This long-standing series is the key intellectual forum for Stanford historians who study the African continent and its diaspora. Our workshop showcases completed research and work-in-progress by both Stanford Africanists and external scholars. The interdisciplinary series serves a vital function on campus, bringing Stanford historians together with anthropologists, literary scholars, political scientists, art historians, and is a key fixture of the Bay Area Africanist scene, hosting scholars from UC Berkeley, SFSU, USF, and UC San Diego as well as from further afield.
This lecture series brings distinguished researchers in Modern British History together with Stanford community.
The Caribbean Studies Reading Group is an interdisciplinary extracurricular group for both undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University that promotes intellectual engagement with Caribbean Studies. The group fills a void among Stanford student groups for scholarly discourse about the Caribbean by engaging with the history, culture, art, and ideas of countries from the region through an interdisciplinary perspective.
This series includes lectures and conferences that focus on diverse issues in Digital History as a field.
The East Asian Studies Reading Group supports the informal intellectual community of professors and graduate students interested in East Asian history. The group meets periodically to discuss recently published works by historians at and beyond Stanford.
Eurasian Empires explores the connected and comparative history of empires in Eurasia, including ancient Greek and Middle Eastern empires, through early modern and modern Russian, Ottoman, Safavid/Qajar, Uzbek, Mughal, and Chinese empires. We have traditionally focused on early modern history to about 1800; after a year’s hiatus and with new faculty in our field, we will consider imperial legacies up through the twentieth century. Our work is comparative and interdisciplinary, united around an overarching theme: early modern Eurasian empires as “empires of difference” and their multiform transformations to modern states. We will focus on how imperial centers governed these diverse, multi-confessional and multi-ethnic expanses of space, how the constituent peoples of empire interacted with the metropole, and how these dynamics shifted in the global age of capital expansion and nation state formation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will organize our workshop around three broad and interrelated sub-themes, one per quarter: (1) law, politics, and administration; (2) space and environment; and (3) mobility, exchange, and economic life.
Since the 1980s, French Culture Workshop brings Stanford scholars, from graduate students to globally-renowned historians, to present their work-in-progress to a community of people from Stanford and many universities in the Bay Area.
The Gender History Workshop brings together Stanford historians from across geographic specialties to present their current research on the histories of women, gender, and sexuality.
Historical Conversations is a quarterly event series where Stanford History Faculty workshop their work-in-progress or recently published books.
The David Kennedy Lecture on the United States in the World is a biennial distinguished lectureship established in 2011 to honor the lifetime contributions of Professor Emeritus David M. Kennedy.
Covid-19 has prompted many within the History Department to reflect on what our own areas of research can tell us about our current predicament.
The Stanford Environmental and Climate History Workshop (SECH) connects scholars on campus who are researching, writing, or teaching about histories of environmental and climate change as well as questions of environmental and climate justice across periods and geographies. We host social events, guest speakers, book talks, skill-building workshops, discussions of practice, and more.
The U.S. History Workshop is a unique gathering of Americanist faculty and graduate students, which meets three times a quarter over lunch to discuss works in progress and to foster the intellectual community of scholars of American history and related fields at Stanford. Our presenters range from graduate students seeking feedback on dissertation or research seminar materials to faculty looking for comments on their works in progress. The U.S. History Workshop is a wonderful Stanford tradition that cultivates close ties between faculty and graduate students as researchers and writers.
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