contemporary seminar 2012

Autumn 2012

26 September
Joint event with Centre for West African Studies
Migration and emancipation in West Africa's labour history: the missing links
Benedetta Rossi
Danford Room 5pm

3 October
Seminar replaced by public round table hosted by the Centre: The Crisis in Syria

10 October
Travel, exploration and survival: a new history of bioprospecting
Vanessa Heggie (Cambridge)

17 October
Books of the dead: narrating death in the 1890s
David Gange (Birmingham)

23 October
Joint event with War Studies seminar
Ismail’s shell: war debris and the Ottoman First World War
Mustafa Aksakal (Georgetown)
Lecture Room 3, 5:30pm

7 November
‘All for Faith, Home and Emperor’: the outbreak of the Great War and propaganda in the Slovenian lands of the Habsburg Monarchy
Pavlina Bobic (Birmingham)

14 November
‘Truth be told’: some problems with historical revisionism in Kenya
Lotte Hughes (Open University)


21 November
Popular literature as a vehicle for ethnic nationalism in the Habsburg Austrian worker’s movement
Jakub Benes (Birmingham)


28 November
‘A surplus and depressed minority who were pitied and who pitied themselves’? Re-examining female entrepreneurship in nineteenth-century Britain
Jennifer Aston (IHR)


5 December
Spectacles of sovereignty: the European tours of Persian shahs in the era of high imperialism
David Motadel (Cambridge)



Seminars take place in the Rodney Hilton Library at 4.15pm each Wednesday in term, unless otherwise indicated (in bold). Drinks and nibbles will be served.


Enquiries are welcome; for more information contact: