyone is warmly welcome.

Time and location

Seminars are usually held from 17.00 to 19.00 in LG.09, David Hume Tower, unless stated otherwise. All papers are followed by a 10-15 minute comment. See below for further details. 

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Events schedule

Semester 2 

Date/time Speaker(s) Title
Tuesday 15 Jan Alex Paulin-Booth (Brussels Free Universities)

'Alternative political spaces: Utopias, dystopias, and the French Left around 1900'

Commentator: Emile Chabal (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 29 Jan Erika Hanna (University of Bristol)

'Subsistence farming, butter, and murder: The local and the global history of an Irish field in 1958'

Commentator: Enda Delaney (University of Edinburgh)

In collaboration with the Modern Irish History Seminar series

Tuesday 26 Feb Akhila Yechury (University of St Andrews)

'Rethinking imperial sovereignty: The French borderland in India, 1815-1947'

Commentator: Harshan Kumarasingham  (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 5 Mar Ben Smith (University of Warwick)

'US moral panics, Mexican politics and the borderlands: The origins of the war on drugs, 1950-1962'

Commentator: Jake Blanc (University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday 19 Mar Stefanie Gänger (Universität Köln)

‘The most important and usual remedy that medicine possesses: Cinchona, medicine and sociality in the Atlantic world, 1751–1820’

Commentator: Sarah Easterby-Smith (University of St Andrews)

In collaboration with the History of Science, Medicine and Technology Group

Tuesday 26 Mar Alexander Geppert (New York University)

'Dreams of a cosmic future: The production of outer space in post-war Europe'

Commentator: Matjaz Vidmar (University of Edinburgh)

Thursday 4 Apr

LG.10 David Hume Tower

Olivier Estèves (Université Lille-III)

The ‘desegregation’ of English schools (1960-1980): Race, education and urban space

Commentator: Tim Peace (University of Glasgow)

Tuesday 14 May

Seminar room 5, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Ljubica Spaskovska (CSMCH-IASH Fellow 2018-9, University of Exeter)

'Comrades, guerrillas, diplomats: Socialism, non-alignment and the quest for a new international order, 1930-1990'

Commentator: Vladimir Unkovski-Korica (University of Glasgow)

Tuesday 28 May

Room G.15, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Claudia Stern (CSMCH-IASH Fellow 2018-9, Freie Universität, Berlin)

'"By reason or force": Space, nationhood and class under the shadow of cultural trauma in Chile, 1970-1990'

Commentator: Tereza Valny (University of Edinburgh)

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