Minutes of the Global History and Culture Centre meeting 3.30 pm, Wednesday 16 March 2011, H241 Present: Anne Gerritsen, Maxine Berg, Chris Nierstrasz, Stephen McDowall, Dan Branch, Felicia Gottman, Christian Hess, Bishnu Gupta. Apologies: Margot Finn, Tony McFarlane, Gurminder Bhambra, Clare Anderson, Steve Hindle, Dennis Novy, David Arnold, Helen Clifford, Hanna Hodacs, Claudia Stein Minutes: These were accepted as an accurate record. AG mentioned the workshop on the 24th, and the other events listed in the previous minutes, and urged all to come. Matters arising: The application for the IAS fellowship for Adam McKeown has gone in. No other IAS fellowships have been applied for via the GHCC this year. Maxine provided an update about the British Academy upcoming grant closures (small grants, conference grants), and stressed the importance of other schemes: o The BA funding for language and quantitative skills o The Newton fellowships. If anyone knows of rising stars not yet in permanent employment but not based in the UK, please let us know. Graduate student conference with Columbia and LSE AG reported on progress. Columbia is keen to do this with LSE and Warwick in equal partnership (paying in equal measure for the event). We agreed to put aside £3000 for this event (with the partners also contributing £3000 each), but we await a response from Columbia. AG will take this forward. MA with PAIS and Sociology We decided our next step should be to bring together the people who might have a stake in this for a meeting on 27 April. These should include, apart from people from History (DB, AG, others?) Breslin and Browning from PAIS, and Gurminder from Sociology (Clare Anderson is away). The aim would be to formulate a possible plan for this development. The MA would have a strong social science focus. Bishnu Gupta proposed that we explore the option of an Erasmus Mundi collaboration. Economics has such a collaboration between three institutions (Warwick, Lund University and Universidad Carlos III in Madrid), allowing students to study for an MA at two institutions not in their homeland. Janelle Reinelt (Theatre Studies) might be able to offer advice on the application procedures. Seminars next year We discussed the format of the past year (separate, themed workshops, rather than a regular 5pm seminar series with single speakers). The were mixed feelings: on the one hand colleagues felt the workshops had provided interesting, stimulating and sustained discussions, had brought some colleagues from the Department to our activities who hadn’t been to our seminar series in the past, and had provided opportunities for taking the lead on organising Centre activities. On the other hand, attendance has not been very good at the two events we have had thus far (10-15 in the audience), and having entire workshops, sometimes located away from main campus (Millburn House) makes it harder for colleagues from other departments to attend. It was felt that we could proceed for 2011-12 with a workshop series, but leaving open spaces for individual ‘one-off’ papers. We decided to support the following proposals for workshops in 2011-12 o Sarah Hodges, ‘the post-global’. Dan Branch proposed she contacts Dan Orrells from Classics to support bringing over Peter Geschiere from the Netherlands. o Giorgio Riello, ‘Reconfiguring the Indian Ocean in World History’, jointly funded with the EAC project (Berg). o Rosa Salzberg, ‘Methods and Challenges for Early Modern Global History’. Bringing over Mary Laven and others. Less definite, but possibilities that would be enthusiastically supported: o Chris Hess, ‘Japanese colonial cities and urban health’ (together with History of Medicine, and the Daiwa foundation); o McDowall and Branch, ‘Cricket and Imperialism’, including Ramachandra Guha (author of A Corner of a Foreign Field), who will be at the LSE for the year; o ERC fellows, ‘New questions for Historians of the Company’; o Marina Warner, lecture on ‘Arabian Nights’ (with English and the HRF) Other options under consideration: o Robert Bickers, one-off lecture on his completed project on the Maritime Customs Service. o William-Gervase Clarence Smith (SOAS) AOB Please note the date of the AGM on May 12. We kick of the events at 5.30 on May 11 with a discussion of Prasannan Parthasarathi’s new book (Why Europe got rich and Asia did not), with Peer Vries as discussant, followed by dinner. After the AGM (lunchtime) there will be a workshop on the theme of ‘Global and Local Approaches to History’. Maxine Berg will take forward the idea of raising funding (an endowment) for the Centre, to support the creation of a Professorship in South Asian History at Warwick. She will consider approaching Lord Battacharya. Dan also mentioned the Aga Kahn Foundation.