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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 AND H5.45

University of Warwick, UK

This workshop brings together early career research scholars of history and affiliated fields working on transnational networks fostered through the British Empire. We hope to enable new conversations on diverse aspects of the British empire as a multi/ trans-national and global entity. This event will facilitate a substantive engagement on conceptual and historical approaches of framing the empire. 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. Scholars are invited to submit 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.

Preference in funding will be given to scholars from developing countries.

This event is free and open to all. RSVP us by 30 May 2018 at if you would like to attend.

The CFP is now closed.

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

Full schedule can be found here: Programme 

Readings for the Panel discussion on 'Invoking the Global' can be found here:

This panel would discuss/debate 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.

Please get in touch with us for any further enquiries.

Interactive Map of the Warwick Campus: 

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.

Workshop Poster

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