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Research Seminar Series: 2020-21

Over this academic year, the Scottish Centre for Global History and The Centre for Scottish Culture will be holding a number of online Research Seminars. For more information and if you would like to attend any of the below seminars contact:

All seminars take place via Microsoft Teams – Thursdays 4-5.30pm.

Semester 2

28th January: Dr Emma Newlands (University of Strathclyde), Title TBA.

4th February: Prof Alison Oram (Leeds Beckett University), ‘What Is Queer Heritage?”

11th February: Dr Chris Fevre (Free State University Bloemfontein, SA), ‘Race and Resistance to Policing in Twentieth Century England’. – Click here to watch this seminar Live at 4pm GMT.

25th February: Dr Talat Ahmed (University of Edinburgh), ‘Brilliant Sun of Revolt”: popular upsurge of Pakistan students and workers, 1968-69’.

4th March: Dr Arun Kumar (University of Nottingham), Negotiating the Pressures of the Colonial Economy: The Life-World of Artisans.

  • This seminar will focus on artisanal lives in colonial North India and their response to the programmes of industrial and technical education. While the focus of the de-industrialization debate in the long nineteenth and early twenteith century remained on the declining and rejuvenating artisanal industries, studies on the lives of artisans remained on the margins. An attempt will be made to understand how and in what conditions different sections of artisans witnessed their pauperization under the colonial economy, made specific trade and life choices, and used limited education in their lives.

18th March: Dr Andrew Cohen (University of Kent), ‘The unacceptable face of capitalism”? Lonrho in Africa during the late colonial early postcolonial period.

  • This talk will address the role of multinational business in the late colonial world through an examination of the British multinational company Lonrho. The company, led by its buccaneering managing-director Roland ‘Tiny’ Rowland, this sleeply Rhodesian company rapidly expanded throughout Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Rowland’s ability to cultivate relationships and networks with key African leaders proved crucial in maintaining his own position in the company during an attempted boardroom coup, dubbed ‘the Lonrho affair’, in May 1973. Additionally, it will suggest that Rowland’s ability to coerce newly independent African governments was negligible at best and the Lonrho case study suggests the need to reconsider the multifaceted nature of multinational business during the period of decolonisation.
    • Andrew Cohen is Senior Lecturer in Imperial History at the University of Kent. He is the author of The Politics and Economics of Decolonization in Africa: The Failed Experiment of the Central African Federation (2017) and the co-author (with Rory Pilossof) of Labour and Economic Change in Southern Africa, c.1900-2000 (2021).

1st April: Dr Janet Greenlees (Glasgow Caledonian University), ‘Poverty and Pregnancy in 20th C Glasgow: An Oral History Approach’.

6th May: Dr Emma Macleod (University of Stirling), Title TBA.

12th May: Dr Tinashe Nyamunda (North Western University), Title TBA.