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 4pm to 5:30pm online via Zoom  (or a combination of in-person and via Zoom) - see below for details.  All papers are followed by a 10-15 minute comment. See below for further details. 

Event schedule

Semester 2, 2021/22

Date Speaker Title Comment/Moderator Venue Register

Tue 18 Jan

Alison Chand (University of Highlands and Islands)

‘"I didn’t think I’d be stuck at home having to find something to do to entertain a newborn’": Oral testimonies of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood in Britain during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic'

Gayle Davis (History, University of Edinburgh)   Register
Tue 1 Feb Alejandro Flores (CSMCH Fellow, University of Edinburgh)

'Raised gaze in Ixil Time: Towards a minor history of war (1936-2020)'

Casey High (Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)   Register

Tue 8 Mar

Steven Pierce (University of Manchester)



'How to do things with corruption: Africa and the political career of a discourse' Akin Iwilade (Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh)

Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Tue 15 Mar

Rochelle Rowe (University of Edinburgh)

'Black women’s rerformance of beauty in the 19th-century city' (Pre-circulated work-in-progress)

Caroline Bressey (UCL – participating remotely) and Katucha Bento (Sociology, University of Edinburgh)

Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Tue 5 Apr

Vinita Damodaran (University of Sussex)

'What the Adivasis of Eastern India can tell us about planetary health'  

Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Tue 17 May Jeremy Green (University of Cambridge) 'The political economy of the Special Relationship: Anglo-American development from the Gold Standard to the financial crisis” Paul Kosmetatos (History, University of Edinburgh) Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building Register

Semester 1, 2021/22 

Date Speaker Title Comment/Moderator Register
Wed 13th Oct

Mary Lou Roberts (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


'Sheer Misery: Soldiers in Battle in World War II' Wendy Ugolini (University of Edinburgh) Watch again
Tue 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)

Tue 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) Watch again
Tue 16th Nov (Seminar) Delee Nikal (Wet’suwet’en)  'Dispatches from the Frontlines of Environmental Justice: A conversation on colonial resource extraction, gender violence and COP26'   Watch again
Tue 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) Watch again

Tue 7th Dec


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)  

Further information

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