Modern & Contemporary Research Seminar, University of Birmingham


Centre for Modern and Contemporary History

Research Seminar Series 2016/17

 Place/Time: Muirhead Tower Room 122, 4-6 pm, except where specified.

 ALL are welcome and there are always drinks afterwards in Bratby Bar, Staff House.

Please contact the organizer if you’d like to join the speaker for dinner afterwards.



Autumn Term 2016


Week 1: Wed 28/9: (Arts Lecture Room 2)

Dr. Tom Cutterham (Birmingham)

'Amiable Angelica: An American Aristocrat in Revolutionary London'

(Joint seminar with CREMS)

 Week 2: Wed 5/10:

Dr. Courtney J. Campbell (Birmingham)

‘Making the Brazilian Northeast: A Region within the Nation and the World (1924-1968)’

Week 3: Wed 12/10:

No seminar. (CREMS seminar)

Week 4: Wed 19/10:

Prof. Diana Paton (Edinburgh)

‘Objects, Rituals and Money: Everyday material cultures and the Prosecution of Spiritual Healing in the Anglo-Creole Caribbean’

Week 5: Wed 26/10:

No seminar. (CREMS Annual Lecture, in conjunction with the BRIHC materiality series, 17h: Dr Catherine Richardson (University of Kent): ‘Things, People, Stories – a cultural history of a Cathedral yard’)

Week 6: Reading Week

No seminar

Week 7: Wed 9/11: (16:30h, Danford Room, Arts Building)

Dr. Simon M. Stevens (Cambridge)

‘The United Nations and Sanctions against South Africa, 1946-1965’

(Joint seminar with DASA)

Week 8: Wed 16/11: (starts at 17:15H)

Dr. Jakub Beneš (Oxford).

‘Forests, Fields, and Peasant Revolution: The 'Green Cadres' and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire’

(Joint with BRIHC Materiality Seminar)

Week 9: Wed 23/11:

Dr. Tehila Sasson (Emory)

‘We Are the World: The End of Empire and the Rise of Global Humanitarianism’

(Joint Seminar with MBS)

Week 10: Wed 30/11:

Birmingham PGRs Session. Details TBD

Week 11: Thurs 8/12: Winter Roundtable (Time/Room TBD)

(Joint with Birmingham Seminar in Environmental Humanities):

Critical Histories of Energy and Extraction



Spring Term 2017

Week 1: Wed 11/1:

Dr. Saurabh Mishra (Sheffield)

‘Violence, Resilience and the 'Coolie' Identity: Life on the Ships to the Caribbean, 1834-1920’

Week 2: Wed 18/1:

Prof. Robert Gerwarth (UCD)

‘The Vanquished’

Week 3: Wed 25/1:

Dr. Mo Moulton (Birmingham)

‘Co-operatives and Decolonisation: A Beautiful Friendship?’

Week 4: Wed 1/2:

Dr. Tom Stammers (Durham)

'Baubles of the Bourbons: The Fate of Royal Heritage in Nineteenth-Century France'

Week 5: Wed 8/2:

Dr. Steffen Rimner (Leiden)

‘Beyond Empire's Ambit: Narcotic Drugs between Science and State Crime’

Week 6: Reading Week

No seminar

Week 7: Wed 22/2:

Birmingham Teaching Fellows Session. Details TBD.

Week 8: Wed 1/3:

Prof. Deborah Cohen (North-Western) TBC


(Joint Event with MBS)

*AND* -  Thu 2/3, (Whitting Room/436 in Arts Building, 5:15pm):

Dr. Daniel Knight (St. Andrews)

‘History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece’

(Joint seminar with BOMGS)

Week 9: Wed 8/3:

Birmingham Teaching Fellows Session. Details TBD.

Week 10: Mon. 13/3: Centre for Modern & Contemporary History Annual Lecture. (Starts at 17H, room TBC).

Prof. Tara Zahra (University of Chicago)

‘The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World’


Summer Term 2017

Week 1: Wed 26/4: (Time TBC)

Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (Sydney)

'The Tramp's Tale: A Story of Soviet Border-Crossings, 1945-50'

July 2017: (date TBC)

Centre for Modern & Contemporary History Summer Conference 

‘Everyday Empires’

(Joint Event with Brihc, Organised by Dr. Nathan Cardon, Dr. Simon Jackson)




» Seminar Calendar 2016-17