New Exeter History Network for Early Career Imperial & Global Researchers

Gareth Curless

Membership in the Network is open to any postgraduate and early career researcher interested in the field of Imperial & Global History, broadly defined.

The Imperial and Global History Network is an exciting new resource for early career researchers and posgraduates at the University of Exeter.

The aim of the Network is to connect postgraduate and early career researchers working in the field of Imperial and Global history, providing an inter-disciplinary forum for the discussion of research questions and methodologies, archival research and fieldwork, and funding applications and career development. The Network is hosted by the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the University of Exeter and membership is open to any postgraduate and early career researcher interested in the field. If you’re interested in joining the Network or you would like to find out more information please contact one of the convenors: Dr Gareth Curless and Dr Stacey Hynd.

The Imperial and Global History Network is an ESRC-funded project, composed of postgraduate and and early career researchers. The core of our group are historians but all of us benefit from approaches in different disciplines, such as anthropology, geography, literary and cultural studies, and politics and international relations. Chronologically our focus is on the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries but we define imperial and global history in its broadest terms, encompassing not just the history of imperialism and globalisation but also area studies, transnational and comparative history, and colonial and post-colonial studies. This breadth is reflected in the research interests of our members, which range from the study of Treaty Port China to youth activism in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle.

The website serves as the virtual hub of our Network, providing a forum for members to discuss key issues within the field, as well as an opportunity to share advice, information and resources on career development and funding opportunities. At a time when researchers are increasingly being encouraged to collaborate with other researchers from different disciplines and institutions, as well as non-academic partners,  we hope that the Network’s website will help early career academics to publicise their research, make connections, and find out about what others in the field are working on.

As part of the Network’s activities we will also be organising a series of research seminars, workshops, and conferences. Our first conference will take place in June 2014 and we’re keen to involve as many postgraduates and early career researchers as possible, so please do submit an abstract!

The Network is hosted the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the University of Exeter, which comprises one of the largest groups of imperial and global historians currently working in the U.K.. The Centre has its own blog, which you can find here.

The Network is also affiliated with the following research centres:

We’re always looking to develop further collaborative ties with other academic and non-academic partners. We would therefore welcome enquiries from any research organisation that would like to support the Network’s activities.