Centre events

Researching Black British Histories

Researching Black British Histories
16/02/2022 (14:00-15:30)
Postgraduate researchers Saffron East (History, UCL), Sue Lemos (History, Warwick), and Montaz Marche (History, Birmingham) will be joining us to discuss their current research on Black British histories.

The Commonwealth Games: A Roundtable Discussion

The Commonwealth Games: A Roundtable Discussion
27/04/2022 (14:00-15:30)
Roundtable discussion on the meaning(s) of the Commonwealth Games through time (past, present, future) and how this relates to conversations about citizenship, race, and belonging in the shadow of the British empire.
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Previous events:


  • 28th November - Catholicism in Wartime Germany, 1939-1945
  • 22nd November - Your Infertility: Our Problem?
  • 21st November - Multiculturalism and Decolonisation
  • 14th November - The Lessons of Dispossession: Lost Property in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • 24th October - The Color of Hours: Race, Time, and Space in the Making of Postwar Detroit
  • 19th October - Roundtable: Empire, Race, Humanitarianism.
  • 17th October - Film screening: What is Democracy?
  • 10th October - The Historian's Task in the Anthropocene
  • 5th July - Small Nations and Global Identities: Czech Questions - A Symposium
  • 13th June - Pacifists making guns: the Galtons of Birmingham and Britain's industrial revolution
  • 1st June - Masculinities in Twentieth Century Britain
  • 21st March - Research Seminar
  • 16th March - Postponed: Empire, race, and humanitarianism in the twentieth century
  • 6th March - Women in Brazilian History
  • 28th February - History and the digital - new methodologies for future & present historians
  • 24th January - Trump: One Year On


  • 25th November - Birmingham History Day 2017
  • 1st-2nd September - Women's History Network Conference 2017
  • 5th-7th July - Modern British Studies Conference 2017: British Studies in a Broken World
  • 25th-26th May - Everyday empires, trans-Imperial circulations in a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • 26th April - The Tramp's Tale: A Story of Soviet Border-Crossings, 1945-50
  • 13th March - The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World
  • 8th March - Forum for Early Career Researchers
  • 2nd March - CBOMGS Seminar: History, time, and economic crisis in Central Greece | Cancelled
  • 1st March - Co-operatives and Decolonisation: A Beautiful Friendship?
  • 22nd February - Birmingham Teaching Fellows Session
  • 8th February - Beyond Empire's Ambit: Narcotic Drugs between Science and State Crime
  • 1st February - Baubles of the Bourbons: The Fate of Royal Heritage in Nineteenth-Century France
  • 26th January - Revolutions Past and Present: Their legacy and future
  • 18th January - The Vanquished
  • 11th January - Violence, Resilience and the 'Coolie' Identity: Life on the Ships to the Caribbean, 1834-1920


  • 8th December - Winter roundtable
  • 7th December - The floating university and the politics of knowing in America and the interwar world'
  • 28th November - Air power in the French empire: the armée de l'air in the Levant (1918-1940)
  • 23rd November - We Are the World: The End of Empire and the Rise of Global Humanitarianism
  • 16th November - MCH BRIHC: Forests, Fields, and Peasant Revolution: The 'Green Cadres' and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire
  • 9th November - The United Nations and Sanctions against South Africa, 1946-1965
  • 19th October - Objects, Rituals and Money: Everyday material cultures and the Prosecution of Spiritual Healing in the Anglo-Creole Caribbean
  • 5th October - Making the Brazilian Northeast: A Region within the Nation and the World (1924-1968)
  • 23rd-24th September - Tea with the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and the Modern Imagination
  • 2nd-3rd June - The global Middle East in the age of speed
  • 5th May - Arabic and Persian printing history and culture
  • 27th April - The politics of the American army
  • 9th March - Religion, Conversion and Identity among the Armenians of Safavid Iran
  • 7th March - Malthus and China
  • 3rd March - From Mudros to Lausanne: British Policy in the Near East, Greece and Turkey, 1918-1923
  • 1st March - Deconstructing 'dynasty': lineage and ethnicity in the golden horde and central Europe
  • 24th February - Contested Icons: Poland, Chile, and the Global Politics of Human Rights in the mid-1980s
  • 3rd February - The emergency episteme of the 'tribe' in Afghanistan, 1850-2015
  • 27th January-3rd April - Janet Mendelsohn: Varna Road
  • 20th January - The Vanquished: Europe and the Aftermath of the Great War


