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World History Research Workshop

Workshops & Activities


World History Research Workshop


World History Teaching Workshop


Marshall Hodgson Teaching Fellow in World History



As a part of an on-going collective effort at imagining the development of world history as a research field, the Center supports the activities of the UCSC History Graduate Research Cluster on "Global and Trans-National Histories." The research activities of the Center are open to interested UCSC faculty and advanced graduate students, especially historians. For further information contact Prof. Burke: eburke@ucsc.edu

Since 2003 the Center has sponsored the following events:

Research Activities, 2006-2007:

In Winter and Spring 2007 the Center for World History continued the second year of a lecture series on "Itineraries in the Muslim Mediterranean, 1350-1950." Invited speakers explored the transformation of the Muslim culture zone in the Mediterranean over the period 1450-1950, as seen through the lives of Mediterranean men and women, Muslim and non-Muslim. In the process we come to understand the ways in which modernity happened across the region.

Speakers included Lucette Valensi (Ecole des Hautes etudes, Paris), Mary Wilson (University of Massachussetts, Amherst, Marc Baer (University of California, Irvine), Brian Catlos (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Ilham Makdisi (Northeastern University).

An edited volume, tentatively titled "Itineraries in the Muslim Mediterranean, 1350-1950," is in currently in preparation by Prof. Burke.

Research Activities, 2005-2006:

In Winter and Spring 2006 the Center for World History inaugurated year one of a two year lecture series: "Itineraries in the Muslim Mediterranean, 1350-1950." Invited speakers, who included Abdesselem Cheddadi, Terry Burke, Julia Clancy-Smith, Ross Dunn and Daniel Schroeter explored the biographies of Mediterranean Muslims over the period 1450-1950, as a way of illuminating the changing historical contexts in which they lived.

On November 19, 2005, the Center for World History sponsored a day long research symposium on "Writing the History of the Twentieth Century: The Role of Conjunctures."

Charles Bright (History, University of Michigan) and Michael Geyer (History, University of Chicago), who are completing a book, The Global Condition in the Long Twentieth Century, 1840-2000 for the University of California Press) spoke on the role of historical conjunctures in shaping the contemporary world.

Formal comments were presented by Thomas Bender (History, New York University), Terry Burke (History, UCSC), Kenneth Pomeranz (History, UC Irvine) and Sandra Halperin (International Relations and Politics, University of Sussex).

Research Activities, 2004-2005:

There were three main foci of the research activities of the center for World History during 2004-2005.

The first was a series of four public lectures on the topic of "Doing World History."

Kenneth Pomeranz (History, UC Irvine), "What is World History For?"

Charles Bright (History, University of Michigan) ,"The Global Condition in the Long Twentieth Century."

Adam Hochschild (Independent Writer), "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an EmpireÕs Slaves,." The talk took place on March 9, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cowell Conference Room.

Ray Kea (History, UC Riverside), "Modernity's Histories: Africa and Africans and the Early Modern World."

On February 26-27, 2005 the Center for World History hosted the Winter 2005 conference of the all-UC Multi-campus Research Group, "The World History Workshop." The theme of the conference was "World Wars in the Twentieth Century: Politics, History, Memory."

The conference, which featured 18 papers on aspects of the world wars, and attracted 50 participants. For the program please see the following link: UC World History Conferences

In Spring 2005, the Center for World History sponsored a graduate reading group on "How the Mediterranean Became Modern." In addition to weekly meetings, the group, which consisted of three graduate students and one faculty member prepared prepared a basic bibliography on the comparative economic history of the Mediterranean since 1750.

Activities, 2003-2004:

In 2003-2004 the Center for World History sponsored a faculty/graduate reading group on "Utopianism and Colonialism." The group met three times per quarter. Participants included five faculty and seven graduate students.


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