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 is the University of Edinburgh's leading centre for research into the history of the modern world. It's seminar series welcomes everyone.

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. The Centre's theme for 2019-20 is 'Revolution'.

Time and location

Seminars are usually held from 17.00 to 19.00 in David Hume Tower unless stated otherwise (exact room will be shown beside each date). All papers are followed by a 10-15 minute comment. See below for further details. 

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Event schedule

Semester 2, 2019-20 

Date Speaker(s) Title Comment Venue
Tuesday 14 Jan Courtney Campbell (Birmingham)

'From Olga to Dilma: Women revolutionaries and the nation in twentieth-century Brazil'

Jake Blanc (Edinburgh) LG.8, David Hume Tower

Tuesday 28 Jan

Sarah Badcock (Nottingham)

'Kaleidoscopic visions: Russia’s revolutions from provincial perspectives'

Anna Lively (Edinburgh) LG.09, David Hume Tower

Tuesday 11 Feb

Kristoff Kerl ('Universität Köln, CSMCH-IASH Fellow 2019-20)

'Ecstasy and cultural revolution: Sex, drugs, and music in Western countercultures, 1960s-1980s'

Angela Bartie (Edinburgh) LG.10, David Hume Tower

Tuesday 3 Mar

Nathaniel Morris (University College London)

'Soldiers, saints and shamans: Indigenous communities and revolutionary movements in the mountains of Mexico, 1910-40'

Julie Gibbings (Edinburgh) CANCELLED - LG.10, David Hume Tower

Tuesday 17 Mar

Anne Dolan (Trinity College Dublin)

'Bearing all kinds of witness to war: finding violence in revolutionary Ireland'

With Modern Irish History seminars
Alvin Jackson (Edinburgh) CANCELLED LG.10, David Hume Tower

Tuesday 31 Mar

Pankaj Mishra (Essayist and novelist)

'Revisiting the age of anger'

Emma Hunter (Edinburgh) CANCELLED LG.11, David Hume Tower

Tuesday 5 May

Kate Ballantyne (Edinburgh, CSMCH Career Development Fellow 2019-20)

‘"Bodies upon the gears": Southern university students and campus revolution in the era of in loco parentis'

Joe Ryan-Hume (Glasgow) CANCELLED

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Room 02M.26
William Robertson Wing

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