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Between & Beyond: Transnational Networks & the British Empire, 18th-20th centuries

Doctoral and Early Career Workshop

21-22 June 2018,

Humanities Building, H0.60 & H5.45

University of Warwick, UK

Full Programme and Abstracts

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This workshop brings together early career research scholars of history and affiliated fields working on transnational networks fostered through the British Empire. It hopes to enable new conversations on diverse aspects of the British empire as a multi/ trans-national and global entity, and conceptual and historical approaches to frame it. We closely explore the intra, inter and extra imperial negotiations of its various constituents – through movements, flows, circulations, discursive configurations and lateral networks - that spanned countries, colonies and continents. We reiterate how trans-colonial traffic involved, yet circumvented, forms of metropolitan control and direction, highlighting connections between the colonies and dominions on the one hand, and extra-imperial entities on the other. Doctoral and ECR scholars will present papers that study these linkages and their attendant politics focusing, but not limited to: transnational histories of objects, religious, economic and political discourses and networks, capital, commodities, scientific or cultural productions.

The CFP is now closed.

This event is free and open to all. The Registration option is on top left side of this page.

Registration opens at 9.30 am on 21 June 2018, H0.60. Sessions will take place from 9.45am-6.30pm on both days.

Roundtable: 'Invoking the Global: And the Reach of the Transnational'


This roundtable will discuss conceptual and historical approaches to how the global and the transnational have played out in particular historical fields, and with what consequences for the discipline. Through two different but related readings (Legg and Hodges), we interrogate the politics and practices behind such an engagement and the scope and limits that characterise it. Our panelists Sarah Hodges, James Poskett and Anne Gerritsen will debate the methodological challenges of writing transnational history, while reflecting on its intersections with the 'global'. .

Travel and Accommodation

Participants are requested to arrange their own travel and accommodation. The nearest railway stations to reach the University are Coventry and Leamington Spa. Both have excellent train and bus connections with London and Birmingham. Please book your tickets through National Rail, UK to avoid any processing charges.

Birmingham International is the nearest airport and is about 15-20 mins away by train from Coventry and Leamington Spa. You can stay at either Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa - all within accessible distance of the University. National Express and Stagecoach run public transport to the campus is quite regular for travel within the city. Here are a few suggested links for accommodation:

Affordable off campus stays: Air Bnb 

On campus: University Acco.

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Keynote Speakers:

Anna Greenwood, University of Nottingham, 21 June 2018, 5pm, H0.60, Humanities Building

The Empire is not White’: Nairobi, public health, segregation and competing visions of a plural society, 1907-1923'

Clare Midgley, Sheffield Hallam University, 22 June 2018, 5pm, H5.45, Humanities Building

Cosmopolitan feminisms: Transnational collaboration on the ‘woman question’ between Indian, British and American activists

Organised by:

Somak Biswas(Warwick); CJ Kuncheria (New Delhi); Christian Velasco (Warwick), Dr. Guillemette Crouzet (Warwick)

Faculty Collaborators:

Dr. James Poskett (Warwick); Dr. Aditya Sarkar (Warwick); Prof. Anne Gerritsen (Warwick)

The Organisers warmly acknowledge the support of the following institutions for their funding and support:

  1. Global History and Culture Centre, the Centre for the History of Medicine, the Feminist History Reading Group, Department of History, the Humanities Research Centre, the Global Research Priorities: Connecting Cultures, and Another India at the University of Warwick.
  2. The British Academy, the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences through the Newton International Fellowship Scheme.

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