Thematic Clusters at Dalhousie
There are a number of informal clusters of scholars who are linked by their research and teaching interests. Themes of these teaching/research clusters include:
Violence and the Past
A number of historians focus on the application of organized violence and the trauma which ensues. How do such dynamics inform our understanding of places like early modern Europe, Soviet Russia, the Caribbean, and South Africa?
Sectarianism and Society
The discourse of sectarianism has profoundly shaped history and how Christian and Muslim societies have understood their past in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.
The Atlantic World (16th-19th c.)
The framework of a globalized socio-economic order were forged in the Atlantic world during the early modern period. Understanding how this developed is crucial.
Visual Sources and History
Historians are looking to non-textual sources to better appreciate how history can be represented.
Lawyers and Comptrollers
Modern western society has been indelibly shaped by the growth of the legal and bureaucratic traditions.
Dissent and the State
Study state institutions in the early modern and modern periods in a number of contexts and how these have been challenged by ideology, culture, and religion.
Enslaved People and Slavery Institutions in Human History
The purchase and ownership of human beings has been a constant feature of our society until the modern period. These historians examine slavery and its practice in a number of contexts: Colonial and Antebellum America, 19th-century sub-saharan Africa and the Caribbean, as well as the premodern polities of the Islamic world.