Visiting Scholars

OCGH Visitor Scholars Application Form

The Centre welcomes enquiries from Visiting Scholars who wish to pursue their research in Oxford and contribute to the Centre’s activities.

Enquiries should be directed to in the first instance and include a completed Visitor Application Form, CV and covering letter detailing the planned research activity or programme, and what makes this a global history project. Visiting Scholars may apply to stay for up to 12 months and should submit their application at least one term before their planned visit.  Applications will be considered by the Centre’s Research/Steering Committee.  Applicants are also advised to read the terms of the Faculty’s Visitor Agreement.

The Centre is able to offer Visiting Scholars a temporary University Card and University IT/email account which provides access to the Oxford Bodleian Libraries resources.  The Centre also has two workstations in the History Faculty’s Research Hall which are available to Visiting Scholars and offer printing and photocopying facilities.  Visiting Scholars are expected to participate in Centre events and seminars during their time in Oxford.

The Centre is unfortunately unable to offer any financial support towards the costs of Visiting Scholars.  We encourage applicants to seek funding from colleges and other agencies and institutions in the UK and/or home country.

Current Visiting Scholars

Dr Sacha Hepburn
Sacha Hepburn is a Past and Present Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Her main research interests are the histories of gender, childhood and labour relations in East and Southern Africa. She recently completed a DPhil in History at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis examined the history of domestic service in Zambia from the 1960s to the present day. Grounded in oral history, this research demonstrates the centrality of domestic service relationships to the making of gender and generational relations and processes of class formation in post-colonial Africa. While a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Global History, she will complete two journal articles based on her doctoral research. She will also begin working on a new project on the history of girlhood and work in colonial Zambia and Kenya. This project will explore how British colonial officials, settlers and missionaries used labour policy as part of broader projects to construct ideals of feminine childhood for colonised children; how such policies were adopted, co-opted, and challenged by African societies; and how female children responded to these policies. The project will provide new insights into the history of girlhood in Africa, the relationship between female children and the colonial state, and processes of social and economic change under colonial rule.

Dr Marie Houllemare
Marie Houllemare is Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) and Associated Professor in Early Modern History at Amiens (France). Specialist in the history of justice, legal culture, administration and archive, she published Politiques de la parole, le Parlement de Paris au XVIe siècle (Droz, 2011). At Oxford, she is currently preparing a book about justice in the French empire during the 18th century. By looking at colonial criminal justice with an imperial perspective, its aim is to understand how colonial judicial practices (for instance banishment from the colonies, confinement or royal pardon) shaped this so-called First empire and what influence they had on the Enlightenment penal culture.

Dr Akihito Kudo
Akihito Kudo is Associate Professor at Gakushuin Women’s College (Japan). A historian of the French colonialism in the Mediterranean, his first work focused on the theory and practice of colonial land policy and its impact on everyday life in the nineteenth century Algeria. On this subject, he published The Mirage of Mediterranean Empire: French-ruled Algeria in the Nineteenth Century (in Japanese, University of Tokyo Press, 2013). He is currently working on two book-length projects. The first is a comparative biography of French colonial agents in North Africa, and the second is on the circulation of colonial knowledge beyond the French- and English-speaking world.

Victor Lal
Victor Lal read law and international relations and politics at the University of Oxford before migrating to the study of history. He was Reuters, Wingate, Research Fellow and Research Associate at Oxford and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. His field of interest and study has been the history of constitution-making in the British Commonwealth, especially the ‘transportation’ and imposition of ‘Communal Constitutions’ during the colonial period which later gave rise to violent racial and ethnic conflicts in Kenya, Malaysia, Guyana,  Sri Lanka and in his native Fiji Islands.  As a direct descendant of Indian indentured labourers who were transported to Fiji in 1879, he is also very interested in the Indian Diaspora and has explored the relationship between Indian emigrants and ‘Mother India’, the retention and reproduction of Indian culture and tradition abroad, and the role of successive Indian governments to connect with Diaspora Indians. He has also explored the similarities and differences of the Diaspora Indians with the Diaspora Jews, Africans and Chinese. During his time at the Centre he will be conducting research titled ‘The British Crown and the Crescent-Encounter and Accommodation of Islam in the Colonies’. He also hopes to convert his lecture, ‘Religion, Violence, ISIS and Gandhi’s Encounter with Islam and Caliphate’, which he delivered at the University of Tromsø, Norway in October 2015, into a monograph.

