Global History Online Seminar Series (GHSS) 2020- 2021


4 February 2021 (Thursday) 11am: 

Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz: Asian Place, Filipino Nation

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Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz is a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and the Executive Director of the Toynbee Prize Foundation. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in Southeast Asian and International History at Yale University. Her broad research interests centre on global intellectual history and Southeast Asian environmental, cultural, and social history. Her current research analyses the co-constitution of class and relationships with the natural environment over the 19th to the 20th centuries in the Philippines. 

Her first book, Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912, published by Columbia University Press in 2020, charts the emplotment of ‘place’ in the proto-national thought and revolutionary organising of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Filipino thinkers. It analyses how their Pan-Asian political organising and their constructions of the place of ‘Asia’ and of the spatial registers of race/Malayness connected them to their regional neighbours undertaking the same work. It incorporates the “periphery” into our understanding of Pan-Asianism and aims to correct our exclusively intellectual historical and Northeast-Asia-centric understandings of Pan-Asianism.



4 March 2021 (Thursday) 4pm: 

Christopher Courtney (Durham), ‘A Century in the Furnace: Living with Heat in Wuhan, 1920-2020’

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Christopher Courtney is a social and environmental historian of modern China. His monograph, The Nature of Disaster in China, was the first major study of the 1931 Central China Flood, a largely forgotten catastrophe that killed in excess of two million people. In 2019 the American Historical Association awarded this monograph the John K. Fairbanks Prize for an outstanding book in East Asian History. He is currently working upon the problem of heat in modern Chinese cities. His work explores how emergent technologies such as ice factories, electric fans, and air conditioning transformed the cultural and social landscape of Wuhan.




11 March 2021 (Thursday) 4 pm:

Aaron Sheehan-Dean (LSU & UCD Mary Ball) (GHSS & CWS)

‘The US Civil War in a Global Context.’

Aaron Sheehan-Dean is the incoming Mary Ball Chair at UCD.

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Most histories of the American Civil War describe it as a domestic event.  Instead, this lecture situates the conflict in the context of the other civil and national wars that happened at nearly the same time.  By comparing and contrasting the American experience with the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the Polish Insurrection of 1863, and the Taiping Rebellion, we see the Civil War in a new light.  Rather than being a unique or exceptional American event, we can see what Confederates shared with other rebels around the globe.  This new framing also helps us see the commonalities between the US and the British, Russian, and Chinese empires, all large and ambitious states willing to use violence to maintain their authority.



25 March 2021 (Thursday) 4pm:

Jaclyn Granick (Cardiff University) (GHSS & CWS)

‘International Jewish Humanitarianism in the age of the Great War.’ 4 p.m.

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Jaclyn Granick is Lecturer in Modern Jewish History at Cardiff University. She received her PhD in international history from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her first monograph, the subject of this talk, is out this spring with Cambridge University Press. Dr Granick’s interests lie at the intersection of modern Jewish history and international history, especially on diaspora and non-state politics, philanthropy and humanitarianism, and gender.