Global and Transnational Research Group
The Global & Transnational Research Group (G&T) is an interdisciplinary research forum based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.
Our members are researchers drawn from various schools across the College of Humanities & Social Science who have interests in the history of global connections and the movements of people, objects, images and ideas, and in the histories of regions seen in a global perspective, ranging chronologically from antiquity to the contemporary world.
We are particularly interested in exploring the relationship between global, transnational, imperial and comparative histories, as well as the intersection between the local and the global. We combine the University of Edinburgh’s unique strengths in interdisciplinary and language-based area studies with its long tradition of cutting-edge historical research on the history of empires and Scotland’s role in shaping the modern world. This unparalleled concentration of expertise provides a foundation for critical reflection on the past history of global connections, and on the limits and challenges of the global as an analytical category.G&T exists to facilitate cooperation between global and transnational historians of different regions and different periods across the University of Edinburgh, and to provide a forum in which staff and graduate student research can develop and flourish. In addition to interdisciplinary workshops and seminars, we hold a regular G&T Research Forum, which provides an opportunity to read and discuss the current research of our members and develop new critical tools for the study of global and transnational history.Events
G&T run regular seminars throughout the academic year. Find out more on our seminar page:
Research Group Blog
Please see our blog to keep up to date with our research group - http://research.shca.ed.ac.uk/global/.
Current projects underway by members of the group include:
- Edinburgh University's Global Lives and Legacies: African alumni and the theorisation of African knowledge (Tom Cunningham, Henry Mitchell, Ismael Maazaz, James Smith, George Karekwaivanane, Emma Hunter)
- Becoming Coolies: rethinking the origins of the Indian Labour Diaspora, 1772-1920 (Crispin Bates)
- Religion-Psy Interaction in India, Japan and the UK, 1870s to Present Day (Chris Harding)
- South African wine and global connectivity (Paul Nugent)
- Chinese economists in the 1950s (Felix Boecking)
- Print media in the colonial world (Emma Hunter)
- Edwardian architecture in Britain and the wider British world (Alex Bremner)
- Material and visual cultures of Sino-British exchange (Stephen McDowall).
Academic staff members
- Dr Talat Ahmed (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Prof Crispin Bates (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Dr Jacob Blanc (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Dr Felix Boecking (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Dr Stephen Bowd (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Dr Alex Bremner (Edinburgh College of Art)
- Dr Mike Carr (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Dr Sarah Cockram (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Dr Kirsty Day (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Prof Natascha Gentz (Chinese Studies)
- Dr Christopher Harding (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Dr Harshan Kumarasingham (Social and Political Science)
- Prof Paul Nugent (History, Classics & Archaeology)
- Catherine Bateson, ‘American Civil War Songs and Irish-American Sentiments’
- Alison Clark
- Sophie Cooper, ‘Identity and Nationalism in the Irish Diaspora: Melbourne and Chicago, 1850-1890’
- Tom Cunningham, ‘Muscular Christianity: A Corporeal History of the Church of Scotland Mission to Kenya, c. 1906-1938’
- Henry Mitchell, ‘African trade unionism, and the interwar international labour movement'
- Ros Parr, ‘Transnational activities of Indian nationalist women’
- Tamsin Prideaux , 'Economic and Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Venice: the Cinque Savi alla Mercanzia and the control of immigrant groups, 1550-1700'
- Fraser Raeburn, ‘Scottish participation in the Spanish Civil War’
- Rian Sutton, ‘Narrating the Murderess: Legal and Cultural Construction of the Murderess and her Crime in New York City and London from 1865 to 1914’
- Jing Zhu, ‘Picturing Ethnicity in Southwest China, c.1750-1950’