Speakers include:

  • Arjun Appadurai
  • James Belich
  • Maxine Berg
  • Linda Colley
  • Antony G Hopkins
  • John McNeill
  • Bob Moore
  • Ian Morris
  • Kevin O’Rourke
  • Jürgen Osterhammel
  • Nicholas Purcell
  • Francis Robinson

Arjun Appadurai

Arjun Appadurai is Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.  He was born and educated in Bombay and earned his Intermediate Arts degree from Elphinstone College before coming to the United States. He earned his B.A. from Brandeis University in 1970, and his M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of Chicago.

During his academic career, he has held professorial chairs at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania, and has held visiting appointments at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, Columbia University and New York University. He serves on several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006, Duke University Press) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (1996, University of Minnesota Press; 1997, Oxford University Press, Delhi). His previous scholarly publications have covered such topics as religion, cuisine, agriculture and mass culture in India.

James Belich


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Maxine Berg

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Linda Colley

Linda Colley is Shelby M.C.Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. Her books include Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837; Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850; and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History. She is currently at work on a book about Britain and the global spread of written constitutions since 1776.


Antony G Hopkins

Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History, University of Texas at Austin; Emeritus Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge.  Principal interests: Africa, imperialism, globalization.  Relevant publications: ed. Globalization in World History (Pimlico & Norton, 2002); ed. Global History: Interactions between the Universal and the Local (Palgrave & St. Martin’s, 2006). Current manuscript: American Empire: An Alternative History.

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John McNeill

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Bob Moore

Born in 1941 in Northern Ireland, Bob Moore studied at Merton College (1959) and then moved to Sheffield (1964-93).  He was Professor of Medieval History at Newcastle 1993-2003. He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, Berkeley and was Corresponding Fellow, Medieval Academy of America.

His latest book, The War on Heresy. Faith and Power in Medieval Europe was published earlier this year.  Other books he has published include: The Origins of European Dissent (1977); The Formation of A Persecuting Society (1987); The First European Revolution, 1050 – 1215. His next book will be Foundations of the Modern World (roughly Islam-Mongols) for the Blackwell History of the World, for which he is series editor.

Ian Morris


Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University. He grew up in Britain, and studied at Birmingham and Cambridge universities. He moved to the University of Chicago in 1987 and on to Stanford University in 1995. At Stanford he has served as senior associate dean of Humanities and Sciences, chair of the Classics department, and director of the Stanford Archaeology Center and the Social Science History Institute. Between 2000 and 2007 he directed Stanford’s archaeological excavations at Monte Polizzo in Sicily.

He has published eleven books. The most recent is Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What they Reveal About the Future, published by Profile in 2010. It was named as one of the best books of the year by The Economist, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the Independent, and the London Evening Standard, and has won three international book awards. It is being translated into eleven languages.

His next book, The Measure of Civilization, will be published by Princeton and Profile in 2012, and he is working on two further books. The first, to be published by Profile in 2013, is called War! What is it Good For? and the second, to be published by Princeton, is The Ancient World: A New History.

Kevin O’Rourke

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Jürgen Osterhammel

 Jürgen Osterhammel is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Konstanz (Germany). His publications in English include Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview (Princeton 1997), Globalization: A Short History (co-authored with Niels P. Petersson, Princeton 2005) and, most recently, „Globalizations”, in: Jerry H. Bentley (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of World History, Oxford 2011. His world history of the nineteenth century, Die Verwandlung der Welt: Eine Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts (Munich 2009), is currently being translated for Princeton University Press. With Akira Iriye he is the joint editor-in-chief of a six-volume New History of the World to be published by Harvard University Press from October 2012. Having written several books on modern Chinese history, he is now working on the theory of historical time and on global aspects of „classical“ music. He is a recipient of Germany’s most prestigious academic award, the Georg Wilhelm Leibniz Prize.

Nicholas Purcell

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Francis Robinson

Francis Robinson is Professor of the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. Other posts he has held include: 1969-73 Prize Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge: 1973- Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Vice-Principal Royal Holloway, University of London; 2008-11 Sultan of Oman Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Visiting Professor in the History of the Islamic World, University of Oxford.

He has written twelve books and numerous articles on Islam and religious change in South Asia and the wider Muslim world; his forthcoming publications include Islam in Modern South Asia and Jamal: a biography of Maulana Jamal Mian Farangi Mahalli.