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Speaking to the broader themes of the seminar series, The Archives of Global History in a time of international immobility, this roundtable on the theme of violence asks what sorts of archives violence produces, and how researchers might relate to them when thinking about violence in a global perspective.

Note: the time above is in UK Summer Time (GMT+1). The seminar is at 17:30 India Standard Time; 8:00 US Eastern Daylight Time.

Note: This seminar may be recorded, with speakers’ consent. Audience names do not appear on the recording and the Q and A will not be recorded.

Mezna Qato is Margaret Anstee Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She is a historian of the modern Middle East, and in particular of education, migration, development, and the social histories of Palestinians. She is completing a book on the history of education for Palestinians, and co-leads the Archives of the Disappeared Research Network at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge. She is often convening workshops, conversations and conferences, writing for the public and scholarly communities, and producing art that thinks about the histories and everyday life of schooling, archival retrieval and its challenges, and the social and political lives of Palestinians.  

Aparna Vaidik is Associate Professor of History at Ashoka University, India. She has previously taught at Georgetown University, Washington DC and University of Delhi. She is a historian of South Asia and has been writing on the histories of violence and currently working on several Public History projects. Her most recent publication is Waiting for Swaraj: Inner Lives of Indian Revolutionaries (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Her book Revolutionaries on Trial: Sedition, Betrayal and Martyrdom (2022) is forthcoming.

Tereza Valny is a teaching fellow in modern history at the University of Edinburgh since 2017. She moved there after teaching at three universities in Prague, and a brief associate lectureship in Manchester, all after completion of her PhD in 2014 at Lancaster University. Tereza’s main current focus of research within genocide studies includes representations of trauma in various mediums, with a specific concentration on landscape. She has recently given a series of talks about landscape, memory and trauma, in relation to post-genocidal spaces. Tereza also teaches several undergraduate and postgraduate courses which focus on witnessing, testimony, trauma and reconciliation related to genocidal events.

Chaired by Ismay Milford. The initial roundtable will last around 60 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for audience questions.


All welcome, this seminar is free to attend but booking is required.

Image Credit: Jennifer O’Donnell, Archive Folders, 2012, watercolour.