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Teaching and Supervision in the Global History and Culture Centre

MA in Global History

The MA in Global and Comparative History is an innovative taught MA course, one of the first in the UK to focus specifically on global history, and offering students the chance to investigate one of the most dynamic areas of current historical enquiry and debate. At its centre is a core module exploring the way in which global history has emerged, the methods it adopts, the subject areas it addresses and the criticisms it has attracted.

Throughout, students are encouraged to explore how the global can be investigated in relation to the regional and the local, as part of wider debates on historical methods and interpretation. This provides a route into studying major regions of the globe, including Latin America, India and China. Student's also benefit from the wider activities of the Global History and Culture Centre, with the option to participate in seminars, lectures and conferences arranged by the Centre.

The course offers an excellent route into PhD research in the emerging field of global history and culture. Recent postgraduates have also advanced into careers in the cultural sector, consultancy and teaching.

Postgraduate Research

Members of the Global History and Culture Centre welcome expressions of interest in pursuing research degrees at the University of Warwick Department of History. Recent and current PhD students supervised by members of the Global History and Culture Centre include the following:

  • Malik Hammad Ahmad, Civil Resistance Movements of Pakistan 1977-1988
  • Bhangya Bhukya, Power, Subaltern and Identity: Making of the Lambada Community (a nomadic/pastoral community) in Hyderabad State
  • Somak Biswas, Passages to India: British Indophiles in an age of empire
  • Shrikant Botre, Rationalizing the Body: Sexual Modernity in Colonial Western India Will Bramwell, Imagining the alternatives: The legacies of collaboration and the making of post-war South Africa, 1902-1910
  • Anna Bruzzone, Markets, Colonialisms and the Construction of Sovereignty: Processes of State Formation in the Somalia-Kenya Borderlands (1925-1963)
  • Shengfang Chou, Late Qing China and the British World: Space, Body and the Image of Empire 1840-1920
  • Maxmillian Chuhila, thesis tba
  • Tim Davies, British Private Trade Networks in the Arabian Seas, c.1680-c.1760
  • Serena Dyer, Trained to Consume: Excess and Restraint in Women's Consumption of Dress, 1770-1830 Sarah Easterby-Smith, Cultivating Commerce: Connoisseurship, botany and the plant trade in London and Paris, c.1760-c.1815
  • Katherine Foxhall, Disease at Sea: Bodies, Ships and the Ocean in the Voyage to Australia, c.1800-1880
  • Philippa Hubbard, The Art of Advertising: Trade Cards in Eighteenth-Century Consumer Cultures
  • Karolina Hutkova, Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Textiles in Europe and North America Aaron Jaffer, Lascar Mutiny in the Age of Sail, c.1780-1860
  • Yi-Chun Liu, thesis tba Beatriz Martinez Saavedra, Communal Crisis, National Identity and Historical Imagination in Western India
  • Tim McEvoy, Useful Knowledge at Sea: The State and Navigation in Eighteenth-century Venice
  • Anna Moran, From Factory Floor to Fine Dining: making, selling and using glass in Ireland, c.1730-c.1830
  • Rachael Morton, The Making and Possessing of Quality: The Metalware Trades in England, c.1675-1785 Shailaja Paik, Daughters of the Lesser God: Dalit Women's Education in Postcolonial Pune
  • George Roberts, The Cold War in Dar es Salaam, c.1967-1979
  • Joydeep Sen, Astronomy in India, 1784-1876
  • Kate Smith, The Potter's Skill: Perceptions of Workmanship in the English Ceramic Industries, 1760-1800
  • Hui Tang, Global Jingdezhen
  • Darshi Thoradeniya, Women's Health as State Strategy: Sri Lanka's Twentieth Century
  • Josephine Tierney, Global Design Networks during Empire: the design and consumption of British printed textiles for export to Africa 1850-1914
  • David Toulson, World Music, Protest and Opposition to Apartheid 1970-2000
  • Christian Velasco Reyes, A comparative historical analysis of financial institutions in diverse sub-Saharan African countries since the last years of the colonial period until the first decade of the 21th century
  • Meike von Brescius (nee Fellinger), Beyond Company Control: EIC Servants and the Distribution of Chinese Luxuries in Europe, 1730-1770
  • Andrew Whitehead, The Kashmir Conflict of 1947: Testimonies of a Contested History

Undergraduate Research Student Scholarship (URSS) Projects

A number of undergraduate students undertake research projects funded by the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing such projects in areas related to global history and cultre are invited to contact any of the members of the Global History and Culture Centre, and we would be happy to support such applications. The following URSS projects have been completed in recent years in areas related to global history and culture:

  • 2013/14 James Handy, 'Everyday acquisitiveness: Luxury in English public discourse, 1650-1800', supervised by Professor Giorgio Riello
  • 2013/14 Veselin Ivanov, 'Art, Power and Identity - A Comparative Study of Early Modern Islamic Empires', supervised by Dr James Baldwin
  • 2012/13 Holly Winter, 'The Scandal of Empire: Anglo-Indian Material Culture and the making of the English Country House', supervised by Dr Chris Nierstrasz
  • 2012/13 Tereza Hausmanova, 'The Manila galleons in global history: trans-pacific exchanges and consumer cultures, 1400-1800', supervised by Dr Anne Gerritsen
  • 2012/13 Ilina Sen, 'Global Gifts: Embassies to the Mughal Emperors and the Role of Gift-giving, 1600-1750', supervised by Professor Giorgio Riello
    Samantha Tanizar, 'Mestizo cultures in early modern Malacca in a global perspective', supervised by Dr Anne Gerritsen
  • 2010/11 Joshua Cockcroft and Sacha Hepburn, 'The International Criminal Court in Kenya: Impunity, Violence and the Post-Colonial State'. Supervised by Dr Daniel Branch
  • 2010/11 Joseph Francombe, 'The History of Nonviolent Resistance in India'. Supervised by Professor David Hardiman
  • 2010/11 Varvara-Vera Pratikaki,'A comparative view of European and Japanese cultures through a study of their mechanical automata in the 18th and early 19th centuries'. Supervised by Dr Anne Gerritsen
  • 2009/10 Harriet Owens, 'History on Trial: the Politics of Memory in Post-Colonial Kenya and Britain'. Supervised by Dr Daniel Branch
  • 2009/10 Rebecca Unsworth, 'Flying Carpets? Material Culture and the Global Trade of Turkish Carpets, c. 1400-1700'. Supervised by Dr Giorgio Riello
  • 2008/09 Catherine Boycott, 'Nonviolent Resistance in India before Gandhi'. Supervised by Professor David Hardiman
  • 2008/09 Sally Thomas, 'The Gandhian hope for Gujarat' . Supervised by Professor David Hardiman
  • 2007/08 Grace Allen, 'Global Commodities: the Material Culture of Early Modern Connections'. Supervised by Dr Giorgio Riello and Dr Anne Gerritsen

Undergraduate Teaching

The Department of History offers a number of modules with a 'global' approach for students in their first, second and final year. The content of these modules not only goes beyond British and European History, but explores more than one part of the world, and pays attention to the ways in which these different parts of the world came into contact with each other in the past. Many of these modules are thematically organised, and offer students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the different modes of global interaction. Recent and current 'global' modules include the following:

First and Second Year

Final Year