The Imperial and Global History Network is an ESRC-funded project, composed of postgraduate and and early career researchers. The core of our group are historians but all of us benefit from approaches in different disciplines, such as anthropology, geography, literary and cultural studies, and politics and international relations. Chronologically our focus is on the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries but we define imperial and global history in its broadest terms, encompassing not just the history of imperialism and globalisation but also area studies, transnational and comparative history, and colonial and post-colonial studies. This breadth is reflected in the research interests of our members, which range from the study of Treaty Port China to youth activism in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle.
The website serves as the virtual hub of our Network, providing a forum for members to discuss key issues within the field, as well as an opportunity to share advice, information and resources on career development and funding opportunities. At a time when researchers are increasingly being encouraged to collaborate with other researchers from different disciplines and institutions, as well as non-academic partners, we hope that the Network’s website will help early career academics to publicise their research, make connections, and find out about what others in the field are working on.
As part of the Network’s activities we will also be organising a series of research seminars, workshops, and conferences. Our first conference will take place in June 2014 and we’re keen to involve as many postgraduates and early career researchers as possible, so please do submit an abstract!
The Network is hosted the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the University of Exeter, which comprises one of the largest groups of imperial and global historians currently working in the U.K.. The Centre has its own blog, which you can find here.
The Network is also affiliated with the following research centres:
- The Centre for the Study of Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies, the University of Bristol
- Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, the University of Southampton
- Centre for Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies, the University of Sussex
- Department of History, School of Humanities and Performing Arts, Plymouth University
We’re always looking to develop further collaborative ties with other academic and non-academic partners. We would therefore welcome enquiries from any research organisation that would like to support the Network’s activities.