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.

This year's theme is "Crisis & Decoloniality" .

Time and location

Seminars are usually held on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm online via Zoom unless stated otherwise All papers are followed by a 10-15 minute comment. See below for further details. 

Event schedule

Semester 1, 2021-22 

Date Speaker Title Comment/Moderator Register

Tuesday 28th Sept



A Panel discussion featuring CL Nash (IASH, Edinburgh), Geeta Patel (IASH, Virgina), Giovanni Batz (California Davis) and Omeasoo Wahpasiw (Carleton). Moderated by Shaira Vadasaria (Edinburgh).

'Decoloniality: Approaches and Questions' Shaira Vadasaria (Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies, Edinburgh)  
Wednesday 13th Oct

Mary Lou Roberts (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


'Sheer Misery: Soldiers in Battle in World War II' Wendy Ugolini (University of Edinburgh)  
Tuesday 26th Oct (Works-in-Progress) Jacob Blanc (Lecturer, Edinburgh) 'Memory in the Time of Impunity: Constructions of Truth in the Shadow of Brazil's Dictatorship'

Leigh Payne (Professor of Sociology, Latin American Centre Oxford University)

Donald Bloxham (Richard Pares Professor of European History, Modern History, Historiography, Edinburgh)

Tuesday 9th Nov (Seminar) Benjamin Hoy (Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan) 'A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border Across Indigenous Lands' Reetta Humalajoki (Lecturer, University of Turku)  
Tuesday 23rd Nov (Seminar) J.T. Way (Associate Professor, University of Georgia) 'Agrotropolis: Youth, Street, and Nation in the New Urban Guatemala' Julie Gibbings (Lecturer, Edinburgh)  

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