School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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.

A 19th century copy of the traditional Korean atlas produced in the early Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910)
A nineteenth-century copy of the traditional Korean atlas produced in the early Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910)

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

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Current projects

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

PhD students