The Centre supports a wide variety of research projects and events. The Centre’s core activity is a series of intensive two-day workshops on new problems and perspectives in Global History.

History Research Seminars 2016/17

A series of research seminars at the University of Dundee taking place from October 2016 to March 2017.

Forthcoming Events

Commercial cosmopolitanism? Policing contact zones and governing 'multinationals' in the early modern world - International Conference at the Scottish Centre for Global History,

University of Dundee, 2 – 3 June 2017

Contact zones and the linked concepts of brokerage, go-betweens, hybridity, and transculturation have been amongst the most fertile and innovative fields of study in recent years. However, since the classic works by Polanyi and Curtin, the focus has been not on commercial interactions but more commonly on the brokerage involved in knowledge production in imperial and colonial regimes. This workshop seeks to fill this gap by reintroducing economic history to the study of contact zones. Bringing together a range of established and early-career researchers, the workshop will set out the cutting edge of the field and thereby open up new avenues for research the intersection of economic, global, and cultural history.

Attendance at the event is free but registration is essential. If you wish to attend, please contact Jenny Gorrod at

Past Events

Conference - Alcohol and its Discontents

organised by Dr Nandini Bhattacharya, 28 June 2017.

Truths and Fictions: Two Centuries of Scottish-Russian Encounters

20 June 2016, a one-day conference looking at relations between Scotland and Russia in the 20th century.

Writing Global History Workshop

 4 June 2016, a graduate student workshop on Writing Global History and Its Challenges, with Prof Jürgen Osterhammel (University of Konstanz) & Prof Geoffrey Parker (The Ohio State University).

Global History Day 2016

18 May 2016, A day of Global History to mark the occasion of a visit to Dundee by Steve Pincus (Yale).

The Crisis of South African Foreign Policy and the ANC: Diplomacy, Leadership and the Role of the African National Congress

 27 Jan 2016, a seminar by Dr Matt Graham for the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

The Political Prison: Dissent, Incarceration, and Penal Regimes

 18-19 June 2015, an event drawing together researchers working across disciplines to explore how prison and other carceral institutions can function as a site of political repression and dissent.

Medical Substances and Therapies in Colonial Asia

27-28 May 2015, a conference bringing together historians of South Asia who have worked on substances and their social trajectories.

AHRI Lecture: Global History and the Machine Age

26 May 2015, a lecture by Professor David Arnold (University of Warwick), one of the most prolific historians of colonial medicine and modern South Asia.
Listen to this lecture on Soundcloud

Interrogating the Revival of Empire in Humanities Research

 8-9 May 2015, a workshop for graduates co-hosted with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews.

How Wars End

October 2014, a one day conference covering a wide range of conflicts from the Anglo-Scottish Wars of the later middle ages to the global Cold War of the twentieth century.

Communication & Knowledge 1600-1900

part-funded by the British Academy, March 2014.

Finance, Communication & Co-ordination in Eighteenth-Century Empires

co-hosted with Centre for History and Social Science, Yale University, part-funded by the Mellon Foundation, June 2013.