  • 4th December - Disentangling the World: The Politics of Autarky after the First World War
  • 18th November - War as Adventure. The Experience of the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War'
  • 13th November - Automating Data Extraction from Chinese Texts
  • 11th November - An Old Warlord's Guide to World Peace and Love: Yan Xishan's Confucian Cosmopolitan International
  • 6th November - (Auto)-Mobility in the global Middle East: defining the field
  • 21st October - The Global Transformation of Time 1870 – 1950
  • 9th July - Picturing Balsall Heath
  • 9th-12th July - Ghost Streets Of Balsall Heath
  • 25th March - Economic History as if People Mattered: A Workshop for Dr Francesca Carnevali
  • 25th March - Modern and Contemporary History roundtable
  • 18th March - Mrs Thatcher's peacock blue sari: ethnic minorities, electoral politics, and the Conservative Party, c.1951-1986
  • 16th March - The Flood Pulse: The Social-Ecology of the 1931 Central China Flood
  • 11th March - Taming the imperial imagination: sentiment, 'science', and colonial knowledge on the northwest frontier of India, 1857-­1878
  • 4th March - Spotted throughout with red: Canadian state surveillance and the Women's Liberation Movement, 1969-1988
  • 11th February - Modern and contemporary history seminar
  • 5th February - Film screening: Nowhere to call home, a Tibetan in Beijing
  • 4th February - Strategic internationalism: mandates, minorities, and problem of non-states in interwar international law
  • 28th January - D-Day in Asia: Japan's Operation Ichigo in China of 1944
  • 21st January - Viola Klein and the problem of married women's employment in post-war Britain


  • 3rd December - Love in a box: Reflections on youth, texts and personhood in mid-20th century Egypt; and on the poetics of archive-making in the early 21st
  • 26th November - A case of goats mingling with sheep? The identification and employment of civilian experts in the British Army of the First World War
  • 26th November - A basket of food: Greece in the 1940s
  • 19th November - Forging a feminist internationalisation: the British Women's International League between the wars
  • 12th November - The Mixed Inheritance of Empire: Don Chesworth, Multiculturalism and the British Left
  • 29th October - Chinese 'Illegalities' in Colonial Southeast Asia: Lessons from the Fin-de-Siècle Maritime World
  • 22nd October - The Global War: British Strategy 1914-16
  • 15th October - Global houses, global homes: mobility and migration in the long eighteenth century
  • 8th October - Roundtable on Contemporary Global Environmental History
  • 8th October - The 'Incorruptible Kodak': Photography, lantern slide lectures and cultures of colonial mission and humanitarianism in the Congo Reform Association 1904-1911
  • 24th-25th June - The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies 50 years on
  • 12th May - Ruinscape and slumscape: picturing history and violence in global East Asia
  • 26th March - The Limits of Solidarity: Europeanism, Anti-Colonialism and Socialism at the Congress of the Peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa in Puteaux, 1948
  • 20th March - The Stuart Hall Project
  • 19th March - Ban Polaris and Scrap the Force de Frappe: nationalism and internationalism in the first wave to ban-the-bomb in Britain
  • 18th March - Ken Loach's 'Save the Children Fund Film'
  • 12th March - Photographs of atrocity: lantern slides and humanitarian campaigns in the Belgian Congo in the early 20th century
  • 5th March - Economy and Colonial History: German Togo and the Cotton Project
  • 26th February - Matter matters: outlines of a historiographic provocation
  • 12th February - Birmingham Centre for Modern and Contemporary History Annual Lecture
  • 5th February - The global struggle for rubber in WWII
  • 29th January - China Trans Formed: How Sex Changed from Colonial to Sinophone Modernity
  • 22nd January - South Africa, 1960-1: from 'Wind of Change' to armed struggle
  • 15th January - Water, Sovereignty and Global Science: The Grand Canal Project in China, 1910s-1930s


  • 11th December - Modern and Contemporary History seminar Title TBA
  • 4th December - 'Wales England Wed'? English-Welsh hybridity in the two world wars
  • 27th November - Cities of vice: red light districts in Asian ports
  • 20th November - Theft on the trains: cheminot behaviours in wartime
  • 13th November - Saving the remnant or building a Soviet state? The dilemmas of international humanitarian intervention in early Soviet Armenia
  • 30th October - Humanitarianism and humdrum internationalism: British society at the end of
  • 23rd October - Thinking queer/Rethinking the interwar
  • 16th October - 'Self-extermination or self-determination': the (re-)construction of east central Europe, 1917–23
  • 9th October - 'Truth be told': some problems with historical revisionism in Kenya
  • 2nd October - World in motion: professional circuits through 19th-century China
  • 28th-29th June - New Times Revisited? Examining Society, Culture and Politics in the Long 1980s
  • 2nd May - Getting Grants, Getting Published and Staying Sane? Life After the PhD
  • 30th April - Birmingham Centre for Modern & Contemporary History annual lecture
  • 25th April - Margaret Thatcher in modern British history
  • 20th March - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 13th March - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 1st March - Imperial Humanitarianism
  • 27th February - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 20th February - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 6th February - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 30th January - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 24th January - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 16th January - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 9th January - Modern and Contemporary History seminar


  • 12th December - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 5th December - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 30th November - The end of the Ottoman Empire as twentieth-century history
  • 28th November - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 21st November - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 14th November - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 7th November - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 23rd October - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 19th October - Global History at Birmingham
  • 17th October - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 10th October - Birmingham Modern & Contemporary History seminar
  • 3rd October - The Crisis in Syria - a Birmingham Round Table
  • 22nd February - Modern and Contemporary History seminar
  • 7th February - Modern and Contemporary History seminar