World History Seminar Series

This seminar series is supported by the MIT History Faculty. For more information contact

2016 - 2017 Schedule

Seminars will take place from 4:30 to 6 pm in E51-275 unless otherwise indicated


Friday, September 16 in E51-095

"South Asia's Coastal Frontiers"
Sunil Amrith
Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
(also listed as a Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History)


Tuesday, November 1

"When the United States Spoke French"
François Furstenberg
Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
at 5 pm in 14E-304 (also listed as a GSL Global France Seminar)


Wednesday, November 2

"Unveiling Money: Counterfeits, Arbitrage and Finance across the Arabian Sea"
Johan Mathew
Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers University


Friday, November 18

“Cowry Country and the Inland Port of Sylhet, circa 1790”
David Ludden
Professor of History, New York University


Friday, March 3

"The Chinese Copycat and the Making of Modern Capitalism"
Eugenia Y. Lean
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University


Friday, April 14

"Aponte's Vision: Toward a Hemispheric History of Black Antislavery"
Ada Ferrer
Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American Caribbean Studies, New York University


Thursday, April 20

"Global Histories and Global Hierarchies of Knowledge"
Dominic Sachsenmaier
Professor of Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen