James Poskett

Historian of science, empire and print

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I give lectures, seminars and supervisions at the University of Cambridge, both within the History Faculty and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

I am also happy to supervise undergraduate and MPhil dissertations on topics relating to the global history of science, empire and print.

Empires and World History from the Fifteenth Century

First-year course introducing students to major themes in world history from 1400 to 1914. Topics include European colonialism in South Asia and Atlantic slavery.

Historical Argument and Practice

Historiography course on themes ranging from social history to global history.

Science and Print in Colonial India

Primary source-based course exploring the scientific life of the British Empire in India. Students read and discuss articles published by the Asiatic Society of Bengal.

Science and Print in the Nineteenth Century

Graduate seminar series on the history of the book in the nineteenth century. Focus on developing bibliographical skills for research.

History of Anthropology

Third-year course covering major figures in British and American anthropology in the early twentieth century, from Franz Boas to Bronislaw Malinowski.

Science and Empire

Third-year course exploring the relationship between science and colonialism in the long nineteenth century. Topics covered include anthropology, mapping, exploration, medicine and telegraphy.

History of Science

Survey course covering the history of science and medicine from ancient Babylonian mathematics to modern genetics.