Dr George Malagaris
George Malagaris is a Research Fellow in Medieval History at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He coordinates the academic side of an international project to reconstruct the al-Biruni library in Tashkent, which includes plans for restoring, cataloguing, and digitising the unique manuscripts of this collection. His research treats the medieval Islamic world in interregional context, focusing on the establishment of the Ghaznavid dynasty and its cultural significance in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Near East. He also examines the memory and reception of medieval Islamic dynasties in the early modern and modern world. At Oxford, he is currently completing his monograph on the formation of state and society in Afghanistan through the rise of Sultan Mahmud.


Previous Visiting Scholars

Dr Tanja Bührer
Tanja Bührer completed her PhD thesis titled, „Colonial Security Policy in German East Africa 1885-1918“, in 2008 at the University of Bern. It was awarded first prize of the Werner Hahlweg Prize of Military History and Sciences 2009/10. In 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship for advanced researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to work on her Habilitation (post-doctoral qualification). Currently, she is a Visiting Fellow of the German Historical Institute London (GHIL) while on leave from her position as Oberassistentin (Assistant Professor) for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Bern. Her current research is on French and British Agents at the Court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, c. 1750-1820.

Professor Richard Hill
Richard Hill is an historian of the colonial and post-colonial state in New Zealand, focussing on social and ‘racial’ control. He has written four books on policing history and two on state-Maori relations in 19th and 20th century New Zealand. He has worked as an historian, negotiator and Member of the Waitangi Tribunal in the processes that aim for historical justice for Maori. He is currently based at the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where he is a Professor of New Zealand Studies, directs the Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit, and leads a research team working on the history of security intelligence and state surveillance in New Zealand. During his visit to the OCGH he will concentrate on research for a book comparing and contrasting colonial policing, within and between empires, during the period 1763-1963.

Dr Tobias Metzler
Tobias Metzler is lecturer in global history and transnational studies at Thammasat University (Bangkok). He read history, political science, Judaic studies and German philology at Berlin and Yale and received his doctorate from the University of Southampton with a study of urban Jewish cultures in London, Berlin and Paris (published as Tales of Three Cities in 2014). Besides transnational Jewish networks and transfers, the study of encounters and exchanges between Asia and Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth century is among his chief research areas. At Oxford he is working on a book project exploring the global dimensions of the slogan ‘yellow peril.’

Dr Pedro Aires Oliveira
Pedro Aires Oliveira is an Assistant Professor at NOVA University in Lisbon and a researcher at its Institute of Contemporary History. For some years, he was the editor in chief of «Relações Internacionais», a quarterly journal of international affairs published in Lisbon since 2004. His PhD thesis (2007) examined Britain’s political and diplomatic involvement in the final stages of Portugal’s imperial crisis (1945-75). He has published a number of books and articles on topics related to Portuguese foreign and imperial policies and Contemporary history in general. He will spend his time in Oxford conducting research on the role of the international media vis-à-vis Portugal’s colonial war (1961-74), as well as preparing a book which will compare Portugal’s late imperial trajectory/decolonisation with that of other colonial empires.

Dr Yoriko Otomo
Yoriko Otomo is a Law Lecturer at SOAS, University of London. She is a member of the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law, and the Food Studies Centre at SOAS. Her research examines cross-cultural histories of global governance, looking in particular at the ways in which emerging patterns of economic interdependence changed representations of women and animals. She has published a number of articles, book chapters and edited collections on this topic, alongside a monograph that undertakes a feminist analysis of post-war international law. During her time at Oxford she will be conducting research into the establishment of dairy and leather industries in India and Australia.

Dr Christian Damm Pedersen
Christian Damm Pedersen is PhD Fellow in imperial history at Copenhagen University where he is a member of a collaborative research project called Embers of Empire: The Receding Frontiers of Post-imperial Britain. In 2013 he was a visiting researcher at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi. His research interests lie in the comparative history of empires with a particular emphasis on African contexts. He also has a broader interest in the history of rights, political communities and civic identity, and the development of citizenship in imperial contexts. He is the founder and coordinator of the ‘World History Workshop’ at Copenhagen University, an academic forum for students and scholars of the humanities and social sciences with an interest in world history. His time in Oxford will be devoted to his project African Decolonization and the Fate of Britishness, 1945-75, which examines the eclipse of ‘Greater Britain’ as a credible racial and civic idea within the context of African decolonization and global imperial decline.

Elisabeth M. Richenhagen
Elisabeth M. Richenhagen is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Paris and studied history, philosophy and political science at the University of Bonn and at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She is interested in the history of pilgrimage, medieval global encounters and (shared) sacred spaces. In her PhD thesis “Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. (Ps 122,2). The Development of Jerusalem Pilgrimage on the Eve of the First Crusade” she analyses the extraordinary increase of Latin Christian Holy Land pilgrimage during the 11th century. At Oxford, she will be working on Jerusalem pilgrimage from a transcultural perspective, focussing on different spatial perceptions of Jerusalem and cross-referencing Eastern and Western Christian, Jewish and Muslim pilgrimage accounts and cartographic material from the 11th and 12th century.

Dr Setsuko Sonoda
Setsuko Sonoda specializes in modern Chinese history and area studies and she has been researching the modern and contemporary history of the overseas Chinese in the Americas. Her book, Overseas Chinese in the Americas and Modern China: Transnational Migration in the Nineteenth Century (in Japanese, published in 2009), discusses the transnational nature of the Chinese communities in North and South America and the policies of the Qing Empire toward them. In addition to lecturing on Chinese history and migration studies as a Professor in the School of Economics in the University of Hyogo in Kobe, Japan, she is also involved in community-based academic and social activities of the overseas Chinese community in Kobe. She is a member of the board of directors of the Kobe Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas and the Kobe Overseas Chinese History Museum and has conducted fieldworks on the history-reclaiming activities of the Vancouver Chinese in Canada. During her stay at the OCGH, she focussed on analyzing the history of transnationalism of Chinese immigrant communities in the former British colonies, especially the British West Indies from the 1920s to the 1960s, in order to position overseas Chinese history in the broader framework of global history.

Dr Pingtjin Thum
PJ Thum is a Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and coordinator of Project Southeast Asia, University of Oxford. He completed his DPhil thesis, “Chinese- Language Political Mobilisation in Singapore, 1953-63”, at the University of Oxford in 2011. His work centres on decolonisation in Southeast Asia, and its continuing impact on Southeast Asian governance, politics, and international relations. While at Oxford, he will be working on a history of the United Nations’ role in decolonisation in Southeast Asia.

Dr Sally Percival Wood
Sally Percival Wood is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Her doctoral thesis was entitled Sovereignty and Resistance: India, China and the Asian-African Conference, 1955. Sally has researched and published on various aspects of Australia’s relations with Asia and the Middle East. After working for three years on Track Two diplomacy initiatives with Asialink at the University of Melbourne, she has returned to academia where she is exploring the cultural dimensions of Australia’s diplomatic engagement with Asia, which includes a co-edited volume (with Professor He Baogang) tracing 40 years of Australia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership. Her time at Oxford will be devoted to her book on the Afro-Asian solidarity movement (1900-1955).